Free with Admission, Ages 9-12
Come discuss what happened to the child refugees from Cuba's Operation Pedro Pan with author Enrique Flores-Galbis. We'll contrast his and his characters' experiences with those of the "Orphan Train" riders in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This event honors National Hispanic Heritage Month.
About 90 Miles to Havana
In 1961, Cuban families evacuated 14,000 children to Miami in Operation Pedro Pan. This 2011 Pure Belpre Honor Book for Narrative and 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year follows Julian and his brothers as they experience this mass migration and end up in a Miami orphanage, full of bullies and unfamiliar power dynamics that call to mind the struggles of Julian's homeland. Will Julian and his brothers ever see their parents again? Readers will not be able to put this book down until they find out.
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and visit the History Detectives blog! At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, meet other history detectives, and even the authors! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Neela Vaswani, and Avi.
About the History Detectives blog
Hear from book club authors, find out about some do-it-yourself projects, and learn about all the cool stuff in the New-York Historical Society's collection at this blog for young historians! New content each week, this blog is written for parents and kids.