Reading into History @ Home: The Journey of Little Charlie
Free; ages 9-12
Join us this month to discuss Newbery Medal Winner Christopher Paul Curtis’ historical fiction The Journey of Little Charlie. A teenaged son of white sharecroppers, a self-emancipating enslaved family, an escape to Canada, and a truly evil plantation overseer collide in this suspenseful and enlightening novel. Curtis doesn’t shy away from tough stories, and this page-turner is crammed with history. Discuss the book with other families, ask a New-York Historical curator questions to better understand this historical time period, and discover related primary sources from our collection.
The Journey of Little Charlie was a finalist for our 2019 Children’s History Book Prize. Read our interview with author Christopher Paul Curtis about the book and characters, and his creative process in this History Detective blog post.
New-York Historical is now open to visitors—learn more. The DiMenna Children's History Museum remains temporarily closed.