Reading into History
"In addition to the self esteem this opportunity provided, [this program] was of enormous educational value. . .Reading these books has really given us a springboard to explore. . .important time periods in history."
Reading Into History
Ages 9 – 12
Love reading books about the people and places in American history? Want to discuss them with other history fans and their authors? Want to explore real museum artifacts from the time you've been reading about? Then Reading into History is a family book club for history detectives like you.
Each month families read an historical fiction or nonfiction book at home. 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 original documents that bring the book to life; and meet other history detectives, authors, and other special guests! Past author guests have included Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Phillip Hoose, Kirby Larson, Tim Tingle and Avi, just to name a few! Readers can also check out author interviews on our History Detectives blog.
Book wraps are held on Sundays from 2-4 pm most months except July. See our family programs calendar for exact dates for each wrap. Want to join the book club email list? email email@example.com to sign up and get monthly updates.
Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer
by Jennifer Gennari
“Set against the backdrop of the legalization of civil unions for gay couples in Vermont in 2000, Gennari’s debut novel spends the summer with 12-year-old June Farrell, an accomplished pie-maker who is still getting used to living with her mother’s partner, Eva... June’s uneasiness is compounded when her mother and Eva announce that they are planning a civil union ceremony, just as a local antigay “Take Back Vermont” campaign is gaining traction, testing June’s friendships and emotions... It’s a realistic account of a family coming together under stress, as June finds inner strength that brings her several triumphs and helps her stand up for her family.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
In celebration of Pride Month, join us at our Reading into History Family Book Club to discuss the story of a young girl and her perspective on the legalization of same-sex marriages set in the not-too-distant past. Author Jennifer Gennari joins us in person to answer your questions about her groundbreaking book. Afterwards, we’ll head to the library and explore historical objects related to the story!
HISTORY DETECTIVE BLOG
If your family loves American history, visit our History Detectives blog! You'll learn about upcoming family programs, read interviews with book club authors and other experts, and get a family-friendly perspective on our Museum collections and historical topics. Go to the Blog!