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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and get monthly updates.
The Magician and the Spirits
by Deborah Noyes
Towards the end of his career, Harry Houdini couldn’t rest just being the world’s most famous escape artist—he decided to take on a cause: debunking the Spiritualist movement. Join us to discuss Houdini’s quest to discover the truth about the Spiritualist movement and the idea that the living can communicate with the dead.
We’ll be joined by Children’s History Book Prize finalist author Deborah Noyeswho will answer all your Houdini questions. Then we’ll take a look at some fascinating magical materials in our Library collections!
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!