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."
-AM, parent

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 to sign up and get monthly updates.


Sunday, February 10, 2-4 pm

Zora & Me
by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Coretta Scott King Award-winning authors Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon join us to discuss their fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood, Zora & Me. Readers encounter a young Zora Neale Hurston in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida. We come to know Zora through the perspective of her friend Carrie, who relies on Zora’s stories after her father disappears. 

After discussion and Q&A with the authors, we’ll tour our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, on view in our Center for Women’s History.  


Click here to view a list of our past Book Club books


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!

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