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.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
For the summer of 1936, Abilene Tucker has been sent to live with a family friend in Manifest, Kansas, while her father works a railroad job. The town seems dreary until a mysterious box of keepsakes turns up and sends Tucker and her two new friends down a path of adventure, spies, and discoveries about Abilene’s father’s past. Though it’s set in the 1930s and vividly portrays the struggles of immigrant coal miners against the KKK, the story of the keepsakes takes Abilene and readers through the WWI era.
This book and author will be featured in the June 25 meeting of the Reading into History Family Book Club.
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!