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.


Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
It's 1870, and though slavery has officially ended, life on River Road Plantation still isn't free enough for ten-year-old Sugar, the only young person left among the plantation's former slaves. For a time, Sugar's only and forbidden friend is the plantation owner's son, Billy. Then an unexpected new friend comes along—Beau, the son of Chinese laborers brought to help with the sugarcane harvest. All around her, Sugar sees cultures collide, but that doesn't stop her from learning about Chinese culture and sharing her own with the newcomers. This "magical story of hope" (Kirkus, 2013) offers an example of community overcoming difference. Sugar also made Kirkus's Best Books of 2013 list and earned multiple rave reviews.




/childrens-museum/family-programs?black-history-month-reading-history-book-family-book-club-bird-box-andrea-davis-pinkney/february/5/2017Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
How could the invention of the bicycle have helped advance women’s rights in the United States? In this multi-award winning work of non-fiction, Sue Macy shows readers how riding bikes helped women achieve greater freedom at the turn of the 20th century through a humorous but informative narrative, complete with a scrapbook-like pastiche of primary sources. This book is a “rare and wonderful” example of original research for a young audience, made stronger by Macy’s “sparkling writing” (Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal, 2011).




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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