Museum Early Closure

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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.


The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers
This “fascinating and fast-paced biography” (Kirkus, starred review) takes readers on a journey through Ali’s life in and out of the ring. Myers expertly contextualizes Ali’s actions, struggles, and achievements amidst the social and political movements of the 1960s and 70s. From having his bike stolen as a boy, to joining the Nation of Islam, to his comeback after losing his boxing license, Myers shows young readers the bigger picture behind the one of the most important athletes of the 20th century, whom many consider to truly be the Greatest. 

Join us January 15 to discuss the book!


/childrens-museum/family-programs?black-history-month-reading-history-book-family-book-club-bird-box-andrea-davis-pinkney/february/5/2017Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
In this award-winning novel set in Depression-era America, three children with different lives and dreams are united in friendship through the travails of boxing champion Joe Louis. Through these children’s eyes, readers will experience what Joe Louis meant to African Americans in a racially divided era. This "...artfully orchestrated novel is related with grace, restraint and a wealth of historical detail." (Kirkus, starred review). Don't miss this novel and the chance to meet one of the most celebrated authors of our time.

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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