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

Do you love reading books about the people and places in American history? Do you want to discuss them with their authors and other history fans and explore real museum artifacts? Then Reading into History is a family book club for history detectives like you.

One Sunday each month during the school year, families can attend an in person book discussion where they 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 special guests! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Phillip Hoose, Kirby Larson, Tim Tingle and Avi, just to name a few! 

Email to sign up for our book club email list. Readers can also check out author interviews on our History Detectives blog.


Sunday, February 6 | 2 pm

Join us this month and read Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander. Learn about the legendary boxer before he was a household name. Discover Ali’s early life when he was just a youngster named Cassius Clay, learning card tricks from his grandfather and palling around with his friend Lucius “Lucky” Wakely. Written in a combination of prose and verse, this dynamic telling of Ali’s early life will have you gripped from the first page. Tune in to discuss the book with other families, chat with an expert guest, and view historical sources that illustrate this biographical story of a sports history great.  

Register here >


Mark your calendars! Book titles and program details to come.
Sunday, March 6
Sunday, April 3



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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