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, January 6, 2-4 pm

The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
by Cynthia DeFelice

Named Bank Street’s Best Books 2008, this novel follows 12-year-old Lucas Whitaker on a mission to save his town from being consumed by a terrifying illness aptly called consumption. Lucas joins the town in a bizarre procedure that some believe will be the only cure for this mystifying disease. Loss, grief, and budding medical science confront each other in this fascinating tale that shows readers what it was like to confront sickness in the days before anyone knew what germs were.

Author Cynthia DeFelice via Skype to discuss her novel about a boy who explores a shocking experimental cure for a disease that has ravaged his town in 1849. After the discussion, explore disease and medicine before germ theory.



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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