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.


Stella by Starlight
by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Stella Mills wakes up one night in 1932 to a horrific sight: Across the lake from her home a fire is burning, and men in white hoods stand around it. Stella knows immediately that this means the KKK has returned to her town. In the story that follows, Stella’s courage inspires her distraught community to match her resilience and determination to overcome the fear that the Klan’s re-emergence has brought to her town.

Join us for our Reading Into History Family Book Club on February 11 when author Draper joins us to discuss her stunning book. Afterwards, we will visit our Library and examine original images and objects related to education during segregation.  



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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