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.

The Museum is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but the book club is still meeting online. One Sunday each month, families can attend a virtual 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, January 17 | 2-3 pm

Honor the legacy of American statesman and civil rights leader John Lewis by reading book one of the March trilogy, Lewis’s groundbreaking graphic memoir with co-author Andrew Aydin.

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Sunday, February 7 | 2-3 pm

Join us this month to discuss Newbery Medal Winner Christopher Paul Curtis’ historical fiction The Journey of Little Charlie. A teenaged son of white sharecroppers, a self-emancipating enslaved family, an escape to Canada, and a truly evil plantation overseer collide in this suspenseful and enlightening novel. 

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Mark your calendars! Book titles and program details to come.

Sunday, March 7

Sunday, April 11


What made John and Abigail Adams' marriage such a powerful one? Listen as New-York Historical President and CEO Louise Mirrer talks to David Bruce Smith, author of the illustrated book Abigail & John, about the remarkable, egalitarian union between the President and First Lady.




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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