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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

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


Sunday, November 7 | 2-3 pm

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month and join us via Zoom to discuss Indian No More. Co-author Traci Sorell will tune in to answer your questions about the moving story of ten-year-old Regina Petit and her family, whose lives are impacted by the federal Indian Relocation Program. Come ready to ask Traci Sorell your questions, discuss the book with other families, and learn about the history of Indigenous termination in the United States. 




Sunday, December 5 | 2-4 pm

This December, take a deep dive into the life of the legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as we read the young readers’ edition of Notorious RBG The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Join us in person to discuss her extraordinary life with co-author Irin Cameron and other family readers. Together, we will visit our current exhibition Notorious RBG, that’s based on the adult version of the book.




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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