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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.

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 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, September 27 | 2-3 pm 

Conquer the great outdoors this summer with Calpurnia Virginia Tate! Join us in September to discuss Jacqueline Kelly’s award-winning novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Join us to discuss the book, what it meant to be a woman at the turn of the 20th century, the beginnings of evolutionary biology, and women in science today.

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Sunday, October 18 | 2-3 pm

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with our October read, Sylvia & Aki!. Log  in via Zoom, meet author Winifred Conkling, and discuss the true story of Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu, two third graders living in California during World War II.

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Sunday, November 8 | 2-3 pm

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month and join us via Zoom to discuss In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. In Joseph M. Marshall III’s powerful story, we follow Jimmy McClean, a Lakota boy who embarks on a road trip with his grandfather that follows in the  footsteps of Crazy Horse

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

Sunday, December 6 

Sunday, January 17


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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