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Reading into History: A Deadly Interview with author Julie Chibbaro

It’s October, so the Reading into History family book club decided to tackle a scary topic in history and, unfortunately, today: disease outbreaks. Our book this month has been Deadly by Julie Chibbaro, and we’ll meet to discuss the book on Sunday, October 19 from 3-5 pm here at the Museum.  If you want to […]

New-York Haunted Society: What should Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln be for Halloween? You Decide!

Last year, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln got in the spooky spirit of All Hallows’ Eve by donning costumes for the New-York Historical Society’s annual Halloween party. Douglass stood guard as a noble Jedi Knight on 77th Street and Lincoln greeted passersby as a heavyweight boxing champion on Central Park West. Dressing up was such […]

An Interview with Frances McDormand: What was it like to be “Miss Clavel”?

As our Madeline in New York exhibition winds down to its close on October 19, we are inviting families to join us this Sunday for a screening of the 1998 movie based on the books, Madeline. We are so excited that local Upper Westsider Frances McDormand will be here to introduce the film! You may […]

This is Not a Humbug–Reading into History is Back!

Even though school has started and homework assignments are already piling up, it’s important to remember to read for fun! We’ve got that covered here at the Reading into History Family Book Club. This Sunday, kids ages 9-12 and their adults will gather to discuss Jim Murphy’s incredible book The Giant and How He Humbugged […]

Walter Dean Myers’ Legacy

In August, 2012, our Reading into History family book club read Walter Dean Myers’ Harlem Summer. At the time, Mr. Myers was serving as national ambassador for young people’s literature, and he was kind enough to appear here at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at a meeting to discuss his book. Now, we are deeply […]

N-YHS Children’s History Book Prize Winner – The Lions of Little Rock!

Congratulations to the winner of our first annual Children’s History Book Prize, Kristin Levine! Last year we dug into middle-reader history books from 2012 – both non-fiction and fiction. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum staff read dozens and dozens of terrific books, and then we shared four finalists with our book prize jury. This jury […]

Reading into History: Interview with Phillip Hoose, Author of The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Birds are everywhere at the New-York Historical Society right now! The second floor of our museum has been taken over by Part II of our tripartite series, Audubon’s Aviary, which features many of John James Audubon’s original watercolors for his revolutionary work, The Birds of America. This year, we are showing works that relate to […]

Martha Maxwell’s Menagerie: The Story of a Nineteenth Century Woman Naturalist

How many girls today dream of becoming scientists? In the twenty-first century, these girls can achieve their dreams far more easily than could girls in the nineteenth century. This Sunday, Reading into History book club families will learn about nineteenth century women in science by discussing The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. In […]

Reading into History: Interview with Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Author of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

This Sunday, March 9, our family book club will meet to discuss No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, a book that looks at Lewis Michaux and the National Memorial African Bookstore. This bookstore was the intellectual heart of Harlem from roughly 1939 to 1975 and a favorite spot of such figures as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm […]

Reading into History Author Interview: Cynthia Levinson on We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

Young people have often played significant roles in history, often willing and able to take a stand when adults can’t or won’t. This month, when we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy, the Reading into History Family Book Club is reading We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson, […]

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