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Reading into History: Book Wrap Recap and Picture The Dead

Hello Families!  We had a wonderful Book Wrap on December 2nd with special guest author Donna Jo Napoli. This book dealt with such tough issues- loss, poverty, immigration, the struggle to fit in- that families were debating ideas right out of the gate. Bravery was a particularly interesting topic of discussion. Is a person brave for [...]

Book Wrap Recap and Our Next Read: The King of Mulberry Street!

Hello readers! Our Book Wrap for Same Sun Here was a resounding success. Neela Vaswani did an amazing job fielding questions, and our discussion was really thought provoking. I am still thinking about the theme of what it means to be an American, which comes up a lot in Same Sun Here.  When River gets in trouble for disagreeing [...]

Same Sun Here Book Wrap is ON for November 4th!

Hello RiH families! The New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum have made it safely through the storm, and we hope all of you have as well. We wanted to assure all of you that we are going forward with our Book Wrap for Same Sun Here this Sunday, November 4th We are going to have a wonderful [...]

Interview With Same Sun Here Author Neela Vaswani

  On November 4, the Reading Into History book club will be discussing Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. We spoke to author Neela Vaswani about her inspiration for the book, and her favorite parts of New York! DCHM: What were you like between the ages of 9 and 12? NV: I loved to [...]

Reading into History: Book Wrap Recap and our Next Book!

By Rachel Walman and Katie Fuller We had a fantastic Book Wrap last Sunday. Families who came got to discuss the real-life stories told in We Rode the Orphan Trains — stories of family, loss, loneliness and perseverance. They were also able to interact with Lukas Weinstein, Archivist for the Children’s Aid Society. Lukas shared interesting historical [...]

Special Events For Families During WWII & NYC opening weekend!

On October 5, our exhibition WWII & NYC, about the impact of World War II on the city, will be opening, and we have a bunch of family activities in place to celebrate! Cut Loose and Dance! The weekend kicks off with a trip back in time on the dance floor. The award-winning dance education company, [...]

Reading into History: An Interview with We Rode the Orphan Trains Author Andrea Warren

  Hello families! As the We Rode the Orphan Trains Book Wrap approaches, we interviewed the book’s author, Andrea Warren. Ms. Warren has a lot of wonderful things to tell you about herself and her work. She is “delighted” that we are all reading her book about this important but little-known part of history. Though you won’t [...]

Reading into History: An Incredible August Book Wrap

    Hello families! The Reading into History book club had a fantastic Book Wrap event for Harlem Summer this past Wednesday. About 50 young historians, parents, teachers, librarians and Myers fans came to discuss the book, ask Mr. Myers questions, and see photographs of Harlem by Camilo Jose Vergara. Mr. Myers brought along his National Ambassador for Young People’s [...]

Reading into History Interviews Walter Dean Myers

Readers, we know you are out there enjoying Harlem Summer, imagining the days of rent parties and bootlegging, and hoping Mark finds a way out of all the trouble he is in. For a second, take a break from the book and check out this short interview with the author, Walter Dean Myers. We guarantee it [...]

What Do I Want To Know About Harlem?

Harlem, the neighborhood where Walter Dean Myer’s book Harlem Summer is set, has an interesting story of its own. Some things I wonder about Harlem are… How did Harlem get its name? How come it is so famous? (People all over the world have heard of it!) So many famous writers, painters and musicians started out in Harlem, and many [...]

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