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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 Martin Sandler

How did a few men and two giant herds of reindeer rescue hundreds of whalers trapped in Northern Alaska in the middle of winter in 1898? This Sunday, the Reading into History family book club will meet to discuss Martin Sandler’s book about this epic mission, The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing [...]

“It was as if we had all done something wrong.” Frances Perkins and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

This November, the Reading into History Family Book Club is digging into Albert Marrin’s Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy. We’ll meet to discuss this book on Sunday, December 8th, at 3 pm. This work of non-fiction tells the story of how a fire broke out on the upper floors [...]

Author Interview: Adam Osterweil

This Sunday, author Adam Osterweil will join our Reading into History Family Book Club to discuss his novel Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector. There is so much to sink our teeth into in this book, from its layered characters to the tough American Revolution history that it sheds light on. We asked Osterweil our usual questions below. Take [...]

Reading into History: Author Enrique Flores-Galbis on 90 Miles to Havana

The author and his publicist This month, our family book club is exploring the complicated historical relationship between Cuba and the United States in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. We are reading Enrique Flores-Galbis’ 90 Miles to Havana, a fascinating work of historical fiction that follows a boy named Julian and his two brothers in their [...]

Reading into History: Book Club Plays Baseball!

    Next Wednesday, July 24th, the Reading Into History family book club will be exploring baseball’s complicated past through the book The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz. Each chapter of this book is an “inning,” and each inning tells the story of a generation of the Brooklyn-based Schieder-Snider-Flint family (nine generations total, of course!) [...]

Book Wrap Recap: Seneca Village, Juneteenth, and Our First Birthday!

  Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Reading into History Book Club, and the emancipation holiday of Juneteenth! To celebrate, we had a very special book wrap for Joyce Hansen’s Home is With Our Family. We had the privilege of skyping with Ms. Hansen, and were able to ask question about the book and [...]

Seneca Village: A Community Lost to Central Park

  Since 1859, millions of people have enjoyed the natural beauty of Central Park. What do you know about the origins of Central Park? Did you know that before the park existed, the land it lies on was home to about 1,600 residents? One neighborhood that once lay within the boundaries of the park was [...]

Reading into History: An Illustrator at Work and Our First Anniversary!

  This past Sunday, May 19th, the DCHM Reading into History family book club discussed the graphic novel/biography Around the World and got to meet its wonderful author and illustrator, Matt Phelan. We were especially lucky because Matt brought his sketchbooks that he kept while planning the book. He taught us so much about how he creates emotions [...]

Reading into History’s May Book: Around the World by Matt Phelan

  May is here and it’s time for a new book club read! Reading into History is now reading our first graphic novel, Around the World, by Matt Phelan. Phelan is a Scott O’Dell Award winning author and illustrator. Around the World tells the stories of three nineteenth-century world explorers. First, there was Thomas Stevens, [...]

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