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June 1, 2016

It’s National Museum Day!

My family is terrible at relaxing. Which makes taking vacations a bit difficult. We are incapable of hanging out at the beach and sitting still—instead we tend to go on a walking tour of every historical site and museum the place we’re visiting has to offer.

Fortunately, I love museums. Whether it was the dollhouses at the Chicago Art Institute, the mechanical orchestras at the House on the Rock, or the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, I was hooked.

Museums are amazing—and to celebrate that fact we have National Museum Day on May 22. Join in the celebration by checking out one of your favorite museums, or by reading about them in some of these fantastic books.


As a kid, I loved reading Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Björk and Lena Anderson. Along with Linnea I learned all about the Impressionists and got to places in Monet’s paintings, from the lily pond to the Japanese bridge! A beautiful book for a young artist.






For those who want to trade in their beret for an archeologist’s kit, Bailey at the Museum by Harry Bliss is a real treat. With the museum guard as his special partner, Bailey has an adventure seeing everything from dinosaur bones to totem poles. Brimming with curiosity, this is a fun romp of a field trip through a museum of natural history.





Ever since reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Koingsburg I’ve wanted to spend a night in a museum like Claudia and her brother. This imaginative, beloved read is an absolute staple for any home or classroom.






For those who want their museum to be a little spookier, the first book in the new Haunted Museum series, The Titanic Locket by Suzanne Weyn, really delivers. Blending history with ghost stories, this series is about a museum full of haunted objects from the past, and the spirits that want them back!






Finally, no post about museums would be complete without Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. This beautiful book uses incredible illustrations alongside text to create a cinematic tribute to museums and their precursors: cabinets of wonders.





These books and more museum-related titles can be found in the catalogs or online.


About the Author: Kristin Standley is the manager of the Middle Schoolers and Arrow Scholastic Reading Club catalogs.

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