Story Time with Young Historians

Story Time with Young Historians is presented by the Alexandria Black History Museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria.

Page updated on Jul 5, 2021 at 5:55 PM

Story Time with Young Historians

This summer, the Alexandria Library is hosting virtual Story Times with Young Historians, on Saturdays, July 10 and August 14. Details  and free registration can be found on the library's calendar.

We will bring back in-person Story Times in the future.


Past Story Times

The book publishers generously allowed the museum to post Story Time videos during the Covid-19 emergency, through the end of June, 2021.  Each video featured a picture book that introduces history and promotes diversity for young readers. A Museum Educator provided historical context and local community connections. New videos were released the first Tuesday of every month.

The videos are no longer available, but please look for these books in your local library or book store.

Harriet and the Promised Land
by Jacob Lawrence

February features the story of Harriet Tubman, illustrated and written by renowned artist Jacob Lawrence. Harriet Tubman was born enslaved and managed to escape.


Gordon Parks - How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
By Carole Boston Weatherford

January Story Time features a biography called Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America. This story time is recommended for children ages 7 and older. After the story, Apasrin discusses violence against African Americans that has been photographed by Devin Allen in recent years. This video also recommends a photography activity for students at the end. More detailed instructions for a photography project can be found on our website.    


Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
By Angela Shelf Madearis and Daniel Minter

Explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa through this exquisitely illustrated book.   

Lillian's Right to Vote
By Jonah Winter and Shaun W. Evans

An elderly African American woman, on her way to vote, remembers her family's tumultuous voting history. As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family's history. 


Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins
By Carole Boston Weatherford, paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue

Learn about the Greensboro Sit-Ins through a eyes of a child watching the events unfold and what connections Alexandria has to the American Civil Rights Movement.


Counting on Community
Written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara

This board book explores what makes a community. A closer look at the pictures discovers ways to build community here in Alexandria.


Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood 
By Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Rhyming text and vibrant pictures bring this historic African American community to life. Listeners are encouraged to visit the African American Hall of Fame in Alexandria to learn more about those who contributed to Alexandria’s African American communities. 

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