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Check out Book of the Month, the first Tuesday of every month in the Building Zone. This series features a new book with activities that your family can explore together at the Museum and at home.

The Museum's Book of the Month Club held in the Building Zone the first Tuesday of every month.
The Museum's Book of the Month Club held in the Building Zone the first Tuesday of every month.
Photo by Kevin Allen.

Research shows that reading with pre-school-aged children can enable them to:

  • Effectively express needs, wishes, and ideas
  • Increase vocabulary and use language to relate to experiences, thoughts, and feelings
  • Create stories, dramas, and songs
  • Use language to resolve conflicts
  • Use symbolic representation of language

At 10:30 and 11:30 am on the first Tuesday of each month. Each month the Museum will introduce a new book during a read-aloud in the Building Zone’s Book Nook. The books explore themes such as patterns, city planning, construction, and celebration of other cultures. Families will then be invited to participate in corresponding hands-on play activities in the Building Zone. The Book of the Month program is free with admission to the Building Zone and recommended for ages 3 to 5.


Past Activities and Titles 

Night Worker Book Worksheet 
The Night Worker Book Worksheet leads you through making your very own dump truck out of recycled materials.
House is a House for Me Worksheet 
Observe an animal in your neighborhood and draw its home! The House is a House for Me Worksheet is an activity worksheet provided by the National Building Museum's Book of the Month literacy program.