The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) returns for summer 2022 with the digital experience, the NMAAHC Summer Reading Challenge. This is a self-guided program for 3rd - 12th-grade students and their educators to read suggested selections by NMAAHC educators and complete reading-related challenges. The literature selections consist of fiction and non-fiction and are chosen for enjoyment and enrichment about African American history.

For summer 2022, the reading challenge theme is "Reconstruction(s) and Retellings." Read your way through our special exhibition, Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies, inspired lists that include fiction and non-fiction. The literature selections are divided by grade level for students and educators. 

To complete the NMAAHC Summer Reading Challenge, choose one of two themed challenge task lists and complete the number of tasks for your grade-level group by August 31. Once you finish, you can download a certificate of completion included in the reading challenge packet.

Reading resources (including a reading log and literacy activities) are included to help deepen your reading experience.

Download the Full Reading Challenge

Download the Challenge Lists

Share this page