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Milo’s Museum is a book I wish I had had as a kid, because after seeing Milo create her own museum, I would have done the exact same thing. Milo does it for reasons that would not have been my own, but just the idea of curating your own collection was (and still kind of is!) incredibly enticing.
This book was interesting in light of reading the Tonya Bolden book about the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Milo doesn’t see herself in the local museum she visits on a field trip so she decides to create her own. That brought to mind part of the impetus behind the NMAA. As Milo walks around the museum she becomes increasingly uncomfortable. She isn’t quite sure why, but eventually realizes that she isn’t seeing herself or her community reflected in any of the art or artists.
I would highly recommend this for school libraries and classrooms. Be sure to read it before and/or after visiting a museum on a class field trip. I think it will certainly inspire kids of all ages to curate and create their own museums that reflect them and their communities. And I would encourage you to help your students do just that. Milo takes different people through her museum so you can see what she has chosen. She also gives explanations for why she has chosen objects. This provides a good model for helping students choose what they want in their own museum. I also think with older students you could open up a discussion about who decides what will go into a museum and how that unfairly tends to keeps certain artists and people out of them.
An all around inspiring and important book. As with Melena’s Jubilee, if you have the money this is a must to have on your shelves.
I found this in a list of books promoting diversity and purchased it because my daughter and I love going to museums together. The language was clear without being "dumbed down" for kids, the book represented a loving and happy Black family who support each other, and the title character's solution to the problem of not regularly seeing people who look like her in the museum was great (I also made a museum as a kid!). The illustrations were also well done and give parents an opportunity to talk more with their kids about racism (e.g., the only picture in the official museum of a Black person is an enslaved boy attending a wealthy white woman).
Milo was excited because her class was visiting a museum today and her grandfather would be going with her. She learned that a museum guide was called a docent. Milo saw art and learned that museums hold objects that are important and valuable from history. When her aunt Vashti stopped by Milo asked why the people don’t have a say in what goes into the museum. Aunt Vashti explained that the curator decides. But visitors that go to a favorite exhibit, in a way, cast a vote. She also explained that Milo could write a letter to the curator. After some thought and the creation of a list, Milo decided to set up her own museum. What items do you think she placed in her playhouse which would be her new museum?
Author Zetta Elliott was inspired to write this charming story of family and history after the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington D.C. Colorful illustrations bring to life the character’s world. Parents and teachers can use this guide and the activity found in the back of the book to help readers discover their family history and create their own museum. Readers can also learn more about Zetta on the back pages.