Picture Books

Milo’s Museum

Picture Book. By Zetta Elliott. Illustrated by Purple Wong. 2016. 36 pages. A story that introduces young readers to the historic mis-representation (and absence) of people of color in museums and how to take action.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Media

 Milo's Museum (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryMilo’s class goes on a field trip to a museum. Milo learns about the roles of curators and docents, but learns nothing about her own community’s heritage, which is missing from the exhibits. Inspired by the suggestion of her aunt, she sets out to create her own museum with objects that illustrate her family’s history. As curator and docent, she reclaims and honors that history.

Milo’s Museum will inspire many young readers to create their own museums and to look at field trips and museums with a more critical eye. [Review by Rethinking Schools.]

ISBN: 9781537580968 | Published by Rosetta Press.