FB Live Reading Brigade

Visit the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History Facebook page every Friday at 1 p.m. for a live read-a-long with Museum Program Coordinator, Reveille Isgrig. The book selections are especially appropriate for elementary aged children, but are enjoyed by adults as well! The museum children’s library specifically focuses on topics and issues relevant to our state and nation’s military history, as well as concepts about the impact of war on communities, individuals, nations/cultures, and the environment.

January Reading Schedule:

1/1 New Year's Day Observed- No Reading Brigade

1/8 Secrets of American History: Civil War, Chapters 1-2 by Patricia Lakin

1/15 Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss

1/22 The Last Brother by Trinka Hakes Noble

1/29 Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco


February Reading Schedule:

2/5 Talkin' About Bessie  by Nikki Grimes

2/12 Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

2/19 A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade

2/26 Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed


Bring Reading Brigade Online to your Classroom, Virtual Learning, or Homeschool!

A thematic set of lessons will be uploaded via Google Drive every month. Because this program is stored through Google Drive, you will be able to access it at any time you like. This flexibility allows you to best use the materials at times that are most convenient for you and your students.  These lessons will include a video read-aloud by Museum Program Coordinator, Reveille Isgrig, vocabulary, extra resources, and Core Standards based supplemental activities for grades 1-5.  If you teach any other grade levels and would like to incorporate this program into your learning schedule please contact Reveille Isgrig via email by clicking her name or by phone at 501.376.4602 to discuss adapting this program for your students. 

Museum Program Coordinator Reveille Isgrig, who oversees the Reading Brigade, has degrees in English Literature and Modern Art History and strives to incorporate craft, literary appreciation, history and reading comprehension into each lesson. 

January's Reading Brigade theme is the Civil War. Titles for this month include:

Cathy Williams, Buffalo Soldier

Cecil's Story

Henry's Freedom Box

Pink and Say

The Blue and the Gray

The Last Brother

The Secret to Freedom


To register for this month's Reading Brigade online follow the steps below. Upon registering you will be emailed a link to access the program. 

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our registration for Reading Brigade Online.

Here's how it works in 2 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/wAGrRsK
2) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone and it is not a required field on the sign up form. However, I will need your email address in order to provide you with a link to the materials.