Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott tells the story of young Milo, who goes on a school trip to visit a museum. Although Milo enjoys seeing the exhibits, she doesn’t feel as excited as the other children. There is something missing, but she is not sure exactly what that is. When she gets back home, she talks to her aunt and then realizes that the museum is not personal but about people unknown to her who lived a long time ago. So Milo decides to open her own museum with items that have special memories for her. The book is beautifully illustrated by Purple Wong, which really brings the story to life.
This is a great story that is not only an interesting perspective on a museum visit but shows Milo using her imagination and her own memories to create a very personal exhibition. There is also a great interactive part at the end where readers can make a list of things they might put into their own museum, where they can personalize their own memories. A really enjoyable story.