Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. And in today’s world, there are a lot of kids who are only just witnessing that tragic day as history. But did you know there are children’s books that can help?
Having lived through 9/11, I remember being just 9 years old watching the news and having a lot of questions myself. And now, as kids start to take note, parents will start to be asked similar questions about September 11, 2001.
And while that seems like a very daunting task, as 20 years later, America is still coming to terms with it all, there are products out there that can help you teach your little one. Things like children’s books that use language your little ones can better understand!
Here are 9 children’s books that help discuss the attacks on 9/11:
$7.99 at the time of publication
Towers Falling is by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It’s recommended for readers ages 9 to 11. And it’s actually picked by teachers!
According to Amazon, “From an award-winning author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural shift.”
$16.85 at the time of publication
This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth is written by Sean Rubin. It’s recommended for readers ages 4 to 8.
According to Amazon, “A deeply moving story about community and resilience, from the point-of-view of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on September 11.”
$9.99 at the time of publication
Otto’s Tales: Today is September 11th was published just this year, 2021. As Amazon writes, “Join Otto the bulldog and his best friend Dennis as they travel back in time to New York City on September 11th, 2001. They learn that through tragedy, Americans displayed great heroism, strength, and unity.”
$5.99 at the time of publication
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story is written by Nora Raleigh Baskin. It is recommended for readers ages 8 to 12.
According to Amazon, “From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a “tense…and thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how that day impacted the lives of four middle schoolers.”
$19.95 at the time of publication
The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story is written by Cheryl Somers Aubin, and is geared toward readers ages 8 to 12 years old.
“Through evocative prose and watercolor illustrations, The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story takes the reader on a journey of hope and healing that parallels our nation’s own journey following the events of September 11, 2001,” Amazon says of the book.
$9.52 at the time of publication
Written by the “Baby Professor,” this book is for current fifth graders who have only heard about 9/11 on TV. “The world was in shock when America was attacked on September 11, 2001. Lives were lost and properties were damaged. You weren’t yet born in 2001 so you probably have only heard of 9/11 on TV. This book will give you all the facts, written in a way that fifth graders would find interesting.”
$13.95 at the time of publication
The Man in the Red Bandanna is, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring stories to come out of 9/11 and one I believe everyone should learn about.
As Amazon writes, “When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red bandanna, which he always carried with him. On September 11, 2001, Welles Remy Crowther saved numerous people from the upper floors of the World Trade Center South Tower.”
This is his story!
$5.58 at the time of publication
For readers ages 7 to 10, “Discover the true story of the Twin Towers—how they came to be the tallest buildings in the world and why they were destroyed,” Amazon writes about this story written by Jim O’Connor.
$13.69 at the time of publication
30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag was written by Amanda Davis.
This book is perfect for readers ages 5 to 9! “Discover the inspiring story of the American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York as a restored symbol of unity,” Amazon says!
Which book will you be buying?
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Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
- 1 Here are 9 children’s books that help discuss the attacks on 9/11:
- 2 Towers Falling
- 3 This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth
- 4 Otto’s Tales: Today is September 11th
- 5 Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
- 6 The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story
- 7 My Dad Survived 9/11! – US History for Kids
- 8 The Man in the Red Bandanna
- 9 What Were the Twin Towers? (What Was?)
- 10 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag
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