9/11 20th Anniversary Book List

Largely incomprehensible to those of us who lived through it then, the attacks of September 11, 2021, are even more incomprehensible to our children and grandchildren. The 20th anniversary looms. Here are some valiant efforts to make those events relevant to schoolchildren today. 

 

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30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag Cover Image
By Amanda Davis, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781546013693
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: WorthyKids - May 4th, 2021

A nonfiction picture book about the restoration (in time for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy) of the flag that flew over Ground Zero. 


I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived #6) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545207003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 1st, 2012

An entry from Lauren Tarshis’s popular historical-fiction series about disasters.


Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Thriller writer Alan Gratz explores the lives of a 9-year-old survivor of World Trade Center attacks and, 18 years later, an 11-year-old girl trying to survive war in Afghanistan.

 


Big Apple Diaries Cover Image
By Alyssa Bermudez, Alyssa Bermudez (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250774286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 17th, 2021

Alyssa writes in her diary whether she’s with Puerto Rican dad in Manhattan or with her white mom in Queens. It’s usual, jejune middle-school stuff, until everything changes on Sept. 11. A graphic-novel look at what a sudden loss of childhood feels like. 


Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442485075
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

The lives of four kids in different parts of the country intersect in unexpected ways after 9/11. The emphasis on how lives were affected--especially in regard to matters of intolerance--even at a remove from the day’s deaths. 


In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358223573
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Etch/Clarion Books - August 10th, 2021

Don Brown, a celebrated graphic novelist who earlier made America Is Under Attack, chronicles the immediate aftermath of 9/11


Towers Falling Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262217
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 2-14 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

In an imagined fifth-grade classroom that once had a view of twin towers, students begin to wrestle with the historical event that shaped their elders. 


Accused: My Story of Injustice (I, Witness #1) Cover Image
By Adama Bah, Zainab Nasrati (Series edited by), Zoë Ruiz (Series edited by), Amanda Uhle (Series edited by), Dave Eggers (Series edited by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324016632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

Part of a Dave Eggers-produced series by eyewitnesses to history, this memoir is by Adama Bah. A 13-year-old Guinean immigrant living in Harlem when the towers were attacked, she experienced heightened discrimination and was, within a few years, falsely accused of terrorism.   


Survivor Tree Cover Image
By Marcie Colleen, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316487672
Availability: Not on our shelves now, usually available for pick-up or shipping in 2-14 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

Beneath the carnage of the World Trade Center, a tree sprouted. Taken away and nurtured for years, it was replanted at the 9/11 memorial and honored as a symbol of resilience. Journey illustrator Aaron Becker provides the lovely season-spanning artwork.