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.
A nonfiction picture book about the restoration (in time for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy) of the flag that flew over Ground Zero.
An entry from Lauren Tarshis’s popular historical-fiction series about disasters.
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.
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.
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.
Don Brown, a celebrated graphic novelist who earlier made America Is Under Attack, chronicles the immediate aftermath of 9/11
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.
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.
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.