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September 11


Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about September 11? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about September 11.



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by Jill C. Wheeler
Jill Wheeler's account begins with a riveting sequence of full-page photos depicting the World Trade Center burning and in ruins, fleeing pedestrians, and a wall of "missing person" notices. It goes on to describe the fate of all four hijacked flights, rescue clean-up operations, and the genesis of Operation Enduring Freedom. The author distinguishes between facts and speculation, and her narratives are enhanced by plenty of big, clear, color photos. This title will help younger readers toward a basic understanding of what happened on that day. (School Library Journal)

by Staff of The New York Times
An intimate and moving portrait of the occurrences of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath, A Nation Challenged is a tragic, yet ultimately reassuring record of a pivotal event in modern American history. After witnessing such monumental acts of destruction and violence, America's children were inundated with new fears. Some of them grieve for lost loved ones, some of them grieve out of sheer confusion and anxiety, and some of them cannot grieve at all, unable to comprehend the enormity of what happened. This book will answer their questions about how and why these acts occurred.

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by Mitch Frank
On September 11th, America was attacked. But while we know what happened on that tragic day, many of us don't understand why it happened. In this important book, Time magazine reporter Mitch Frank clearly and concisely explains why and answers essential questions. Written and designed on a level that sixth graders and up can easily comprehend, and filled with pictures, maps, and straightforward explanations, this is the book that will enable young people to understand both the events of 9/11 and the history leading up to it. September 11th is a part of history that Americans should both know and never forget.

by Susan Roth, Susan L. Roth
In this parable of childhood bereavement, Pepper and Rover, two New York dogs, are miserable after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Pepper feels overwhelmed with sadness and fear and anger. But in a tour of New York City, his friend Rover shows him that even though they're sad, they can go on. Pepper learns that helping others, expressing his feelings, celebrating the bravery of rescue workers, and allowing himself to enjoy life can lead to healing; that the pair are not underdogs, but top dogs; that Americans are strong enough to survive and thrive; and that It's Still a Dog's New York.

by Rosina Schnurr
This book tells the story of eight-year-old Mark and his four-year-old brother, Jamie, who suffer the loss of their mother as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, in New York City. It will help children to understand their thoughts and feelings with respect to terrorism. It shows families, professionals, and others how to help children to cope with post-traumatic stress, identify warning signs, and the issues to be addressed. The book will be particularly helpful for children ages six to twelve, who will readily identify with the thoughts and feelings of the main character.

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