September 11, 2001 was a terrible, but important day. For many people it could have happened yesterday. For many others, it is distant history. Here are a few books that might give you some insight.
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
“September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day—until a plane struck the World Trade Center.
“But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Nadira has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Amy is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business.
“These four don’t know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day—the day our world changed forever.” [J BASKIN,N]
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
“Eleven-year-old Ema has always been of two worlds—her father’s Japanese heritage and her mother’s life in America. She’s spent summers in California for as long as she can remember, but this year she and her mother are staying with her grandparents in Japan as they await the arrival of Ema’s baby sibling. Her mother’s pregnancy has been tricky, putting everyone on edge, but Ema’s heart is singing—finally, there will be someone else who will understand what it’s like to belong and not belong at the same time.
“But Ema’s good spirits are muffled by her grandmother who is cold, tightfisted, and quick to reprimand her for the slightest infraction. Then, when their stay is extended and Ema must go to a new school, her worries of not belonging grow. And when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes, Ema, her parents, and the world watch as the twin towers fall…” [J DONWERTH-CHIKAMATSU,A]
Ground Zero Dogs by Meish Goldish
“Omar Rivera, an office worker who is blind, and his guide dog, Salty, were on the 71st story of the World Trade Center’s North Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked two planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers. Omar’s coworkers raced to the stairway to escape the burning building. With chaos all around, Omar told his dog to guide him down the stairs. Would Salty be able to lead his owner to safety? In this book, young readers will meet the brave dogs that helped people during and after the deadly terrorist attack. From guide dogs that calmly led their owners to safety, to the 300 search-and-rescue dogs that used their powerful sense of smell to try to find survivors in the rubble, these incredible animals were part of the largest canine rescue operation in U.S. history.” [J636.70886 GOLDISH]
September 11 Then and Now by Peter Benoit
“Recounts the events before, during, and after the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.” [ J973.931 BENOIT]
September 11: A Primary Source by Alan Wachtel
“September 11, 2001 was a day that changed America—and the world. This book examines the terrorist attacks on the United States and events of the tragic day while providing firsthand accounts from witnesses, first responders, and victims. Discover the heroic sacrifices firefighters and police officers made as they rushed into the burning buildings. Experience the difficult choices government officials were faced with as they arrived on the scene and tried to make sense out of chaos. Finally, learn how the United States changed its laws to better protect its citizens in the war against terror.” [ J973.931 WACHTEL]
What Were The Twin Towers? by Jim O’Connor
“Discover the true story of the Twin Towers–how they came to be the tallest buildings in the world and why they were destroyed. When the Twin Towers were built in 1973, they were billed as an architectural wonder. At 1,368 feet, they clocked in as the tallest buildings in the world and changed the New York City skyline dramatically. Offices and corporations moved into the towers–also known as the World Trade Center–and the buildings were seen as the economic hub of the world. But on September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack toppled the towers and changed our nation forever. Discover the whole story of the Twin Towers–from their ambitious construction to their tragic end.” [J725.23097 O’CONNOR]
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“Three dynamic fifth-graders who were born after September 11 work together on a project about how communities grow together, discovering how the attacks still powerfully affect their families and their neighborhood.
“When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?
“Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.” [J RHODES,J]