It is difficult to believe that most elementary-age children were not born when the horrific events of September 11th rocked our nation. However, as teachers and as communities we respectfully remember and learn about what happened during and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks just like we learned about the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Declaration of Independence. Over the years, we have shared a variety of resources September Roses , Remember 9/11, It was a Tuesday, Kindness Can Change The Word. Here are ten other books that you may want to share in preparation for the 13th anniversary of September 11th.
On That Day: a book of hope for children by Andrea Patel
Sometimes bad things happen in the world. But there will always be good things in the world, too. You are one of those good things.With simple language and a heart-felt message, Andrea Patel addresses a timely and timeless question: What can you do when bad things happen? “Whatever we as teachers, and as adults, can offer the children-and each other-in the way of reassurance, and hope, and optimism, can only help heal us all.” -author, Andrea Patel
Fireboat, The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey
Maira Kalman’s honors everyone by portraying heroes of all ages. “The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboatof its time, but by 1995, the city didn’t need old fireboats anymore. So the Harvey retired, until a group of friends decided to save it from the scrap heap. Then, one sunny September day in 2001, something so horrible happened that the whole world shook. And a call came from the fire department, asking if the Harvey could battle the roaring flames. In this inspiring true story, Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life and proves that old heroes never die.” Goodreads.com
Fireboat is our book of the month and will be used to demonstrate our word of the month “courage.” Blog posts will have the documentary embedded below with one or more of the following questions for students to comment:
- How does the Fireboat serve as a patriotic symbol of America?
- Identify a scenario where you will display courage this school year?
- Write a thank you letter to local fire departments/ police departments for their daily acts of courage.
Visit fireboat.org and read additional news article and share information with the class.
The Man In Red Bandana by Honor Crowther Fagan
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. “The Man in the Red Bandanna” recounts and celebrates his heroism on that day. Welles’ story carries an inspirational message that will resonate with adults as well as young children.
Post the following questions for students to comment:
- What would you do in the last hour of your life?
- What qualities does a hero possess?