Living near Boston where the 9/11 planes took off, we seem to be one degree away from knowing someone who perished that day.
For me, my neighbor was one of the pilots flying out of Boston. My neighborhood cafe and bakery had a daughter on that flight. My old neighbors from the South End has a dear friend who worked in the Twin Towers and never had a chance to get out.
I also wanted to remember Boston College alumni Welles Crowther, known as The Man in the Red Bandana, who died that day leading at least a dozen people out of the burning tower to safety. He put out fires, helped those in need, carried a woman on his back while leading a group down the only open staircase. He returned into the building to help more people when the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 am. Welles was just 24 years old.
Music: There’s A Hero by Billy Gilman
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes is included in our Multicultural Children’s Book Day free Classroom Poverty Kit.
Here are more 9/11 #NeverForget books for kids.
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
The John J. Harvey fireboat was in retirement since 1995 but on September 11th 2001, Harvey is called back into action to battle the flames, showing that old heroes never die. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Little Chapel That Stood by
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by
In Kenya, Kimeli comes home to his Maasai village after studying abroad to become a doctor. He has something important to discuss with his village elders. He remembers 9/11 and the suffering in New York. To the Maasai, the cow is life. Kimeli offers his only cow Enkarûs, and others join him in this ultimate sacrifice. Fourteen cows for America “because there is no national so powerful that it cannot be wounded nor a people so small that they cannot offer mighty comfort.” [picture book, ages 6 and up]
The Little Chapel That Stood by A. B. Curtiss
Inexplicably, a little historical chapel less than 100 yards from the Twin Towers survived, giving hope among the devastation. [picture book, ages 9 and up]
The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story by
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by
Lucas is upset about his parents wanting him to quit football, so he takes the train to NYC to talk to his uncle who works as a fireman. The day is September 11, 2001. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
Nine, ten: A September 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Four kids who don’t know each other are inextricably linked following the attack on the twin towers. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown
For a deeper understanding exactly what happened, this account takes the reader through a chronologic accounting of exactly what happened on 9/11 starting in the morning from the terrorist plane hijackings in Boston all the way through the collapse of the Twin Towers. [nonfiction advanced picture book, ages 6 and up]
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