Today fifteen years ago the world experienced something so tragic that even thinking back, watching images on TV, still sends chills through my body. There much talk and remembrance on this difficult day and it is important that we open up this reflection to our children in a mindful way. One of my favorite quotes is from the late great Fred Rogers that focuses on all the helpers and the power of togetherness.
So in light of this historical date today’s book recommendations focus on the tragedy and on the amazing strength of those who helped in so many ways. The first and my personal favorite is Fireboat: Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman.
This was one of the first books that we introduced to our sons when they were learning about 9/11. It is a beautiful story of a retired fireboat who is called upon and demonstrates heroic acts despite being old and retired. This is a great story for younger aged children and focuses not only on the tragedy but the power of one small helper.
This next two books are geared for a bit older kids- late elementary early middle grades. 10 True Tales: Heroes of 9/11.
This book portrays 10 different Americans and their heroic tales around the attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon. And another from a popular series in our house I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis.
This story is about a young boy, the son of a firefighter in New York City, and his gripping experience of that fateful day. Like many tragic historical fiction, this story shares a realistic point of view from a character that many young people can relate to.
I am a lover of historical fiction and I am so happy that this has passed down to my boys. We need to talk about history, not just in schools, or around homework but how it effects all of us today and what things were like if and when we experienced them.
So today, I urge you to take a moment to think about and remember that day, 15 years ago, send love and light to those who lost and those who gave all they had. Share not only the story of sadness but that of hope and great love of those brave heroes.
Much love, and happy reading.