Last year I published a unit on the fantastic novel, Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. September 11th is a monumental piece of modern history, one I think is important to teach. In this post I wanted to share a few more books that you can use in your classroom or at home to touch on the subject of 9/11 with your kiddos.
Though many are picture books, don’t let that deter you from checking them out. Some of these picture books will captivate your youngest readers all the way up to your middle and high school students. What I love about picture books for all ages is that they are a quick way to spark interest and ignite a conversation about the topic, not to mention the added bonus of the pictures!
I have included a few novels for those with older students. These can be used as literature circle novels, read aloud books, or just to recommend. With Their Eyes is one that I’ve wanted to read for a while and is geared for the high school level.
September 11th Books & Novels
Towers Falling is perfect for your middle school age group as it is told from the perspective of a girl around that age. What I love about this book is that it will (hopefully) resonate with a lot of students because they weren’t alive for 9/11 and may not fully understand just how much the events of 9/11 impacted family, friends, New York, and this country. If you are interested in the unit for this book you can check it out here.
Picture Books (Elementary and up)
Chapter Books/ Novels (Upper Middle School and up)
A topic as sensitive as 9/11 should be handled with care, but should also not be left unspoken. The key is finding great literature to help teach about that tragic day. I truly hope you enjoy these books and the resource that goes with them.
I’d love to hear how you teach or discuss 9/11 with your students/ kiddos. What other books have you found beneficial?
Until next time,