Sharing the Story of America With Our Kids

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Conversations about 9/11 and children's literature got us thinking about how we are telling the story of America to our children. Listeners Sian and Carissa join us to share their thoughts.

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Sian's Recommended Reading List


  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Atheneum/S&S (2016) - Middle Grade

  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Little (2016) - MG

  • Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Atheneum (2016) - MG

  • Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O'Malley Cerra, Sky Pony Press (2014) - older MG (10 - 14)

  • Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz, Crown (2016) - young YA (12 - 14)

  • Truthers by Geoffrey Girard, Carolrhoda Lab (2017) - Young Adult

  • All We Have Left by Wendy Mills, Bloomsbury (2016) - YA

  • The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner, St. Martin's Griffin (2016) - YA

  • The Stranger Within Sarah Stein by Thane Rosenbaum, Texas Tech (2012) - YA

  • Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz, Simon Pulse (2012) - older YA

  • Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera, Whitman (2011) - older YA


  • Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman, Puffin/Penguin (2002) - picture book; ages 4 - 8

  • Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 by Julie Gassman, Capstone Publishers (2016); picture book

  • America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown, Roaring Brook (2011) - part of Actual Times series; graphic novel format for young readers, 6 - 10

  • Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, Peachtree (2016) - ages 7 - 9

  • Ground Zero Dogs by Meish Goldish, Bearport (2012) - part of Dog Heroes series; ages 7 - 12

  • The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi, Viking (2017) - young readers edition; 9 - 12

  • Ground Zero: How a Photograph Sent a Message of Hope by Don Nardo, Capstone (2016) - part of Capstones Captured History series; ages 9 - 12

  • Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks by Matt Doeden, Capstone Publishers (2015) - MG series

  • The 9/11 Terror Attacks by Valerie Bodden, Creative Education (2015) - series for YA audience


  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein, Roaring Brook Press (2003); picture book

  • Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol, Lee & Low (2016) - ages 7 - 12

  • The Goat by Anne Fleming, Groundwood (2017) - MG

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, HarperTeen (out October 2018) - YA

Adult "adopted" by YA

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, HMH (2005)

Backlist children's titles pulled from The Horn Book Guide Online database.

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9/11: Our Post-Trauma Culture

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