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September 11 Books for Elementary Students (1-5) in 2021

These September 11 books for elementary students are a great way to talk about what happened on 9/11 and the profound impact it had on the United States and world. Your students will enjoying listening to these read alouds and learning about our country’s history. The following September 11 books for elementary students are included in this post:

  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
  • Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey
  • 14 Cows for America

3 September 11 Books for Elementary Students

Below are 3 books about September 11 for kids.

1. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers tells the story of Philippe, a street performer who walked on a wire between the twin towers in New York City. Philippe loved to ride a unicycle and juggle fiery torches, but his true passion was walking and dancing on a rope between two trees.

One day, he looked at the towers and thought that the space between them would be a perfect place to walk across a wire. He disguised himself and friends as construction workers, and snuck into the towers to set up the rope. After a long night of preparation, Philippe walks out onto the wire.

The people below are amazed at this man walking across the wire, but the police arrest him when he gets off. A judge sentences him to perform for children, and Philippe continues to spend his time doing what he loves. This is one of my favorite September 11 books for elementary students!

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers book cover and writing paper

2. Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman

Another one of my favorite September 11 books for elementary students is Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey. This story is about a real-life fireboat called John J. Harvey. It once was a fast and shiny fireboat, but became old overtime and eventually retired. This book shares the story of how it came out of retirement on September 11, 2001 to fight roaring flames in New York City.

3. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy and Thomas Gonzalez

14 Cows for America shares the true story of how one small African village was so moved by the tragic events of September 11th, that they decided to send the United States the only help that they could. This was a gift of 14 cows.

If you are looking for teaching resources that go with one of the September 11 children’s books described below, click the image below. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is my favorite out of all of the September 11 books for kids, which is why I added it to my Starts With a Story collection. Like all of my Starts With a Story resources, this book companion includes reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, grammar and vocabulary lesson ideas, tons of printable and digital activities for kids, and much more!

The Man who Walked Between the Towers book companion

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