It's hard to believe that we are close to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. It's even harder to realize that many children alive today have no living memory of the event. In a recent article published in School Library Journal, Frances Jacobson Harris notes that for students currently in school, "September 11 had become history, an event that held no direct, personal signifigance for them. " www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/891274-312/not_fade_away_ten_years.html.csp
As the anniversary draws closer, we will be witness to a flood of media coverage and rememberances. Your children may ask you questions about the events of that day. If you have concerns about handling a family discussion of September 11th, or would like more information about speaking to your children about difficult topics in the media, we invite you to consult the resource list below:
This PDF from the 9/11 Memorial's official website is extremely helpful, particularly the advice to "Answer questions with facts."
9/11 Heroes offers their own guide, and provides a space for parents to upload their children's poems and pictures commemorating the heros of September 11th.
This link from PBS.org is a great resource for talking to your children about any tragedy or current event.
PBS.org also supplies a timeline of the events of 9/11.
You may also want to check out some of the Children's Library materials about September 11th:
One Day in History: September 11, 2001
Rodney P. Carlisle
Turning Points in U.S. History: September 11, 2001
Dennis B. Fradin
September 11: Then and Now (A True Book)
If you have any additional questions about September 11th materials, feel free to contact the Children's Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.