Do your young children have questions about what happened sixteen years ago today? Here are a few items from our collection to help explain the events of September 11th with those who weren’t yet born:

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel / Janet Nolan

There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship’s bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 / Lauren Tarshis 

When Lucas decides to skip school because he wants to discuss football with a firefighter friend of his father, he finds himself caught up in the terrorist attacks on New York City.

Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 / Julie Gassman

Presents the heroic sea evacuation of September 11, 2001 with narrative text and vivid illustrations.

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story / Nora Raleigh Baskin

Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

The Red Bandanna / Tom Rinaldi

The inspirational story of September 11 hero Welles Crowther traces his faith-based outlook on life, his position as a volunteer in his local fire department and desire to join the FDNY, and how he sacrificed his life to save people trapped in the South Tower.

America is under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell / Don Brown

Narrates the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, from the plane hijackings to the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Towers Falling / Jewell Parker Rhodes

While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.

Ground Zero: How a Photograph Sent a Message of Hope / Don Nardo

Discusses the September 11 Terrorist Attacks and an iconic photograph that captured the historic event.

14 Cows for America / Carmen Agra Deedy

Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Massai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.

September Roses / Jeanette Winter

On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa find a good use for the roses they have grown when the flower show in New York City is canceled due to the attack on the World Trade Center.