June 24, 2018

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SLJ/LJ Resources for September 11

September 11 marks a difficult anniversary. To help children’s and young adult librarians navigate the challenging teachable moments that the day might raise and to guide those librarians working in universities and public libraries to address the potential research needs of their patrons, the editors of School Library Journal and Library Journal have compiled this compendium of resources.

From the SLJ and LJ archives, the varied list below includes recent feature articles, recommended book lists, and recommended digital resources on the history of September 11 for all ages (including books on helping young children explore hard topics), plus resources that explore the political landscape since that day for adults.


Not Fade Away: Ten years after 9/11
By Frances Harris. August 1, 2011. SLJ.
How do you teach kids about a tragedy they can’t remember?

Why Did It Happen? Books to Help Kids Cope with Tragedy
By SLJ Staff. December 17, 2012. SLJ.
The books chosen here by the editors of SLJ offer comfort and hope, and will ease young fears.

Ten Years After: Interview with Don Brown
By Rocco Staino. September 7, 2011. SLJ.
SLJ talks to author-illustrator Don Brown about America Is Under Attack (Roaring Brook, 2011).


Straight to the Source
By Frances Harris. July 26, 2011. SLJ.
A collection of 9/11 resources for all ages, including official sites and archives.

Islam in the Classroom
By Lauren Barack. October 1, 2010, and republished May 28, 2013. SLJ.
Teachers and parents alike are unsure about the topic, but it’s never been more important.
*Includes list of recommended books on Islam to share with students K–12.


Pictures of 9/11
By Martha Cornog. August 17, 2011. LJ.
A dozen graphic novels exploring memories of the day, from a variety of viewpoints.

9/11 Resources
By Joyce Valenza. August 25, 2011. SLJ.
In this NeverEnding Search blog post, Valenza offers a host of digital resources.

Internet Archive Launches Site Dedicated to 9/11 TV News Coverage
By David Rapp. August 25, 2011. LJ.
“Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive” offers television programming from that fateful day.

Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice
By Angela Carstensen. September 15, 2011. SLJ.
Carstensen offers some different perspectives of the post-9/11 period for older readers

Changed Forever: 9/11 Ten Years Later | Collection Development
By Charlene Rue and Miriam Tuliao. May 19, 2011. LJ.
This book list revisits works published for adults since September 11, 2002.

9/11 Ten Years On: 15 Titles
By Elizabeth R. Hayford. August 4, 2011. LJ.
This book list offers memoirs and other titles that look back on that fateful day and the years since.

ebrary Free eCollection of 9/11 Books
By Cheryl LaGuardia. August 24, 2011. LJ.
An open access collection of ebooks related to the events of 9/11.

Books on bin Laden: Just Signed, Forthcoming, and in Revision
By Barbara Hoffert. May 4, 2011. LJ.
A 2011 exploration of titles for adult readers addressing post-9/11 political topics.