For Parents

Little girl in 9/11 Tribute Center galleries

What does your family know about 9/11? Talking together about 9/11 can be difficult, stirring up emotions, fears and memories, but it is important to start the conversation.

We can help you. Here are some resources to help you begin.

Children’s Books

For young children, illustrated books can help introduce this complex topic by focusing on a small story that is touching and inspirational. This annotated list contains thoughtful books to be read aloud and discussed together.

For Parents Childrens Book Fireboat


Written and Illustrated by Maira Kalman
The John J. Harvey fireboat was the best of its class but retired in 1995. This inspiring true story tells how the NYC icon battled the roaring flames at the World Trade Center site when fire hydrants became non-operational, and how heroes never die.
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For Parents Childrens Book The Little Chapel that Stood

The Little Chapel that Stood

Written by A.B. Curtiss
Illustrated by Mirto Golino

This award-winning book, written in poetry, introduces St. Paul’s Chapel, located less than 100 yards from where the twin towers used to stand. The book begins with the founding of the chapel in 1766, and ends with its amazing survival on 9/11. In the aftermath it served as a place of refuge for 9/11 rescue workers. The story focuses on the tremendous humanitarian efforts of the workers, and their courage despite the devastation.
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For Parents Childrens Book Sadako


Written by Eleanor Coerr
Illustrated by Ed Young

Japanese legend holds that if a person who is ill makes 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant that person’s wish to be well again. Hauntingly beautiful illustrations enhance the true story of the life of Sadako, a girl dying of leukemia from atomic bomb radiation, whose cranes now serve as a symbol of peace. The 9/11 Tribute Center exhibits one of the last cranes that Sadako folded.
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For Parents Childrens Book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Written and Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Phillipe Petit was a French aerialist who, in 1974, performed a high-wire act between the twin towers. He spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing on a tightrope, a quarter-mile in the sky above the World Trade Center. This award-winning story tells of Petit following his dream and how his unbelievable feat helped make the towers a beloved icon.
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9/11 FAQs

The 9/11 Memorial Museum provides excellent resources for parents.

Conduct an Oral History

So much can be learned about September 11th by sharing personal stories. Students often reveal to us their shock when they discover that their own parents or members of their community had compelling stories to share about the day of 9/11 and its aftermath.

Part of the 9/11 Tribute Center’s mission is to collect and preserve the stories of 9/11. We urge young people to claim this recent history as their own by conducting their own interviews. We recommend that all young people read or listen to an oral history (recorded personal story) and then engage in interviewing someone in their own home community about that day.

Learn how to conduct an oral history (PDF)
Oral history questions students can use to interview a family or community member (PDF)