This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, September 11, 2017

#IMWAYR for September 11th

Each week I join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. 

Since today is 9/11, instead of sharing the books I read last week, I am reposting three books to share with kids about this day.  

Picture Book

14 Cows for America is a picture book that features a true story about a Kenyan tribe that gifted 14 cows to America in order to help in our time of need. There are some strong images so parents should read it first. You can see more about the true story of these cows by reading this CNN article.

Middle Grade

In nine, ten, we are introduced to a number of kids who are all at the airport at the same time. They notice each other, but do not meet. We follow these characters for the next two days, experiencing their lives and family relationships. Each one comes close to the tragedy, but does not experience the tragedy directly. They are all changed by the events and at the end of the book the kids are again at the same place at the same time, but this time instead of ignoring each other, they bring us a message of hope.

Young Adult

The Memory of Things is a love story. Told from two points of view (one in verse), it is about a boy and a girl who are forced to experience the aftermath of 9/11 together when the girl gets hurt and loses her memory as she escapes the city. Their two lives are drawn together in a deep and intense way as they bear witness to history. 

There are a number of other new books that have been written on this topic which I have personally read. For other suggestions, take a look at this article from the NY Times.


  1. I hadn't heard about The Memory of Things. I will look for it. Thank you!

    It's the last day to apply to be a Cybils judge. I hope anyone interested in kidlit will apply. The link is in my post today: https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/09/life-after-hurricane.html

  2. Thank you for this re-post. Each one is a special remembrance.

  3. I still can't believe that it's been sixteen years, I can picture that day so clearly in my mind, as if it was yesterday.

  4. I haven't read 14 Cows for America in a while, but it's such a great book. Maybe I'll pull it off my shelf and give it a reread tomorrow.

  5. What a very apt post - thanks for sharing these three titles! :)

  6. I loved The Memory of Things and Fourteen Cows. I haven't read the other book here. The world has changed a lot since that day. I wish we could say it has been for the better.


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