Book Talk Thursday ~ Remembering 9/11

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001?  I was teaching 4th grade when the principal brought us the news.  I just remember wanting to see what was going on but not being able to.

This week, I want to focus on a book that remembers 9/11 in a very positive light for Book Talk Thursday.

Our school counselor shared some books with me this week, and one really stuck out in my mind: The Little Chapel that Stood.

The book poetically tells the story of St. Paul's Chapel located less than 100 yards away from the Twin Towers.  The chapel was around during the early colonial days of George Washington.

As the city grew up around it, it remained a place where people found solace and grace.

On September 11, 2001, the skyline of New York City and the world changed drastically.  But, St. Paul's Chapel remained completely unscathed, saved by a sycamore tree, some say.

The chapel became a place for first responders to get meals, water, and rest.  It still stands but with a different skyline and story like no other!

I love how this book tells the story of this important place and time.  The pictures show so much of this event without being graphic.  Students will understand the events of the day and how our world completely changed.

Knowing that our students weren't even born and don't know what happened on this day makes it even more important to educate them in a way that is right for them.  Today our school will celebrate Patriot Day with a school-wide morning meeting around the flag and talk about the importance of patriotism.

How will you remember this important day?


  1. Reading your post gave me chills. I totally remember that morning when I heard the news. Thanks for sharing the book. I'll make sure to pass on that title to my staff. Much appreciated!
    Literacy Loving Gals

    1. Just remembering that day gives me chills. I remember it all so vividly.

  2. Wow!! That is an awesome story, and I NEED to have that book. Thank you for sharing. I usually read "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers", but this year I'm doing an interactive timeline that Erin from I'm Lovin' Lit posted. I remember that day very well, and these students, especially by 5th grade, need to be aware of this life-changing point in our history.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

    1. After reading your post, I am going to have to check out the book "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers". So true that kids will need to know all about this day at some point, and fifth grade is a great time to introduce it.


  3. I was in the middle of a spelling lesson when my principal came to the door and told me what had happened. Thanks for blogging about the book. I'd never heard of it before. I'm planning to get it now that I've read your post. Have a great week!
    Laughter and Consistency


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