I know. I know. That really seems like an odd grouping of books. I’m finishing up my U.S. history book posts, and figuring out a title can something be tricky.
Here are books for the World Wars, Astronauts, and 9/11.
World War I and II (weeks 17 and 18)
Astronauts and Walking on the Moon: (week 21)
Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon is a picture book. My son really liked the side-bar information and the illustrations. Walking on the moon really was an exciting moment for our country, and I think this book catches the emotion of the moment. (This is a great event to ask grandparents about because many of them remember seeing it on television. Interviewing grandparents about this could even turn into a good CC presentation.)
You Wouldn’t Want to Be on Apollo 13!: A Mission You’d Rather Not Go On is just the book for my history-loving son. He’s read this before, but he reads the You Wouldn’t Want to Be books every year.
September 11th, 2001 (week 22)
I have not gotten these two books from our library yet (I have them on hold) but wanted to get all my book lists done before the new school year starts. When they come in, I’ll come back and write more about them. I think these will be books we read and discuss together.
America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times) is a picture book about 9/11. From reviews, I can tell it doesn’t talk about who the attackers were, but our memory work does. It seems to be a chronological telling of events from that day.
September 11, 2001 (Turning Points in U.S. History) is another picture book (maybe a little older based on Amazon’s age rating). Again, from reviews, it may have some information incorrect.
Do you have any favorite children’s books for these events in U.S. history?
(By the way, if you are wondering where some of U.S. history went (like the Vietnam War or Reagan), these topics are covered in Cycle 2. I didn’t include those books because we cover them in a different year.)
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