September 11, 2001: A moment in history
no American will soon forget. It is memorable not just because it
was a horrible act of terrorism, but also because of the countless
acts of kindness that united our nation in the aftermath.
To celebrate that American spirit, Scholastic and the New York
are publishing A Nation Challenged: A Visual History
of 9/11 and Its Aftermath
, Young Reader's Edition.
Editors at Scholastic, the New York Times
and Calloway Books
combed through the hundreds of pages of the Times
coverage of 9/11,
and selected images and articles that were appropriate for a young
audience. A Nation Challenged
is a result of that work.
The book also includes stories of unity and cooperation: Americans
volunteering, sharing grief, honoring victims, and building memorials.
In its pages, young readers will find answers to questions about
the Taliban, Afghanistan, and anthrax, among other topics.
As the first anniversary approaches, many American kids and teenagers
are still looking to do their part to help our nation heal. The
book's appendix provides information that will assist readers who
are interested in pitching in.
In his introduction to the book, Howell Raines, executive editor
of the New York Times
, sums up the objective of A Nation
. "The pictures and text in this book are a record
of our changed world the world in which this newspaper and its readers
live," he says. "This book is our tribute to those who did not live
through these last turbulent months, a faithful record of the world
they did not live to see."