Discovering Heroes® Book Series

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The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ is offering educators the age-appropriate, non-fiction trilogy the Discovering Heroes® series, written by Kristie Kiernan Bouryal. The series focuses on real events and people who experienced 9/11 to increase awareness to America’s darkest day and everyday heroes. The books are intended for kids of all ages but especially young readers ages 7 to 11.

In the series, three grandchildren, Tyler, Olivia and Sophia, journey to learn about September 11, 2001 with their grandparents, who lost many people they loved that day and experienced it firsthand. ‘My Buddy’s a Hero – And I Didn’t Even Know It’ is the inaugural book in the series. The second in the series is ‘Remembering Heroes.’ The third is ‘9/11 Courage and Tributes.’ The books are being offered to schools and non-profits at prices deeply discounted from retail pricing. The books will be distributed exclusively through the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ soon. 

My Buddy’s a Hero – And I Didn’t Even Know It

In “My Buddy’s A Hero – And I Didn’t Even Know It,” a retired lieutenant in the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) shares for the first time his brave 9/11 experience with his grandchildren. Grandpa is a hero who helped rescue the last man out alive from the ruins of the World Trade Center, but his grandchildren didn’t even know it until they started asking questions. Countless stories of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things surround us, but revealing their stories takes know-how. Through this authentic 9/11 story and others in the series, kids increase their awareness about September 11, 2001 and everyday heroes. They also learn how to ask probing questions and become active listeners and curious learners seeking context.

Remembering Heroes

In “Remembering Heroes,” Tyler, Olivia and Sophia join their grandparents at a memorial service for September 11, 2001 at the Fire Department of the City of New York’s (FDNY) Rescue Company 1. There, they learn about the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, including the 343 FDNY members and the 11 heroes from Rescue Company 1. The family also explores the meaning of everyday heroes and sees them in action. The children uncover a lot they never knew about America’s darkest day by asking questions and actively listening. Together, we can ensure the kids of today and tomorrow never forget.

9/11 Courage and Tributes

In “9/11 Courage and Tributes,” Tyler, Olivia and Sophia spend the weekend with their grandparents to learn more about September 11, 2001. The family visits very special tributes created to honor and remember people who lost their lives that day. By asking questions and actively listening, the kids learn about 9/11’s lasting impact and the courage of everyday heroes. They also learn that our nation’s largest water evacuation took place on 9/11 and it only happened because everyday heroes answered the U.S. Coast Guard’s call for help. The kids also learn that 9/11 is a day that is still taking lives and their grandparents have 9/11-related illnesses. Join in their discoveries. Help the kids of today and tomorrow to never forget.


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