9/11 books

I wanted to share a few books I came across recently. It suddenly hit me last week that I had no age appropriate books on 9/11 for my kiddos. I am also ALWAYS looking for books to add to our home library. Here are the books I personally purchased and I'll include a list at the bottom of the post of a few others for a bit of variety!

Fireboat is a book about a fireboat name the John J. Harvey that was retired in the 1990s. A group of friends purchased her and fixed her up to her former glory. On 9/11 John J. Harvey came out of retirement to help the firefighters battle the blaze at Ground Zero. It has great illustrations and is easy to read!

Unfortunately I ordered this one too late and it won't be here on time, but if I could judge a book by it's cover this one looks beautiful! I read many reviews and it came highly recommended! I still purchased it and am looking forward to it arriving later this month. 

America is Under Attack is probably my favorite account of 9/11 that is written very factually yet kid friendly. Its journalist writing is engaging but easy to understand. 10/10 would recommend this for elementary aged kids and up.

If you are looking for a book for yourself, The Day the World Came to Town is incredibly heart warming and a reminder that in the midst of darkness there is still so much good! Hundreds of planes were forced to land in a tiny town in Newfoundland because the US closed its borders to incoming plans on 9/11. This little town rallied to help the stranded, weary travelers. The book is written from so many points of view and is honestly just fascinating with all the logistics they had to figure out! 

Here are the runners-up that we may add to our collection at some point: 
What were the Twin Towers? (What Was? Who Was? series)
I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 My oldest has read this and enjoyed it. There are many books in the I Survived series that are worth reading! Check out your local library! 

I hope that helps! The teacher in me loves using children's books to help teach things that feel overwhelming. Don't forget to check your local library! So many make it easy to place holds online and ours even has curbside pickup! 

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Master Bathroom: we painted the vanity!

and the walls, and found pulls....

I'll slow down and start at the beginning.

First, to note the elephant in the room- I took a pretty long blogging break! This isn't my first break, but we have been so busy with house projects that I needed to just focus on our stuff. But like I always say after a break- I MISSED BLOGGING SO MUCH! So here I am- and ready to get started...again.

So here's where we left the master bathroom.
We moved in and pretty much plopped new faucets in. By the way- those faucets are still on Amazon for LESS THAN $40! That's amazing! 

Oh the oak in this house- so much oak. Oak cabinets in the kitchen, oak floors, every vanity was in oak. It was hard on the eyes and something that needed to be changed pretty quickly. 

I shared my chalk painting tutorial here so I am not going to rehash the process. But what I can say is that we did this project last March (!!) and have been living with it for a year and it's held up great! The only change I made to the original chalk paint recipe is that I used a different color paint. This is Behr's Rustic Taupe in the flat finish. 
It did NOT take much to totally transform this space. I've even had people ask if we swapped out the counter top- NOPE! Remember this is phase 1. I spent $4 on a tester size of paint for this whole vanity. Amazing right? I will add that we have since added pulls to the "fake drawers" and it looks even better!

The pulls came in a 10 pack on Amazon. They are a warm chestnut color but they are a close enough match to the faucets for me to not even notice (I knew this when I purchased). 

I'll share the wall color soon and other updates we added in this space.  But for now can we just admire how a little paint can go a LONG way?!

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