Discovering Heroes® Series

Our Discovering Heroes® series of books for kids are true stories based on real events and people. The non-fiction trilogy increases awareness to September 11, 2001 and everyday heroes. The books are age appropriate, intended for kids of all ages but especially young readers ages 7 to 11, and the series is a key part of the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 InstituteTM.

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.' 

In 'My Buddy's a Hero – And I Didn't Even Know It,' Grandpa, a retired lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY), shares his brave account of 9/11 with his grandchildren for the first time. 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. 

In 'Remembering Heroes,' the grandparent characters, with their grandchildren, attend a memorial for 9/11 at FDNY's Rescue Company 1. There, the family discusses 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.

In '9/11 Courage and Tributes,' the family visits very special tributes to honor and remember the fallen. The kids 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. They also learn that 9/11 is a day that is still taking lives and their grandparents have 9/11-related illnesses. 

The series is available in hardcover, paperback, e-Book, audiobook, read-aloud versions and offered at deeply discounted prices for schools, non-profits. Order copies for your students now or email us for your estimate at

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