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June 1, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” —President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

It was at 7:48 on a sleepy Hawaiian morning and the sudden sound of incoming planes was the only warning that this day, December 7, 1941, would become the most important day for pulling America into World War II. The naval base at Pearl Harbor was suddenly and without any warning attacked by 353 Japanese planes.

The USS Arizona and her 1,177 crew members were among the first casualties. At the end of the two-wave attack, all 8 U.S. Navy battleships in the harbor were damaged and 4 of those completely sunk; 2,402 Americans were killed and another 1,282 wounded.

The American people were shocked. To this day it is remembered as Franklin Delano Roosevelt named it in his call to war, “a date which will live in infamy.”

Find out more through What Was Pearl Harbor? by Patricia Brennan, an illustrated nonfiction account that illustrates both the reasons for the attack and its terrible, tragic results.


Or relive the terror and excitement through the eyes of 11-year-old Danny Crane in Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 as he struggles to get home amid the chaos of the day.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor not only pulled America into World War II, but also began a dark moment in U.S. history. Even as America fought for freedom abroad, on the home front Japanese American citizens were persecuted and imprisoned within internment camps. Discover the injustices dealt them, and the grace and determination with which many of the Japanese Americans responded in Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler.


These books can be found in the 4th Graders, 5th Graders, and Middle Schoolers flyers in November and December as well as in Club Shop.





Author Bio: Kristin Standley is the editorial coordinator for the 4th Graders, 5th Graders, Middle Schoolers, and Teens Reading Club catalogs.

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