Author: Robin Koontz
Title: What Was Hurricane Katrina
Publication Info: New York New York : Grosset & Dunlap, An Imprint of Penguin Random House, 
I find it easier to work through difficult issues through books so I was impressed when my son picked out out this history of Hurricane Katrina written for children. The book does a good job of setting up the history of New Orleans’ location and the necessity of levees as well as a primer on hurricanes and other storms. The details about the storm and the flooding are clear and not sugar-coated (without being overly graphic) and it does not shy away from the poor decisions of political leaders. There is also a chapter on the role that climate change played in the disaster. All in all it’s a good introduction for children to one of the great tragedies of recent years, but something that may seem a long time ago to them.