Stories of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was devastating for the people of New Orleans, but it also inspired bravery, kindness, and compassion as citizens and first responders came together to rescue people and rebuild. Many compelling stories of the catastrophic event on August 29, 2005, and its aftermath have been told in books and movies and on TV shows. We've put together a list of picks that can help everyone from grade schoolers to teens and adults learn about this chapter of American history.

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Ninth Ward Book Poster Image
Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2011)
(2010)
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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach Book Poster Image
Boy risks all to find his dog after Hurricane Katrina.
By Brenda Woods
(2011)
(2011)
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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere Book Poster Image
Unflinching story of girl who survives Katrina.
By Julie T. Lamana
(2014)
(2014)
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Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina Book Poster Image
Boy and dog face danger, find friends in fast-paced tale.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2014)
(2014)
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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans Book Poster Image
Intense nonfiction graphic novel chronicles 2005 disaster.
By Don Brown
(2015)
(2015)
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Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Poster Image
Devastatingly moving drama has harsh truths, whimsy, wisdom.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Treme TV Poster Image
Post-Katrina drama mixes great music and mature themes.
Network: HBO
(2010)
(2010)
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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Movie Poster Image
Spike Lee's masterful and disturbing Katrina docu.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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