CRRL Kids: Military Families

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops
Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops By Biden, Jill (Book - 2012 ) FICTION Bid Available in some locations

Annotation:Natalie, a young girl whose soldier father has deployed to Iraq, tells the reader what life is like for her and her mother in the year that her father is away.

Hero Dad
Hero Dad By Hardin, Melinda (Book - 2010 ) FICTION Har Available in some locations

Annotation:A child demonstrates that while Dad differs from a traditional superhero, as an American soldier he is a superhero of a different kind.

I Miss You!
I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book About Deployment By Andrews, Beth (Book - 2007 ) 355.12 An Available in some locations

Annotation:Military families face stressful times that are unique to the military lifestyle. One of the most challenging situations, both for children and parents, is when a father, mother, or sibling is deployed for military service and must be away from the home. Children often experience sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, and loneliness, and they do not understand their own feelings or know how to express them. This book is designed to help children especially, but also their parents, during such difficult times.

The Impossible Patriotism Project
The Impossible Patriotism Project By Skeers, Linda (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Ske Available in some locations

Annotation:Caleb’s class is making projects that represent patriotism to display at Parents’ Night. But Caleb can’t think of a way to show what patriotism means to him. Besides, his dad can’t come because he is away, serving as a soldier. Then when Caleb really starts thinking about what his dad is doing for the country, inspiration finally strikes!

Love, Lizzie : Letters to A Military Mom
Love, Lizzie : Letters to A Military Mom By McElroy, Lisa Tucker (Book - 2005 ) FICTION McE Available in some locations

Annotation:Nine-year-old Lizzie writes to her mother, who is deployed overseas during wartime, and includes maps that show her mother what Lizzie has been thinking and doing. Includes nonfiction tips for helping children of military families.

My Big Brother
My Big Brother By Cohen, Miriam (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Coh Available in some locations

Annotation:When his big brother leaves to become a soldier, a boy does what he can to take his place in the family.

My Red Balloon
My Red Balloon By Bunting, Eve (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Bun Available in some locations

Annotation:A young boy waits with both excitement and apprehension for his father to disembark from the aircraft carrier returning to port after many months at sea.

Night Catch
Night Catch By Ehrmantraut, Brenda (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Ehr Available in some locations

Annotation:When a soldier’s work takes him halfway around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son.

On My Way
On My Way Dealing With A Move By Linder, Bonnie (Book - 1994 ) 355.12 Li Available in some locations

Annotation:Janie searches for security as she prepares for her family’s move to a new duty station.

Pilot Mom
Pilot Mom By Duble, Kathleen Benner (Book - 2003 ) FICTION Dub Available in some locations

Annotation:Jenny and her best friend K. C. accompany Jenny’s mother, a tanker pilot in the Air Force, to the air base, where they explore her plane, a KC-135, prior to her departure on a training mission to Europe.

Red, White, and Blue Good-bye
Red, White, and Blue Good-bye By Tomp, Sarah Wones (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Tom Available in some locations

Annotation:The young daughter of a Navy man does not want him to go to sea, but he points out the red flag on the mailbox, the white clouds in the sky, and the blue ocean that will remind her of him while he is away.

Stars Above Us
Stars Above Us By Norman, Geoffrey (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Nor Available in some locations

Annotation:A little girl’s father helps her get over her fear of the dark before he goes off to war, and she uses the stars they painted on her ceiling to remind her of him while he is away.

Time Apart
Time Apart Dealing With Family Separation By Linder, Bonnie (Book - 1994 ) 355.12 Li Available in some locations

Annotation:Tom counts down the days until his dad returns from a military assignment.

When Dad's at Sea
When Dad's at Sea By Pelton, Mindy L. (Book - 2004 ) FICTION Pel Available in some locations

Annotation:Emily, whose father is a Navy pilot, has to deal with the separation of her family while her dad is deployed aboard a ship.

While You Are Away
While You Are Away By Spinelli, Eileen (Book - 2004 ) FICTION Spi Available in some locations

Annotation:Three children describe how they feel when one of their parents is away.

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This list is designed to provide military families with resources for helping young children understand common parts of the active duty lifestyle, including family member deployment and frequent moves. Includes books about multiple branches of service.

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