CRRL Kids: Military Families
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.