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Picture Books

List of Picture Books that have been reviewed:

The Reviews will be linked

Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson

My Red Balloon, by Bunting, Eve. Illustrated by Kay Life

Dear Baby I’m Watching Over You, by Carol Casey

Year of the Jungle, by Suzanne Collins

Pilot Mom by Kathleen Benner Duble

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin

Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin

Captain Cat by Syd Hoff

Knit Your Bit by Deborah Hopkinson

Our Daddy is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell

Love Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom, by McElroy, Lisa Tucker

My Father is in the Navy by Robin McKinley

Nugget on the Flight Deck by Patricia Newman

Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman

Postcards from a War by Vanita Oelschlager

When Dad’s at Sea by Mindy L. Pelton

My Daddy Was a Soldier: A World War II Story by Deborah Kogan Ray

While You Are Away by Eileen Spinelli

The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers

Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

Red, White, and Blue Good-bye, by Tomp, Sarah Wones. Illustrated by Ann Barrow

The Christmas Box by Jo Anne Stewart Wetzel

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Why consider books for military children?

“Recent estimates indicate that more than two million children have experienced parental deployment since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.”

DeVoe ER, Ross A. (2012) The parenting cycle of deployment. Military Medicine. 177(2):184-90.

“Although the events of 9-11 changed the lives of all Americans, the children of deployed service members have faced particularly unique and stressful challenges.”

Beth Ellen Davis, MD, MPH, FAAPa,b, Gregory S. Blaschke, MD, MPH, FAAPa,c, and Elisabeth M. Stafford, MD, FAAPd,e (2012) Military Children, Families, and Communities: Supporting Those Who Serve. Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 129 (Supplement 1):S3 -S10. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3797c

Ten years ago I created a website called Books for Military Children to highlight and evaluate books featuring children with parents in the United States military. A lot has changed in ten years: ongoing wars; extended and repeated parental deployments; new research on military children and dozens of new books published. Another thing that has moved forward is the technology – my website is looking very dated and I am more interested in making the information about books for military children available, than learning how to code, so I have created this blog to write in depth reviews of some books and create lists of books to help any military child, military parent, teacher, librarian or anyone interested,

Welcome! Please return to learn about Books for Military Children – books old and new, research about military children and, when relevant, how these relate to my own family’s experiences.

Jan Marry

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