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Best new books for military spouses ~ 2018
My three children have endured three long deployments without their daddy. Supporting military kids is very real to me. Our family has benefited from those who have it on their heart to reach out to military kids with good quality books. Contrary to what many believe, there are MANY books for  military kids (LINK to my lists). And now I am delighted to highlight some NEW military children books!
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Authors: Amanda Trimillos and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman

Military-connected students move frequently, changing schools as many as nine times from preschool to high school graduation. With each move, they adjust to a different curriculum, meet new teachers and coaches, adapt to a new learning environment, and develop new friendships--all amid other military life challenges, such as a parent's deployment.

Seasons of My Military Student helps parents and teachers: 
  • Understand the Seasons of Transition and the storms of military life that impact a student's education
  • Employ key provisions of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
  • Create an effective portable Seasons Education Binder
  • Work together as a team to support a student from grade to grade and school to school

Resources for educators of military kids are found HERE
Education resources for military families are found HERE
Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers
Best new books for military children ~ 2018
Author: JoAnn Sky
In this rhyming story, readers follow the adventures of Santa's best dog, Lance, when he falls out of the sleigh one Christmas Eve. He's taken in by the animal shelter and then brought home by a military family who needs some help as Dad is called to serve his country.

A sure favorite for anyone who loves dogs, in particular rescue dogs, Santa's Dog is a heartwarming tale for youngsters and the young-at heart.


There are many books to encourage military kids going through deployment. View the entire list HERE
Santa's Dog
Author: Erin Christie

A child needs only a star to let them know their parent is not too far. This holds especially true for a child with a parent in the military. These families face numerous transitions and challenges, and deployment of a parent can greatly affect all of them. Coping with the difficulties of separation, while trying to stay connected to someone you love and miss so much can be a daily struggle. Same Starry Sky is a story about staying connected. It illustrates the shared experience between a child and their parent that brings them together no matter how many miles may separate them. It can provide a source of comfort to both the child and their parent by offering a simple way to feel closer.


There are many books to encourage military kids going through deployment. View the entire list HERE

Same Starry Sky
Author: James Thomas

Multi-cultural military kid’s picture book. Kids! We Have PCS Orders! is fifth in the Deployment Series of books by author James R. Thomas. This story was written specifically for military families with kids preparing to go through a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) move. Illustrated in color, the picture book tells the story of a how a military family prepares the kids mentally for the move. The author, through his own experiences, has written a story he hopes will make your PCS a little easier. The story helps facilitate discussion with your child before or after you receive the PCS orders. The author intentionally did not reveal too much detail in the storyline in order to leave room for the readers to ask questions and generate discussions. Even in the title, the unique service-related acronym PCS was used to allow readers to discover through the story what PCS means. The characters are multi-cultural, dual military parents, with the mother dressed in a naval uniform and the father in military camouflage.


Additional books for kids going through a military move are found HERE
Kids! We Have PCS Orders!
Author:  Jaime Chapman

Apply with confidence and write a winning resume.
A quick and easy guide to find a federal job.
Discover proven secrets and get a job. 

In this book: 
  • USAJOBS
  • Federal hiring process
  • Resume tips
  • Qualify for the job
  • Interview tips
  • Salary negotiation
  • Career advice
  • Free resume download

Skip the frustration and apply successfully on USAJOBS. Learn about the Federal hiring process and Federal resume writing techniques. Qualify for the job you want, interview to win and get the salary you deserve.


Additional books to help military and veteran families seeking employment and higher education are found HERE
Find a Federal Job: Apply with Confidence and Write a Winning Resume
Author: Tim Steiner
Hug in the Wind touches the heart of every military family with this encouraging picture book of a parent's hug sent home wrapped in the wind. This story reads and rhymes smoothly with the sweetly simple message every child needs to hear when separated from a parent: I love you even though we are apart. Truly from the heart. Written and illustrated by a deployed father for his son's second birthday, this is a genuine story for any child braving the months-long separation endured by military families.


There are many books to encourage military kids going through deployment. View the entire list HERE
Hug in the Wind
2018 BEST new books for military families #milchild #milfam
Author:  Karen Vaughn

On August 6, 2011, 30 American soldiers aboard Extortion 17 perished in the single greatest loss of Navy SEAL lives. Among them - Aaron Carson Vaughn, a small-town boy who grew up in the hills of Tennessee and lived a life larger than most. Told through the eyes of Karen, Aaron's mother, this tender story of faith, family, and love grips the heart and shows how one family raised an American warrior filled with courage, tenacity, and patriotism. The Vaughn's story is not one about war or about a grieving family, but rather one of triumph and God's sustaining grace. Woven throughout Karen's story is practical advice for today's parents. Also included at the end is a study guide for those who desire to go deeper and learn how to raise children who live life so well that they leave a legacy.


Additional books to help military families coping with the loss of a service member are found HERE
World Changer
Soon to be released...
Author:  K.J. Reilly (Oct 2, 2018)

Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone.
Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping it together, or even that he has any friends.
So instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. But he never presses send.

As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn't see how junior year will be any better. For starters, Eli doesn't know how he feels about her, his best friend Andy's gone, and he basically bombed the SATs. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.
In this dazzling, hilarious, and heartbreaking debut, Joel grapples with the aftermath of a tragic loss as he tries to make sense of the problems he's sees all around him with the help of banned books, Winnie-the-Pooh, a field of asparagus, and many pairs of socks.

Additional resources for awareness and support of homeless military veterans are found HERE
Words We Don't Say (Fiction, Young Adult)
Author: Suzanne Gordon

U.S. military conflicts abroad have left nine million Americans dependent on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for medical care. Their "wounds of war" are treated by the largest hospital system in the country―one that has come under fire from critics in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in the nation's media. The resulting public debate about the future of veterans' health care has pitted VHA patients and their care-givers against politicians and policy-makers who believe that former military personnel would be better served by private health care providers.

This high stakes controversy led Suzanne Gordon, award-winning health care journalist and author, to seek insight from veterans and their families, VHA staff and administrators, advocates for veterans, and proponents of privatization. Gordon spent five years closely observing the VHA's treatment of patients suffering from service related injuries, physical and mental.

In Wounds of War, Gordon describes how the VHA-tasked with a challenging patient population- does a better job than private sector institutions offering primary and geriatric care, mental health and home care services, and support for patients nearing the end of life. The VHA, Gordon argues, is an integrated health care system worthy of wider emulation, rather than piece-meal dismantling for the benefit of private contractors. In the unusual culture of solidarity between patients and providers that the VHA has fostered, the author finds a working model for higher quality health care and a much-needed alternative to the practice of for-profit medicine.

Additional books for wounded warrior families are found HERE
Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation's Veterans (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work)
Author: Travis Thrasher (Oct 23, 2018)

Inspired by true events, Indivisible is a story of love, service, and finding each other all over again.

Darren and Heather Turner share a passion for serving God, family, and country. When Darren is deployed to Iraq as an army chaplain, Heather vows to serve military families back home as she cares for the couple’s three young children.

Darren knows he’s overseas to support the troops in their suffering as their chaplain. What he doesn’t know is how he will get through his own dark moments. And as communication from Darren dwindles, Heather wonders what is happening in her husband’s heart. Meanwhile, she’s growing weary in the day-to-day life of a military base—each child’s milestone Darren will never see, each month waiting for orders, each late-night knock on the door.

When Darren returns, he is no longer the husband Heather once knew. She is no longer the woman Darren wed. And so it’s at home that the Turners face their biggest battle: to save their marriage.

Based on the screen play by David Evans, Indivisible is a tribute to the beauty of serving our country, the courage of choosing love in the darkness, and the power of a God who never gives up hope.

Additional books to encourage military marriages are found HERE
Indivisible: One Marriage. One Family. Under God (A Novelization)
Author: Robert Noland (Oct 23, 2018)

Marriage is worth the fight. Equip yourself for the journey with Indivisible: One Marriage Under God, a powerful new devotional. Indivisible is based on the movie Indivisible, which tells the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather's battle to restore their marriage. The devotional offers couples inspirational devotions, prayers, guided journaling, and a Take Action challenge. It is great for any couple who wants a strong marriage under God.

As Darren says in the film, 'When you invite God into your marriage, your marriage is so much better," and Indivisible: One Marriage Under God is the perfect way for couples to do that in the midst of life's ups and downs. The Indivisible devotional offers 50 in-depth devotions that include a marriage-themed message, Scripture, a prayer, guided journaling, and a Take Action challenge. Indivisible: One Marriage Under God is practical for any couple who wants to deepen their relationships with God and each other. 

With a foreword written by Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather, Indivisible: One Marriage Under God offers hope and grace for even the most challenging situations. This is the perfect gift for military families, newlyweds, and those looking to strengthen the foundation of their marriage.

Invite God into your marriage and experience His incredible power in your daily life with Indivisible: One Marriage Under God.

Additional books to encourage military marriages are found HERE
Indivisible: One Marriage, Under God (50 Devotions)