Military children - Deployed father, parent

All Hands on Deck! Dad's Coming Home!
Author: Julia Maki, Copyright @ 2012
My dad is in the Navy. He works on a huge ship called an aircraft carrier. Sometimes he and his ship have to go away on deployment. I miss him a lot when he is gone, but I am also proud of him because I know that his job is important. When he comes home, my whole family goes out to the pier to meet him!

American Hero Books: My Daddy Is a Marine
Author: Alia Reese, Copyright @ 2011, Ages infant-preschool
www.heartstarpress.com
Help your infant-preschool age child understand and feel proud of Daddy’s very important job AND keep Daddy present in your child’s mind while Daddy is away during training and deployment. Read, march, and bark along with our fun and simple descriptions and insert your own picture over those printed in the book to see Daddy at work as a U.S. Marine.

An American Flag for their Father
Author: Annmarie Hickey Georgopolis, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 13 and up
An inspiring story of American ingenuity based on actual events. Two children of a soldier stationed in Iraq are determined to buy their father a huge flag for his imminent homecoming. Their grandparents on Plum Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, help them, but it is really the local veterans who save the day.

A Paper Hug
Author: Stephanie Skolmoski, Copyright @ 2006
Have you ever said good-bye to someone very dear? Here's a story about a little boy who figured out the best gift to give his dad who was leaving to serve his country... a paper hug. 

A Very Long Time
                   Authors: Geri Timperley and Nikki Arro, Copyright  @ 2005, Ages 4-8
www.averylongtime.com
"You don't have a dad!" Those were the words my son Adam's three-year-old daughter, Kylee Timperley, heard from a little boy at daycare after her dad was deployed to Iraq in the fall of 2003. Kylee responded, "I do too, he's just at drill for... a very long time."

I looked around for a children's book that might help Kylee grasp the meaning of time and how long it would take for her father to return. Finding none, my daughter, Nikki, and I wrote our picture book, A Very Long Time, to help Kylee and other children generate the tools they need to deal with the separation that might otherwise seem to never end.


A Year Without Dad
                                      Author: Jodi Brunson, Copyright @ 2003
A Year Without Dad was written to be a comfort to any child who has a parent serving in the National Guard. Whether the parent is away during war or peacetime, military separation can be a scary time for a child. What children will learn from reading this book is that it was not such a scary time for Ryan and his little sister Anna. Reading through the book season by season and being able to read about Dad coming home at the end will make the year seem to go by more quickly. After reading this book to your children, we encourage you to create a diary or scrapbook of your own.


A Year Without Daddy
                                                       Author: Paige Turnbull
This is the story of a little dog whose dad gets deployed with the United States Marine Corps. It follows the little dog's journey from finding out about the deployment to daddy's homecoming a year later.

A Yellow Ribbon for Daddy
                  Author: Anissa Mersiowsky, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 4-8
Book for military children going through a deployment. It asks the question from a child's perspective why their daddy has gone to fight and protect other children and families. It answers in an easy to read and rhyming format.

Boo Boo Bear's Mission
                        Author: Mary Linda Sather, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 4-8
Boo Boo Bear's Mission tells the story of a beloved teddy bear on an important mission. Young Shea Leigh's dad has been deployed to Iraq with the Air National Guard. To help her dad feel less lonely while he is away from his family, Shea Leigh sends Boo Boo Bear to him in a care package. Half a world away from home, Boo Boo tours the base with Dad, embarks on a jet fighter flight and fulfills an important mission--to carry a family's love until they can be together again. This true story, related to the author by her son and granddaughter, brings comfort and reassurance to children whose families are experiencing the anxieties of deployment. The book includes a parent guide to assist families as they cope with the stress that often accompanies military family separations. Featuring charming illustrations drawn by children from military and civilian families, Boo Boo Bear's Mission offers a message of love and hope that can turn the difficulties of family separation into opportunities for growth. 

Butterfly in the Sky: Daddy's Little Girl
Author: Sugin Musgrave, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
The military child in this story represents all military children of all origins. The child is not faceless. The child's face is hidden so any military child reading the story can imagine themselves as the child in the story. This book is dedicated to all the unsung military children heroes for proudly standing behind their military parent.

But... What If?     
Author: Sandra Miller Linhart, Copyright @ 2010
Will Daddy remember me? Will I remember him? Homecomings are wonderful reunions, but they can also be stressful at times. Daddy is coming home, but he's been gone a long time. Will he recognize Bean? Will Bean be able to pick Daddy out in a sea of soldiers?

Being deployed is a fact of life for soldiers of all military branches. Humanitarian efforts, operations other than war (OOW), peaceful or wartime missions - a Soldier's duty is to be there. And when it's time to come home, sometimes the unknown can be a bit scary. But... What If? is a loving description of the subtle insecurities a child of a returning male soldier may have. 

Coming Home
Author: Greg Ruth, Copyright @ 2014, Ages 4-7
Every day, Soldiers leave their families to protect others. We love them, we miss them, and we wait for them to come home. They are our heroes. Coming Home is a powerful story of a boy watching for his military parent to come home. This beautifully illustrated picture book uses very few words to convey its touching story.

Coming Home Series: Navy Dad
            Author: Sandi Lorenzana, Copyright @ 2006
Coming Home Series: Navy Dad offers valuable advice to help all members of the [military] family better vocalize their feelings and handle the inevitable difficulties that surface in the lives of 'military brats.' Lorenzana writes from personal experience and empathy...[offering] firsthand insight into what military dependents experience and how they can best cope with the anxiety and repeated separations.' -Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author

Join Jasmine, her mom, her brother Josh and her bull dog Gladys as they welcome their Dad home. Experience how they deal with the sadness of his being gone, the excitement of his return and how they cope when he has to leave again. First of a series, Navy Dad is filled with fun illustrations and is designed to give kids hope and understanding.

Countdown 'til Daddy Gets Home
Author: Kristin Ayyar, Copyright @ 2013, Ages 3-8
Countdown 'til Daddy Comes Home is the story of a young boy waiting for his daddy to come home from a trip. To make their separation easier, his family creates rituals to stay connected and make the countdown fly by. A perfect book for military kids who have a parent deployed or kids who have a parent that is a frequent business traveler. After reading this warmly illustrated story you will find ideas on various ways to countdown 'til your daddy comes home and discussion questions to set expectations and alleviate any fears your child may have because of their parent's deployment or trip.

Inspired by her experiences, Kristin Ayyar shares how her family copes with the separations that are part of everyday life.

Daddy Got His Orders
                               Author: Kathryn Mitchell, Copyright @ 2004

Daddy Is a Soldier
                                     Author: Kristen Hallowell, Copyright @ 2004, Ages 4-8

Daddy is in the Military
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Daddy Loves You
                                     Author: Vianna Ramnath, Copyright @ 2006
Help parents of military families support their young child/children during deployment. 

Daddy Misses Kisses and Candy at War
           Author: Kathy Barnes, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 2-5
Daddy Misses Kisses and Candy at War by Kathy Barnes, Ph.D. and Jody Berg gives parents ways to encourage 'feeling talk' when a daddy or mommy goes to war." Avoiding feelings makes behavior worse." If you are Cora and are three, four or five years old, life is exciting and full of extremes. You run laughing loudly, and then suddenly you start screaming and crying. Your mom leans over to hug you and you hit her, yelling, "I want my daddy, not you!" As Cora's mom, you try not to get your feelings hurt, but you are so tired from taking care of her, the house, and balancing the checkbook by yourself. Why complain? you shrug. I have no choice. My husband is fighting in Iraq. But Cora's behavior is perplexing, painful, and frustrating. When moms or dads read Daddy Misses Kisses and Candy at War with their child, the pictures, story, and questions on the pages will comfort both. Mom and child will learn to put words to feelings. "I'm mad at my daddy, dear Mommy, dear Mommy, I pick up the phone and call Daddy home. I promise, I'll be good and eat yucky food, when he doesn't come home, I'm in a bad mood." Mom asks Cora, "What food do you think is yucky?" and Cora lists lima beans and lemons. Then Mom rocks her, saying, "Come to me Cora, when you're mad, dear Cora, We'll snuggle and cuddle and share with God. Pick up your crayons and squiggle in red. Go you your room and pound on your bed." Cora feels understood and is learning what to do when she is mad. At night, nap time and scary, sad times, moms, dads, and their small children will read and re-read our book and learn how to share feelings.

Daddy's Away
                                                                  Author: Jewell Douglas, Copyright @ 2006
The book for every military family! This children's book was inspired by my deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. This was dedicated to my son in an attempt to explain to him my daily life and duty overseas while serving this great nation.

Daddy's Boots
                                                      Author: Sandra Miller Linhart, Copyright @ 2010
It's Boot's task to take Daddy where he's needed, but it's Daddy's job to explain why. Boots say Daddy is getting ready to deploy, but Bean needs to know why Daddy is leaving, what he does while he's away, and why Bean can't go with him. Daddy is a soldier and his boots are preparing to take him away again. If Bean can hide Daddy's boots will Daddy be able to stay? Daddy explains to Bean the many things Daddy's called to do, why his boots sometimes have to take him far away and how his work is really not so much different than other daddies' jobs.

Being deployed is a fact of life for soldiers of all military branches. Humanitarian efforts, operations other than war (OOW), peaceful or wartime missions - a soldier's duty is to be there. Sometimes it means leaving little ones behind wondering why. Daddy's Boots is a touching description of a few quiet moments between Daddy and his young child, Bean, as Daddy prepares to deploy for his job with the military. 

Daddy's Deployed
Author: Bridget Platt, Copyright @ 2012, Ages 0-10
http://daddysdeployed.com/
The only military book of its kind: Daddy's Deployed is a completely customized children's book for those with a parent deploying. The book features the name, gender, and physical attributes of, not only the child, but the parents as well!

Daddy's in Iraq, but I Want Him Back
        Author: Carmen R. Hoyt, Copyright @ 2005
An hour is a long time to a small child. How do you describe the length of a military war deployment to a preschooler? When attempting to tell my son that his Daddy was not going to be gone for just a week or seven wake-ups, but for several months, I longed for a better way to lay it out for him. I felt a need for this story to be written when my three year old, Jack, became very insecure upon his father's deployment to the War in Iraq. I wished there was a way to help him "get his little arms around" the situation. It was new for me also and I didn't know how to help him. When my husband returned safely, I wanted to write the story. I wanted to document this time in our family's life; to put parameters around the situation for little people, who have no idea what's going to happen or why. Hopefully children can use our story to help deal with these deployments by seeing that there is a beginning, middle and thank God, an end to their parent or loved one being gone. 

Daddy, You're My Hero! (Boardbook)
             Author: Michelle Ferguson-Cohen, Copyright @ 2001, Ages baby - preschool
Around the world, whether or not we are at war or involved in a military action, soldiers are deployed to service leaving their families behind. Everyday, children of military personnel are being confronted with the difficulties of having a parent deployed in the service of our country. Children's book author and military brat, Michelle Ferguson-Cohen, has written, "Daddy, you're my hero!" and "Mommy, you're my hero!" to help military and reservist's families speak with children about deployment.

The books address deployment from a child's perspective. They talk about this separation in a simple manner to assure and comfort small children. The books also suggest tips to maintain communication and deal with feelings of helplessness. 

Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment
Author: Lyndsey and Vincent Jackson, Copyright @ 2014
Danny isn't happy that his dad, a major in the US Army, has to leave for a deployment. Not long after hearing the sad news, he meets and befriends a player from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and realizes he isn't alone. What Danny doesn't know is his new friend has a surprise in store that is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Dear Baby, I'm Watching Over You
              Author: Carol Casey, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 1 and up
Dear Baby, I'm Watching Over You is a tender story that helps children in military families understand why their parent chooses to serve our country and reassures that time and distance can't break the bonds between parent and child. 

Deployment
                                                                       Author: Santina Rivera, Copyright @ 2010
This upbeat story is about a military kid trying to understand his feelings when his Dad has to deploy. He struggles with feelings of sadness and anger and even watches his Mom go through some challenges at home. Together, they learn how to become a team and work together to get through the long months ahead.

Don't Forget: God Bless our Troops
            Author: Dr. Jill Biden, Copyright @ 2012, Ages 5 and up
When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some things do help her feel better. Natalie works with her Nana to send her dad and the other service men and women cookies and treats they have made. Natalie, her mom, and her brother can see and talk to Dad over the computer, and the kindness of friends at school and at church help her feel supported and loved. But there is nothing like the day when her Dad comes home at last.

Heart of a Shepherd
                                       Author: Rosanne Parry, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 9-12
Also available as a cd audio book
Teacher discussion guide available (3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade)
Brother has never been the rancher that his father and the older boys are. Sure, he can ride a horse, rescue a wayward calf, or mend a broken fence, but his heart just doesn’t seem to be in it. Even worse, every time one of the ranch animals dies he feels it too keenly. Still, with four older brothers to carry the load, it’s never been much of a problem.

Then Brother’s father is shipped off to Iraq with the rest of is reserve unit. With the older boys away at school, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He’s determined to maintain the ranch just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father’s safe return. But life rarely goes according to plan. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch but also reveal his true calling.

Hero Dad
                                                           Author: Melinda Hardin, Copyright @ 2010,  Ages 4-8
Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars, and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear Army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. That's a tough job, but superheroes can do it. Some superheroes are dads. Army dads. Hero dads.

Home Again (Board Book)
                   Author: Dorinda Silver Williams, Copyright @ 2009,  Ages 0-3
Home Again is a children's board book designed by ZERO TO THREE to support young children, as well as their parents and caregivers, through post deployment reunification. This book addresses family change and connectedness from the young child's perspective capturing the range of emotions and experiences that can be associated with post-deployment reunification.

How I Know My Dad Is a Soldier
           Author: Dennis M. Johnson, Copyright @ 2007
How I Know My Dad is a Soldier shows the pride displayed by members of Armed Forces as seen through the eyes of their children. An underlining theme is the cultural diversity our Armed Forces has, another is the important part Mom plays in the military family.

I Am Red, White, & Blue...Are You Feeling it Too?  
 Author: Deanna Lynn Cole, Copyright @ 2008
I Am Red, White, & Blue...Are You Feeling It Too? is a children's book written through the eyes of a child writing a letter to their favorite soldier, while sitting under a apple tree at a children's military camp for kids who have a loved one deployed. Children of all ages are encouraged to talk about their feelings that are associated with a military deployment. The full color paintings wonderfully depict a day in the life of little soldiers living on the homefront, choosing to find little ways to help others. It is through the colors that children can relate their feeling that it is okay to feel and it is good to talk about them. 

I'm a Hero Too
 Author: Jenny Sokol, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
Children in military families cope with a vast array of emotions when Mom or Dad deploys, especially during our nation's war on terror. In this compassionate story, a young boy learns to cope and thrive while Dad is far away. Subtle suggestions for families enduring separation are weaved throughout this poignant book, and the lovable main character ultimately realizes that he's part of a special and appreciated family.

I'm a Hero Too! (Daddy version)
Author: Timothy P. Dunnigan, Copyright @ 2011
I'm a Hero Too offers a developmental journey into some of the more common emotions young children face, but find difficult to define or express in the absence of a military parent. It offers insights to guide the child's desires to be involved with the absent parent through activities and meaningful thoughts. Whether the absence is thirty days for a military school, training rotations, or a one-year unit deployment, our story makes suggestions on how to stay in touch with feelings, emotions, and the absent parent.

I'm a Hero Too reads and is illustrated purposely as branch immaterial, military nonspecific, and gender neutral - there is a Daddy and a Mommy version of the book. All the love, time, and efforts put into writing this very unique book are to ensure that no military child is left out of this story.

I Miss My Daddy
       Author: Heather Philbrook
A story I wrote for my daughter when her daddy deploys again to Iraq. How to help your little ones cope with missing their daddy. Guide and helpful hints in the back of the story for parents. Good for children with divorced dads, military dads or dads that just have to work away from home alot.

I Miss You!
         Author: Beth Andrews, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
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. Based on many years of experience as a social worker, who has assisted military families experiencing stress, author Beth Andrews has created an excellent tool for allowing children and their loved ones to deal with the many emotions caused by deployment. The text and illustrations encourage children to discuss their feelings and to draw their own pictures to express themselves. The accompanying parents' guide is designed to validate parents' feelings and give them ways to help their children cope. 

Guided by this approach, a parent or caregiver can help their children understand why one of their parents or a sibling had to leave home, identify their reactions, cope with their feelings in a positive way, be assured that they are not alone, and try new activities to help themselves adjust.

I Wish Daddy Was Here
Author: Katherine DeMille, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 4-8
"The military life causes many families to endure extended separation when daddies get sent away. See how one little girl and her mother find strength through the seasons as they await the return of their loved one in the charming I Wish Daddy Was Here. This book catches the essence of military families. The honest feelings portrayed show incredible strength by being able to move through the seasons and survive a deployment. This is a powerful book for any child missing a parent." Annette Amos - Early Childhood Educator and Military Spouse.

Joe Devlin and the New Star Fighter (Vol. 1)
Author: James Thomas, Copyright @ 2012, Ages 8-12
From the right side of Nelson's Star Fighter there was an eruption of cannon fire. A Tourian War vessel had him in its sights. A dozen rounds hit the fuel tanks on Nelson’s left wing and smoke started to come from the engine. Joe Devlin has started his first year at the Space Academy and nothing has gone his way. His father's heroics in the Tri-Sun War are legendary and Joe has plans to follow in his father's footsteps to be a Star Fighter. While his father is deployed to the war, can Joe measure up to the task at hand? With the town in smoke, Joe better find out if he can fix what he messed up before his father discovers his secret.

Joining Forces with Glory
   Author: Lisa Mallen,  Copyright @ 2011, Ages 7-10
Intended for the 7-10 year age group, Joining Forces with Glory concerns a protagonist whose name, Glory, is taken from the hymn, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Glory is a spunky eight year old who enters a new school in the middle of the school year, something she is accustomed to doing with her family's frequent moves, because she is an "Army Brat." Her third grade teacher, Mrs. Wonderbee, is quite proud to have the daughter of an army officer in her class, and she makes sure the students know that Glory's dad helps keep the nation free. Glory has the opportunity to explain her unusual lifestyle to her curious classmates; however, one student, Hank, is not impressed. From the very beginning he is mean to Glory and tries to make life miserable for her. Glory discovers the answer to a mystery about Hank as a result of a class assignment, which eventually leads to the heartwarming end.

Lily Hates Goodbyes
    Author: Jerilyn Marler,  Copyright @ 2011, Ages 2-7
Lily's Daddy is in the military. Sometimes she has to say goodbye to him for about a billion days. She feels a swirl of unhappy emotions that can be scary. And she aches to feel connected to her Daddy. Join Lily as she learns how to cope with her emotions and to be happy in her daily life while she looks forward to joyfully saying hello when Daddy gets home.

Lion's Pride: A Tail of Deployment
    Authors: Grace Anne Remey, Lisa J. Remey,  Copyright @ 2012
Grace Anne is a second grader who has experienced 7 deployments in her young life. In Lion's Pride: A Tail of Deployment, Grace Anne shares her story in her own words. Her story is told from the perspective of an 8 year old lion cub's experiences and feelings through all the stages of the deployment cycle. The book also includes a 'How To' section describing ideas families can use during deployment to help children cope.

Make Me a Memory
     Author: Tamra Norton, Copyright @ 2005
Allie Claybrook’s life is changing drastically. Her dad has left for the faraway country of Iraq to fulfill his duty as a soldier, and Allie is going with her mom and pesky little brother, Spencer, to live with her grandma in Edna, Idaho—"Hicksville"—while her mom is expecting a new baby. And if that isn’t enough, Allie has to learn all about living with Nanna, her great-grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Throughout this time of struggles, discovery, and even a bit of fun, Allie comes to understand that memories, as well as loved ones, can be both precious and fragile.

Meet Robby the C-130
Author: Beth Mahoney, Copyright @ 2008
Meet Robby the C-130! Robby is a military child's icon for all that is brave and proud to be American. Robby will take you on a short journey through his life as a C-130 and the adventures of deployments. He will show you what he does during deployments, the importance of this beloved aircraft, and the understanding of a military soldier's job that touch the hearts and homes of many. Let Robby enter your homes and your hearts to help befriend your child while Daddy or Mommy is away. Robby can relate to everything a child goes through when a loved one is deployed or on extended duty. He can become the interpreter for a child's emotional distress and his/her comforting icon. 

Memories of Me
 Author: R.M. Romagnoli, Copyright @ 2009
With the help of her Mom, one child gifts her Dad with a glimpse into the year he’s missed. 

Miss You to Pieces: A Deployment Story and Project Idea for Kids
Author: Donna Purkey, Copyright @ 2012
Riley’s dad is in the Navy and deploys for 6 months. To help Riley count the days, his mom introduces a unique puzzle project in which he also finds comfort, strength, and encouragement. Children experiencing a temporary separation from a loved one will identify with Riley’s story and will learn that while we are challenged, we also grow and become stronger. We build ourselves as Riley builds his puzzle, and we stay connected to our loved ones as Riley’s family, and his puzzle pieces, stay connected. The puzzle project can be easily adapted for any family experiencing a temporary separation. The book includes tips for creating your own puzzle project!

My Daddy Is a Guardsman
  Authors: Kirk and Sharron Hilbrecht, Copyright @ 2002, Ages 4-8
It can be hard for the children of members of the National Guard to understand why Daddy or Mommy has to go away on a mission for a long time. In simple text and pictures, My Daddy is a Guardsman lets kids know that Daddy has an important job: helping poor people around the world, capturing bad guys, and making the world a safer place to live.

My Daddy Is a Hero
   Author: Chad Childers, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
I am a disabled Army veteran. I served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. I witnessed first hand the struggles that parents face when they have to explain to their children why it is that their parent is going to war. What I saw with my friends' children pressed upon my heart so much that I wanted to come up with some way to help all military families cope with this difficult situation. Military children often don't understand and are left wondering what happens when their parent is sent overseas. This book, through the eyes of a child, teaches young military children the whole process, from start to finish, what happens when their daddy is sent to a foreign land with the Armed Forces. My Daddy is a Hero explains the reason the father is going to war, situations that he encounters, the cultural differences between the people in the Middle East and Americans, and his safe return home. Enjoy the book and please support our troops.

My Daddy Is an Airman
     Authors: Kirk Hilbrecht and Sharon Hilbrecht, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 4-8
In simple text and pictures, this book lets kids know that daddy has an important job: helping poor people around the world, capturing bad guys, and making the world a safer place to live. 

My Daddy Is a Soldier
       Author: Anne Stratford, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 3-8
My Daddy Is A Soldier helps military kids cope with deployment by giving voice to the personal issues they face when a parent is deployed. "Most people understand the fear and separation these kids deal with every day," said author Anne M. Stratford, "but what often gets overlooked is that they are also dealing with things on a deeper level; that's the piece that needed a voice. My Daddy Is A Soldier seeks to encourage kids in military families, and to let them know that even though something may be tough to do, they can conquer it! 

My Daddy Is a Soldier
Authors: Kirk Hilbrecht and Sharon Hilbrecht, Copyright @ 2001, Ages 4-8
Color picture book for young military families show how Daddy's job is important. 

My Daddy Is a Soldier
      Author: Suzy Campbell, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 4-8
What happens when Daddy has to go? Chris, a little boy, is about to find out when his father is deployed and is sent far, far away. He can’t go with his daddy, but instead he needs to stay home and help his mommy. He may be sad but he is proud. He keeps going on thinking about the day daddy will be home. See through the eyes of a child into the lives of a soldier’s family. He will miss his daddy but his daddy is always with him in his heart. This story was written originally for my son when his daddy was deployed to Iraq.

My Daddy Is in the Air Force
Author: Nick Hoth, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 4 and up
The heartwarming tale of a father who must leave his family to help protect and serve his country. His two sons find it hard to cope with the time spent away from their father, but they continue on, knowing that he loves them with all of his heart and will be home soon to spend valuable time with them.

My Daddy Is in the Army 
 Author: Sherri Williams, Copyright @ 2011
Downloadable version
A sweet new picture book for the military child. This ‘darling’ book tells the story of a military child whose daddy is deployed.  It shares how they keep in touch and includes wonderful, fun care package ideas.

My Daddy Is My Hero
         Author: Brooke Henson
This book was written for military children to help them cope with deployments. The story, written in rhyme, begins with Daddy having to go away and ends with him coming home again. In between, the book covers things that Daddy might miss and shows how proud his children are of him. 

The words are general enough to apply to all branches of the US military deployed to any part of the world. The illustrations show children of both genders and of varying ages and races so that all children can identify with the book.

My Daddy, My Hero
     Author: Katie Karnes, Copyright @ 2010
The Daddy is out helping the good guys. And although we miss them while they are away, we are very proud of them. Always have hope and faith and once your Daddy is done helping the good guys, he´ll be back in your arms before you know it!

My Daddy's a Soldier
     Author: Sara Jane Arnett, Copyright @ 2012, Ages infant - 5th grade
In the last ten years, over 1.5 million Americans have deployed in support of the War on Terror where U.S. Service Members have experienced combat in several countries. It is estimated that over 4 million children have been affected by multiple deployments. These separations have stressed resilient military families where children are certainly the most vulnerable. Uncertain deployment cycles have created heartbreaking conditions for children as they learn to be without their mothers and fathers.

We can all work together to ensure that the needs of our deployed Soldier’s children are being met. My Daddy’s A Soldier tells the story of a young boy that shows great courage and reflects on good memories that help him through his father’s deployment.

My Daddy's Going Away
    Author: Christopher MacGregor, Copyright @ 2010
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My Daddy is going away - but that's OK!  Daddies often have to go away from home and leave their family and children behind.  Whether a soldier, sailor, airman, businessman, oil-rigger, truck driver, doctor, actor or sportsman - all Dads have to go away sometimes and temporary separation affects the whole family. Whatever he does, and no matter why Dad has to leave home, it is hard on all the family.  If Dad's departure is understood, his absence is more likely to be accepted and this will reduce anxiety. The book My Daddy's Going Away... and this website will help you and your children talk through the stressors of paternal separation and find ways to lessen the anxiety that is often felt across the family.

My Dad Is a Marine
        Author: Kimberly Coe, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
My Dad is a Marine is about one family, but it's a universal story. Although it's written with children in mind, anyone who has a loved one who is deployed will relate to and appreciate this book. As author Kimberly Coe writes, "This book is to help the children of the Marine Corps learn a little about what their dads or moms do, as well as the similar adjustments and feelings the children themselves will go through." My Dad is a Marine both explains life in a Marine family to "civilians"- it includes, for example, a "Military to Civilian Dictionary" - and helps other Marine families, talking openly about some of the issues military families have to face. Sudden upheaval is a huge part of Marine life, as is the pain of missing someone who is away.

Told from the viewpoint of Coe's young daughter, My Dad is a Marine shares the ways in which the Coe family copes when their Marine is deployed away from home. They always try to include him in any way they can, even though he isn't with them in person: they send him care packages and letters and photos. They also keep the home fires burning by visiting with other military families and taking part in Support the Troops rallies. Of course, everyone has their bad days, too. There are times when Kimberly Coe's daughter wants her dad, not her mom. Her mom always tells her that when her dad is away, he will come home as soon as he is able to. She doesn't always like this answer, but knows it's the truth, so eventually she accepts it. Sometimes it helps to talk to her mom; sometimes she just wants to be alone. They always discuss it and soon she's playing and laughing again. Stories like these will help children of military families realize that separation is often part of military life. Kimberly Coe's family has had to overcome struggles and hardships, these struggles are outweighed by the love and joy they've had, too. And they just can't imagine life without the Marine Corps.

My Dad Is Going Away, But He Will Be Back One Day
A deployment story (Edition 3)
 Authors: James Thomas, Melanie Thomas, Copyright @ 2004, Ages 4-8
Also available as an e-book
Military families sometimes have to spend a lot of time apart from each other while serving their country, with one or more of the parents deployed. The separation can be just a few days in length or many months. This children's book helps the family explain to the child how things will work while the parent is away and how to communicate over the distance until the day the family reunites. The writing style and art of the book enables each child, boy or girl, to relate to the story in a personal sense. This book was computer designed with a cut out page at the end allowing the child to write a letter and draw a picture for the deployed parent.

My Dad's a Hero
     Authors: Rebecca Christiansen and Jewel Armstrong, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
A children's book with war as a backdrop is not an easy subject to pull off. But the creators of Is Your Dad a Hero have found just the right approach. The reader they address is any child whose father is serving in the military, far away from home. These are children who miss their dads, worry about them, and have lots of conflicting emotions and unanswered questions. The authors know this is a tender subject for young readers and have kept the book uplifting and free from scary words like guns, war and fighting. The book gives kids permission to be happy and proud of their military dad.

My Dad the Navy Hero
  Author: Denise Marie Schepper, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
A little girl sees her father as her hero. She is so proud of her dad; they have so much love for each other. Her dad is in the Navy. He has been living on a ship for some time. He’s at war helping other countries fight for freedom. She tries to understand the best way she can for a little girl. The small amount of time they have together, before he has to go back to his duty, is very special. 

My Father is In the Navy
          Author: Robin McKinley, Copyright @ 1992, Ages 4-8
"He'll be so glad to see you," said my mother. "You've grown so much. It's been a long time." My father was coming home. But I didn't remember him.

Many fathers' jobs take them away from home for long periods of time. This realistic, positive story of one little girl and one loving but absent father will enchant--as well as reassure--children whose parents are both near and far.

My First Deployment 
           Author: Lisa Stillion, M.S.W., Copyright @ 2006
My First Deployment is an informative and entertaining book for children which explores the causes and effects of separation anxiety due to military deployment and offers practical and easy methods to help young readers cope. It is about a rambunctious little girl who goes through a range of emotions as her father leaves for a military deployment. Working through her fears and concerns, Allie soon finds creative outlets for her thoughts and emotions during this stressful time. 


My Hero Doesn't Wear a Cape
Author: Gloria Canada, Copyright @ 2013
My Hero Doesn't Wear a Cape captures the pride and admiration a young boy feels for his hero-his dad, the soldier. This book realistically depicts, through the eyes of a young boy, what it is like to have a parent serving in the military. He witnesses strangers who come up and shake his dad's hand, he views his dad marching in parades, he watches with the world as his father leaves for faraway places to help others in need, and he witnesses the strength of his mother. When his dad is home, the young boy describes the softer, gentler, human side of his real-life hero that only his family knows. My Hero Doesn't Wear a Cape truly touches on the unique experiences military families share. It is honest it its portrayal of how the families of military men and women also serve their country.

My Navy Dad    
    Author: Tracy Richards, Copyright @ 2010
This book was designed to help children of military families understand the process of what it is like to have a dad in the military. A part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be distributed to the families of our fallen hero's and the disabled veterans association.

My Red Balloon
Author: Eve Bunting, Copyright @ 2005,  Ages 4-8
A boy takes his red balloon to greet his Navy dad, who has been away at sea for months. 

My Sailor Dad
        Author: Ross H. Mackenzie, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
Ross H. Mackenzie is an active duty Navy pilot, former instructor of English literature and writing at the U.S. Naval Academy, and father of two young boys. His book, My Sailor Dad, is a loving tribute to all families – Navy and non-military. The book uses lively text and beautiful illustrations to celebrate the sacrifices of today’s sailors, to showcase the awesome scale of today’s Navy, and to serve as an invaluable resource to Navy families who struggle with questions like, “Why do you have to go to sea?”, “Does your job really make a difference?”, “Do you still love me when you are gone?” and “Will you ever come home?”.

Ned and the General: A Lesson About Deployment
            Author: Ron Madison, Copyright @ 2004, Ages 4-8
Ned and the General helps children understand the military and the uncertainties of deployment in a most unusual way…in rhyme directed to the child. Deployment has always been difficult for the military to explain. Ned and the General does it very well. 

Never Far Apart
                                                             Author: Lieutenant Gary,  Copyright @ 2007, Ages 2-10
A children´s book written for military parents and families by a military parent. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that builds a bridge between a deployed military service member to child during periods of separation. The book includes a military lullaby which is also written by the author. What is really interesting, is that this heart warming and poetic book was written by a NAVY SEAL! 

Night Catch
   Author: Brenda Ehrmantraut, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 4-8
When a soldier's work takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son. Night Catch is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion. 

100 Days and 99 Nights
      Author: Alan Madison, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 9-12
"On Saturday mornings, you'll be the boss. You'll have to remind them that there are rules for pancakes." He brought the left corner of his mouth slightly up toward his ear to form a lopsided grin. "That's a big responsibility for someone your age." "Yes, sir," I repleid in my most military voice, to try and assure him that I was absolutely one hundred percent "can do."

"Every day you look more and more like your mother," Dad commented, which made me feel good because she is a very pretty mother. He gave me a peck on my forehead to try and assure me that he knew that I was absolutely one hundred percent "can do." The fullish moon outside my window barely lit the tattoo on his right forearm. I closed my eyes tight so I could memorize every detail of it.

Operation Yes
      Author: Sara Lewis Holmes, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 9-12
No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afghanistan, and Ms. Loupe herself breaks down, they band together to support their teacher. What starts as a class fundraiser expands into a nationwide effort for all injured troops, and an amazing vision of community and hope. 

Over There (Board Book - Daddy Version)        
      Author: Dorinda Silver Williams, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 0-3
www.zerotothree.org
A wonderful, simple deployment book for infants and toddles which includes a pocket at the end of the story to put the parent's photo. A downloadable version of this young children's board boook is available at www.zerotothree.org.  Most New Parent Support Programs at military installations have the board book available for distribution.

ParaPup Reports for Duty
                                  Author: Elisa Vertuli, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 2-6
ParaPup stuffed animal also available
Is Daddy away on an assignment in the military? Whether he is on an extended deployment or just on temporary duty, ParaPup is ready for action! He is skilled in many tasks. ParaPup can deliver secret messages or drawings to Dad and bring back special notes. He is excellent at pulling guard duty, so you feel safe when you go to sleep at night. And he loves to snuggle when you're missing Dad or just feeling a little sad. ParaPup is on orders and ready to report to you!

Piper Reed, Navy Brat
                         Author: Kimberly Willis Holt, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
When a man joins the Navy, his family joins the Navy. It's not easy being the middle child, especially when your dad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nine-year-old who has moved more times than she can count on one hand. From Texas to Guam, wherever Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, freewheeling spirit, and a bit of sister magic.

Precious Pete, Will You Remember Daddy When I Am Out to Sea?
Author: Dr. Chanda Nicole Holsey, Copyright @ 2011
Precious Pete, Will You Remember Me, When I Am Out to Sea?  salutes all Navy dads. It is a  charming story that addresses the separation anxiety experienced by the Navy dad when facing a military deployment. This book is important because in our society, men are often socialized to hide their feelings or withdraw.  However, that is very difficult to do when a man has to leave his young child whom he adores and is really just getting to know. This book focuses on how mom and child will help relieve dad's nervousness from having to depart from his family.  It is entertaining, yet instructional. Precious Pete, Will You Remember Me When I Am Out to Sea? is a delightful children's book that kids will enjoy and parents will appreciate and embrace. 

Red, White, and Blue Good-bye
    Author: Sarah Wones Tomp, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 4-8
Daddy is a navy man. He loves his family, but sometimes duty calls. And when it's time for him to ship out, it's difficult for his young daughter to accept. 
Saying good-bye can be upsetting. But the fun moments and special rituals they share make parting easier. Daddy's uplifting red, white, and blue good-bye reminds us all that we can stay connected with our loved ones in our hearts, even when we can't be close to them in person.

Sammy's Soldier
     Author: Sarah White, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
Families across the country are experiencing the joys and hardships that come with having a soldier and Americans are grateful for their sacrifices. The purpose of this book is to normalize the deployment process for the children of our service members. It is designed to help children of all ages realize they are not alone and soldiers are appreciated for the work that they do. This is one of many books showing support for our service members and their families. 

Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I Am Out to Sea?
Author: Dr. Chanda Nicole Holsey, Copyright @ 2010
Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I Am Out to Sea? salutes all Navy dads. It is a charming story that addresses the separation anxiety experienced by the Navy dad when facing a military deployment. This book is important because in our society, men are often socialized to hide their feelings or withdraw. However, that is very difficult to do when a man has to leave his young child whom he adores and is really just getting to know. This book focuses on how mom and child will help relieve dad's nervousness from having to depart from his family. It is entertaining, yet instructional. Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I Am Out to Sea? is a delightful children's book that kids will enjoy and parents will appreciate and embrace. 

Soldier Bear (StoryChimes App)
     Siena Entertainment LLC, Copyright @ 2011, Ages 4+
iTunes
How will Billy cope while his father is away serving our country? Soldier Bear is called up for duty. Join Billy and his new stuffed friend for their training exercises and remember that they'll be okay because they have each other and ... they're tough.

Soldier Oli
  Author: Kirsty Marvell, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 2-8
website
Soldier Oli is a brilliant, rhyming picture book for children aged 2-8 years. Move over Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Postman Pat, there is a new man in town!

Soldier Oli is a cartoon character that can be loved by all children and not just those with parents in the British Army.  Children will love the illustrations of tanks, ships, C130s and of course, Soldier Oli. This first story in the series is about a soldier leaving his family and going on a tour.  The story can be enjoyed by all, but it has been written to help children understand and cope if someone in their family has to go away on a tour with their regiment too.  

Someone I Love is on Active Duty
    Authors: Donna Broder, Julie Macht, Judith Broder
free download
This book gives parents a way to address difficult topics with their children in a non-confrontational style. The founder of the Soldier’s Projects says, “These books help dialogue and healing begin.”

Spanky: A Soldier's Son
Author: Sue L. LaNeve, Copyright @ 2012, Ages 7-12
Also available as an e-book
Dad's last words before being deployed to Afghanistan, "Make me proud," send Spanky in a tail spin as he struggles to get a special girl’s attention, fend off a bully, show his skills on the Outdoor Ed camping trip, and live up to what he thinks Dad means. Ultimately, he must face his fears and learn the true meaning of friendship and heroism.

The Adventures of Brisky Bear & Trooper Dog: Back Home Again
                                                   Authors: Steve Bolt, Phil Kallaway, Ages 12 and  under
Join two cuddly friends on another adventure in this sequel to Be Kind, Be Friendly, Be Thankful. Brisky Bear has finally returned from the farm. He gets the hero's welcome he deserves, but things are different back home. Now, Brisky Bear and his best friend Trooper Dog have to learn to talk about change and accept it. 

This book is a great way to help children understand the transition period when a loved-one returns after a long separation. Also includes a CD with the story and songs from the book!

The Adventures of Brisky Bear & Trooper Dog
Be Kind, Be Friendly, Be Thankful
Authors: Steve Bolt, Phil Kallaway Copyright @ 2007, Ages 12 and under
When Brisky Bear goes upriver, his best friend is sad until he finds three clues that just might put a smile back on his face. Learn with Trooper Dog how to Be Kind, Be Friendly, and Be Thankful. Book includes a drama CD with songs from the story! Deployment Discussion Guide also available.

The Fathers are Coming Home
   Author: Margaret Wise Brown, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 1-4
Also available on Readeo for remote storytime
The author of Goodnight Moon wrote this story to honor World War II fathers returning to their families. In glorious linoprints, "the fish father swims home to his little fish" and "the pig father wallows over to his little piglets."

The Four Promises (StoryChimes App)
 Siena Entertainment LLC, Copyright @ 2011, Ages 4+
iTunes
The Four Promises is a sweet story of an army doctor and his son who get to spend some precious time together before he is shipped off for duty. Dad has a special job for his son and he leaves he gives him a very special gift - a list of four promises that he must keep. Each promise is a life lesson for everyone. 

The Homecoming Box
               Authors: Kathleen Edick, Paula Johnson, Copyright @ 2011, Ages 4-8
www.weservetoo.com
“I wish Daddy was here with us!” ”We’ve got to remember to tell him about this!”

Come join the fun as the We Serve Too! kids discover the wonder of The Homecoming Box. Experience the joy as they make their own boxes, store their own treasures, and finally, share all those well kept stories with their Daddy whois home at last! Each book comes with the signature We Serve Too! “I will be strong and courageous” dog tag.

A great pre-deployment book and activity for kids, parents and group leaders to help to make deployment a time of growth for both children and families.

This book includes an appendix with complete instructions for making your own box and/or for hosting a  “Homecoming Box” workshop for kids! Download a free Homecoming Box coloring page on this LINK.

The Impossible Patriotism Project
            Author: Linda Skeers, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
Caleb’s class is making projects that represent patriotism to display at Parents’ Night. Molly dresses up like the Statue of Liberty and Kareem draws a map of the United States. But Caleb can’t think of a single way to show what patriotism means to him. Besides, his dad can’t even come to Parents’ Night because he is far away, serving as a soldier. Then, when Caleb really starts thinking about his dad and what he is doing for the country, inspiration finally strikes!

The Living Tale Series: Henley and the Book of Heroes
Author: Jane H. Smith, M.D.,  Copyright @ 2009, Ages 9-12
Also available as a cd audio book or e-Book
www.thelivingtale.com/
A hero needs a heart so he can do extraordinary things. Remember, Henley, every good story needs a hero...and a hero needs a heart.' Nine-year-old Henley Banks dreams of being a hero, but it's not until he receives a mysterious book from his grandpa that his hero's heart is awakened. As Henley dives--literally--into the Living Tale, he discovers a world beyond anything he ever imagined--full of amazing lands, an unexpected gardener, powerful glones, and an evil that lurks behind Henley's every step.

Jump into the first book of The Living Tale Series with young Henley Banks in Henley and the Book of Heroes, as new author Jane H. Smith leads readers of all ages on a supernatural adventure into a battle for Henley's heart. In the midst of this battle, Henley's beloved grandpa is rushed to the hospital, and it seems that only Henley can save him. Not only that, but the Banks family is also struggling to hold together until their father returns from war. There are creatures that seek to overpower the boy before this can happen. How will Henley ignite his hero's heart in time? 

The Living Tale Series: Star and the Book of Treasures
Author: Jane H. Smith, M.D.,  Copyright @ 2012, Ages 9-12
Also available as an e-Book
www.thelivingtale.com
Her biggest dream has just come true, but her troubles have only begun. Fifteen-year-old Star McKenzie is an orphan who has never been able to find a place to truly call home. When she accidentally volunteers to spend her Christmas break on an ancient history dig in the desert of modern-day Iraq, Star is far from excited. Then she uncovers one of the most important scrolls in history and hopes fame and fortune will finally end her foster care nightmares.

Star and the Book of Treasures, the second book in The Living Tale Series, is a fun, fantastical adventure about healing the orphan heart. Jump in to the Living Tale and meet a new cast of characters while reuniting with familiar faces from the past, including young Henley Banks, who is searching for his own hero's heart. Readers will learn, along with Star and Henley, that we can all be part of a powerful, healing family.

The Wishing Tree
           Author: Mary Redman, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
Amanda understands her dad is making the world a better place, but it doesn’t make his deployment any easier. After mulling over ways she can support her dad, Amanda creates a small wishing tree in her room, writing her hopes and prayers on yellow ribbons that she ties onto the branches. As Amanda wishes for her dad to enjoy good meals, make new friends, and return safely, the little tree comes to life with yellow ribbons of hope. Includes information about wishing trees.

The Worn-Out Backpack
Author: R.M. Romagnoli, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 9-12
The Worn-Out Backpack is the story of a child coping with the emotional turmoil created by her father’s military deployment to the Middle East. 

We Serve Too! A Child's Deployment Book
Authors: Kathleen Edick, Paula Johnson, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
www.weservetoo.com
This warm and touching book deals honestly with the issues of deployment from a young child's point of view. By linking their daily activities (playing, eating, etc.) with daily activities of their absent parent, We Serve Too! makes imaginative, and yet real connections with Daddy (or Mommy) in the common routines of the day, while honoring the child's own sacrifice and service to country. 

We Serve Too! is a useful tool parents, teachers, and support group leaders, giving many entryways for questions and discussion with children. Civilian children will benefit as well, as they get a glimpse of military family life and begin to understand the great price being paid to preserve our freedoms and secure our safety. A free download sticker pack is available to adapt the book to all branches of the military!

The book pack contains the book We Serve Too!, a dog tag for your child to wear that says "I will be strong and courageous" on one side and "We serve too!" in our signature yellow banner on the other and an activities sheet. Available at www.weservetoo.com. Bulk order discounts of 15 or more (can combine books to meet quantity discount). Parent/leader guides available.

We Serve Too! 2 - Daddy's Back!! YEAH!! (...I think)
A child's reunion book
                        Authors: Kathleen Edick, Paula Johnson, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 4-8
www.weservetoo.com
Join with your favorite We Serve Too! kids as they experience the joys and trials of knitting a family back together following deployment. This warm and touching sequel invites friendly family interaction through the same honest storytelling you have come to love in We Serve Too!—A Child’s Deployment Book

The book pack contains the book We Serve Too!, a dog tag for your child to wear that says "We just make the best of it!" on one side and "We serve too!" in our signature yellow banner on the other. Available at www.weservetoo.com. Bulk order discounts of 15 or more (can combine books to meet quantity discount). Parent/leader guides available.

What Does YOUR Daddy Do?
           Author: Heather Vowell Pierce, Copyright @ 2010
It's "Dad's Day at Work" day at school. "Everyone's dads will be there except mine," Hadley thinks,"he always has to be gone. The Army took him away again. What will the other kids think? Will they laugh at me since my dad isn't here? Will they say I don't have a dad again? Mom says its important for me to tell about dad's job and how it helps other people. I have this cool stuff he sent me to show but I just want him..."

What Will I Play While You Are Away?
      Author: James Thomas, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 4-8
There are lots of things to do, while having fun too as each child will discover in this story! With parents being away from home for many reasons to include business travel, short trips, and military deployments, this book gives a child some fun ideas of what to play while the parent is away. Through the use of rhymes, the story flows effortlessly, giving each child a sense of personal involvement, adventure, and emotional reassurance. 

When Daddy Comes Home
        Author: Kristie Algeo, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 4-8
When Daddy Comes Home uses a familiar childhood experience to help children from military families better understand and handle the stress of post-deployment family reunions and reintegration. The book also includes practical advice for helping children cope with the surprising difficulties of post-deployment homecomings.

When Daddy Goes Away
     Author: Kristie Algeo, Copyright @ 2001, Ages 4-8
When Daddy Goes Away uses a familiar childhood experience to help children from military families better understand and handle deployments. The book also includes creative ideas and strategies to help children cope with deployment situations.

When Daddy's Gone
Author: Jamilah Stanfield, Copyright @ 2012
When Daddy's Gone is a military children's book that was written by a military spouse. In this book, the author intended to create a character who any child would be able to identify with, regardless of his/her own ethnic/gender identity. The book When Daddy's Gone is about a child who reflects on the precious moments shared with his/her father, who is currently away. Although physically separated from Daddy, past experiences gives the child something to look forward to in the future, while anticipating Daddy's safe return home from his military duties.

When Dad's At Sea
      Author: Mindy Pelton, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
Emily’s dad is in the military and sometimes he has to leave for months at a time. Emily knows her dad’s job is important, but she doesn’t want him to leave! Her dad tells her how he copes with his sadness, and he even makes her a paper chain to count down the days of his trip. 

When Duty Calls (Uncle Sam's Kids)
           Author: Angela Sportelli Rehak, Copyright @ 2004, Ages 4-8
Deployment! An emotional cycle with psychological stages that may affect any child. The author shows parents and caregivers how to address the distinct stages of deployment such as worry, anger, detachment, sadness, recovery and anticipation of homecoming by using fun coping techniques, listening and normalizing common concerns, involvement in some decisions, discovering strength in family and community while promoting patriotism. 

When Your Dad Goes to War
Helping children cope with deployment and beyond
Author: Maryann Makekau, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 8 and up
When Your Dad Goes to War provides honest communication for a difficult conversation. Having your dad deploy can evoke feelings of fear, confusion, anger, and sadness mixed together with love and pride. Defending our nation's freedom is a selfless act that also includes sacrifice; that sacrifice affects dad and the family he leaves behind. These Little Patriot Books™ bring the journey through a child's eyes---bringing hope in place of sadness, ability in place of confusion, and teamwork in the midst of absence and beyond.

Where Do the Tears Go?
Author: Doris Burd, Copyright @ 2012
Ages 5+
When Daddy (or sometimes Mommy) goes off to war, little ones experience sadness, fear of the unknown, and an empty place in their young hearts while they wait for their loved one to return. The tears can only fall like willow tendrils down their cheeks as they try to adapt to their new reality. But what happens to those special tears? Something quite magical occurs when they are shed for our brave heroes across the sea, something positive and beautiful and miraculous and blessed. Learn all about the magic and discover that perfect place where all the tears go.

Where Is My Daddy?
  Author: Stacy Ann Fiqueroa, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
"Where is my Daddy?" is a hard question for a mother to answer when a childs father is deployed overseas. Deployment can be hard to understand for a child, but here are a few words to help them understand how important their Daddy is in the fight for freedom. Partial proceeds of this book will be donated to help military families. 

Where is My Mommy? A Book About Children's Fears      
Authors: Mary Kilgore MSW, Mitchell Kilgore MSW, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 4-8
How does a child cope when a parent disappears? This gentle story is ideal for sharing with a child who can't understand why Mom or Dad is gone, and when if ever the parent might return. Created by a clinical social worker and school social worker/mother and son team, Where Is My Mommy? helps children work through loss and grief. Can be used by therapeutic child care programs, school and preschool counselors and social workers, in support groups and individual counseling, and by family members, guardians and foster parents. Especially helpful in situations without closure such as abandonment.

While You Are Away
  Author: Eileen Spinelli, Copyright @ 2008, Ages 4-8
While you are on that big ship, Daddy, far, far away I tell you things. I pretend the wind can carry my words clear across the ocean right to your heart. At times a loved one may be far, far away, but that special person is never far from mind and heart. Eileen Spinelli's lyrical, patriotic text and Rene Graef's uplifting illustrations depicting military families combine to create a reassuring book about separation and reunion.


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Military children - Deployed mother

American Hero Books: My Mommy Is a Marine
Author: Alia Reese, Copyright @ 2011, Ages infant  - preschool
www.heartstarpress.com
Help your infant-preschool age child understand and feel proud of Mommy’s very important job AND keep Mommy present in your child’s mind while Mommy is away during training and deployment. Read, march, and bark along with our fun and simple descriptions and insert your own picture over those printed in the book to see Mommy at work as a United States Marine.

Daddy's Deployed (Mommy version)
Author: Bridget Platt, Copyright @ 2012, Ages 0-10
http://daddysdeployed.com/
The only military book of its kind: Daddy's Deployed is a completely customized children's book for those with a parent deploying. The book features the name, gender, and physical attributes of, not only the child, but the parents as well!

Grandpa, What If?
     Author: Sandra Miller Linhart, Copyright @ 2010
Will Momma remember me? Will I remember her? Homecomings are wonderful reunions, but they can also be stressful at times. Momma is coming home, but she's been gone a long time. Will she recognize Bean? Will Bean be able to pick Momma out of a sea of soldiers??

I'm a Hero Too! (Mommy version)
Author: Timothy P. Dunnigan, Copyright @ 2011
I'm a Hero Too offers a developmental journey into some of the more common emotions young children face, but find difficult to define or express in the absence of a military parent. It offers insights to guide the child's desires to be involved with the absent parent through activities and meaningful thoughts. Whether the absence is thirty days for a military school, training rotations, or a one-year unit deployment, our story makes suggestions on how to stay in touch with feelings, emotions, and the absent parent.

I'm a Hero Too reads and is illustrated purposely as branch immaterial, military nonspecific, and gender neutral - there is a Daddy and a Mommy version of the book. All the love, time, and efforts put into writing this very unique book are to ensure that no military child is left out of this story.

Just Till Mommy Comes Home
        Author: Loriann Kinney
A touching story about a single Soldier mother and her baby that are forced to live apart during a deployment, they both soon realize that love comes in many different forms and that anyplace can feel like home when filled with love.

Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom
    Author: Lisa Tucker McElroy, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 4-8
Nine-year-old Lizzie writes to her mother, who is deployed. Includes nonfiction tips for helping children of military families.

Military Mommy
    Author: Carol Dabny, Copyright @ 2010, Ages preschool - 6th grade
Military Mommy is a charming poem about how one small boy learns how to deal with moving half way across the world with his mom. Through the eyes of five year old Noah, Military Mommy takes us on a journey from bootcamp separation to sharing his experience of what its like to live on an Army base. Military children will relate to this humorous light hearted, but touching true story. This full color picture poetry book will raise Patriotic awareness for all school age children.

Momma's Boots
 Author: Sandra Miller Linhart, Copyright @ 2010
It's Boot's task to take Momma where she's needed, but it's Momma's job to explain why. When Momma puts on her boots, Bean knows it's time to say good-bye, and maybe for a long time. What does Momma do when she goes? Do the other mommies wear boots which take them away, too? Can Bean understand the many things Momma's called to do, why her boots sometimes take her far away, and how a soldier's work is not much different than some other mommies' jobs??

Mommy is in the Military
    Free book to customize, save and print - www.myownstory.com
With MyOwnStory, caregivers can create customized children’s books for special situations in a child’s life. Our stories were prepared under the careful guidance of educators, doctors, and child development specialists. Our Collection of Stories covers subject matter that is significant to children and their families, such as having a new baby in the family, the first day of school, going to the dentist, moving to a new city and many more. Once you customize these stories, they are yours to save, print and enjoy for years to come.

Mommy Wears a Uniform
     Author: Shunsee Wilson, Copyright @ 2009
Mommy Wears a Uniform is a look into the lives of young children who have mothers who proudly serve their country in the armed services. Due to our current wars, we have more mothers leaving their children behind for six to thirteen months at a time. We often hear of all the devoted fathers, sons, and brothers who we call hero, but we do not hear much about the mothers who selflessly serves their country while dealing with the anguish of being separated from their children. This story shows how family has a key support role while Mommy is deployed. Mommy Wears A Uniform is a salute to all the women who are daughters, wives, sisters, mothers, and HEROES.

Mommy, You're My Hero! (Board Book)
         Author: Michelle Ferguson-Cohen, Copyright @ 2005, Ages infant - preschool
The very first children's picture books for military brats, Daddy, You're My Hero! and Mommy, You're My Hero!, are part of the pioneering Books for BratsTM series for children of military personnel. The first two titles in this series were written, illustrated and published by an adult military brat in 2001 to help children coping with the deployment of a parent. 

My Air Force Mom
       Author: Mary Lee, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 4-8
Also available as an e-book
A winner in the Children's Fiction Category of the 73rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, My Air Force Mom is unique. This picture book explores customs and courtesies of military culture through a child's eyes. Author Mary Lee takes your child along with her fictional character Susie on a journey of discovery. From military uniforms through a military child's 'rite of passage' full circle to Susie's development of a sense of pride and patriotism in our country. My Air Force Mom shows children that the military offers careers to women as well as men. It gives military moms and dads a book to help their young children begin to understand military life. My Air Force Mom gives civilian parents a tool to explain mysteries of military life to their children. Answers to a child's curiosity are found in My Air Force Mom.

My Mom Hunts Submarines
Author: Julia Maki, Copyright @ 2012
When we arrive at my school, Mom kisses me good-bye as she drops me off. I go into my school, and she goes to work on a Navy base. When she gets there, she will fly in a huge, gray airplane called a P-3C Orion. They are as big as a dinosaur!

This is a story written for young children about a little girl who has a mother in the military. Everything about their day is normal- except when the mother goes off to work, she will fly in planes and hunt for submarines. Sometimes she has to travel and is away for a while, but she will always come home.

Throughout the entire book, the resounding theme is, "If my mom can fly in planes and hunt submarines, there isn't anything I cannot do!" This is an important message for every child.


My Mom Is Going Away, But She Will Be Back One Day
A deployment story
 Authors: James Thomas, Melanie Thomas, Copyright @ 2012, Ages 4-8
Also available as an e-book
Military families sometimes have to spend a lot of time apart from each other while serving their country, with one or more of the parents deployed. The separation can be just a few days in length or many months. This children's book helps the family explain to the child how things will work while the parent is away and how to communicate over the distance until the day the family reunites. The writing style and art of the book enables each child, boy or girl, to relate to the story in a personal sense. This book was computer designed with a cut out page at the end allowing the child to write a letter and draw a picture for the deployed parent.

My Mommy Is My Hero
       Author: Brooke Henson
This book was written for military children to help them cope with deployments. The story, written in rhyme, begins with Mommy having to go away and ends with her coming home again. In between, the book covers things that Mommy might miss and shows how proud her children are of her. The words are general enough to apply to all branches of the US military deployed to any part of the world. The illustrations show children of both genders and of varying ages and races so that all children can identify with the book.

My Mommy Wears Combat Boots
      Author:Sharon McBride, Copyright @ 2008
As we march on through another year of war, many service members have already completed more than one deployment. Astonishingly, a lot of these service members are mothers, and they are not only balancing their commitments to their families but to the nation as well. My Mommy Wears Combat Boots is based the personal experience of a soldier and a mother who was seeking a way to explain why she needed to leave her child again and go to war. Young children are very limited when it comes to communication skills, and often have a difficult time expressing guilt, frustration, anger, loneliness and sadness and often don't realize that it's normal to feel all of this and more as the result of their mom's deployment. Books about mommies going to war are few and far between, and My Mommy Wears Combat Boots is for mothers in uniform everywhere that are seeking a way to explain to their children the emotions associated with deployment and a way to positively channel those emotions when they are away. 

Operation: Homefront        
      Author: Caroline B. Cooney, Copyright @ 1992, Ages 10 and up
"Mom can't go to war!" When President Bush calls up troops to fight the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, the Herrick family faces a terrifying reality. One particular infantry person means a lot to them--Rosalys Herrick, their mother. Up until November 16, 1990, Laura, Langan, and Nicholas Herrick have only had to deal with life's day-to-day predicaments. But with Mom shipped to the desert thousands of miles away, the kids and Dad find themselves having to do more than just figure out what to make for supper. At first it feels like a TV situation comedy, but as the war continues, nobody's laughing. It's not easy to deal with all the tension. Can the Herrick family launch a successful Operation: Homefront?

Over There (Board Book - Mommy Version)        
      Author: Dorinda Silver Williams, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 0-3
www.zerotothree.org
A wonderful, simple deployment book for infants and toddles which includes a pocket at the end of the story to put the parent's photo. A downloadable version of this young children's board boook is available at www.zerotothree.org. Most New Parent Support Programs at military installations have the board book available for distribution.

Pilot Mom
  Author: Kathleen Benner Duble, Copyright @ 2003, Ages 4-8
Jenny's mom, Major Strom, is a tanker pilot. Before she leaves on a training mission, she takes Jenny and her best friend K. C. to see the air base. K. C. thinks being a pilot is exciting. Jenny worries about her mom's safety and wonders if her mom likes flying more than she likes being her mom.

Soldier Mom
              Author: Alice Mead, Copyright @ 1999, Ages 9-12
In the summer before seventh grade, Jasmyn Williams is made captain of the basketball Pre-season League. That night, she learns that her mother is going away--to war. Jas's mom is in the army, and at the beginning of August 1990 she is among the Reserves called to serve in the Persian Gulf. Who will take care of Jas and her baby half brother? Mom's boyfriend, Andrew's father, will stay with them. But Jack has hardly been a father to Andrew, much less to Jas. Furious with Mom for abandoning them, with Jake for being self-centered and incompetent, and with herself for putting basketball before Andrew, Jas struggles to accept her mother's absence. Finally, with help from a boy she likes and from her best friend, she does. But then she makes a startling determination about her mother--and about all Soldier moms.

Sometimes We Were Brave
        Author: Pat Brisson, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 4-8
Jerome's mom is a Sailor. When her ship is in home port, she and Jerome bake cookies, read books together, and take their dog, Duffy, for walks. When his mom's ship goes to sea, she gives Jerome a hug and says, "Be brave, Jerome. I'll be back as soon as I can."

Even though his dad takes good care of him, Jerome misses his mom and worries about her. Jerome doesn't feel brave at all. But he does what he needs to do every day--goes to school, helps his dad with chores, and takes care of Duffy. Then one day he learns that bravery means something very different than he thought it did..

When Your Mom Goes to War
Helping children cope with deployment and beyond
        Author: Maryann Makekau, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 8 and up
When Your Mom Goes to War is dedicated to moms and their families coping with deployment. A parent's role in shaping, guiding and loving a child is of the utmost importance. When mom is also a soldier serving in a warzone, her job of parenting takes a dramatic shift. These Little Patriot Books™ bring chapter by chapter strategies for families experiencing that shift. They are packed with tools, tips and whimsical art for a positive journey---before, during and after deployment. In addition to the helpful storyline for families, couselors and educators are calling these Little Patriot Books a "must read' for their valuable ideas, information and resources.

Where is My Mommy? A Book About Children's Fears
   Authors: Mary Kilgore MSW, Mitchell Kilgore MSW, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 4-8
How does a child cope when a parent disappears? This gentle story is ideal for sharing with a child who can't understand why Mom or Dad is gone, and when if ever the parent might return. Created by a clinical social worker and school social worker/mother and son team, Where Is My Mommy? helps children work through loss and grief. Can be used by therapeutic child care programs, school and preschool counselors and social workers, in support groups and individual counseling, and by family members, guardians and foster parents. Especially helpful in situations without closure such as abandonment.


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Other books for military children

Aloha Cheerio
Author: Judy Friesen-Wood, Copyright @ 2011
Aloha Cheerio is about a beloved friend and member of the family for over 15 years. Her years are remembered with the love and fun she gave to one and all. Time passes as her life also slips away. It is a heartfelt story based on a little dogs life with her family and the experiences they had together. Cheerio's passing left a void in the family's life they are slowly filling. The book is designed to help other families as they are dealing with the death of a loved one be it human or animal. The author hopes this will ease someone else's sorrow upon losing a dear family member.

Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet 
     Author: Chris L. Demarest, Copyright @ 2005, Ages 4-8

A Marine ABC Book
  Author: Kristen T. Pirog, Copyright @ 2006
A Marine ABC Book uses Marine Corp terms and illustrations to teach the ABCs to children.

A Marine's Tail: Chesty Goes to Boot Camp
Author: Brandon Barnett, Copyright @ 2011
Ages 3+ as a picture book, ages 7+ as a reader
Chesty is no ordinary bulldog. He is the mascot of the United States Marine Corps and he lives in the historic Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC. In this book, children can read about how it all began for Chesty...at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (a.k.a Boot Camp). In this colorful rhyming book, you'll get to follow Chesty as he stands on the yellow footprints, meets his Drill Instructors, and learns what it takes to be transformed into a United States Marine.

America's White Table
     Author: Margot Theis Raven, Copyright @  2011
The White Table is set in many halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.

An Army ABC Book
  Author: Kristen T. Pirog, Copyright @ 2007
An Army ABC Book is an alphabet book with a distinct military flair. Aspects of life in the US Army are illustrated from A-Z through vibrant, child friendly watercolors. The phonetic alphabet used by the Army is listed under each corresponding letter. An inspirational poem dedicated to the Military child is also included.

Army Birthday Books:

Happy Birthday U.S. Army!  (2010 Birthday Book)
A chronological history of the Army through the Revolutionary War, Civil War, the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, women entering into the armed service, all the way to our present day Soldiers.

Happy Birthday U.S. Army!  (2014 Birthday Book)
Celebrate the Army’s Birthday this year with a FREE PDF copy of "Happy Birthday U.S. Army!"

The children’s book tells the story of the Army’s rich history and some of the people that have been a part of it. We hope you enjoy the story. You and your Family are all a part of the Army Family. 

Sam, the Army Dog  (2009 Birthday Book)
Chronicles the life of Sam who belongs to an Army family and dreams about someday becoming an Army dog.

Happy (233rd) Birthday U.S. Army!  (2008 Birthday Book)
A culmination of both books, but uses the first book more to make the story enduring. The book this year also is redesigned to show a patriotic look.

Download a copy of the Army Birthday Book, Army Birthday Posters, Army Birthday Party Invitations and more at this www.myarmyonesource.com. Those interested can also go to their local child and youth services development centers and ask for a copy or get information on how to get one. 

Army Brats: Naturally American Proud 
  Author:  Teresa DeLoney, Copyright @ 2008
Army Brats was written for military brats and their families. It shows how proud children of military parents are of their soldiers and their country. Inspired by her brother and his family the author hopes to encourage military families who may have to spend time away from each other and/or move to different homes often.

A Salute to Our Heroes: The U.S. Marines
   Author: Brandon W. Barnett, Copyright @ 2010, Ages 4 and up
A Salute to Our Heroes: The U.S. Marines has skillfully captured the essence of more than 200 years of Marine Corps history, along with the Corps' core values of honor, courage and commitment, in a way that will keep a child's attention from cover to cover. The hardback book is written in a delightful rhyming cadence with Chesty the Bulldog, the Corps' mascot, giving a fun-filled, exuberant account of life as a Marine.

Chesty begins his narrative on the yellow footprints of a U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where every recruit's journey begins: "Marines first go to boot camp, where drill instructors are loud. If they pass, they become one of the few and proud."

Captain Cat
    Author: Syd Hoff, Copyright @ 1994
Guess who has joined the army! Captain Cat, that's who. He has whiskers and paws, and more stripes than the soldiers have ever seen. But most important, he has a best friend who can make an army barracks feel like home.

Extra Credit
      Author: Andrew Clements, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 8-12
It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork, it's just that she doesn't like doing it. And that means she's pretty much failing sixth grade. When a warning letter is sent home, Abby realizes that all her slacking off could cause her to be held back -- for real! Unless she wants to repeat the sixth grade, she'll have to meet some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project: find a pen pal in a foreign country. Simple enough (even for a girl who hates homework).

Abby's first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, and Sadeed Bayat is chosen to be her pen pal.... Well, kind of. He is the best writer, but he is also a boy, and in his village it is not appropriate for a boy to correspond with a girl. So his younger sister dictates and signs the letter. Until Sadeed decides what his sister is telling Abby isn't what he'd like Abby to know...

​Good Night Captain Mama, Buenas Noches Capitan Mama
Author: Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, Copyright 2013, Ages 3-8  
A little boy named Marco is walking to his bedroom in pajamas carrying his stuffed puppy dog when he notices his mommy in an olive-green military flight suit. His curiosity about the colorful patches on her uniform evolves into a sweet, reassuring bedtime conversation between a military mother and her child about why she serves and what she does in the unusual KC-135R aerial refueling airplane. He drifts off to sleep with thoughts of his mommy in the airplane and the special surprise she gave him stuck to his fleece pajamas. This unique book was written by a Latina military officer and former aviator. It's the first bilingual children's book, in English and Spanish, about why mommies wear military uniforms. 

H is for Honor
A military family alphabet 
                   Author: Devin Scillian, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 4-8
Written by the son of a career officer, this book explores the branches of the Armed Services and speaks from the heart about the honor, privileges and sacrifices of military families everywhere. Children will discover why drill sergeants have to be so tough, what it means to be patriotic and why we need Special Forces such as the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets and the Army Rangers. H is for Honor also explains why the annual Army/Navy football game is more that just a game, how much letters from home mean to soldiers, how often military families have to move and what life on base is like. With an underlying message of courage and commitment that every child can relate to, the book will be especially meaningful to those whose parents, siblings or other relatives serve in the Armed Forces. 

Let's Go Air Force!
Author: Yumi Lafortune, Copyright @ 2013, Ages 4-8
Spend time at the United States Air Force Academy on game day! Experience the pageantry and traditions of Air Force football. Cadets, airplanes, falcons, and more await you for an experience you won't forget! A book for Air Force fans of all ages!

Military Base (Neighborhood Walk series)
Also available in Spanish - Una Base Militar
 Author: Peggy Pancella, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 6 and up
Some neighborhoods are military bases. Members of the armed forces live, work, and train here. A base may have hundreds or thousands of people. Many bases are near towns or small cities. They may be in the United States or in other countries.

Military Kids Speak
My life as a military child
Author: Julie Rahm, Copyright @ 2011, Ages 9-12
Celebrating the role military families play in the success of America as well as their individual accomplishments, Military Kids Speak by former naval physicist and author Julie Rahm is a fascinating and inspired account of what it takes to be a military kid. It's a team effort with a common goal; the mission is to describe what it means to be a part of a military family, what it takes to persevere when it comes to deployments, and living abroad. It's also a candid account of the military lifestyle, and how special it is to be a child of a hero.

Military Life: Stories and Poems for Children
  Various authors, Copyright @ 2010
This collection of original stories and poems touches on many aspects of military life from a child's point of view. From moving to making new friends, deployment, homecoming, patriotism, and tender family moments, Military Life gives a glimpse of the many joys and challenges military children experience.

My Brother Is My Hero
 Author: Brooke Henson
This book was written for military children to help them cope with deployments. The story, written in rhyme, begins with Brother having to go away and ends with him coming home again. In between, the book covers things that Brother might miss and shows how proud his siblings are of him. The words are general enough to apply to all branches of the US military deployed to any part of the world. The illustrations show children of both genders and of varying ages and races so that all children can identify with the book.

My First Counting Book (Air Force, Army, Marines, or Navy)
Author: Cindy Entin, Copyright @ 2013, Board book, ages 2+
This beautifully illustrated counting board book introduces children to the numbers 1 through 10 using poetic prose and colorful illustrations of equipment, uniforms, medals, traditions, and other mementos exclusive to the (Air Force, Army, Marines or Navy) community.

My First Counting Book uses a creative rhyming scheme paired with numbers and facts make these books easy to read, and the information memorable and recognizable. The inside back cover of each book provides a key for parents and educators to teach children further information and facts about each item featured. Additionally, the sturdy board book format is perfect for repeated handling by young children. These books are especially meaningful for children in military families and communities.

My Own Psalm 91 Book
Author: Peggy Joyce Ruth, Copyright @ 2007
​My Own Psalm 91 Book will help your toddler get these important concepts in their heart at an early age. Thirteen hardback pages of illlustrations and a paraphrased look at Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce will keep even your youngest child wanting you to read to him from his very own copy! Available in 14 languages.

My Sister Is My Hero
            Author: Brooke Henson
This book was written for military children to help them cope with deployments. The story, written in rhyme, begins with Sister having to go away and ends with her coming home again. In between, the book covers things that Sister might miss and shows how proud her siblings are of her. The words are general enough to apply to all branches of the US military deployed to any part of the world. The illustrations show children of both genders and of varying ages and races so that all children can identify with the book.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle
        Authors:  Major Brian Dennis, Mary Netherly, Kirby Larson, Copyright @ 2009, Ages 4-8
Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nubs's life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. The two formed a fast friendship, made stronger by Dennis's willingness to share his meals, offer a warm place to sleep, and give Nubs the kind of care and attention he had never received before. Nubs became part of Dennis's human "pack" until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles away--without him. Nubs had no way of knowing that Marines were not allowed to have pets.

So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs through a freezing desert, filled with danger tofind his friend and would lead Dennis on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world. Nubs and Dennis will remind readers that friendship has the power to cross deserts, continents, and even species. 

Operation: Celebration 
          Author:  Stephanie Skolmoski, Copyright @ 2006
Discover the fun that can be found when a classroom of children help three long distance families share the holiday season through . . . Operation: Celebration!

Robby the C-130 Goes to Germany
Author: Beth Mahoney, Copyright @ 2009
Our favorite C-130 takes a trip to Ramstein AFB, Germany and shares the many experiences of a temporary duty assignment (TDY). Join Robby the C-130 on his trip around the globe and learn a little more about this fantastic country. We also introduce two new C-130J models, his little sister Rachel, and his little brother Alex.

Robby the C-130 Goes to Hawaii
Author: Beth Mahoney, Copyright @ 2011
Aloha! Our favorite C-130 is at it again. This time Robby the C-130 takes a trip to the beautiful islands of Hawaii! Come join Robby on this trip through tropical paradise. You will discover all the islands and exciting things to do. You will also learn the history and culture of Hawaii, the USS Arizona, and Robby's military cousins.

Service Pals (Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines)
​Author: Johnathan Edmonds, Copyright @ 2013, Ages 3-10
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We created Service Pals with the hope that the Service Pals would bring joy to all children and teach them about military vehicles while keeping it fun. Whether you are a military family or just want to learn about the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Marine Service Pals, here you will find kid’s books and stickers for everyone. Every book purchase comes with a free kids sticker sheet!

T. A. for Military Kids
The awesome military kid's guide to feelings
Author: Leslie Nelson, Copyright @ 2014
T. A. for Military Kids: The Awesome Military Kid's Guide to Feelings explains that it can be hard enough for kids to figure out who they are and how life works even under the best of circumstances, even more so when adding to the mix the unique challenges associated with being a military kid. This can include frequent moves, regularly adjusting to new schools and making new friends, absence of the military parent, increased family responsibilities, and re-establishing family roles when the deployed parent returns.

A kid's perception of an event like deployment is often very different from an adult's. Depending on their age, kids may believe they are responsible for the deployed parent going away, while this thought would never enter an adult's mind. T. A. for Military Kids talks about the normal feelings all kids have and then explains the emotions experienced by military kids when faced with the events of everyday military life.

This invaluable guide helps military kids make sense of their experiences and understand that all their feelings are normal and okay, even the challenging ones. For military parents, T. A. for Military Kids makes life a little easier by encouraging kids to talk about what's going on in their heads. Also available: Leader's Guide

The Adventures of Brisky Bear & Trooper Dog
Friends (Board Book)
Authors: Steve Bolt, Phil Kallaway, Copyright @ 2007, Ages 5 and under
The Friends board book is a simplified version of Be Kind, Be Friendly, Be Thankful for very young children around age 5 and younger. It is a helpful resource for military families to teach kids the importance of good friends both old and new.

The Invisible String
   Author: Patrice Karst, Copyright 2000, Ages 4-8
"That's impossible", said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. "What kind of string"? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, "An Invisible String made of love." That's where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! The Invisible String is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren't ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that when we are loved beyond anything we can imagine. "People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can't see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love." 

Thus begins this heart-warming and reassuring story that addresses the issue of "separation anxiety" (otherwise known as the sense of existential 'aloneness') to children of all ages.

The Little CHAMPS
  Authors: Jennifer Fink, Debbie Fink, Copyright @ 2012
This book is about a bond between five CHAMPS (Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel). Each CHAMP has a parent serving in a different branch of the United States military. The uplifting, powerful book celebrates our Champs' contribution to our nation, and gives voice to their military-connected challenges. At the same time, the cleverly-crafted story serves to educate the Champs' civilian classmates, friends, and neighbors about military life from kids' perspectives. The Little CHAMPS builds a bridge of understanding between our country's military world and civilian world, helping to strengthen our nation.

The Magic Box: When Parents Can't Be There to Tuck You in
  Authors: Marty Sederman, Seymour Epstein, Copyright @ 2003, Ages 4-8
Casey's dad has to go away for a couple of days-AGAIN! Casey hates it that his father has to travel so often. But this time Dad leaves a special gift that will help Casey cope with his absence and future trips as well. This upbeat and delightfully illustrated book contains many valuable tips for families in which a parent is frequently away from home.

The Night Before Christmas in the Military           
Author: Shauna Mooney, Copyright @ 2003
Santa receives thousands of letters from children who have parents in the military. He decides this year he'll do something extra special for the troops that are away from home. 

The Night Santa Got Lost: How NORAD Saved Christmas
Author: Michael Keane, Copyright @ 2012, Ages  4 and up
Every Christmas millions of kids and adults track Santa on the NORAD Santa Tracker. Now, author Michael Keane brings to life this fun tradition with his new children’s book, The Night Santa Got Lost: How NORAD Saved Christmas. Written in the iconic style of “The Night Before Christmas,” The Night Santa Got Lost begins on a blustery and treacherous Christmas Eve as Santa sets off to deliver toys to good little boys and girls everywhere. As always, NORAD is faithfully tracking him to make sure no harm comes his way. But when Santa disappears from their radar screen, NORAD’s skills and resources are put to the test as they scramble to find Santa and save Christmas. Entertaining and educational, The Night Santa Got Lost will delight parents and children alike while teaching kids about our military, team work, and the true spirit of Christmas.

The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas
         Authors: Trish Holland and Christine Ford, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 4-8
One Christmas Eve at a military barracks in the Middle East, some homesick soldiers are paid a visit by Sergeant McClaus, the Santa of Soldiers. This lively and poignant tale is inspired by Clement C. Moore's classic yuletide poem. 

The Soldier's Tree
      Author: Stephanie L. Pickup, Copyright @ 2006, Ages 4-8
In a world where bigger is often better, a tiny tree realizes that its extra small size can make an extra big difference. This book is a wonderful deployment tool designed to help military children enjoy the Christmas holiday while separated from a loved one overseas. Military families will be inspired to create their own Soldier's Tree which can be sent to their special service member serving abroad. With a poetic storyline and perfectly imperfect illustrations, The Soldier's Tree is sure to be loved by children who wear the stars and stripes of America. 

The Way I Feel (Also available in Spanish)
 Author: Janan Cain,  Copyright @ 2006, Ages 4-8
The Way I Feel is a delightful book that helps kids describe their emotions and understand that feelings are a normal part of life. Vivid, expressive illustrations fill every page with color, encouraging children to understand their emotions (and those of others). For parents and teachers, The Way I Feel provides a means of introducing both the concept of feelings and the vocabulary that helps children express their emotions with words.

Touching the Hearts of Children ANTHOLOGY
The art of being a military child
 Military Child Education Coalition
Created in recognition of the creative spirit of military children. Within this collection of poems and art, a glimpse of the world and family experiences can be seen through the eyes of children.

U.S. Navy Alphabet Book
  Authors: Sammie Garnett and Jerry Pallotta, Copyright @ 2004, Ages 6 and up
Anchors Aweigh! An alphabetical tour of the U.S. Navy. Learn about the Navy Seals, find out the difference between a boat and a ship, discover the Navy's very own alphabet, and much, much more.

West Point A-Z
Author: Mike Nemeth, Copyright @ 2012 
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For the fan of West Point looking to introduce the history and fun of the United States Military Academy to their newest family member, this children's book is the perfect gift. From Eisenhower to Room Standards and Black Knights to the Long Gray Line, experience historical West Point from A to Z and everything in between.
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