Granddad Bud
A Veterans Day Story
Author: Sharon Ferry, Copyright @ 2010
Ages 4-8 years

When a young boy's great-grandfather comes to his school to talk about Veterans Day, the boy is unsure what to expect. Why exactly do we celebrate Veterans Day - and will his classmates be interested in what Granddad Bud has to say?







Grandpa's 1 to 10 and Back Again
Author: Tony Hunter, Copyright @ 2017

An educational picture book which takes children on an exciting adventure while teaching them basic counting.

Grandpa retells the story of his thrilling exploits on D-Day while teaching Harvey how to count up to ten and back again.

Surrounded and under fire, can Grandpa carry a message through to headquarters to get help for his friends?




Klinger: A Story of Honor and Hope
Author: Betsy Beard, Copyright @ 2010

This beautifully illustrated, full color, hardback children's book tells the story of a young horse dreaming of fame as a racehorse. But his life is disrupted when he must leave his parents and start a new life. Faced with difficulty and disappointment, Klinger’s dream of significance seems unattainable. He then discovers that fame is not necessary, as he finds fulfillment in honoring fallen heroes and bringing comfort to their families. Based on a real horse that serves in the Caisson Platoon in Arlington National Cemetery, this work of fiction was written for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors in honor of all of America's beloved fallen heroes.


N is for Never Forget
Authors: Nancy Polette, Copyright @ 2017
Ages 8+, Grades 4+

A is for Artists painting the hardships of prison life. E is for Escape as determined prisoners make daring plans to gain their freedom. From Geneva Conventions to Internment, Operation Homecoming to Quartermaster Corps, Tap Code to Yellow Ribbon, N Is for Never Forget takes readers on a compelling journey through wartime history.

Poignant illustrations and stories capture key people, concepts, and memorials to help readers understand and honor the sacrifices endured by men and women prisoners of war and missing in action on behalf of freedom.

  • Engaging format interests readers of all levels. Single lines of text describe each letter’s key message, while longer true stories complement full-page color illustrations and bring POW-MIA concepts to life.
  • Topics to Discuss and Ways to Honor sections prompt critical thinking, conversations, and calls to action to develop compassionate leaders of the future.


Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
Author: Jane Barclay, Copyright @ 2009
Ages 4-6

Much has been written about war and remembrance, but very little of it has been for young children. As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle. Soon, the old man’s room is filled with an imaginary menagerie as the child thinks about different aspects of wartime. But as he pins medals on his grandpa’s blazer and receives his own red poppy in return, the mood becomes more somber. 

Outside, the crowd gathered for the veterans’ parade grows as quiet as a mouse, while men and women — old and young — march past in the rain. A trumpet plays and Grandpa lays a wreath in memory of his lost friend. Just then, the child imagines an elephant in the mist. “Elephants never forget,” he whispers to his grandpa. “Then let’s be elephants,” says the old man, as he wipes water from his eyes and takes his grandson’s hand.


The Poppy Lady
Moina Belle Michael and her tribute to veterans 
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Author: Barbara Walsh, Copyright @ 2012
Ages 7 and up

When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina’s great-nieces to better understand Moina’s determination to honor the war veterans.

A portion of the book’s proceeds will support the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.


The Veterans Day Visitor (2nd Grade Friends)
Authors: Peter Catalanotto, Pamela Schembri, Copyright @ 2008
Ages 7-10

Emily’s Pop-Pop is shocked when he hears that Emily and Vincetta Louise don’t know what a veteran is. With Veterans Day coming up, he volunteers to talk to their class about the holiday and the people it honors. But Emily is worried. Pop-Pop sometimes falls asleep at the strangest times. What if he falls asleep in front of the whole class? Everyone would laugh!

Vinni and Emily come up with a plan. With so much to learn, they have to make sure that no one sleeps through this Veterans Day!


Tucky Jo and Little Heart
Author: Patricia Polacco, Copyright @ 2015

Friendship, loyalty, and kindness stand the test of time in this heartwarming World War II–era picture book based on a true story from the beloved author-illustrator of Pink and Say and The Keeping Quilt.

Tucky Jo was known as the “kid from Kentucky” when he enlisted in the army at age fifteen. Being the youngest recruit in the Pacific during World War II was tough. But he finds a friend in a little girl who helps him soothe his bug bites, and he gets to know her family and gives them some of his rations. Although the little girl doesn’t speak English, Tucky Jo and Little Heart share the language of kindness. Many years later, Tucky Jo and Little Heart meet again, and an act of kindness is returned when it’s needed the most in this touching picture book based on a true story.


Veterans Day (National Holidays (Abdo Kids))
Author: Meredith Dash, Copyright @ 2014
Ages 4-6

This title will familiarize readers with Veterans Day by explaining the "whos, whats, and whys" of it. Complete with a More Facts section and bolded glossary terms. Young readers will gather basic information about Veterans Day through easy-to-read text alongside compelling and historical photographs.







Veterans Day (Our Nation's Pride)
Author: Amanda Doering Tourville, Copyright @ 2008
Ages 6 and up

Our Nation's Pride explores the buildings, celebrations, holidays, symbols, and icons that shape our national identity.











Veterans Day (American Celebrations)
Valuing the sacrifices of veterans
Author: Arlene Worsley, Copyright @ 2010
Ages 8 and up

Veterans Day is a time to honor the soldiers who have fought for the United States in war. From the first celebration after World War I to celebrations across the country today, Veterans Day provides an in-depth and informative overview of the holiday.







Veterans
Heroes in our neighborhood
Author: Valerie Pfundstein, Copyright @ 2013

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood is an engaging rhyming picture book for readers of all ages that fosters mindfulness of and appreciation for the brave service men and women who are also our family, friends, and neighbors. These are the men and women who bravely served our great country and now humbly serve in our communities.







What Freedom Means to Me
A Flag Day story 
Author: Heather French Henry, Copyright @ 2004

Claire and Robbie learn why we honor veterans on Veterans Day. Claire also learns responsibility after her neighbor rescues her puppy, Pepper.











What Is Veterans Day?
Author: Margot Parker, Copyright @ 1986

Ben explains to Amy why we celebrate Veterans Day each year.






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​If you check your local library, you will quickly learn that there are countless books about Veterans Day. Rather than creating an exhaustive list, Operation We Are Here has chosen to list a few favorites.
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