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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

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.

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 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 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.

B is for Brave: When Daddy or Mommy is Deployed
Author: Dianna Varga, Copyright @ 2013
Ages 6-8

B is for Brave is not only for children of military families but for all children to enjoy and learn about military life.

Brave Like Me
Author: Barbara Kerley, Copyright @ 2016
Ages 4-8

When someone is serving our country, far from home, everyone in their family has to be brave. Including -- and sometimes especially -- the kids. This book speaks to all kids in this situation in telling the story of a boy and a girl with parents away on duty. It captures the children's worries, fears, trials, and triumphs while waiting for their parents to return from service. Although the narrative tells one universal tale, the photographs depict multiple perspectives so that every reader has someone they can relate to. In the end, each child finds the strength and patience to endure the wait, showing admirable bravery and inspiring us all. An afterword looks further at the meaning of bravery and offers resources for helping kids deal with transition, deployment, and separation.  

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.

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 Left with Mr. Army
A child's view of military deployment
Author: Chandelle Walker, Copyright @ 2018
Ages 5-6

Living as a military child can often be challenging. Have you wondered what a military deployment is like from the eyes of these children? Have you thought about what they might be feeling, and do you question how to help them get through it?

In Daddy Left with Mr. Army, author Chandelle Walker offers insight from a child's perspective to help you understand the emotions your child may be feeling as a separation occurs.

Based on Walker's personal experiences in a military family dealing with deployments, Daddy Left with Mr. Army helps both children and parents open a conversation about the time away. Through rhyme and illustrations, this picture book shares the challenges of deployment but also the joys of serving the United States in the military.

Daddy is in the Military
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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.

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

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's Submarine
​Author: Bethany Patterson, Copyright @ 2019

Daddy's Submarine displayed with bright colors and beautiful pictures helps children understand the complex life of submarines and the hardships of submarine deployments.

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.

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.

Deployment: One of Our Pieces is Missing
Author: Julia Cook, Copyright @ 2018

New from bestselling author Julia Cook, comes a story about the challenging (and fun) changes a military family goes through when a parent is deployed. 

I think I am pretty lucky because I am part of a military family. It makes me really proud to know my parents are working to keep our country safe. 

I get to do stuff other kids do not. 
My life is kinda unique. 
I have tried on night vision goggles, 
and I have looked inside a Humvee. 

Life is full of unique opportunities and challenges for military families. They live in different places, shop on military bases, and have to navigate changes in how they operate as a family when a parent is deployed. In Deployment: One of Our Pieces is Missing, our family must learn to stretch and adapt as they find their new normal while Dad is gone. And once home again, they work through a mix of emotions as he settles back into the family frame. 

With tips for adults to help children process their questions and feelings, this book serves to honor the sacrifices our military families make each day by equipping them with an approachable way to discuss the highs and lows of deployment.

Did My Daddy Leave Me?
Author: Iris M Williams, Copyright @ 2016
Ages infant - 6

Aubrey searches all over her home for her daddy, but he is not home. Aubrey's daddy is in the military. She misses him and wishes he were home. Nothing is the same, without him. Eating breakfast and bedtime are the hardest. Did My Daddy Leave Me is for all the children who miss their father while he is on deployment.

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.

Father Is Always With Me
Author: Emmanuel Barbosa, Copyright @ 2016
Ages 1-6

Designed for children in the world who have relatives in the military (it includes illustrations that apply to all branches) and written by an active duty member. Father Is Always With Me is the bright and colorful story of Leonardo or as he goes Leo a child who is about to experience his first PCS and witness his daddy announce the news of deployment. Watch as his parents involve Leo in the activities and instill lessons that will help him cope through this difficult journey. 

Meet Leo, your new little friend whose father is in the military. Join him as he experiences his family's transfer to a new country and their first deployment. Watch him as he explores his emotions and feelings of uncertainty when he's leaving the place he once called home and learns that no matter what the distance, his daddy is always with him in his heart.

Goodnight Marines
Author: David Dixon, Copyright @ 2016
Ages 0-8

A brilliantly illustrated children's book about the culture and traditions of the United States Marine Corps.

Heart of a Shepherd
Author: Rosanne Parry, Copyright @ 2010
Ages 9-12
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
Available for free at

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.

Hug in the Wind
Author: Tim Steiner, Copyright @ 2018

Hug in the Wind touches the heart of every military family with this encouraging picture book of a parent's hug sent home wrapped in the wind. This story reads and rhymes smoothly with the sweetly simple message every child needs to hear when separated from a parent: I love you even though we are apart. Truly from the heart. Written and illustrated by a deployed father for his son's second birthday, this is a genuine story for any child braving the months-long separation endured by military families.

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.

If I Were Deployed
Author: Nicole Burch, Copyright @ 2019

​With an engaging tone to the writing, and illustrations done in a colorful and detailed style, this book is sure to become a pre-deployment favorite for children of all ages and will help reassure them that their veteran will miss them immensely while they are away.

I'll Lend You My Daddy
Author: Becky King, Copyright @ 2019
Ages 4-8

A heartwarming story of love, courage, and comfort during deployment for military families with the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

In I’ll Lend You My Daddy, young boys and girls find ways to manage their feelings about deployment (from goodbyes, to the first night, to missed birthdays) as they eagerly await their fathers’ return. Through the support of family and friends, care packages, and calls, these children grow strong with the knowledge of what it means to serve, generating pride from within, that makes glorious reunions all the more sweet by book’s end.

I'll lend you my daddy.
He works for us all.
He keeps the world safe
And answers our call.

  • Makes a wonderful book for discussion with military children who have difficulties sorting through their emotions such as sadness, fear, or separation anxiety 
  • Provides a source of connection for military children with deployed family members to the greater universe of families who go through a similar experience
  • Reflects children from diverse families with touching illustrations from the talented Valerie Valdivia in a 32-page full-color picture book format
  • An ideal gift for families with young children, preparing for deployment for the first time and during deployment
  • A valuable tool for teachers and educators who encourage appreciation for our nation’s armed forces and also for the children of those families who make sacrifices every day of the year, including birthdays, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day, and other holidays of remembrance and appreciation
  • The simple rhyming verse makes for an excellent read-aloud or read-together that is sure to please young listeners and readers

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'm Here for You Now (Board Book)
Free from Military OneSource

This children's board book is designed to support young children when a parent is deployed or during other stressful times. Each page has a window for you to insert personal photos.

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.

Lilla's Sunflowers
Author: Colleen Rowan Kosinski, Copyright @ 2016
Ages 3-6

Lilla and Papa enjoy spending magical times in Lilla’s sunflower patch. Before Papa leaves for a trip that will take him far away from home for a long time, Lilla gives him a sunflower seed. “To remember me, Papa,” Lilla whispers.

Seasons pass, and Lilla’s mood falls like autumn leaves. Finally, news comes that her papa is coming home! The following summer, to her surprise, she receives letters from families with photos of their loved ones pictured with sunflowers. She learns that her gift to her father brightened the dark days for many people, and that her one small seed continued spreading sunshine across the country.

Colleen Rowan Kosinki’s lyrical style and whimsical artwork bring this story of love to life. Lilla’s Sunflowers will resonate not only with military families but also with any child missing a loved one. This is a wonderful gift for holidays celebrating our country’s military heroes as well as a quiet story for bedtime read-alouds.

This is a must-have for military families or for families where one parent does a lot of traveling and is away from the home for extended periods of time. It also serves as a charming story about sharing what you have and the benefits that can reap.

Lily Hates Goodbyes (All military version) (Navy version also available)
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.

Little Dreamer
Author: Genesis Robinson, Copyright @ 2015

There is nothing in the world that Lani wants more than to have her dad return home from his deployment. Her dad is in the Navy, and she has been waiting many months for him to come home. Every night when she goes to bed, she dreams about things that mean the most to her, especially seeing her dad. She wakes up every morning expecting her beautiful dream to be a reality, but she ends up sad and disappointed. This always leaves her asking, "WHY ARE THERE DREAMS IN MY BED?" One morning, Lani is awakened to a sweet surprise. Will Lani see her most special dream come true? Little Dreamer is written for children who experience the challenge of having a parent who serve in the U.S. military leave for a deployment. Many children dream of that special day that their mommy or daddy will come home. Through this story, children will be comforted in knowing they have family who loves them, while they wait to see their most important dream come true.

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.

Maria Misses Her Hero
Author: Mario Ybarra, Jr. Copyright @ 2016

A courageous little girl, a teddy bear named "Hope" and a wish for a military dad to return home.

Maria Misses Her Hero is a heartwarming story that showcases the inspiring, yet emotional journey of a humble 7-year-old, military-connected child named Maria. 

Little Maria finds herself questioning why her father is absent from home for long periods of time. When she accidentally discovers the answer, Maria's longing for her father's presence is put to the test. Ironically, it is her courageous spirit that sets the tone for her father's safe return. 

'Maria's' story was written with the intention of bringing awareness to one aspect of the lives of military-connected families, specifically dealing with the children of active duty deployed personnel. It aims to instill understanding, empathy and patriotism in the hearts of all who read it.

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.

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 Deployed
Author: Brandy Marik, Copyright @ 2014
Ages 0-3

In this lighthearted children’s book, a little girl named Anna talks to her mom about her daddy being deployed. Deployment is a new experience for this little girl, as it is with many more children every year, and she doesn’t like it very much at all. Anna and her mom explore her feelings about deployment and all of the ways that the little girl can think of to get her daddy Anna's mom encourages her creativity through make-believe and imaginative play. In the end, Anna's mom tells her that they need to be strong and daddy will be home before she knows it. Anna dreams about the day her daddy comes home and how perfect it will be! Like other board books intended for children ages 0 - 3 this book is illustrated with large colorful pictures depicting Anna's ideas, while short sentences tell about the picture for developing young readers. The story is 190 words in length for developing attention spans. The artwork is intended to be another part of the learning experience for young readers, teaching children the names of different types of different objects, colors and places in the world around them. The “feeling" words in this book are intended to help young children learn more about some of the feelings they may experience when a parent is deployed, or on a trip away from home.

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, 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 Sleeps Everywhere
Author: Jesse Franklin, Copyright @ 2017

As military families tuck in for the night, their thoughts often turn to daddies who can’t always be home. This children’s military deployment book shows some of the many places daddy sleeps while he is away. In this wonderful story, daddy travels to every clime and place including the mountains, the prairie, the jungle, and everywhere in between. Though daddy’s particular location and sleeping arrangements are constantly changing, one thing never does. No matter how far daddy is from home, home is never far from his mind.

My Dad Is a Green Beret
Author: Amber Marie, Copyright @ 2017

This picture book uses a simple one-sentence per page narrative to explain both the Special Forces soldier's mission and the difficulties faced by that soldier's daughter while he is away. A useful tool in the military family's arsenal for dealing with long and frequent separations. A must read for young children of Green Berets, especially helpful during deployment.

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

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 Father's Shirt
Author: Sally Huss, Copyright @ 2015
Ages 2-7
Many children experience the loneliness created by military separation. The little boy in this story is such a child who describes his struggle with sadness when his father is deployed. But, he has a wise and creative father who knows how to turn his son’s unhappiness into an opportunity for growth, with the help of his favorite shirt. How does he do it? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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 Letter to Daddy
Author: Renee Walker, Copyright @ 2018

Take a look into the world of military children with their struggles, desires, and enduring love and support for their parent who is far away. This book is narrated by children who are missing their dad and feeling alone. But through the loneliness, the children recall good memories, are reminded of the importance of daddy's job, and most importantly, constantly reminded that they are still loved despite the distance! This children's picture book was written by a military spouse to help children communicate their feelings during military family separation and focus on the positive aspects.

My Military Dad
Does things a little bit different
Author: Victor Vargas, Copyright @ 2016

The first children's book by Vince "Rocco" Vargas and sure to be a hit with parents and military brats alike!

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?”.

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.

Oh the Places Daddy Could Be!
Author: Shina Robbins, Copyright @ 2020
Ages 5-6

When her daddy is away, this little girl misses him terribly. She finds comfort in her dreams, imagining all the places her daddy might be. Maybe he's eating pizza in Italy. maybe he's at the top of the Eiffel Tower in France. He could be climbing Mount Fuji in Japan or playing with kangaroos in Australia.

Whether dreaming of the sea, desert, or jungle, this proud little girl knows Daddy is away serving her country. He is gone to fight for freedom--but a happy hug and kiss await his safe return.

Mother and military spouse Shina Robbins is no stranger to her family sometimes being apart, but Oh, the Places Daddy Could Be! is a reminder to appreciate our heroes and find joy in the adventures that come with military family life.

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 replied 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
Also available for free at

A wonderful, simple deployment book for infants and toddlers 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 book is available at Most New Parent Support Programs at military installations have the board book available for distribution.

Papa's Backpack
Author: James Christopher Carroll, Copyright @ 2015
Ages 6-8

When a Soldier has to leave his or her family for extended service, it's an emotional time for all involved. It can be especially confusing and upsetting for children, who long for the comfort and security of a parent's presence. Papa's Backpack honors the bond between a parent/soldier and a child, and acknowledges the difficult and emotional process of separation during deployment. A young bear cub dreams of accompanying Papa when he leaves on a mission, wanting to stay close to provide comfort and moral support, ultimately overcoming adversity together.

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!

Pilot the Patriot
Author: Shana Cortez, Copyright @ 2017

When Pilot finds out his class is having a father occupation day, he finds himself questioning why his dad has to be far from home for such long periods of time. With the help of his mother, he learns what his dad goes through on deployments and how both his dad and his family must make sacrifices to keep the country safe.

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.

Running with Rollie
A simple story about a dog and a Soldier... the rescuer and the rescued
Author: Jeffrey Bradley,  Copyright @ 2015

​Rollie, a real-life Golden Retriever, inspired West Point graduate Jeffrey Bradley to write “Running with Rollie” based on their experiences together and Jeff’s observations of Soldiers returning from war without family support. Jeff picked Rollie up at the animal shelter in Rolla, Missouri after returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and the pair started running together during his stateside stints in Missouri and Kansas. When Jeff deployed to Korea, Rollie patiently waited for his return. Once he did, the two best friends did everything together, from running to kayaking to hiking. Their twosome grew by one when Jeff married his wife, Emily. The three live in Southern New Hampshire where Rollie and Jeff can be found jogging or walking the trail network around their house. Even though both of their pace has slowed, they still go side-by-side.

Same Starry Sky
Author: Erin Christie, Copyright @ 2018
Ages 3-8

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

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.

Spanky: A Soldier's Son
Author: Sue L. LaNeve, Copyright @ 2012
Ages 7-12

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.

Star's Purpose: An Air Force Mission
Author: Krista Betcher, Copyright @ 2022

Twinkle, twinkle. Star winks and blinks through the night.

But he wants to be more than a nighttime twinkler. He wants to make a difference all the time.

One morning, Star sees a glimmer from below. Will Star discover the secret to the daytime sparkle?

Star’s Purpose is an Air Force book for kids that supports the idea that our “Air Force stars” have a very important job, day and night.

Families searching for a special connection while their loved one is away will be reassured with the gentle reminder that, “Every time I see a star, I’ll think of you.”

Super Mom and Dad: Military Heroes!
Author: Seth Waltman, Copyright @ 2016

They're heroes to a lot of people, but they're superheroes to us! Join families from all walks of life as they celebrate the great things military parents do for their country.

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