Portfolio: Month of the Military Child Display

April is the Month of the Military Child!
April is the Month of the Military Child!

April is the annual commemoration of the Month of the Military Child. My library system is proximate to a number of military facilities, and one branch is home to the Military Family Resource Center. As a military spouse, this topic is one of special interest to me.

“Read More” for a list of resources for inclusion in a Month of the Military Child display.

Resources Presented in Photo

Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops, Second Lady of the U.S. Dr. Jill Biden, illustrations by Raúl Colón.

The soft, dreamlike quality to the illustrations in this book are an excellent accompaniment to the story presented by Dr. Biden, based on her own granddaughter’s experiences during her father’s deployment. The final pages of the book contain information about the American military, military children and families, and suggestions for ways that communities can help support their military families.

Home Again, Dorinda Silver Williams, LCSW-C, illustrations by Brenda Gilliam.

This board book, available through Military OneSource, depicts several military families as they welcome home a deployed parent, each child experiencing a different healthy emotional response.

Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom, Lisa Tucker McElroy, illustrations by Diane Paterson. Foreword by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

This book tells the story of a girl whose mother has left for a military deployment through the letters and drawings she sends, delightfully depicted with vivid watercolor illustrations. The final page of the book provides tips from the title character and her mother on handling lengthy deployments.

Night Catch, Brenda Ehrmantraut, illustrations by Vicki Wehrman.

This beautiful picture book shares a deploying father’s attempt to ease his son’s sadness at his departure by suggesting they can play a new kind of catch each day with the North Star instead of a baseball. In addition to the theme of the military family facing deployment, there is a great science lesson in the book as well, describing how one part of the world is in darkness when the other is in daylight.

Nugget on the Flight Deck, Patricia Newman, illustrations by Aaron Zenz.

This very cute book leads a young man on a tour of an aircraft carrier, told in the style of an aviator. The author does a fantastic job of providing information about the jargon that a Naval aviator would use. The colored-pencil illustrations are simple, but show the important details beautifully. The book includes additional facts and recommended further reading for those interested in more information about aircraft carriers and Naval planes.

Over There, Dorinda Silver Williams, LCSW-C, illustrations by Brenda Gilliam.

This adorable board book, available through Military OneSource in both deployed mother and deployed father versions, illustrates for young military children that their parents do similar activities while they are deployed, and that the feelings of sadness or anger the child may experience are healthy and understandable.

While You Are Away, Eileen Spinelli, illustrations by Renée Graef.

This gorgeously-illustrated book is a series of messages from young children to their military parents far, far away. Recountings of regular days’ activities are interspersed with the feelings military families experience during deployments, concluding with the excitement and celebration of Homecoming.

You’re a Grand Old Flag, George M. Cohan, illustrations by Warren Kimble.

This picture book is a love-letter to Americana, with the lyrics to Mr. Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag” accompanied by folk-art patriotic images painted on distressed wood. The book includes interesting facts about the song and flag, and the musical notation for the song.

Young Children on the Homefront

This DVD features military families sharing recommendations and tips for supporting military children before and through all phases of deployment.

Other Recommended Resources

Hero Dad, Melinda Hardin, illustrations by Bryan Langdo.

Beautifully illustrated, this picture book features a young boy comparing his deployed father to a superhero, with military gear and training substituting for super powers and accoutrements.

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

This Young Readers book shares the story of a military child’s excitement and anxiousness as he prepares for his Navy father’s homecoming. Though things do not happen exactly as the boy plans, the joy of seeing his father again is untarnished.

The Impossible Patriotism Project, Linda Skeers, pictures by Ard Hoyt.

This Young Readers book tells the sweet story of a military child whose father is deployed and can’t come to Parents’ Night, where the class is presenting projects representing the concept of Patriotism. The story ends satisfactorily, and the last illustration before the endpapers will leave a lump in readers’ throats.

Soldier Mom, Alice Mead.

This book for stronger readers (lexile 480L) tells the story of a preteen girl whose reservist mother is called to active duty deployment during the first Gulf War, and how she learns to balance being part of a military family with her regular interests and activities.

My Mommy Wears Combat Boots, Sharon McBride.

Coming Publications

Raising Children in the Military, Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott, Don Philpott, LTC Jeff Scott. Publication date May 16, 2014.

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