Resources for Military Families

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Picture Books

My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting, 2005. (E/BU)
A young boy waits with both excitement and apprehension for his father to disembark from the aircraft carrier returning to port after many months at sea.

Love Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom by Lisa Tucker McElroy, 2005. (E/MC)
Nine-year-old Lizzie writes to her mother, who is deployed overseas during wartime, and includes maps that show her mother what Lizzie has been thinking and doing.  Includes nonfiction tips for helping children of military families.

Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman, 2009. (E/NO)
A little girl’s father helps her get over her fear of the dark before he goes off to war, and she uses the stars they painted on her ceiling to remind her of him while he is away.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, 1993. (E/PE)
When Chester the Racoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

Red, White, and Blue Goodbye by Sarah Wones Tomp, 2005. (E/TO)
The young daughter of a Navy man does not want him to go to sea, but he points out the red flag on the mailbox, the white clouds in the sky, and the blue ocean that will remind her of him while he is away.

All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen, 1991. (E/YO)
When four-year-old Janie’s father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents’ on the Chesapeake Bay, where Janie learns a secret of the world which keeps helps her understand her father’s long absence.

Books for Older Readers

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers’ Children by Deborah Ellis, 2008. (j303.6 EL)
In their own words, children of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan describe how their experience has marked and shaped their lives.

100 Days, 99 Nights: A Novel by Alan Madison, 2008. (jPB/MA)
As Esme introduces her stuffed animal collection that is alphabetically arranged from Alvin the aardvark to Zelda the Zebra she also relates her family’s military life and her father’s deployment.

Soldier Mom by Alice Mead, 2001. (jPB/ME)
Eleven-year-old Jasmyn gets a different perspective on life when her mother is sent to Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the Persian Gulf War, leaving her and her baby half brother behind in the care of her mother’s boyfriend.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a group effort by the Minnesota National Guard and supported by Governor Tim Pawlenty. It covers Pre-Deployment, Deployment, and Reintegration.
Parenting education resources supporting military families in Minnesota, from the University of Minnesota Extension service.
The U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment.
Covers “Deployments, Homecomings, Changes, Grief,” by SesameWorkshop.


Compiled by Renée P. Lowery
Updated July 2010

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