Here at the Read-Aloud Revival, we’ve had requests from military families for books about military deployment.
As we selected them, we thought about the brave kiddos who stay home, while a parent serves far away…
…and we tried to find the most comforting books, with the most encouraging stories and best illustrations.
And to all the families who go through a separation in order to keep our country safe, we salute you and send our deepest thanks!
**Description from Amazon: The moms in the book are superheroes. They may not leap over tall buildings, and they may not have super-human speed. But these moms construct buildings, fly planes, and make tanks roll. They do all kinds of things to help create a safer world. These superheroes are moms. Military moms. Hero moms.More info →
**Description from Amazon: 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...More info →
**Description from Amazon: 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. Final...More info →
**Description from Amazon: 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.More info →
**Description from Amazon: 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, ...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, tells a story through a child’s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world.When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Lily Hates Goodbyes: a book for young military kids coping with a parent's deploymentBook website: jerilynmarler.com YouTube video (4 min). Have tissues handy! youtube.com/watch?v=2H9BUCQSFzk Two versions available! Navy Version (daddy wears Navy uniform) and All Military Version (daddy wears gen...More info →
**Description from Amazon: This 112-page activity book features mazes, dot-to-dot, counting, matching, coloring, crafts, telling time, and other activities familiar to preschool and early elementary children. Shown within the context of common deployment and reunion topics, the activities reinforce concepts young children are...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Bravery has many meanings. 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." Jerome does...More info →
**Description from Amazon: “It is nighttime and the fathers are coming home.” So begins this lyrical tribute to all the fathers everywhere who come home to their children—from the rabbit father who hops home to his little bunnies, to the dog father who comes home to his puppies. A never-before published work from one of...More info →
**Description from Amazon: The boy has been waiting for this day for many months. It's the day his daddy comes home from overseas. He jumps out of bed and gets ready for the big event. But before going downstairs for breakfast, he takes along something very important: his red balloon. There will be many families and loved one...More info →
**Description from Amazon: I love you long distance, across all those miles. Sometimes parents divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child's p...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Lizzie's mom is serving in the military overseas, and Lizzie really misses her. While they are apart, Lizzie and her mom write letters to each other to help make the separation easier. Lizzie asks her mom to hurry up and defend freedom so she can come home soon. It's hard when her mom misses Lizzie'...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Mikey’s dad has left home to fight overseas during World War I, and Mikey wants to do something BIG to help. When his teacher suggests that the class participate in a knitting bee in Central Park to knit clothing for the troops, Mikey and his friends roll their eyes—knitting is for girls! But wh...More info →
**Description from Amazon: A little girl and her soldier father find a way to be close even when he?s away at war Amanda is scared of the dark. But her dad can fix that. He shows Amanda all the wonderful things that live in the dark, like fireflies, crickets, and stars. And when her father has to go away, he even puts glowing...More info →
**Description from Amazon: Postcards from a War is about a boy whose mother has recently been deployed overseas to a war. His grandfather, who was about the same age when his father left to serve in World War II, helps him understand why she has gone away. He shares with his grandson postcards and letters sent by his father f...More info →
The featured image on this post is from Papa’s Backpack by James Christopher Carroll
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P.S. Other booklists you’ll enjoy include diverse picture books that celebrate the everyday, and our picture book lists for every month around the year.