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Memorial Day Weekend

27 May

52Memorial Day weekend is upon and while many people are thinking about picnics, visits to the shore, a three-day weekend, home projects and relaxing. We can’t forget the true reason for this holiday – a day to honor those who died serving our country in the Armed Forces. While there are many areas, I could focus on, I chose the Vietnam War, specifically the Vietnam War Memorial because I have vivid memories of visiting the memorial as a young child. We often visited Washington DC in the summer – my dad to present at a conference, which often left my mom taking four young kids around the city.

The Vietnam War Memorial is so beautiful in its simplicity and such a powerful place, where people are quietly respectful. It was designed by Maya Lin, a student at the time that her design was chosen for the memorial. And although many were critical of her lack of experience as well as her Asian heritage, the Vietnam War Memorial has become an important part of the landscape in Washington DC.

If you’re looking for ways to educate your kids about Memorial Day, the Vietnam War Memorial, or visiting DC soon – check out these great books to get you started! And if you want to know more about the Memorial, check out the National Park Service website.

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15 Picture Books to Celebrate Armed Forces Day

19 May

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  1. H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Victor Juhasz
  2. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest
  3. Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding, illustrated by Alexandra Artigas
  4. Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut, illustrated by Vicki Wehrman
  5. Our Daddy Is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell, illustrated by Liza Biggers
  6. Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo
  7. Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo
  8. Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden, illustrated by Raúl Colón
  9. Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter, photographs by Dan Dion
  10. Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley
  11. Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson, illustrated by France Brassard
  12. Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Renné Benoit
  13. Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom by Lisa Tucker McElroy

  14. The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, illustrated by Layne Johnson
  15. The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Memorial Day – Books for Kids

25 May

Although many people are excited about Memorial Day because they are off from school or work, spend time with family, have picnics, and more, it’s important to remember the reason we celebrate Memorial Day, so here are ten books for kids – fiction, nonfiction, picture books, middle grade and a biography.  Sometimes books are the best way to introduce a topic to children and a place to go to look for answers!  In no particular order:

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden

Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden

Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson

Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin

Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin

Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin

Our Daddy is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell

Our Daddy is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalván

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalván

Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding

Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding

The Wall by Eve Bunting

The Wall by Eve Bunting

Operation Yes by Sara Holmes

Operation Yes by Sara Holmes

Shooting the Moon by Francis O'Roark Dowell

Shooting the Moon by Francis O’Roark Dowell

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

I tried to provide a lot of different types of books in this list and there are a number of books that I didn’t add – not because they’re not good, but because the list could go on forever.  I added I Am Malala because it can be very difficult to understand living in war-torn area and because this area of the world is talked about in the media so much, I feel that reading a first person portrayal is important.  So even though Malala is not a soldier, she’s fighting for her rights and I believe that it’s so important.  I’ve actually added 11 to the list – you get an extra one because Hero Dad and Hero Mom  although two separate books are just as important – there are many books with fathers who are soldiers, but not as many when mom is the soldier.  It’s always important for kids to see themselves in the stories they read!  I included The Wall an older picture book by Eve Bunting because of the impact it made on me when I was young.  We went to Washington D.C. every summer – my dad had a conference and my mom would take us to as many places as she could get us to without the four of us revolting because we were too hot, tired, etc.  Then my dad would join us later when his meetings were finished.  I very clearly remember my parents explaining what the Wall represented and how to be respectful around it.  And even as child, I knew that it was important to be quiet as we walked past the more than 58,000 names listed on the wall.  I was in awe of how quiet it was and to this day, anytime I get the chance to head down to D.C. I make an effort to stop and remember.

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