Happy Veteran's Day!! As a kid, I never really thought about this day. I mean, I knew what it was and what it meant, but it wasn't anything that had any signifigance to me. Then I met my husband, and his brother joined the Marines right out of high school. After that, Veteran's Day meant a whole lot.
Here are some books that would be perfect for you to share with your students in class.
By: Even Bunting
Blurb from B & N: A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
By: Marlene Targ Brill
Blurb from B & N: Veteran’s Day is a day set aside to thank the men and women who risk their lives protecting America. Each year on November 11, we celebrate what they have done for our country. Learn more about the history of this important holiday, such as why it is on November 11 and what Americans do to celebrate.
The Poppy Lady By: Moina Belle Michael
Blurb from Amazon: When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina's great-nieces to better understand Moina's determination to honor the war veterans.
H is for Honor
By: Devin Scillian
Blurb 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 need Special Forces such as the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets and the Army Rangers. H is for Honor also explains why the annual Army/Navy football game is more than just a game, how much letters from home mean to soldiers, how often military families have to move and what life on base is like. With an underlying message of courage and commitment that every child can relate to, the book will be especially meaningful to those whose parents, siblings or other relatives serve in the Armed Forces.
Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops
By: Jill Biden
Blurb from Amazon: 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.
What other books do you like to share with your students?
Laura Gokey is the owner of The Learning Tree and is working towards her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Regent University. She currently lives in Livingston, TX with her husband of fourteen years and her two children.