Veterans Day is an important civic holiday, and the holiday’s message of respect, thanks, and the value of serving our nation are important ones to learn at a young age. These three books can help you make sure your child understands the great importance of this national holiday.
Known as “The Poppy Lady,” Moina Belle Michael was a schoolteacher from Georgia who dedicated her life to the men and women of America’s armed services by putting flowers in rooms where they would gather before heading overseas. Her efforts have established the poppy flower as an internationally recognized symbol of thanks and support for veterans and their families, especially during World War I and II. While the story is unfamiliar to a younger generation of Americans, older family members will remember it well, and for good reason. This story provides the perfect opportunity to teach a safe, understandable, and historical perspective on what it means to be appreciative.
Ages 7-10 | Publisher: Calkins Creek | Sep. 1, 2012
This thoughtful and relatable book, told through the eyes of a little girl named Claire and her friend Robbie, is an invaluable tool in teaching children about our nation's veterans and why we honor them on Veterans Day. In this story, Claire and Robbie are playing war in their backyard when a car hits Claire’s dog. Claire's neighbor Mr. Jones, a Vietnam War veteran and General, takes care of the dog and gives him the Purple Heart he received as a Marine in Vietnam to wear as they all march together in the Veterans Day Parade. It is a wonderful way to share with your child the message of respect and reverence that is so important on Veterans Day.
Ages 6-9 | Publisher: Cubbie Blue Publishing | Nov, 2003
In this beautiful and strikingly illustrated picture book, a young boy observes the Vietnam War Memorial with his father looking for the name of his father who died in the war. This book teaches the many reactions that people can have while remembering war and while paying respects to those who served and died. Through the main character’s observation of those paying respect at the Vietnam War Memorial, this book introduces children to the idea of reverence for war veterans and those we have lost to war in a truly touching way.
Ages 4-7 | Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers | Aug. 24, 1992