Ultimate list of picture books for military children
**Updated April, 2021**
The best way to make sure your children; feel like their family is represented, see that other children deal with seperations and moves, can explain to their friends how they may be feeling... is through the use of picture books.
Many of these books were written by military families. When my children get to school age, I plan to gift each classroom they enter with age appropriate military life books for the classroom library - so their civilian peers can read them and get a glimpse of what it may be like for their friends.
Links to the Amazon pages for each book if you click on the photo, title or description. These links are affiliate links - not promoted or asked by anyone to include their books, this is a list of the books I like to use with my family and that I know other people have found useful to have in their library. Using these links is at no extra cost to you in any way.
'Take a look into the world of military children with their struggles, desires, and enduring love and support for their parent who is far away. This book is narrated by children who are missing their dad and feeling alone. But through the lonliness, the children recall good memories, are reminded of the importance of daddy's job, and most importantly, constantly reminded that they are still loved despite the distance!'
'Inspired by real-life experiences, this book for military-connected children is an excellent resource to help prepare children for a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) move. In this heartwarming story, the author validates the natural feelings and emotions that children often experience when it comes time to PCS. Most importantly, the story characters discover the benefits of moving and the excitement of being a military child.'
'I Move A Lot and That’s Okay” teaches kids how to emotionally cope with relocation. Designed to build resilience and confidence in children, this picture book follows a bright-eyed girl in a military family as she shows the reader that she can embrace a new environment, language, and a different culture. '
** Also available with a male main character: I move a lot Axel's story**
'Lily is a young military child. Sometimes she has to say goodbye to her Daddy for about a billion days. She feels a swirl of unhappy emotions that can be scary. And she aches to feel connected to her Daddy while he's on deployment. Join Lily as she learns how to cope with her emotions and to be happy in her daily life while she looks forward to joyfully saying hello when Daddy gets home.'
'Ride along with a courageous young girl as she faces the challenges of a military family move. Learn how she says goodbye to friends, cherishes favorite memories, and prepares for her new home, all while delivering a touching message of hope and optimism. The Big Move shows how a military family uses positive coping techniques to prepare for an upcoming move.'
'This story was written to help empower military children and explain the valuable role they play while their mommy is away on military deployment, temporary duty, or stationed elsewhere. My hope is that this educational book can bring a smile to your child's face, and help to connect and shorten the distance while you or your loved one is away.'
**Also available as 'My daddy is a hero in uniform'**
'It's Boot's task to take Daddy where he's needed, but it's Daddy's job to explain why.In only 37 pages, the author provides a valuable tool for caregivers to explain to service members' children why their daddy leaves, what he does, and how he helps others while he's away.'
**Also available as' Momma's boots'.**
'When Roman’s daddy is deployed, it’s hard on him, his mommy, and his little sister Charlotte. Even Roman’s beloved Grammy isn’t going to come for a visit for quite some time. Roman’s mommy signs him up for soccer and although Roman and his stuffed lion sidekick, Trooper, aren’t so sure about being in a new place with new people, they end up playing fun games and learning how to play soccer, too! Along the way, Roman feels better and makes a new friend, Mason. Mason’s mom is deployed just like Roman’s dad. Soccer helps the time fly by for Roman and soon his Grammy comes for a visit. Even though it's been a tough few months, Roman knows that everything will be okay!'