[kids-lib] April is Month of the Military Child

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Apr 18 16:05:00 PDT 2017

I thought many of you might be interested in the following blog post from ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children. While all the books mentioned in the blog post are for children, I thought those of you working with middle and high school teens may want to know about Month of the Military Child and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network because you might want to create displays or booklists or do something else to acknowledge teens in military families.—Katie


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Posted: 17 Apr 2017 09:01 PM PDT

As April is the Month of the Military Child, I thought it would be a great time to highlight children’s books about military life, and to hopefully learn about other outstanding titles! According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network<http://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/month-military-child>, there are approximately 2 million children living in military families; 1.3 of them are school-aged. Whether or not you live in a community with many military families, these books will both entertain and inspire children in military and civilian families:

[http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/armybrats-1-199x300.jpg]<http://daphnebg.com/middle-grade-books/>Army Brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab

(image taken from Daphne Benedis-Grab’s <http://daphnebg.com/middle-grade-books/> website)

I’ve not yet read Army Brats, but its enthusiastically positive reviews have moved it to the top of my list. Not only does this feature a military family living on base, but it also includes an enlisted mother and a child adopted from China. A mystery about a rumored haunted house will definitely entice mystery and detective stories fans!

Brave Like Me
[http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bravelikeme-2-251x300.jpg]Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley

Brave Like Me is a heartfelt and eye-opening tribute to the concerns, fears, and joys faced by children of deployed parents. National Geographic’s stirring photos, featuring a diverse array of families, poignantly capture hellos, goodbyes, and life lived in between those moments. Barbara Kerley creates an intimate look at how military families cope when a loved one is deployed; this is not to be missed!

Other books to consider:

Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt: This opening entry in the steadily popular Piper Reed chapter book series finds Piper Reed adjusting to a new school and neighborhood after her family is yet again transferred, this time to a home in Pensacola. Fans of Clementine would definitely enjoy this series!

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes: Perfect for National Poetry Month! When a young girl discovers a bundle of letters written by her mother, she gains new insight into her mother’s life as the daughter of an Air Force serviceperson, and her experiences living in far-flung regions of the world.

Do you have any suggestions for books that feature children living in military families? Let us know in the comments!

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Katie Anderson, MLS, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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