To honor the heroes of yesterday and today
Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber
Author: Tom Brokaw
Illustrator: Robert T. Barrett
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Recommended Age Range: 5 to 8
This is the true account about a pilot who began dropping candy to the children of West Berlin following WWII. His generosity not only helped heal the wounds of war, it started a “candy campaign” throughout the U.S. military. This story captures one of the reasons I love children’s books – they brilliantly depict the “hidden history” of our nation, and its unsung heroes, in ways that are both understandable and inspirational to children.
Author: Greg Ruth
Illustrator: Greg Ruth
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, an Imprint of Macmillan
Recommended Age Range: 4 to 7
With heart-felt images, a young boy awaits his parent’s return from military duty. Through very few words, the reader feels his anticipation, excitement, and ultimately, joy. A beautiful tribute to soldiers and their families.
Awards: Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year; CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
Journey Home: A Thank You To American Veterans
Author: Tori Meyer
Illustrator: Tori Meyer
Publisher: Red Bird Journey
Recommended Age Range: All Ages
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Ronald Himler
Publisher: Clarion Books
Recommended Age Range: 5 to 9
A boy learns about his grandfather’s service, and ultimate sacrifice, at the Vietnam Memorial with his father. A beautiful and heartfelt tribute to all those who served.
Awards: Reading Rainbow Book