Next Sunday, November 11th, is Veterans Day–the day we set aside to thank and honor all of those individuals who were and are willing to guard the nation through their military service. To inform and better educate those interested in learning more about those who choose to serve, we have collected a few of our favorite titles about the history, triumphs, and costs that Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and the families of the American Military take on:
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy
The story of the “Christmas Truce” when soldiers from both sides of World War One stopped fighting just long enough to celebrate a shared holiday.
Veterans Day by Rebecca Rissman
A brief, easy-to-read book about why we celebrate such an important holiday each year.
The War to End All Wars by Russell Freeman
Another book on the First World War, this far reaching and near-all encompassing tome lays out many of the the causes, events, and consequences of “The Great War.”
The Tuskegee Airmen Story by Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly
A fictionalized account of some of our greatest unsung heroes, this book tells the story about the brave pilots who helped win the fight for the European Theatre of World War Two, but still faced a number of basic Civil Rights issues at home.
Navajo Code Talkers by Andrew Santella
Another story of the Second World War, Andrew Santella explains how members of the Navajo Tribe served in the United States Marine Corps and used their unique language to send messages that helped break Iwo Jima and other battles of the Pacific.
The Wall by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Ronald Himler
This book is from another perspective, about the families that are left behind when our servicemen and women don’t come home. In it, a boy and his father make a trip to visit the boy’s grandfather’s name that is etched into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The boy observes many other visitors, and one, a teacher, reminds her class–as well as the readers–that “The Wall is for all of us.”
Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin with illustrations by Bryan Langdo
A boy tells the reader about his father–who is a superhero? Well, as he explains, maybe dad isn’t a superhero, but then again, maybe he is–or at least the closest thing we have to a superhero.
Today’s Marine Heroes by Michael Sandler with contributions by Fred Pushies
Michael Sandler and Fred Pushies put together short introductions to a few of the many Marine Corps heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan including a short explanation of what each Marine did to earn commendation, and the medals that they were awarded.
Arlington: The Story of Our Nation’s Cemetery by Chris Demarest
Chris Demarest supplies wonderful watercolors alongside clear explanations of the history of Arlington National Cemetery, its features such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the reasons that we honor our military dead in a very special way.
We hope you’ll pick up a few of these, or share your own favorite with us. Enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to thank any veterans that you know for their much valued service.