When I was a kid, I LOVED Veterans Day, however, I loved it for all the wrong reasons. I didn’t really understand the purpose of the day. I simply loved it because I hated school with a burning passion and it gave me the opportunity to stay at home. As I got older, I learned more about why we observe Veterans Day and began to understand its importance. Now, as a teacher, it’s one of my favorite things to teach. I’m far from being an expert on the subject but I think it’s necessary for our tiny humans to understand that it’s more than just a day off from school.
As always, one of my favorite ways to teach my tiny humans about Veterans Day is with picture books. If I don’t LOVE a book, I don’t share it with my tiny humans and I certainly won’t share it in this corner of the internet, therefore, finding high-quality picture books about Veterans Day that was definitely a challenge. It took me a while to find some that I really liked but now that I have, I’m excited to share them with you.
Tuesday Tucks Me In
Although this story doesn’t focus specifically on Veterans Day, it is hands down, my favorite story so far. In this story, the author, Luis Carlos Montalvan, takes us through a day of his life with his service dog, Tuesday. This story is a great introduction to the conversation of disabilities and the sacrifices that our veterans made.
The Poppy Lady
No matter what she did to support soldiers during World War I, Moina Belle Michael felt like it wasn’t enough. The Poppy Lady is a great story to help explain how the red poppy became a symbol of remembrance.
This simple story showcases the important roles that women, more specifically, mothers, play in the military. For tiny humans who have a mother in the military, it’s a great way for them to share the ways in which their mom is seen as a hero in our country. This story is a great way for tiny humans without a military connection to understand the heroic actions that female veterans made.
Just like Hero Mom, this story is told from the point of view of a young boy whose father is a soldier. He explains all the heroic qualities that his father has and why he views him as a superhero.
Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood
How many times do you interact with a veteran in your neighborhood without knowing anything about the sacrifices they made? This fantastic story shows how individuals that we know in our community are also veterans who fought for our country.
I hope you were able to find a new title or two to share with your tiny humans. Do you have a Veterans Day picture book that you love and didn’t see on this list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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