contributed by Melissa Lucas, senior staff writer
The life of a military child is unique and comes with its own set of perks and challenges. PCS moves and deployments are probably the most overwhelming changes encountered by military families. Youngsters, especially those who are experiencing these changes for the first time, can feel confused and lonely as they navigate life in the military. Children’s books provide a great opportunity for these kids to engage in honest discussions, share feelings, and see that they are not alone.
Here are 10 deployment books for kids to read before and while parents are away.
The following military children’s books were written specifically for military kids and cover a wide array of topics to help them cope with deployment.
There are plenty of children’s books about soldiers, veteran’s stories for kids, and books about deployed dads and moms. But there are many circumstances that aren’t related to military life which may require a parent to be away from his or her child. The following books speak to separation or general challenges of young life without being military or deployment specific.