Veterans Day is on the horizon. Subsequently, parades, volunteering with local Veterans organizations, and supporting Veteran-owned businesses are all popular ways to celebrate the holiday and honor those that have bravely served our country. One unique way to celebrate Veterans Day with your family that might not come to mind is reading! Below is a list of Veterans Day books perfect for the whole family. These books will help the young readers in your life get in the spirit to celebrate our nation’s heroes.
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6 Veterans Day Books to Read With Your Children
Below is a list of some Veterans Day picture books that are perfect for preschool or elementary-aged children. Whether you are reading together or simply looking at the pictures, these books are sure to help you celebrate our Veterans. Additionally, your child will love listening to you read these books aloud and having conversations about the meaning behind Veterans Day.
Each of the books listed below can be easily found on Amazon or at your local bookstore, such as Barnes & Noble. Therefore, be sure to grab copies of your favorite Veterans Day picture books before the holiday weekend!
1. Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by Margot Theis Raven
First up on the list is Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story. This book tells the (mostly) true story of Rags, a small stray dog that was found by Private James Donovan while he was stationed overseas in France during WWI.
Named for his disheveled appearance, Rags was adopted by Donovan and accompanied him to the battlefield. There, he delivered messages to Soldiers and helped to boost morale. Be sure to check out this book to uncover the entire story of how Rags obtained the name “hero dog.”
2. H is for Honor by Devin Scillian
This book was written by the son of a career officer and looks at the different branches of the military. In fact, major themes in this story include: bravery, sacrifice, honor, and privilege. Thus, if you are looking for a book for your children to read with the servicemen and women in your family, this story is a must.
3. Granddad Bud: A Veterans Day Story by Sharon Ferry
Granddad Bud is perfect for parents, children, and teachers to read together in the days leading up to Veterans Day. This story follows a young boy’s thoughts when his grandfather comes to speak to the class about Veterans Day.
It answers an important question: why do we celebrate Veterans Day? Additionally, the book emphasizes the importance of listening to the personal stories of Veterans as we get ready to honor them.
4. Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin
Next up on our list is the perfect Veterans Day read-aloud, Hero Mom. This book showcases many different children’s perspectives on the work that their mothers do in the military. It explains that all military moms are superheroes in their own right, because of their service and sacrifice to our nation. Of all the Veterans Day books on this list, it is sure to be a favorite for military moms and their children.
5. Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein
This book discusses the importance of appreciating our Veterans and defines what heroes look like in the real world.
Moreover, this story follows a young boy who learns that Veterans live all around his community. Prominent figures such as the butcher, firefighter, the mailman, and the barber are all Veterans. Throughout the book, the boy learns the importance of recognizing Veterans in his community.
This is a great read for children, as it teaches them that heroes are all around us, even if we don’t immediately recognize it.
6. The Wall by Eve Bunting
Last up on our Veterans Day books for kids list is The Wall. In this book, a young boy and his dad take a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in search of his grandfather’s name.
While there, he notices the flags, roses, stuffed bears, and letters left at the base of the wall. Ultimately, he learns that while the wall is a sad place, it is also a place of honor.
The Best Military Books: Nonfiction For Adults
After reading these amazing Veterans Day books to your children, you might find that you want to peruse some nonfiction books on your own time. Never fear, because we have you covered. Below is a list of our favorite nonfiction Veterans Day books that you are sure to enjoy. Check them out!
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
- The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
- The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I by Barbara W. Tuchman
- Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
- Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Once a Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home by Jake Wood
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Read and Remember With Veterans Day Books This Year
As we celebrate those who serve this Veterans Day, it is important to also thank them for their service. In addition to reading, be sure to celebrate with those you love and the Veterans in your community.
Additionally, be sure to share this book list with your family, child’s teacher, and friends. You could even start a small book club to get your children talking about the meaning and significance of the books they have read.
In sum, we hope you enjoy giving some of these Veterans Day books a read. Be sure to say “thank you” to the Veterans and servicemembers in your life this Veterans Day!