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Best Books For Military Kids During Deployment

Pilot Mom by Kathleen Benner Duble


Military families have to deal with goodbyes often and when a parent deploys, saying goodbye can be very difficult for kids. They get into the separation anxiety. This book will provide different perspectives on what saying goodbye looks like to military kids. The story of Jenny who begins to wonder if her tanker pilot mom really cares about her or if she cares then why she leaves her. It highlights many purposeful discussions to say goodbye to mom instead of dad.

Where do the Tears Go? By Doris Burd


Sadness and fears are normal when mom or dad is deployed but how to deal with the anxieties is what author describe in this book. When someone is serving the nation, far from home, their family has to be brave, especially -- the kids.

The author makes the readers believe the magical purpose of the tears shed in situations when parents leave and encourage children by reminding them that they are not alone. Others around them also feel the same pain.

Will I have a friend? By Miriam Cohen


This book is for all the children who are afraid of making new friends for the first time as the school starts. It is a gem for young military kids as well who move to new schools and make new friends in their neighborhoods. The story of a little boy named “Jim” will definitely inspire the military kids.


Pat Brisson has beautifully described the different meanings of bravery in this book. Character Jerome's mom is a sailor who used to reside away from home often. How Jerome adjusts to life while his mother is serving the nation is truly inspiring. Before leaving, the soldier mom always encourages her son to be brave until she is back and promises to get back to him at her earliest convenience. One day, Jerome realizes that bravery means something very different than he actually thought it did. This book helps a kid to get through tempting challenges of military life.


This book has beautifully portrayed three families with parents serving abroad. Their kids individually expressed their feelings and emotions. In simple verses and repeating refrains, it gracefully depicted the emotions of children, how they hope for safe return for their parent. You will love to read the joyous moment of homecoming. This edition speaks volumes, and a kid might relate his life with other military kids during deployment and conclude with better life interpretation, embracing ups and downs.


This book discusses how the community can support military families, reassuring one another during deployments. It shows how the daughter went through a hard time when her dad leaves to go overseas for war. This book can be brought up to kids about the military and history in general. It depicts perfectly the complicated emotions that swirl through children whose families have been affected by the absence of someone they love, which may evolve sentimental behavior. It might aid to prepare children for long goodbyes.

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This book narrates the story of a child who assists in packing a box of his dad's favorite things to take as he deploys. Not only is the child involved but made a special gift that his dad will treasure during his year-long deployment. This book on deployment will help children recognize how family members are responsible during the absence of a deployed parent. It proffers something real and applicative things military kids can do during deployment. This book gives innovative ideas to military kids that how they can make their parents feel special.


This book will be emotional support for military families who sacrifice so much for the nation. It addresses worries, challenges, fears, feelings, struggles, and bonds created when a loved one serves in the military. The text and images in the book are beautifully executed to show the good time parents and children spend together before separation, then saying goodbye, and how children spend their time in their parents' absence. The book completely justifies the emotions experienced by those left behind kids how they should be brave. Additionally, you will also learn some tips as caregivers, how to deal with separation, and what it means to be brave and find patience and endure the wait.


madihaJamal (author) on January 04, 2021:

Thank you for reading and acknowledging the effort.

madihaJamal (author) on January 04, 2021:

Yes, absolutely!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 21, 2020:

Sounds like a great list of books for the military families. You did a good job of introducing a little bit about each one of them.

Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 21, 2020:

It is terrific that a number of book authors have addressed the subject of military family separations. It is sure to help kids and other family members, plus members of the community, deal with the issues.

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