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(Grades: 1-2) Books to Commemorate Memorial Day

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  • Memorial Day

    Robin Nelson

    Paperback (LernerClassroom, Aug. 1, 2002)
    A simple introduction to why and how we celebrate Memorial Day. Color photographs reflect the short, easy-to-understand sentences that improve vocabulary and comprehension.
  • The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans

    Barbara E. Walsh, Layne Johnson

    Hardcover (Calkins Creek, Sept. 1, 2012)
    When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina's great-nieces to better understand Moina's determination to honor the war veterans.A portion of the book's proceeds will support the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.
  • Hero Dad

    Melinda Hardin, Bryan Langdo

    Hardcover (Two Lions, Nov. 1, 2010)
    A boy compares his father, a U.S. soldier, to a superhero.
  • Year of the Jungle

    Suzanne Collins, James Proimos

    Hardcover (Scholastic Press, Sept. 10, 2013)
    NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Suzanne Collins has created a deeply moving autobiographical picture book about a father who must go off to the war in Vietnam -- and the daughter who stays behind.When young Suzy's father leaves for Vietnam, she struggles to understand what this means for her and her family. What is the jungle like? Will her father be safe? When will he return? The months slip by, marked by the passing of the familiar holidays and the postcards that her father sends. With each one, he feels more and more distant, until Suzy isn't sure she'd even recognize her father anymore.This heartfelt and accessible picture book by Suzanne Collins, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Hunger Games series, is accompanied by James Proimos's sweet and funny illustrations. This picture book will speak to any child who has had to spend time away from a parent.
  • Memorial Day Surprise

    Theresa Martin Golding, Alexandra Artigas

    Hardcover (Boyds Mills Press, April 1, 2004)
    It's Memorial Day and Marco and Mama are going to see the parade. On their way, they pass Marco's grandfather's house. They usually stop to see Grandfather, but today Mama is in a rush because she has promised Marco a surprise. Marco can't imagine what the surprise might be. Could it be the marching band? The fire engines? The candy tossed to the crowd by a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty? Mama promises that it will be a better surprise than candy. As the parade goes by, Marco wishes his grandfather were with him to enjoy it. Then, marching down the street, come the veterans, wearing uniforms and shiny medals. But look! Who is that leading them? Marco never imagined the kind of surprise in store for him.
  • The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country

    Mike Berenstain

    Paperback (Zonderkidz, April 14, 2015)
    The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country. Features 12 full-color stickers.
  • What Does It Mean to Be American?

    Rana DiOrio, Elad Yoran, Nina Mata

    Hardcover (Little Pickle Press, April 9, 2019)
    An engaging picture book for children that celebrates what it means to be American!What does it mean to be American? Does it mean you like apple pie or fireworks? Not exactly.This patriotic picture book is perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Election Day, or any day you want to share with your child what it means to be an American. After all, Fourth of July isn't the only time to celebrate what makes America special!While politics seem to divide our country into the two opposing teams of red and blue, one truth remains: we are all Americans. But what does that mean?Gold Moonbeam Award Winner!IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist!Foreword Reviews INDIES Finalist!This continuation of the popular, award-winning What Does It Mean to Be...? series provides a nonpartisan point of view perfect for any and all Americans who are proud of who they are―and where they come from, regardless of their political views.Other Titles in the What Does It Mean to Be...? Series:What Does It Mean to Be Present?What Does It Mean to Be Global?What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
  • Memorial Day for Kids

    Natalie De Marco

    language (, May 7, 2013)
    Discover the history and traditions of Memorial Day with your children.Children ages 6 to 10 will love this easy-to-read children’s book and the colorful pictures.Discover…* What is the meaning of Memorial Day?* How did Memorial Day get started?* Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?* What do people do for Memorial Day?* What song do people play on Memorial Day?….and Much More!So get ready to have the best Memorial Day as you and your kid discover the history and tradition of this special day.
  • Our Flag

    Carl Memling, Stephen Cook

    Hardcover (Golden Books, May 10, 2011)
    The youngest readers will enjoy this concise but informative history of the American flag with beautiful and exciting illlustrations of colonial life, Betsy Ross and George Washington, Fort McHenry, and more! Included are illustrated instructions on flag etiquette, as well as the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood

    Valerie Pfundstein, Aaron Anderson

    Hardcover (Pfun-omenal Stories LLC, Dec. 31, 2013)
    Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood is an engaging rhyming picture book for readers of all ages that fosters mindfulness of and appreciation for the brave service men and women who are also our family, friends, and neighbors. These are the men and women who bravely served our great country and now humbly serve in our communities.
  • Hero Mom

    Melinda Hardin, Bryan Langdo

    Hardcover (Two Lions, April 2, 2013)
    The moms in the book are superheroes. They may not leap over tall buildings, and they may not have super-human speed. But these moms construct buildings, fly planes, and make tanks roll. They do all kinds of things to help create a safer world. These superheroes are moms. Military moms. Hero moms.
  • Memorial Day

    Helen Frost

    Paperback (Capstone Press, Sept. 1, 1999)
    Explains how and why Memorial Day came to be celebrated as a national holiday in the United States.
  • Memorial Day

    Rebecca Rissman

    Library Binding (Heinemann, Sept. 1, 2010)
    Memorial Day is observed in honor and remembrance of all the men and women who have died serving our country. Readers are introduced to the ways people mark this day, including attending parades, placing flags on graves at cemeteries, and wearing red poppies.
  • Revolutionary War on Wednesday

    Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, Sept. 26, 2000)
    The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! It is a dark and snowy night when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to colonial times. General George Washington is about to lead his army in a sneak attack against their enemy. But now a terrible weather is making the great general question his plans. Can Jack and Annie keep history on track? The fate of the country rests in their hands! Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at!