Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day books for kids

Summer's first holiday is here already, but there is a more serious meaning behind all the parades and picnics that may have children asking questions about the meaning of Memorial Day, originally created in 1868 as Decoration Day to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Here is a colorful collection of kids' books that will answer some of those questions and give parents the opportunity to discuss broader issues of patriotism and service to America. Look for these using the Amazon and WorldCatalog search boxes here on BookBag.

Memorial Day Surprise, by Theresa Golding, illustrated by Alexandra Artigas (Boyds Mills Press), Ages 4-8. Marco goes to the Memorial Day parade and learns the importance of the holiday beyond picnics and parades. This is a good book for young readers who may wonder what all the excitement is about, with simple and bold illustrations that capture the eye as well as the imagination.

The Wall, by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ronald Himler (Sandpiper), Ages 4-8. A boy and his father have come to the Vietnam War Memorial to look for the boy's grandfather's name among those who were killed in the war. Bunting's understated prose captures the meaning of the memorial to the American people, especially to those who lost loved ones. Himler's gauzy watercolors are a perfect addition. A sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well.

F is for Flag, by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (Grosset & Dulap) Ages 4-8. June 14 is Flag Day, but with so many American flags proudly displayed on Memorial Day this book is perfect for reading together with a young child. F is for Flag shows in simple terms how one flag can mean many things: a symbol of unity, a sign of welcome, and a reminder that everyone in America is part of one big family.

Memorial Day, by Jacqueline S. Cotton (Children's Press) A picture book that explains the meaning and importance of the holiday. Large and colorful photographs tell the story in simple and easy-to-understand concepts for young readers that gives parents the chance to talk about the deeper ideas of patriotism and history.

Let's Get Ready for Memorial Day, by Lloyd G. Douglas (Children's Press) Ages 4-8. Some of the first concepts children learn about are those connected to holidays and traditions. In Let's Get Ready for Memorial Day, Amy makes a flag for the holiday and takes it to a war memorial with her father. A strong and important lesson about the sacrifices many people make to keep America strong.

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