Picture Books to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming, and I am thrilled to share our brand new guide with your family soon (coming May 2!). We'll spend a week learning about heroism and patriotism through the true stories of unsung American heroes, how to fold and handle a flag, how to honor and support our soldiers who are currently serving, and so much more. Each day includes a daily lesson and life story of a soldier who died for our freedom, plus a simple recipe, a meaningful activity, and a recommended picture book. My hope is that we will all come away from this study with a deeper sense of gratitude for these men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In the meantime, I am so excited to share the picture book list with you! These are rich, wonderful stories that really make this topic come alive for your family. If you're planning to do the Memorial Day guide with us, now's a great time to go ahead and reserve these titles at your local library.

Download the printable list here

I can't wait to celebrate Memorial Day with you!
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The Wall by Eve Bunting (ages 7-10)A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor the boy's grandfather who died in the Vietnam War.

Twenty-One Steps by Jeff Gottesfeld (ages 7-10)Since July 2, 1937, sentinel guards have kept a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Told from the perspective of an unknown soldier, this book pays tribute to the sacrifice of countless heroes whose faces are known only to God.

Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin (ages 4-6)The moms in this book are superheroes. They may not wear capes, but they construct buildings, fly planes, and make tanks roll. They help create a safer world. They are military moms.

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin (ages 4-6)These superhero dads may not wear rocket-propelled boots or drive super-powered cars, but they wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. They are military dads.

Rolling Thunder by Kate Messner (ages 4-8)Every Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

Tucky Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco (ages 7-10)Kentucky John was the youngest recruit in the Pacific during World War II. During the war, he meets a little girl in the jungle who helps soothe his bug bites, and despite their language barrier, they become dear friends. Many years later, the two meet again in this heartwarming true story of kindness.

The Poppy Lady by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh (ages 7-10) - Moina Belle Michael, a Georgia schoolteacher, worked tirelessly to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. This is her fascinating true story.