This is a busy week for me. I’m trying to squeeze some hours in at my day job before Daylight Savings Time ends, that’s when I go on winter vacation. I’m also doing content planning for my blogs and trying to keep everything active at the same time. Not to mention the weather this weekend has been dark and dreary making me fatigued and achy. I didn’t get any work done yesterday and I’m struggling to get some writing done this evening.
I’ve decided to base this Minute Monday on helping you locate some kid-friendly books about Patriot Day or the September 11th anniversary. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, and I’m not thrilled to write about it. However, it is something we’ll want to discuss with our kids since they’ll hear about it anyway.
Many writers have taken the topic and put a positive spin on such a damper occasion such as heroic stories to inspire them. These books will give you and your children something to talk about while sharing some quality reading time together. Enjoy your reading time!
1. What Were The Twin Towers? by Jim O’Connor and illustrated by Ted Hammond
This story gives a brief history on the Twin Towers, also known as the World Trade Center. They learn about the story of how the towers were built and grew to become an economic hub of the world. The story is told in a way that kids will understand while teaching them an important part of American history.
This is a great story about Curious George and his attempts to stay out of mischief before the parade. He tries to save the parade without missing the event himself. Each page features a short poem that children will enjoy listening to. This book will entertain even the youngest listeners while allowing them to spend time with a classic book character.
3. Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin and illustrated by Bryan Langdo
A topic often ignored by faced by many children, Hero Mom is a touching story celebrating the work of military parents, particularly Moms. This story tells kids that if they have a military parent away, they are heroes through the things they do for their country even if they don’t fly over buildings. The simple language will be easy for kids to understand and a topic for them to relate to.
4. O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Important Words by Sheila Keenan and illustrated by Ann Boyajian
This book is a great way to introduce new patriotic words and American landmarks to small children. Kids will learn about interesting places such as Plymouth Rock, the White House, the bald eagle and more. This is a great story to educate them or introduce patriotic holidays or projects.
5. Proud To Be An American by Lee Greenwood and illustrated by Amanda Sekulow
This story includes the song lyrics of God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. The lyrics are printed with colorful illustrations so you and read and sing along with the free download of the popular patriotic song.
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