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10 Memorial Day Books for Kids That Teach Honor, Bravery, and Patriotism

Inspire and educate your little ones with these Memorial Day-themed reads.

Teaching children about Memorial Day is crucial for instilling a sense of respect and gratitude for the sacrifices made by those who served our country. Books are powerful tools to help children understand history, patriotism, and the significance of Memorial Day. Today, in honor of Memorial Day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Memorial Day books for kids, suitable for various age groups and focusing on different aspects of this important holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May.

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These engaging children’s books will help inspire and educate your little ones about honor, bravery, patriotism, and our armed forces. Read them over Memorial Day weekend so that by the time Monday rolls around, the kids can really appreciate why Decoration Day is a national holiday.

Note: Not all of the books listed below are Memorial Day-specific. Some just have a general theme of honoring service members and instilling patriotism and pride in our country.

Check out our other kids’ book lists while you’re here! And if you need a Memorial Day craft, try our paper plate Uncle Sam craft or our paper bald eagle.

Children’s Books for Memorial Day

The Wall - a Memorial Day book for kids

The Wall by Eve Bunting

In this touching picture book for children aged 7-10, a young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor the boy’s grandfather, a fallen soldier, by searching for the grandfather’s name on the wall. Through the lens of the boy’s experience, the story delves into themes of loss, remembrance, and the importance of honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

As a powerful tribute to the heroes of the Vietnam War, The Wall is a fitting read for Memorial Day, fostering a sense of gratitude and reverence for our fallen heroes.

America's White Table Memorial Day Children's Book

America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven

Suitable for ages 8-11, America’s White Table is a touching tribute to United States military service members and their families. The story teaches children about the tradition of the “White Table,” a symbol of honor, remembrance, and gratitude for those who serve as Katie and her sisters set a little white table in honor of her Uncle John.

Beautifully illustrated and deeply moving, this book helps young readers understand the importance of honoring and supporting our military personnel and their families, making it a poignant read for Memorial Day.

The Poppy Lady kids' book

The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

This beautifully illustrated picture book biography, suitable for ages 7-11, tells the inspiring story of Moina Belle Michael, who initiated the tradition of wearing red poppies to honor fallen soldiers. The narrative delves into themes of perseverance, compassion, and tribute, as Moina works tirelessly for the rest of her life to ensure that the sacrifices of veterans are never forgotten.

The Poppy Lady serves as an ideal read for Memorial Day, encouraging young readers to honor and remember those who have bravely served our nation. Don’t forget to buy a red poppy to show to the kids while reading the story!

children's book called The Impossible Patriotism Project

The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers

Targeting children aged 4-6, The Impossible Patriotism Project follows young Caleb as he struggles to find a unique way to express his patriotism for a school project. As he learns about our nation’s symbols, leaders, and service members, Caleb discovers the true meaning of patriotism. Plus, his dad is a soldier serving overseas. The book encourages children to find their own ways to honor and remember our heroes, making it a valuable resource for teaching the importance of Memorial Day.

Hero Mom book for kids

Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin

In Hero Mom, children aged 4-6 are introduced to the various roles and responsibilities of military mothers. With engaging illustrations and a heartwarming narrative, the book highlights the courage, dedication, and selflessness of these extraordinary women. Perfect for Memorial Day discussions, Hero Mom encourages young readers to appreciate the sacrifices made by military mothers and recognize their invaluable contributions to our nation.

Hero Dad children's book

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin

A companion book to Hero Mom, Hero Dad is for children aged 4-6 and emphasizes the sacrifices made by military fathers. Through vivid illustrations and a compelling narrative, the book showcases the bravery, dedication, and selflessness displayed by these fathers in their service to our country. This inspiring read is an excellent choice for Memorial Day discussions, fostering respect and appreciation for military fathers’ service, hard work, and sacrifices.

children's book called Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood

Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein

Aimed at children aged 4-6, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood introduces young readers to everyday heroes who have served our country. Through engaging illustrations and relatable stories, the book showcases the sacrifices and contributions made by veterans across various walks of life. This thoughtful and informative read offers an excellent opportunity to teach children about the significance of Memorial Day and the importance of recognizing and appreciating the service of our nation’s heroes.

H is for Honor book

H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian

This engaging and informative book, perfect for ages 6-10, takes readers on an alphabetical journey through the various aspects of military life. H is for Honor provides a comprehensive overview of military service, from A to Z, while emphasizing the importance of honoring and supporting our service members and their families. With its rich illustrations and informative text, this book makes an ideal addition to Memorial Day discussions, encouraging young readers to appreciate the sacrifices made by those who serve our nation.

Nubs - true story book for kids

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis

This heartwarming true story, suitable for children aged 4-9, recounts the incredible bond between a Marine named Brian and a stray dog named Nubs. Set against the backdrop of war, the tale explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and perseverance.

Nubs serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by military personnel and the connections they forge even in the most challenging circumstances. It’s a real tear-jerker, though, so be prepared!

a paper hug deployment book for kids

A Paper Hug by Stephanie Skolmoski

In this touching story for children aged 4-8, a young boy sends his deployed father a “paper hug” as a symbol of love and support. As the narrative unfolds, themes of family, connection, and the power of love shine through. A Paper Hug highlights the challenges faced by military families during times of separation, making it a poignant read for Memorial Day to remember those who didn’t get to come back home to their families.

Teaching children about Memorial Day through books is an essential way to help them understand the sacrifices made by those who have served our country. We encourage parents and educators to select books from this list that resonate with their children’s interests and age. Please feel free to share your favorite Memorial Day books for kids or your experiences with these recommended titles in the comments below. Together, let’s inspire and educate the next generation about honor, bravery, and patriotism.

Happy Memorial Day, and God bless America!