Sunday, May 30, 2010

Reference Sunday: Memorial Day!

The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)

Memorial Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays)

Today is actually Memorial Day even though it is celebrated tomorrow.   There are lots of parades and barbecues planned for a day that is set aside to remind us of the men and women who gave their lives to make sure we can live in peace.   To that end I would like to recommend some books that are a great way to explain to children that we don't celebrate this day lightly or for a day off but that it has real meaning and purpose.

The Wall by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Himler is a beautiful book about a father taking his son to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.   I have never seen this memorial in person but have been told by many that it is awe inspiring experience to visit.   This is for ages 4-8 but I think all ages can something from this beautifully written story.

Memorial Day by Jacqueline S. Cotton is part of the Rookie Reader Series from Children's Press and it is a great introduction to this special day.  It has lots of photographs that show what this day is all about.

Here is to all the men and women who gave their lives so we have the right to live as we wish.  Happy Memorial Day!

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