Monday, May 19, 2008

In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow...

Memorial Day is fast approaching. It's a bittersweet holiday for me. I look forward to the unofficial start of summer the holiday provides, but I'm always so moved by the thoughts of the men and women who have served our country, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The holiday provides an opportunity to talk with children about war, peace, and courage, and the library has some books that might help you start a dialogue with your child.

Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
True Stories of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell
True Stories of the First World War by Paul Dowswell
Manneken Pis: the Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War by Vladimir Radunsky
Why War is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker
The War by Anais Vangelade
Patrol: an American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigon
Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz
The Big Book for Peace edited by Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs