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Children's Books for Memorial Day

This week-end we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Do you know the origin of Memorial Day? How and when was it first observed? In the beginning, how was the holiday different in the South? How did the custom of wearing red poppies in honor of those who died serving our nation during war start? Who was General John A Logan? How did the Boy Scouts play a part in the celebration of this holiday?

You might find the answers in the following list of books for children about Memorial Day. If not, maybe there’s a spark for another book about Memorial Day for children somewhere here.

MEMORIAL DAY SURPRISE
Theresa Golding (Author), Alexandra Artigas (Illustrator)
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
A boy and his mom attend a Memorial Day parade, and the boy sees his Grandfather, a veteran, in the parade!

THE WALL
Eve Bunting (Author), Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
Publisher: Sandpiper/Reading Rainbow Books
A boy visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his father to find his grandfather’s name.

LET’S GET READY FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Lloyd G Douglas (Author)
Publisher: Children’s Press
A girl’s class prepares for Memorial Day, and later she goes to a war memorial with her father to honor the dead.

MEMORIAL DAY
Jacqueline S. Cotton (Author)
Publisher: Children’s Press
This easy reader explains why we celebrate Memorial Day.

MEMORIAL DAY
Robin Nelson (Author)
Publisher: Lerner
First Step Non-Fiction

MEMORIAL DAY
Karen Latchana Kenney (Author), Judith A Hunt (Illustrator)
Publisher: ABDO/ Magic Wagon
An easy-to-read picture book explaining the creation, history, and meaning of the holiday.

MEMORIAL DAY
Rebecca Riseman (Author)
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
Readers are introduced to the ways people mark this day.

MEMORIAL DAY
Mir Tamin Ansary (Author)
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
Explore the history of this holiday and the reason that it is celebrated.

MEMORIAL DAY
Trudi Strain Trueit (Author), Ronnie Rooney (Illustrator)
Publisher: Child’s World
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