Children and War
All experts agree that the best way to get children to read is to make the material relevant for them. This year there have been many books published about American children whose lives are impacted by war. War is a reality for many children today. In these books it doesn't seem to matter if the war in question is World War II, Vietnam, Korea or Iraq, the stories are very much the same.
Don't Talk to Me About the War by David M. Adler tells the story of a young Jewish boy growing up in Broolyn in 1940. He doesn't like to listen to all the war talk going on.
When the Sergeant Came Marching Home by Don Lemna. When Dad comes home from the war in 1946 he tends to run the family as he did his troops.
Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell. When twelve-year-old Jaime's beloved older brother chooses the Army instead of college and gets sent to Vietnam, her world is turned upside down.
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park. A young girl's best baseball friend goes off to fight in the Korean Conflict.
100 Days and 99 Nights by Alan Madison. Seven-year-old Esme must survive 100 days and 99 nights (one tour of duty) without her beloved father.