Military Families in Fiction

Military Families in Primary, MG, and YA Fiction

Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne ParryPrimary

My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting (Boyds Mills)
While You Are Away by Eileen Spinelli (Hyperion)
The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers, (Puffin)
A Yellow Ribbon for Daddy by Anissa Mersiowsky, (Veritas Media)
Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom by Lisa Tucker(Whitman)
100 days and 99 nights by Alan Madison, (Little Brown)
Peacebound Trains by Haemi Balgassi (Sandpiper)
Piper Reed Navy Brat series by Kimberly Willis Holt, (Square Fish)
Amelia Rules: When the Past is a Present, graphic novel by Jimmy Gownley (Atheneum)

Middle Grade

Iraq/Afghanistan/contemporary 2003-2010
Operation Yes By Sara Lewis Holmes (Scholastic)
Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (Random House)
Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams (Simon and Schuster)
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Puffin)
Off to War and Children of War by Deborah Ellis, non-fiction collections of first hand accounts from children of deployed soldiers and children of Iraq

Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell (Atheneum)
All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg (Scholastic)
Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum)

World War I or II
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Slap your Sides by M.E. Kerr (Harper Collins)
When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park (Yearling)
Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis (Knopf)
Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (Wendy Lamb)

Young Adult

Iraq/Afghanistan/ contemporary 2003-2010
Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams (Simon and Schuster)
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick (Balzer + Bray)
Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)
Ghosts of War: the True Story of a 19 Year Old GI Ryan Smithson, memoir, (Collins)
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt (Wendy Lamb)

Vietnam or Korea
Rock and Roll Soldier by Dean Ellis Kohler, Susan VanHecke and Graham Nash, memoir, (HarperTeen)
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park (Houghten Mifflin Harcourt)

World War I or II
Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iain Lawrence (Laurel Leaf Library)
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Scholastic Press)
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac (Puffin)
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury (Wendy Lamb)

Further books about the military experience can be found here: