Story Books for Children Canva Share: Story Books for Children To borrow one of these books, contact the Shilo Deployment Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Shilo Library (located in the Community Centre). Papa’s Backpack by James Christopher Carroll "Papa’s Backpack honors the bond between a parent/soldier and a child, and acknowledges the difficult and emotional process of separation during deployment. A young bear cub dreams of accompanying Papa when he leaves on a mission, wanting to stay close to provide comfort and moral support, so that ultimately the two might overcome adversity together. A poignant tribute to military families and a reminder of the many sacrifices made by those who serve our country.” Countdown ‘til Mommy Comes Home & Countdown ‘til Daddy Comes Home by Kristin Ayyar “Countdown ‘til Mommy Comes Home & Countdown ‘til Daddy Comes Home are a story of a young boy waiting for his mommy/daddy to come home from a trip. To make their separation easier, his family creates rituals to keep each other connected and make the countdown fly by. Inspired by her family’s experiences, Kristin Ayyar shares how her Air Force family coped with the separations that were a part of everyday life.” Monroe Tales: It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later by Schuyler Croy "Embark on a journey with a fun-loving dog named Monroe whose owner goes away on a military deployment. Get lost in all the experiences and emotions Monroe faces as he learns that these trips are temporary absences and not forever. Monroe Tales: It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later allows young readers a to relate to high-spirited Monroe as he navigates the struggles many children face when a family member leaves for an extended period of time.” Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut “When a soldier’s work takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son. Night Catch is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comforting hope for their reunion.” The Invisible String by Patrice Karst “In this heartwarming story, Karst delivers a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, written with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember." The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn “School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester''s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary”. Chester the Brave by Audrey Penn “After sharing the story of a little bird who is afraid to have flying lessons in front of his friends, Mrs. Raccoon tells Chester that being brave doesn’t mean being unafraid; being brave means not letting that fear stop him. Mrs. Raccoon teaches Chester an important strategy: Think-Tell-Do. When he thinks he is afraid, he tells himself he can do it, and then he just does it. Of course, getting a Kissing Hand helps a little too. This simple strategy can be helpful to children in many different situations”. I Love You Near and Far by Marjorie Blain Parker “I love you long distance, across all those miles. Sometimes parents’ divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child’s point of view, is a love letter to those who may not be geographically near—but remain very close at heart”.