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Meet Our Military Inclusion Chair

Jennifer Southerland-Military Inclusion Chair

If you would like our new Military Inclusion Chair to come out to your PTA to guide you in how to engage military families, email Jennifer Southerland at [email protected]

Month of the Military Child Toolkit

For those schools thinking about celebrating the Month of the Military Child in April, here is the link to the Military Child Education Coalition Toolkit. You can choose a day in April to honor military kids.

Veterans Day Activity Ideas

There are many resources available to help your PTA/PTSA develop an age appropriate program for Veterans Day.

Military Resources

Military Child Education Coalition

Resources for Students, Parents, and Educators:

Tampa Bay Area School District Information

Military Interstate Compact (MIC3) for Florida

A great resource and book for teachers who work with military students and parents who are trying to navigate their child’s educational career while being mobile:

Florida Department of Education Military Resources

Season’s of My Military Student about how Military Kid’s Clubs Help Students and Schools:

Hillsborough County Public Schools Resources for Military Families

Enterprise Florida

Military Kids Connect is an online community for military children ages 6-17, and provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.

Resource for national guard and reserve families.

Purple Up USA:

HCCPTA Month of the Military Child

Join HCCPTA in celebrating the month of the military child!

#MOTMC Spirit Week

April 13-17th

Monday: Add a #MOTMC social media frame to your profile pic

Tuesday: Milkids have a Message.

E-mail a message or video to [email protected] using one of our signs here:

Wednesday: Join our Milkids Read Across the County with our Military Inclusion Chair for a Facebook Live at 3pm on HCCPTA's FB page. We will be sharing books and resources for supporting military kids. Please share any books and resources that you have found helpful by sharing on HCCPTA social media #MOTMC posts.

Thursday: Crazy Camo Day

E-mail a pic dressed up in your parents camo or your favorite camo outfit to [email protected]

Friday: PURPLE UP! Wear purple and post a pic on social media with #HCCPTAMOTMC

Questions? Email [email protected]

Month of the Military Child Book List-HCCPTA

MOMC books suggestion by the Military Inclusion Chair of HCC PTA/PTSA

Jennifer Southerland

Contact: [email protected]



A Paper Hug:  by Stephanie Skolmoski


Where do the Tears Go?:  by Doris Burd


I am Red, White, and Blue… Are You Feeling it Too?:  by Deanna Lynn Cole


Lily Hates Goodbyes:  by Jerilyn Marler


When Your Dad Goes to War: Helping Children Cope with Deployment and Beyond:  by Maryann Makekau 


But … What If?:  by Sandra Miller Linhart


My Red Balloon:  by Eve Bunting


I Like Where I Am:  by Jessica Harper


Alexander Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move: by Judith Viorst


Great comprehensive list:


All Hands on Deck! Dad's Coming Home!

Author: Julia Maki, Copyright @ 2012


American Hero Books: My Daddy Is a Marine

Author: Alia Reese, Copyright @ 2011

Ages infant-preschool


A Paper Hug

Author: Stephanie Skolmoski, Copyright @ 2006


A Year Without Dad

Author: Jodi Brunson, Copyright @ 2003


A Yellow Ribbon for Daddy

Author: Anissa Mersiowsky, Copyright @ 2005

Ages 4-8


Brave Like Me

Author: Barbara Kerley, Copyright @2016

Ages 4-8


But... What If?

Author: Sandra Miller Linhart, Copyright @ 2010


Coming Home

Author: Greg Ruth, Copyright @ 2014

Ages 4-7


Countdown 'til Daddy Gets Home

Author: Kristin Ayyar, Copyright @ 2013

Ages 3-8


Daddy Left with Mr. Army

A child's view of military deployment

Author: Chandelle Walker, Copyright @ 2018

Ages 5-6


Daddy is in the Military

Free book to customize, save and print -


Daddy's Boots

Author: Sandra Miller Linhart, Copyright @ 2010

for his job with the military.



Daddy's Deployed

Author: Bridget Platt, Copyright @ 2012

Ages 0-10


Daddy's in Iraq, but I Want Him Back

Author: Carmen R. Hoyt, Copyright @ 2005


Daddy's Submarine

Author: Bethany Patterson, Copyright @ 2019


Dear Baby, I'm Watching Over You

Author: Carol Casey, Copyright @ 2010

Ages 1 and up



Author: Santina Rivera, Copyright @ 2010


Deployment: One of Our Pieces is Missing

Author: Julia Cook, Copyright @ 2018



Don't Forget: God Bless our Troops

Author: Dr. Jill Biden, Copyright @ 2012

Ages 5 and up



Father Is Always With Me

Author: Emmanuel Barbosa, Copyright @ 2016

Ages 1-6



Goodnight Marines

Author: David Dixon, Copyright @ 2016

Ages 0-8

A brilliantly illustrated children's book about the culture and traditions


Heart of a Shepherd

Author: Rosanne Parry, Copyright @ 2010

Ages 9-12

Teacher discussion guide available (3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade)


Hero Dad

Author: Melinda Hardin, Copyright @ 2010

Ages 4-8


Home Again (Board Book)

Author: Dorinda Silver Williams, Copyright @ 2009

Ages 0-3

Available for free at


Hug in the Wind

Author: Tim Steiner, Copyright @ 2018


I Am Red, White, & Blue...Are You Feeling it Too?

Author: Deanna Lynn Cole, Copyright @ 2008



If I Were Deployed

Author: Nicole Burch, Copyright @ 2019


I'll Lend You My Daddy

Author: Becky King, Copyright @ 2019

Ages 4-8



I'm a Hero Too! (Daddy version)

Author: Timothy P. Dunnigan, Copyright @ 2011


I'm Here for You Now (Board Book)

Free from Military OneSource


I Miss You!

Author: Beth Andrews, Copyright @ 2007

Ages 4-8



Another list:



For teachers, parents and other professional who support military child education: “Seasons of my Military Student”:



13 Amazing books to support military children:


Preparing for PCS:

Download the app and start reading today.

Free books for military families:



Must have books for Mil kids:



Worry Says What

by Allison Edwards


Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day:

By Jamie Lee Curtis


My Many Colored Days:  by Eric Carle


One of our Pieces is Missing:  by Julia Cook.


The Color Monster, a popup book of feelings by: Anna Llenas,


When I 'm Feeling Angry: by Trace Moroney


In my Heart- A book of feelings:  by Jo Witek.


The Mixed-Up Chameleon: Eric Carle


Leonardo the Terrible Monster: by Mo Willems


Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons: by Eric Litwin


Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids: by Carol McCloud


The Brand New Kid: by Katie Couric



Military Family Books:



MCEC Tell Me a Story Event Book List.  Check for more info on bringing a Tell Me a Story to your organization: 




MCEC NTS 2019 reading list:


The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath


How Schools Work by Arne Duncan


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance. By Anne Duckworth


The Leader’s Bookshelf by Adm. Stravridis, USN, ret. and R. Manning Ancell


The Good Neighbor: the Life and Work of Fred Rogers. By Maxwell King


parks by: Peter L. Benson


More MCEC Recommended reference books:


Mindset:  by Carol S. Dweck


Special Needs Families in the Military:  by Janelle Hill and Don Philpott


Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings: Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP with Martha M Jablow.

1st and 2nd Editions


Serving Military Families, 2nd ed., by: Karen Rose Blaisure, Tara Saatholf-Wellls, Angela Pereira, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Amy Laura Dombro.


Raising Kids To Thrive: by Kenneth R Ginsburg, Ilana Ginsburg and Talia Ginsburg


The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader: by James Kouzes and Barry Posner


The Five Love Languages of Children:

By Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell, M.D.


Again… the Seasons of My Military Student (website shared above):  by authors Amanda Trimillos and Stacy Allsbrook Huisman (also a member of the Randall Middle School PTSA and Military Spouse)



Tip for schools/PTA’s: Host a book club. You can start with: The Seasons of My Military Student. It can help both parents/educators build support strategies. It comes in ebook or hard copy on Amazon. You can share this list with all families on Edsby. 





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