Its April! Can you believe it? And while we love the spring flowers and warmer weather, here at ArmyWife 101 April is an extra special month to us because it celebrates some amazing people in our lives. Our kids!
In honor of the Month of the Military Child we’d like to kick things off with some military themed books for your special little warrior. These books touch on a range of subjects from dealing with deployments, moving away from friends, or just how awesome their military mom or dad can be. But first, let us introduce you to a very special author and military Dad- Vincent Vargas.
You may or may not be familiar with some veteran owned companies such as Ranger Up or Article 15 Clothing- but chances are your husband and his buddies will be. Their popular brand of military themed apparel and social media shenanigans have been providing laughs to the military community for years. Recently, Mr. Vargas and his fellow compatriots starred in a entirely veteran funded film “Range 15” and while I have not personally reviewed it, I have been told by many friends that it is everything you would expect from ex- rangers, infantryman and marines. It’s bloody, full of explosives and a whole lot of military-themed humor. So you can see why when I stumbled upon the book “My Military Dad Does Things a Little Different” by Vincent Vargas of Article 15, I was thrown for a little bit of a loop. Could this big rough and tough looking guy really have written a kids book?
So of course I had to get it and read it. Then I had to have my husband read it. Then I made him read it to our kids. Our reaction was all the same. We loved it! I don’t believe I’ve ever seen my husband laugh while reading a bedtime story to our kids but this one certainly made him. From explaining why Dad was always 15 minutes early, to his constant reference to “Airborne!” Every time someone jumped off of anything, it was a spot on representation of our military life.
Children books are a great way to be able to connect the world of the military to your child. Sometimes it’s hard for them to understand the way life has to be as a military family but books like “My Military Dad Does Things a Little Different” helps to bridge that gap. It’s also a great way to open up and discuss the difficult topics of deployment, moving and missing a parent.
So be sure to checkout “My Military Dad Does Things a Little Different” by Vincent Varga and in honor of the Month of the Military Child we’ve also compiled a list of 10 great military themed books for your favorite military kid. All of these books are available on Amazon.com. Happy reading!
I miss you!: A Military Kid’s Book About Deployment
Countdown ’til Daddy Comes Home
H Is for Honor: A Millitary Family Alphabet
Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops
My Dad’s Deployment: A deployment and reunion activity book for young children
Lily Hates Goodbyes (All Military Version)
Piper Reed, Navy Brat
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