The authors summarize 30 children’s books that tell stories of a family member’s military deployment in order to identify books that could be used in bibliotherapy for children impacted by deployment. In this sample of books, the main characters are most commonly portrayed as feeling sad about a family member’s deployment. The most prevalent coping strategies are finding ways to stay connected to the deployed person and talking with an adult. An unexpected finding was a coping strategy of expressing pride in the family member’s military service.
Tubbs, A., Young, E. L., Heath, M. A., & Dyches, T. T. (2019). Military Deployment in a Family: Children’s Literature as a Basis for Counseling Support. Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, 58 (1). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol58/iss1/5