In Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Written by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Matt Tavares, this bestselling author wrote this book as a tribute to the nameless fallen soldiers and the sentinels who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. They protect fellow soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, making sure they are never alone. To stand there—with absolute precision, in every type of weather, at every moment of the day, one in a line uninterrupted since midnight July 2, 1937—is the ultimate privilege and the most difficult post to earn in the army. The poetic text is written in the first person to describe the deceased's imagined appreciation for the sentinels. This beautiful story provides a history and reverence for the dedication of the guards who pace in precise intervals, every hour of every day.
Readers will feel like they are in the presence of these strong stoic guards and feel the selflessness of these soldiers as they honor America’s fallen. Perfect for primary to middle grade audiences and especially military families.
Another great book to read in honor of our military is Andrew Higgins and the Boats That Landed Victory in World War II by Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs.
In this book, Nancy and Carol tell the story of Andrew Higgins, a lesser-known hero of WWII but equally important. This biography is written for young readers to learn about the invention of the legendary Higgins boat-and the adventurous childhood of the remarkable man behind it.
Higgins built the boats that the soldiers need in WWII. These magnificent boats climbed beaches, overcame massive sea walls, and was everything that was needed to get soldiers to land.
Sometimes all it takes is the imagination of one person to make the world a better place. It’s a story of persistence, overcoming adversity, and perseverance.