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Hero Mom

Simple book has positive message for kids of military moms.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn about the duties of various women in the military.

Positive messages

Working moms, specifically military moms who may spend long periods of time away from their families, are doing important work that makes a difference.

Positive role models

Hero Mom shows a variety of military moms doing all sorts of jobs that are difficult, valuable, and important and shows them being good at those jobs in a way that deserves respect.

Violence & scariness

All the depictions in Hero Mom are positive, but the subject itself -- separation of parent and child -- could be upsetting to some kids.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hero Mom is a picture book geared toward the children of enlisted servicewomen who are absent due to deployment. Though it portrays them in a positive light as soldiers who do important, difficult jobs, the subject may be a difficult one for children having trouble adapting to long or frequent separations from mom. There's a companion book, Hero Dad, by the same author and illustrator, Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo.

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What's the story?

In HERO MOM, a diverse range of children discuss how proud they are of their military moms and the ways in which the women resemble heroes or superheroes for their courage and skill during deployment.

Is it any good?


Hero Mom takes a difficult subject -- family separation during deployment -- and presents it as a point of pride for children. Kids can explain to others that their mothers are gone but are doing something extremely important, whether they're transporting cargo, repairing aircraft, or leading a battalion. The book makes a point of showing the way moms who are deployed show love for their children with letters or by email or video chat. And the soft watercolor illustrations give the book an expressive, sentimental feel.

For kids missing their moms overseas, Hero Mom can help instill a sense of pride in their moms' line of work. For parents, this can be a way to broach a tender subject and open up a dialogue about managing the separation.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about separation. Have you been separated from your mom or dad for a period of time due to their work, travel, or deployment? How did it make you feel? 

  • How do you stay in touch when your mom or dad has to leave for a period of time? 

  • Families can go online to the National Military Family Association website to learn more about talking to kids of all ages about deployment.

Book details

Author:Melinda Hardin
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Two Lions
Publication date:April 2, 2013
Number of pages:24
Available on:Paperback, Hardback, Kindle

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