"This book [We Serve Too! 2: A Reunion Book] is a terrific, timely resource for the thousands of military Families- especially the children-who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy. It is a great tool for helping kids make sense of the stresses and emotions associated with the deployment...and homecoming of their favorite Soldier! Its message of resiliency in the midst of challenge is one that will surely resonate with all military Families.”

George and Sheila Casey 

"In this moving volume, Edick and Johnson help military children to remember military parents, and to put their abscence in perspective, even as they remind us of the sacrifice being made in behalf of us all."


Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, The University of Chicago, author of 'Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World'

from Children's Books Heal

"I had the good fortune to meet last week the authors, Kathleen Edick and Paula Johnson. I definitely thought that this beautiful tool was worthy to share with all of you who seek quality materials to support your families through deployment...the book has great appeal in that it empowers parents to tackle the difficult subject of deployment."
Denise Rampolla, Wing Family Readiness and Support Services Coordinator 153rd AW WANG

from Little Patriots Embraced


Start at minute 0:42 to hear testimony

from Goodreads:

Sep. 22, 2010    Leteia rates it 5 star
Recommends it for: all deployed families

“This is one of the best deployment books out there for children! We are a military family and I am always on the lookout for a book that my young children can really understand and learn from and this is it! My two year old loved the story and connected with the characters in the book! I love how you can also personalize it for each branch of the service. I think this will be a nightly bedtime read or whenever we are missing
daddy!!”

 

from our Email:

“Kathleen and Paula, That made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand straight up!!  You must be thrilled!!  I know that I was smiling with pride for you as I read the review!!  And your story is one of the main reasons I purchased the book in the first place.  I figured that a Nanna (what my Cristofer calls his Grandmothers) wouldn't be about something negative when it comes to little ones.  Turns out I was right.  Cristofer loves to look at the pictures and play the name this for me Momma game.  So Thank You for giving me, my husband and my son a lovely book that fits our values and beliefs to use as a tool to help a little mind and a little heart understand sacrifices and service to others and grow in love of God and country.                                                                                T. C., Ft. Carson

from Army Wife Talk Radio Website:

Tracey said: “I just bought this book and extra dog tags a week ago for my kids. They LOVE the dog tags and wear them every day to school. My 8 year old LOVES the 'prayer for Daddy' in the activity pack. He says it every night! He and I love that the dog tags say 'I will be strong and courageous'! It gives him a little strength in his day at school when his thoughts start to wander to daddy. Great Job!”


"I love this book! [We Serve Too! A Deployment Book] For five years I’ve written for military families facing deployments, and of the books I’ve seen for children, this one is truly different. Finding fun ways to help kids really ‘see’ what their deployed parent is doing, and how they are sharing the time through similar everyday experiences at home, is a
remarkable concept!"
Elaine Gray Dumler, author of I’m Already Home...Again 

from Children's Books Heal

"I know our families will love the books!! There simply isn't any other book out there for kids that can compare, I feel lucky to know you both!"
       - Heather Maxey, Project Sanctuary

from Children's Books Heal


"Kathleen Edick and Paula Johnson have written and illustrated a series of books for children who are coping with the deployment of a military parent. Kathleen’s son served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and she was eager to find a way to explain her son’s deployments to her grandchildren in a meaningful way. Paula, also a grandmother, loved the vision and added her writing and rhyming talents to the stories. Together, these two grandmothers have created a beautiful series of books that will help children and families deal with long deployments, reunions and homecomings. ..."
Read the rest of the blog HERE! (check May 14, 2012 blog)

                                   Patricia Tilton

from our Website:

“The books themselves, and the concept for them, are wonderful; I would encourage others to buy a set of 14 as I did (at the suggestion of a columnist on TownHall.com) and donate them to families of local National Guard or Reserve units deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. …I'm glad I made the purchase, and may buy more.”     

from our Website:

"I must tell you how beautifully written and illustrated is your book We Serve Too! Truly you have created a remarkable book for children...the theme of the book is dear to my heart as my husband served in the Air Force and was gone so much when our children were young. ...your book will be of so much comfort to military families, and will broaden the understanding of the sacrifices made by soldiers to the civilians at home."

From a "Soldier Dad":

"May I just tell you how awesome We Serve Too! is? Even after being home for two months, my kids still keep that book in the car and read it regularly. This deployment affected them more than I can realize and the book was a huge comfort and inspiration to them. I gut a lumpy throat hearing my five year old read it out loud to me. Best wishes and God speed as you take this ministry to the next level. Can't wait to see how it touches people.

                                                                     Blessings,"   Joe

2008
Thank you for the copy of We Serve Too! A
Child's Deployment Book and your kind inscription. President Bush and I are mindful of the burden of worry borne by the children of our deployed troops. We admire you for writing and illustrating a book to comfort
these young people. With best wishes,

Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States of America and wife of President George W. Bush

 

 "The We Serve Too children’s book series is a wonderful resource for parents and educators. The books help civilian kids understand the hardship families face when a family member is deployed, and more importantly they validate children from military families--acknowledging that they serve too by their sacrifice of a “normal” family life. These books teach important life lessons in a fun, friendly and age-appropriate manner."


Dawn Matheson, Executive Director Mom's Choice Awards

 

We Serve, Too! will grab at the heart of a soldier, spouse and child, reminding them
about the honorable sacrifice each is making. Deployment is difficult enough to explain to a spouse, but this book puts pictures and words to the feelings that children experience. We Serve, Too!
will be a great tool in the hands of parents facing deployment. Had it been available when I deployed, my children would have worn it out.

Jesse S., Chaplain, Colorado Army National Guard

from our Website:

"I must tell you how beautifully written and illustrated is your book We Serve Too! Truly you have created a remarkable book for children...the theme of the book is dear to my heart as my husband served in the Air Force and was gone so much when our children were young. ...your book will be of so much comfort to military families, and will broaden the understanding of the sacrifices made by soldiers to the civilians at home."