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February 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Military Series
Series focusing on today’s military offer a lot of bang for your selection buck, especially for reluctant readers. These are some of the best series for learning about military careers and the daily lives of soldiers, sailors, marines, and other military personnel.
The Call of Duty: Careers in the Armed Forces (Rosen)
Gr. 9–12. This set of career books helps students decide whether the military is right for them, with sample questions from entrance tests, a rundown on particular jobs, and lots of branch-specific information. Wisely, it also includes reasons why the military might not be the best career for some.
Elite Military Forces (Capstone)
Gr. 2–4. With its small square shape and large type, this is a welcoming introduction to the military. The use of vocabulary boxes at the bottom of each relevant page will aid young readers in understanding the text, and the bright, engaging color photographs feature soldiers in action.
Joining the Military (McFarland)
Gr. 9–12. Each of the five handbooks in this set helps readers decide if they want to enlist, with several “Things to Consider” topics. Included are extremely concrete details about how to prepare for training, and the books address the student as a member of a family debating over a big transition.
The Military Experience (Morgan Reynolds)
Gr. 6–9. Reliable nonfiction writer Don Nardo authors each of the seven titles in this series, covering topics such as amphibious warfare, reconnaissance, and search-and-rescue. The handsome series design, with war scenes filling the pages, combines with gripping, well-researched texts.
Military Machines (Gareth Stevens)
Gr. 3–6. A tall format and lively background graphics pair with photographs of wow-inducing machinery, not just today’s top models but also submarines and helicopters through history. This series has a worldwide scope and even offers a glimpse into the possible future of military vehicles.
Military Special Ops (Lerner)
Gr. 4–8. Beginning with a play-by-play of a special-ops mission, each book in this series is exciting and informative. The highly readable short sentences make it work for younger students, while the grown-up format makes it prime material for reluctant readers, too.
The Science of War (Compass Point)
Gr. 5–9. This intriguing series focuses on the science underlying military weapons, vehicles, and procedures, giving clear and illuminating explanations. It includes plenty of women in its many photographs of soldiers at work in the field with their high-tech tools.
Special Ops II (Bearport)
Gr. 3–6. The aggressive design of this series conveys the excitement of the action-packed texts, which follow real-life soldiers through their often harrowing, but always fascinating adventures. Esoteric details successfully drive home the specificity of these daring jobs.
United States Armed Forces (ABDO)
Gr. 3–5. Covering four branches of the service plus two special forces (the Green Berets and the Navy Seals), this series meshes outstanding photographs and “X-treme Facts” to balance out some of the more challenging words in the surprisingly informative texts.
U.S. Armed Forces (Weigl)
Gr. 4–8. This media-enhanced series communicates much of its need-to-know information visually, whether through maps, time lines, or photographs of wartime vehicles and uniformed service personnel. The quiz at the end caps off each of these efficient packages.
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