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Using American Hero Books

American Hero Books were created for infant-preschool age children. The images and text depict Service Members doing things common to a regular day, AND the specialty formatting allows pictures to be inserted over those printed in the books so the child can “see” their own parent at work. The books are constructed from sturdy laminated board so that kids can hold, play with, and interact with them safely, and each page has an acetate sheet over the pictures so pictures stay safe from even too much kissing!

Though created for young children our books were designed to grow with the child. Below are some book features that you can use to help your children get the most out of American Hero Books no matter what their ages:

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Beyond the book:
Reading as a Bonding Experience


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Beyond the book – Reading as a bonding experience

Reading with children is so much more than just saying the words on the page. Asking questions about what the child sees and pointing out details on the page help a simple story to become a real bonding experience. American Hero Books®: My Daddy is a Marine and American Hero Books®: My Mommy is a Marine feature many details that allow the Marine parent to engage the child beyond the book.

When you are reading to your child take the time to point out some of these features and talk about them in context to your personal experience. For example show your child your uniforms, or point out your medals and discuss what you did to earn them. Talk about life in the field, or on ship, or in garrison. You can even take a field trip on base and count how many EGAs you spot. And it’s always a riot to see who can “bark” the loudest! Make reading this book an experience that your child will remember regardless of how many miles or months may separate you. And if you do have to be apart remember to send home pictures to be added into the book, so that the story is always current and that your child sees that you are always in his/her life.

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Heart Star Press is an independent book publisher focused on producing "insert your own picture books" and other tools that help families with unique challenges stay connected.

We were founded by a military spouse who was trying to find ways to keep her husband present in the daily lives of their children while he was away for frequent training, deployments, and other duty. Our goal is to provide quality products that help promote family resiliency when the extraordinary becomes ordinary.