Tagged: Veterans Day

Book Giveaway: WWI Books for Kids

My WWI kids' book giveaway package/Photo by Deb Watley

My WWI kids’ book giveaway package/Photo by Deb Watley

In just over a month, on Veterans Day, the United States will honor those who’ve served our country as a member of our military. This day has its origins in Armistice Day on 11-11-1918 at 11 a.m., the day the fighting of The Great War (World War I) ceased.

We don’t talk a lot about World War I in the U.S. I suppose it’s because our military was only involved for less than two years. However, Europe was decimated, and the world is still dealing with the repercussions of that war.

In honor of the centennial of Veterans Day and World War I (1914-1918), I’m giving away a group of recently published kids’ books about the war.

To enter the giveaway, please comment below. I will conduct a random drawing the morning of Tues., Oct. 13. Entries will be limited to non-relatives and to those with U.S. postal addresses.

How did The Great War affect your family? What are some books about the war you’d recommend?

30 Days of Thanksgiving–Part 2

Thanksgiving Big Stock Photo

Big Stock Photo

In an effort to live a life of gratitude, I am naming 30 things (one for each day of November) I’m thankful for. I’m not taking my health, friends, family, and material blessings for granted, but I’m challenging myself to think beyond those things.

I posted Part 1 last week.

I’m thankful for:

11. Snow plow operators. I live in South Dakota. Winter can last six months. ‘Nuff said.

12. The ability to read.

13. My mom. She passed her love of reading to me–by example, by buying books and magazines, and by letting me go to the library on my own.

14. School and public libraries. I spent many childhood and adolescent hours in libraries. I still do.

October color in South Dakota. Photo by Deb Watley

October color in South Dakota.
Photo by Deb Watley

15. A beautiful South Dakota October. Now that winter has hit, October seems more precious.

16. The internet.

17. My mother-in-law. She once held my hair when the stomach flu got the best of me.

18. Time to catch-up with friends.



19. Veterans, including my brother, my mother, my father, two uncles, my grandfather, and my father-in-law. Thank you for serving! Happy Veterans Day!

20. My nephew, who is currently serving in the Army.

What are you thankful for?