An idea borne while reading ABC books to her children while on a temporary deployment at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, transformed a military mom into a children’s book author.
The family was in the middle of a PCS move, she told a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based FOX21 reporter in January.
“…We were in the middle of a PCS move, we had moved three times in two years,” Maria Cordova says. Her 5-year-old daughter was upset about the move and Cordova struck on the book idea as a way to help children of military families answer many of the recurring questions of life.
“Why daddy or why mommy has to move? Why is daddy or mommy always gone? Why do they deploy? It sounds like it’s easy to explain it some ways, but in reality it’s actually kind of difficult for the children to understand,” she says.
“One particular night in December, Kylee picked out four ABC books for me to read to her. While reading, it occurred to me that we don’t have a book of Army terms…and BOOM! “The ABCs of the Army” was imagined and within 11 months published,” Cordova writes on her website, www.mariacordova.com.
The book is targeted for readers between 3 and 5 years old, but Cordova says it’s appropriate for any reader – veteran, Army family or military fans.
The book was published in November and so far the reception is unanimously positive – every rating on Amazon is a five-star review. Cordova was invited to talk about the book on Fox & Friends, held a signing at Fort Carson, Colorado, and taken a picture (with book in hand) with former President George W. Bush at a Warrior 100K bike ride. Her book is on display at the West Pointe Spouse’s Gift Shoppe in West Point, New York, and at General Patton’s Museum in Fort Knox, Kentucky, as well as at the 4th ID Gift Shop in Fort Carson, Colorado, near where Cordova and her family live.
Cordova is a self-proclaimed Navy brat and Army wife. She and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, ages 2 and 5. She is a member of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization that seeks to enrich the lives of veterans by “connecting them with their community through physical and social activity.”
Cordova says the book has helped explain some of the details of military life to her daughters.
“I know they learned a lot from it, especially with daddy being deployed right now, they understand deployment. And my 5-year-old finally understood why we moved and why we had to leave her friends,” she says.
Has your family found any books that help children better understand life as a military family? We’d love suggestions!