Now Available: Book Especially for Young Military Children

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“Lily Hates Goodbyes,” a full color storybook for young military children grappling with deployment separations, is now available. The book helps children express their sometimes scary emotions, develop safe ways of dealing with those emotions, feel connected to the absent parent, and find ways to be happy while waiting for the joyful reunion.

"Lily Hates Goodbyes" especially for young military children

“When Lily asked me to sing her the book, I knew that it was really reaching her. I decided to publish it in hopes that it will help other children through the long, difficult separations,” said Jerilyn Marler.

Northwest author Jerilyn Marler recently released “Lily Hates Goodbyes,” a full color storybook especially for military children who have to say goodbye to a parent for about a billion days. The book helps children and parents talk about the sometimes scary emotions associated with separations, suggests ways to help the child and absent parent feel connected across the miles, and reminds the child that a joyful reunion is ahead. “Lily Hates Goodbyes” is illustrated by Nathan Stoltenberg of Seattle, Washington.

The United Through Reading® Military Program today selected “Lily Hates Goodbyes” for their reading list. Deployed service members make a video recording while reading a book aloud to their child. The DVD is sent to the child, who can watch and listen to the parent and read along. The child and the service member stay connected through the shared stories; the at-home spouse feels supported and connected; and the feedback to the deployed parent boosts morale. “This is such a natural fit for my book,” said Jerilyn Marler. “The United Through Reading® Military Program and I share the same focus — the emotional well-being of military children. I am honored that my book is being recommended for this program.”

Jerilyn Marler wrote the story for her four-year-old granddaughter Lily who was reeling from the pain of her dad’s time away in the Navy. Lily would run from the room rather than talk about what she was feeling. The book provided a third person to talk about. Book Lily was mad. Book Lily was sad. Suddenly it wasn’t so scary for real Lily to talk about those feelings. Lily asked to read the book over and over. As a result, Lily is more at ease with her emotions, knows that it’s safe to say whatever she feels, knows that her mom will be there steadfastly and lovingly through it all, and that there is a joyful reunion coming with dad.

“When Lily asked me to sing her the book, I knew that it was really reaching her. I decided to publish it in hopes that it will help other children through the long, difficult separations,” said Jerilyn Marler. She chose to self-publish through Lulu.com in order to make the book available as quickly as possible.

“Lily Hates Goodbyes” is available for $14.44 (15% discount off the retail price) through the book’s website at http://lilyhatesgoodbyes.com. It is also available at two Portland, Oregon retailers: Wallace Books (7241 SE Milwaukie Avenue) and Urban Fiber Arts (428 Northwest 11th Avenue).

About the Author
Jerilyn Marler’s 30 year writing career has included educational materials for Alaska elementary schools; writing three books about WordPerfect for MIS:Press, an imprint of Henry Holt Publishers; editing dozens of books for technical publishers; editing a children's book, a medical text book, and book on divorce at the same time; and writing/editing end user documentation for multiple high tech products. “Lily Hates Goodbyes” is her first children’s book as author.

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