There's no time like ANZAC Day to grab the attention of curious young learners and budding readers. With all of the ceremony and reverence surrounding this day, kids are quite naturally drawn to the subject of war with its tales of heroism, courage and bravery.
Harness the educational and historic opportunities for kids to learn that are inherent in this day, with some excellent reads for children of all ages from book publishers HarperCollins.
Here's a round-up of some great reads you may like to seek-out and share with your inquisitive kids, to help them to understand the continuing significance of 'lest we forget.'
Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses by Susan Broker tells the story of the loyal and courageous horses who served alongside the troops in World War One. Brave Bess was one of only four horses to return to Zealand following the war and this is a tale all about Bess and her companions.
ISBN: 9780732288396. RRP $14.99.
The Donkey Who Carried The Wounded by Jackie French tells the story of Simpson and his donkey who are well-known heroes of Gallipoli. This read details the important role they played as well as sharing the story of the New Zealand stretcher-bearer, Richard Henderson, who took over from Simpson after his death. ISBN: 9780732288396. RRP $14.99.
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French tells a fictional tale of the War through the eyes of three young women and is suitable for readers from the age of 12 plus. ISBN: 9780732285401. RRP $15.99.
For tweens, The Beach They Called Gallipoli by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley is a stunning photographic and illustrated montage which tells the tale of ANZAC Cove in a unique format for kids. This captivating softcover is suitable for children between the ages of 7-12.
ISBN: 9781460752265. RRP $14.99.
Eventual Poppy Day by award-winning author Libby Hathorn is a fiction spanning decades involving a struggling modern-day 18 year old and the significant impact and strength his ancestor's war diary brings to his life. ISBN: 9780732299514. RRP $17.99.
Finally, A Day to Remember by Jackie French and Mark Wilson highlights ANZAC Day as seen through the eyes of generations of Australians. This is a picture book which looks at both the traditions and effects of war and is suitable for ages 7-12. ISBN: 9780732293611. RRP $14.99.
Lest we forget.
Featured books are available at all good bookstores Australia-wide.
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*Disclosure: Items featured were gifted for the purpose of review.
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