Preparing for Remembrance Day commemorations are a great opportunity to talk not only about the sacrifices of the past but also to talk about our contributions to peace. Books are always a great way to introduce solemn topics while uplifting our students.
Although there are many books out there here is a list of our favourites.
A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson – Learn how the poppy became a symbol for Remembrance Day.
Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay – Explore the different sides of war through animal imagery in this creative look.
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield – Read about the story behind the the most famous poem about war.
Bunny the Brave War Horse by Elizabeth MacLeod – Experience World War I through the story of a real life war horse.
A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat – Introduce students to World War I through the story of a Canadian family that exchanged letters and a teddy bear during the war.
No! by David McPhail – This (almost) wordless picture book witnesses the terrible sights and sounds of war.
The Unknown Soldier by Linda Granfield – Look at memorials around the world to remember soldiers who died in war but were never identified.
What does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky – See what kids around the world say about how peace feels.
The Peace Book by Todd Parr – Who doesn’t love a Todd Parr book? Another book about peace that appeals to younger students.
Truce by Jim Murphy – A Christmas day truce during World War I between British and German troops is described.
The Enemy: A book about peace by Davide Cali & Serge Bloch – Get two perspectives on one war war in this picture book of two soldiers on opposing sides.
What is Peace? by Wallace Edwards – A series of questions are asked to children to explore what peace means.
We also have a small collection of short expository pieces in our Remembrance Day Reading and Activities package.
What are your go to books for Remembrance Day? Share the titles in the comments below.