It can be difficult to explain to children the significance of Anzac Day. However, there are some beautiful books available which tell the story of the ANZACS. Here’s a selection of books for kids.
Gallipoli by Kerry Greenwood & Annie White
It was 1914 and Dusty and Bluey were headed for adventure. They were Anzacs, members of the Australian Light Horse, on their way to the Great War. The story of Dusty and Bluey is one of family and friendship. It is the story of Gallipoli. RRP$24.99. Ages 4+.
ANZAC Biscuits by Phil Cummings & Owen Swan
This is a touching story of a family torn apart by war but brought together through the powerful simplicity of ANZAC Biscuits. RRP $24.99. Ages 4+.
The Poppy by Andrew Plant
Stunningly illustrated in over 70 paintings, The Poppy is the true story of one of Australia’s greatest victories, and of a promise kept for nearly a century. On Anzac Day, 1918, a desperate night counter-attack in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux became one of Australia’s greatest victories. A bond was forged that night between France and Australia that has never been broken. Villers-Bretonneux is ‘The town that never forgets’. What was achieved that terrible night – and what happened after – is a story that, likewise, Australians should never forget. RRP $26.95. Ages 9+
Meet the ANZACs by Claire Saxby & illustrated by Max Berry
A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia’s history, including our brave Anzac soldiers. Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand troops who landed at Gallipoli in World War I. The name is now a symbol of bravery and mateship. RRP $24.99. Ages 5+.
Midnight by Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac
A new narrative nonfiction picture book from the award-winning duo Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac. A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes. On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story. RRP $27.95. Ages 5+
Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry
Anzac Ted is the powerful, poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. Battered, torn, missing an eye and an ear, he might look scary but he’s got a great story to tell. For Anzac Ted went to war, keeping soldiers company and giving them comfort. And while he never won a medal, and now doesn’t even attract a single vote at classroom Toy Shows, if only everyone looked a little deeper. RRP $19.99. Ages 5+
A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy by Libby Hathorn & illustrated by Phil Lesne
Beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated, this is a lovely picture book. It describes the story of an Australian soldier fighting in the Battle of the Somme who finds a skinny dog and decides to adopt him. However, it emerges that the dog is actually owned by Jacques, a French orphan. RRP $24.99. Ages 3-6.