remembrance day books for kids

Remembering Remembrance Day – Inspirational Books For Kids

Remembrance Day is a solemn day where we remember the service men and women who have sacrificed their lives in all wars for this country. The bravery and courage shown by our service people can not be compared.

Fortunately, our children have been blessed to not see a world war, and we hope there will never be a WWIII. Through remembering and learning what the world has endured in the past, we can appreciate what we have in the present.

As a Mum who loves to share stories and books with my kids, I have found some lovely books that share lessons from such times.

Here are  11 Remembrance Day books for kids definitely worth checking out!
  1. Lofty’s mission (BY KRISTA BELL):

Lofty is a baby homing pigeon who is taken away from his owner, Harley, to help transport messages across hundreds of miles during WWII. In the meantime, Harley is bed-ridden at home battling Polio.

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  1. What Is Peace? Wallace Edwards

What Is Peace challenges children to see peace and learn both the simple and complex versions. With so much anger, violence and meanness in the world, it’s refreshing to learn of peace and why it’s so important in children’s lives.

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  1. Peaceful Pieces: Poems And Quilts About Peace (By Anna Grossnickle Hines): 

An absolutely gorgeous book that also explores peace in all its forms. From internal peace to worldwide peace and everything in between, it is a book truly worth reading.

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  1. Proud As A Peacock, Brave As A Lion (By Jane Barclay, Illustrated By Renné Benoit):

Written specifically for children, Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion is a story following a grandson and his grandpa as they remember war. His grandpa reminisces how he was proud to wear the uniform and brave as he went into battle. And how now, like an elephant, he never forgets.

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  1. A Poppy Is To Remember (By Heather Patterson, Illustrated By Ron Lightburn)

A Poppy Is To Remember takes a journey through the symbolism and history of the poppy and Remembrance Day – all geared towards helping parents and teachers explain the significance of past and present wars. It also includes the famous poem”In Flanders Fields”.

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  1. Midnight: A True Story Of Loyalty In World War I (By Mark Greenwood, Illustrated By Frané Lessac): 

Stories of the Australian Light Horse Brigade of WWI are truly inspirational and this story is another. It follows Lt Guy Haydon and his best friend, Midnight, who is a horse he raised from a Foal. After fighting in Egypt, Guy heads home to take Midnight into battle with him in one of the last cavalry charges in history. You might need the tissues for this one.

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  1. If You Plant A Seed (By Kadir Nelson): 

Teaching kids the acts of kindness and compassion can be life changing. If You Plant A Seed demonstrates what can grow when a seed is planted, whether it be a carrot seed or seed of kindness.

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  1. Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon: 

Even in war, Christmas can bring out the best in people and unite the worst of enemies. In the trenches of WWI, a German soldier starts singing a Christmas carol. Soon carols are being exchanged between German and English soldiers – soldiers who were at war. This tale shows the other side of war, that both were merely men serving their countries.

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  1. Remembrance Day (Why do we remember?) by Izzi Howell: 

Why Do We Remember: Remembrance Day gives an historical account on why we remember Remembrance Day and why it’s so important for children to understand. The series Why Do We Remember gives accurate historical accounts of events from history in a child friendly manner.

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  1. Charlie’s War Illustrated: Remembering World War One by Mick Manning: 

Mick Manning’s grandfather Charlie joined WWI in 1914 and fought through the entire war in the artillery division on the front line. That is quite a feat in itself. This book shares stories, artifacts and a true account of the ‘war to end all wars’ just for children.

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  1. Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo: 

This unique story has been put together to tell the meaning of the Poppy. It is a significant figure in Remembrance Day and in honouring those who have been killed in war. This very new story illustrates to kids the significance.

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So there you have our 11 Remembrance Day books for kids.

Don’t forget this Sunday 11th November will in fact mark 100yrs
since the guns fell silent on WWI.
Mark it in your calendar or in your phone 11am = 2 minutes silence.
Remembrance Day – Lest we Forget.

25 thoughts on “Remembering Remembrance Day – Inspirational Books For Kids

  1. Stacie says:

    I LOVE this so much. I think it’s critical that we teach our kids to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their time and lives in service of their country.

  2. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    It looks like a nice and interesting book that a kid will definitely love. I will definitely check this out give a cop to my daughter as she loves reading books a lot.

  3. Monika says:

    I really love this post. This is so thoughtful that you chose so many amazing books. Thank you! It’s important that we teach our kids well..

  4. Preet says:

    I have been looking for some new books for my kids to check out! They love reading, but haven’t done as much as they like lately due to being busy at school.

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