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Remembrance Day Books for Kids

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:10am
Kathleen Fellinger

This week, children all across Canada will attend school programs in honour of Remembrance Day (November 11, 2017).  By the time most kids attend primary school, they are familiar with the Poppy Campaign and the little flower pinned on our lapels.  But it is hard to explain to young children the significance of those flowers and the meaning they hold, without discussing the concept of war and how we must remember the tremendous sacrifices of the people involved.

So, this month in honour of Remembrance Day, we have gathered some poignant, beautifully written and illustrated books designed to help parents, grandparents and teachers explain the importance of remembering - Lest We Forget.

 

 

A Bear in War

A BEAR IN WAR
By Stephanie Innes, Harry Endrulat
Illustrator Brian Deines
$15.95
Recommended Ages: 6 years+

Based on the true story of a young Canadian girl who sent her teddy bear in a care package to her father in France, a soldier during the First World War.  Narrated by Teddy the bear, this story explains how war not only affects those on the front lines far away from home, but the family members that are left behind.

 

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY - CELEBRATIONS IN MY WORLD SERIESRemebrance Day
By Molly Aloian
$16.35
Recommended Ages:  5 years+

Remebrance Day is celebrated in Canada and in all the commonwealth countries around the world, also other nations celebrate a holiday that is similar to Remebrance Day.  This book describes it all with poppies, prayers and other traditions to honour the brave.  An excellent educational tool for parents and teachers.
 

 

 

A Poppy is to Remember


A POPPY IS TO REMEMBER
By Heather Patterson, Illustrator Ron Lightburn
$14.42 online price
Recommended Ages:  6 years+
 

 

 

 

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion



PROUD AS A PEACOCK, BRAVE AS A LION!
By Jane Barclay, Illustrator Renee`Benoit
$15.15
Recommended Ages:  5 years+

Much has been written about Remebrance Day and it`s heroes, but very little with children in mind.  This is an endearing story of a proud grandfather who tells his tale of war and his history to his grandson.

 


In Flanders Field:  The Story of the Poem by John McCree

IN FLANDERS FIELDS:  THE STORY OF THE POEM BY JOHN MCCRAE
By Linda Granfield, Illustrator Janet Wilson
$15.64
Recommended Ages: 7+

This book is a narrative about John McCrae, the man who wrote the celebrated poem, In Flanders Fields.  Filled with interesting facts about the First World War and Mr. McCrae`s experience as a medical officer during the war and circumstances of how the poem came to be written.  An interesting introduction for students, sure to open dialogue up on Remembrance Day.

 

 

 

The Kids Book of Canada At War


THE KIDS BOOK OF CANADA AT WAR
By Elizabeth McLeod, Illustrated by John Mantha
$20.00
Recommended Ages:  9+

 

 

 

 

All the books listed are available for purchase at Chapters Indigo (in-store or online), Amazon.ca or Book & Brier Patch Wholesale (www.bookbrier.ca).  You can also check them out at your local Regina Public library branch.  Please visit the Regina Public Library at www.reginalibrary.ca for a location near you or to do an online search of the titles.

For more information on Remembrance Day, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion website at www.legion.ca  for tips and educational tools.