On the eve of ANZAC Day it seemed fitting to touch on the significance of the day. Young people are often faced with a barrage of ANZAC Day information whether they are involved in commemorative services and lessons at school or simply viewing a dawn parade on the day. Explaining the whys and how of one of our most significant periods of history need not be a glorification of the atrocities of war, but rather a celebration of the indomitable fighting spirit of our nation as a whole and a message of hope eternal. I’ve plucked out a few titles from ANZAC book shelf in case you want to share the Spirit of the ANZACS with your family. There’s something there for young readers from 5 to 15. It’s by no means comprehensive but certainly worth the read…lest we forget.
Anzac Biscuits Phil Cummings and Owen Swan March 2013
A Fair Dinkum War David Cox February 2013
Anzac Day Parade Glenda Kane and Lisa Allen March 2010
The Promise – The Town that never forgets Derek Guille and Anne-Sophie Biguet April 2013
Mr Grandad Marches on Anzac Day Catriona Hoy and Benjamin Johnson 2008
The House that was built in a day – Anzac Cottage Valerie Everett April 2007
Mid grade and upper primary readers
Light Horse Boy Dianne Wolfer March 2013
The Gallipoli Story Patrick Carlyon April 2003
When we went to Gallipoli Pamela Rushby May 2008
Older Readers 12+
The Horses didn’t come Home Pamela Rushby March 2012
So whether you spend your day at a commemorative march tomorrow or in quiet contemplation, make sure that when you are nibbling on an ANZAC biscuit, you have something good to read.