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Best Books for Remembrance Day

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Every year on Remembrance Day we remember those who have given their lives in conflicts around the world. 

This day of reflection ties in with Armistice Day on 11th November - the anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty that marked the end of the First World War in 1918. We still mark the day with a two minute silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day in November, with Remembrance Sunday falling on the second Sunday in November.

Remembrance Day is an important opportunity to talk to children about history, war and the importance of remembering people who have sacrificed their lives.

We've put together a list of some of the best books about the First and Second World Wars, including picture books, memoirs, non-fiction and novels.

Check out our other book lists:

50 Children's Books About World War Two

The Best Children's Books About the Holocaust

Toppsta
2021-11-02
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We Will Remember Them: The Story of Remembrance

Produced in partnership with the Royal British Legion , this beautifully illustrated book explains to children why it's important to remember the service and sacrifice of so many men and women from every background, who ensured our freedoms and way of life.

The sensitively written text tells of the world wars as well as other wars that are remembered at this time. It explains the history behind poppies, why we hold 1- or 2-minute silences and what happens in commemorative parades around the world.

The book includes poems and quotes from veterans across different conflicts, and who served and sacrificed in different ways.

We Will Remember Them is a helpful introduction to Remembrance for children in Lower Key Stage 2. The book, and especially the detailed illustrations, will help prompt discussion about who we remember and how we remember them.

For every copy sold, 25p will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

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See Inside The First World War

With vivid illustrations and over 70 flaps to lift, this action-packed book transports readers into the battlefields of the First World War, from the muddy trenches of northern France to the jungles of East Africa. Packed with essential information about the First World War, from the start of the conflict in 1914 to its resolution in 1918. Look inside trenches, see an attack across no man's land, find out what goes on inside a tank, how fighter planes defended the skies against airships and lots more. Written in conjunction with a historical consultant from the Imperial War Museums.

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The Missing: The True Story of My Family in World War II

A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of this country's best-loved children's authors.

By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who "went missing" during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war , his dad would say, and weren't after . Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.

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When The War Came Home

A STIRRING HISTORICAL ADVENTURE FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE VALLEY OF LOST SECRETS. The First World War has ended, but it hasn't gone away. When Natty has to move to a new village, she meets two young soldiers who are still battling the effects of war. Huw can't forget the terrible things he's seen, but Johnny doesn't even remember who he is. As Natty tries to keep a secret and unravel a mystery, she finds her own way to fight for what she believes in - and learns that some things should never be forgotten ... This mesmerising historical mystery includes an interactive clue so readers can unravel the mystery alongside the characters. 'A heartfelt, hopeful tale of the human spirit's incredible ability to recover.' Emma Carroll

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