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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

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2022-11-08
Recommended Books for Remembrance Day
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Bombs and Blackberries: A World War Two Play

A short illustrated play set in World War Two, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic The Gruffalo . Perfect for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

World War Two has been declared and the Chiver's children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all. But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real.

This dramatic and touching play brings Manchester during the Second World War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for school classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting. Also includes helpful tips on staging and costume.

'This touching play brings to life the Second World War in a very accessible way for junior children' - Books for Keeps

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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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Some Sunny Day

A funny and incredibly moving new novel of our times by one of the most talented children's book authors working today, perfect for fans of Wonder , Frank Cottrell-Boyce or The Boy at the Back of the Class .

Cymbeline Igloo is BORED. Bored of home learning, bored of lockdown, bored of not being able to DO anything. And to make things even worse, his mum accidentally gave away his favourite football shirt.

But then Mrs Stebbings, the beloved school cook, is taken into hospital, and suddenly coronavirus seems much closer to home. When Cym starts a project all about Mrs Stebbings' childhood in World War II, he can't know that it's the beginning of something incredible and even dangerous.

Exploring the place where her street once stood, he finds a tent, a strange girl wearing HIS SHIRT, and a mystery that will change absolutely everything. Because the past is more present than Cymbeline can possibly know - and the most amazing thing is how much one small person can do RIGHT NOW...

Some Sunny Day is a story of hope, kindness and the history we all make every day, no matter who we are.

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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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Anna at War

"Moving and utterly enthralling" - Lissa Evans As life for German Jews becomes increasingly perilous, Anna's parents put her on a train leaving for England. But the war follows her to Kent, and soon Anna finds herself caught up in a web of betrayal and secrecy. How can she prove whose side she's on when she can't tell anyone the truth? But actions speak louder than words, and Anna has a dangerous plan... A brilliant and moving wartime adventure from the author of Evie's Ghost. Cover illustration by Daniela Terrazzini. "Because I believed in Anna, her war came alive for me. Her struggle, her bravery, all those things were completely real and I read the book overnight, unable to put it down. Magnificent, brilliant, heartbreaking." - Fleur Hitchcock, author of Murder in Midwinter "A fast-paced adventure, whose elegant prose and cliffhanger chapters should keep even less confident readers gripped to the thrilling end." - Emily Bearn, Daily Telegaph "It's a tale of bravery and loss that Helen Peters (Evie's Ghost) sets out with the light touch that only rigorous research allow... Peters tells Anna's story of escape with great humanity, and this novel is an excellent way to whet young appetites for classics such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr and Carrie's War by Nina Bawden." - Alex O'Connell, The Times, Children's Book of the Week "Anna at War is a gripping, moving piece of historical fiction." - Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian "Helen Peters balances adventure and intrigue with this emotional coming-of-age story." - Emma Dunn and Sarah Mallon, Scotsman

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