Auckland Libraries: ANZAC picture books

ANZAC picture books

It can be difficult to explain the significance of ANZAC Day to young children. But, as ANZAC Day Parade attendance shows, the younger generation are embracing this day. The books below either tell stories of World War One, or explain ANZAC Day commemorations.

Torty and the soldier

Jennifer Beck

Picture book

Meet Torty! She’s one tough little tortoise with a beat-up shell and some missing toes. Torty survived a great war that raged in Europe one hundred years ago. Torty was rescued back then by a young Kiwi soldier. She is truly a World War One survivor.

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The bantam and the soldier

Jennifer Beck

Picture book

A young soldier rescues and brings back to health a little bantam, and in the midst of the fighting and devastation an unusual friendship is formed.

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Anzac biscuits

Phil Cummings

Picture book

Rachel is in the kitchen, warm and safe. Her father is in the trenches, cold and afraid. When Rachel makes biscuits for her father, she adds the love, warmth and hope that he needs.

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The eels of Anzac Bridge

Ali Foster

Picture book

As a young boy grows up and becomes a soldier, his journey to the Great War on the other side of the world is shadowed by that of the eels, as they make their own amazing journey to their breeding grounds deep in the Pacific Ocean.

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Anzac Ted

Belinda Landsberry

Picture book

For Anzac Ted went to war, keeping soldiers company and giving them comfort. And while he never won a medal, and now doesn't even attract a single vote at classroom Toy Shows, if only everyone looked a little deeper...

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The ANZAC puppy

Peter Millett

Picture book

This story is based on the true story of Freda, a dalmatian and the dog mascot of the NZ Rifles during World War 1. It's a simple story about the reality of war, hardship, friendship and love.

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Only a donkey

Celeste Walters

Picture book

At the farm, the donkey is teased by other animals - especially the bull! Then, one night, the donkey has a magical dream. The following day, they all set out on a most amazing journey.

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My grandad marches on Anzac Day

Catriona Hoy

Picture book

A small girl goes to the pre-dawn Anzac Day service with her father where they watch her grandad march in the parade. This is an excellent introduction to this highly venerated ceremony.

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Anzac Day parade

Glenda Kane

Book

A young boy and an old man meet on Anzac Day. The young boy is wide-eyed and wanting to hear stories of the glories of war and death; the old man, a former member of the 18th Battalion, is sad to remember the reality of his experience.

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Lest we forget

Feana Tuʻakoi

Book

There was no way Tyson was going to the Dawn Parade with Mum and Poppa tomorrow. Why celebrate something so terrible? But after listening to Great-gran's story Tyson feels differently and goes to the parade.

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