Auckland Libraries: Sophisticated ANZAC picture books

Sophisticated ANZAC picture books

These fiction and non-fiction picture books are written for over 7 year-olds - up to teens. All are by New Zealanders, and focus on the New Zealand ANZAC story.

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The Anzac violin

Jennifer Beck

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This WWI-era picture book is based on true events and a real-life young soldier from Dunedin named Alexander Aitken, who was a brilliant mathematician and a gifted violinist.

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Bobby

Glyn Harper

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Bobby is a tiny canary. His best friend is Jack, a soldier in one of the tunnelling companies of the Royal Engineers. Together they go deep into the tunnels under no-man's-land.

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The donkey man

Glyn Harper

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The story of Roly, the donkey who became New Zealander Richard Henderson's donkey during the First World War campaign at Gallipoli. Together they collected wounded soldiers and transferred them to Anzac Cove to board hospital ships.

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Gladys goes to war

Glyn Harper

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Gladys loves nothing better than tinkering with car engines and driving at top speed. She also dreams of learning to fly a plane. When war comes, Gladys offers her services at the front as an ambulance driver.

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Jim's letters

Glyn Harper

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A moving story of two brothers separated by the First World War, based on the thousands of letters sent by and to ANZAC soldiers fighting at Gallipoli.

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Le Quesnoy

Glyn Harper

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In November 1918 Le Quesnoy was liberated by soldiers from far-away New Zealand, without a single civilian life being lost. This has become one of the most famous stories in New Zealand military history.

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Roly the Anzac donkey

Glyn Harper

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Roly the ANZAC donkey is a moving retelling of Glyn Harper's 2004 story The donkey man, reinvigorated for a new generation of children with Jenny Cooper's beautiful illustrations, and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli invasion.

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Harry and the Anzac poppy

John Lockyer

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Harry learns about the First World War through reading his Great-Great Grandfather's letters home from the Western Front. The letters describe what it was like to be a New Zealand soldier in the trenches.

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The Anzacs at Gallipoli

Christopher Pugsley

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Explains the history behind ANZAC day describing how New Zealand and Australian soldiers went to fight on the battlefields of Gallipoli.

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Caesar

Patricia Stroud

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A true account of Caesar the bulldog, mascot of the 4th Battalion (A Company) New Zealand Rifle Brigade, who served in World War One and died in action.

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