Auckland Libraries: Aussie ANZAC picture books

Aussie ANZAC picture books

These fiction and non-fiction sophisticated picture books are written for over 7 year-olds - up to teens. On ANZAC Day, it is important to remember and acknowledge the ‘A’ in the acronym – Australia.

The Anzac tree

Christina Booth

Book

Inspired by the story of two soldiers who planted two trees on their farm before they headed to the Great War, the story looks at the lives of those left behind in times of war. From World War One to Afghanistan.

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Lest we forget

Kerry Brown

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A young boy visits his granddad and thinks about the important days in his life. We see the story of the grandfather's experiences at war: wearing his brand-new soldier's uniform, in the trenches, looking at a photo of the baby he's never met.

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Memorial

Gary Crew

Picture book

When the soldiers return in 1918, a memorial tree is planted. But will generations later remember what it stood for?

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Digger

Mike Dumbleton

Book

The story of one toy kangaroo, one Australian soldier and two girls. It's a quiet reminder of the casualties of war, and a tribute to the French school children who tended the graves of soldiers who died in the heroic battle for Villers-Bretonneux.

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A day to remember

Jackie French

Book

ANZAC Day is the day when we remember and honour ANZAC traditions down the ages, from the first faltering march of wounded veterans in 1916 to the ever-increasing numbers of their descendants who march today.

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Gallipoli

Kerry Greenwood

Book

It was 1914 and Dusty and Bluey are headed for adventure. They were ANZACS, members of the Australian Light Horse, on their way to the Great War. The story of Bluey and Dusty is a story of family and friendship. It is the story of Gallipoli.

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One minute's silence

David Metzenthen

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A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli. In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers felt.

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Once a shepherd

Glenda Millard

Book

Tom is a shepherd who leaves his wife and unborn child to fight in the First World War.

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The soldier's gift

Tony Palmer

Picture book

A moving story of one family's courage and endurance during the First World War, the terrible losses at Gallipoli and a time that changed Australia forever.

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The poppy

Andrew Plant

Book

On ANZAC Day, 1918, a desperate night counter-attack in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux became one of Australia's greatest victories. A bond was forged that night between France and Australia that has never been broken.

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Meet... the ANZACs

Claire Saxby

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ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand troops who landed at Gallipoli in World War I. The name is now a symbol of bravery and mateship.

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My Gallipoli

Ruth Starke

Book

The story of Gallipoli from before the landing through to the Allied retreat and the aftermath of World War One, and to the present day pilgrimages and commemoration ceremonies at the site.

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Digger

Mark Wilson

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Matthew, a young Australian soldier, smuggles his beloved dog, Digger, onto the troop ship when he leaves to fight in World War One. At the front, Matthew works as a stretcher-bearer and Digger helps him rescue the wounded.

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The horse soldier

Mark Wilson

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A boy and his horse set off for war in the Middle East. With water rations gone, they charge the enemy to reach the wells at Beersheba. In one moment of dash and bravura, both Jason and Bandy's destinies are set, with heroic and tragic consequences.

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