About Children's war books

Anzac Day, celebrated every year on April 25th, is a special day for New Zealanders and Australians. While I was researching for my book on the history of Anzac Day, I became interested in the subject of books on war written for children. Many of these are classics, but there are others that are much less well known.

The best of these books can help children (and grown-ups) understand the nature of war: how things are not always black and white, how there can be different definitions of heroism and cowardice. Books about war can highlight acts of bravery, courage and loyalty, amongst those who served and fought, as well as those who were caught up in war through no choice of their own.

I decided that I'd like to read more children's war books and post reviews of them on my Children's war books blog. Each review will contain a plot summary, information about the author and illustrator, questions, photographs or illustrations, and links to relevant websites and to other books that deal with similar aspects of war.

I hope you find these reviews interesting and helpful. If you're a teacher, you might find an idea for a book to read to your class. If you're a reader - child or adult - I hope they inspire you to hunt down a copy from a library or bookshop. If you have a a favourite book that you'd like me to review, please let me know by emailing me through my website.

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