ANZAC books for kids & teens

Alfred's War

Alfred’s War

Rachel Bin Salleh, Samantha Fry

Alfred's War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines.

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Message in a Sock

Message in a Sock

Joy Baillie

Tammy is safe at home, but her heart is with her father at the warfront. While her mother knits socks for the soldiers, Tammy slips a message inside each pair. But will her one special message find her father, and bring him safely...

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The Little Stowaway

The Little Stowaway

Vicki Bennett, Tull Suwannakit

France. Winter. 1918. The First World War is over. A brave and determined little French orphan, Honore, wanders through the snow, cold and hungry and lost. When he stumbles on the Australian Flying Corps and meets airman, Tim...

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Digger

Digger

Mike Dumbleton, Robin Cowcher

When her brother, James, went to war, Annie stitched the name Digger onto her toy kangaroo and gave him to James as a farewell present.

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Australia's Great War: 1916

Australia’s Great War: 1916

Alan Tucker

The artillery bombardment did not let up for days. How anyone, on either side, could still be alive, was beyond me. The stream of casualties soon turned into a rivera raging, flooded river. The 'cooee' call to...

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The Anzac Violin

The Anzac Violin

Jennifer Beck, Robyn Belton

A true story of a rescued violin and an extraordinary musician, Otago's Alexander Aitken, told by award-winning duo, Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton.

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Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Michael Morpurgo

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION

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Australia's Great War 1917

Australia’s Great War 1917

Kelly Gardiner

The German planes patrolled in hunting squads. They flew fast fighting craft streaking across the sky in tight formation. The greatest of them was the Red Baron, the deadliest ace on the Front. He'd shot down twenty-one of our...

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Australia's Great War: 1918

Australia’s Great War: 1918

Gleeson,Libby

The planes kept flying low above them. They were dropping bombs and the noise drowned out all other sounds. After an hour the signal rang out and they surged forward through the smoke. Thousands of men screaming and yelling, their...

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Anzac Animals: 20 Animal Friends from WWI and WWII

Anzac Animals: 20 Animal Friends from WWI and WWII

Maria Gill, Marco Ivancic

Brought to life in this one-of-a-kind book are the astonishing and heartwarming TRUE TALES of 20 UNFORGETTABLE ANIMAL FRIENDS that helped ANZACs serving in World War One and Two.

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My Australian Story: Kokoda

My Australian Story: Kokoda

Alan Tucker

Archie's two brothers are fighting in the battlefields of World War II. Des has been sent with the militia to fight in the treacherous landscape of the jungles of New Guinea against the Japanese and his brother Harold is about to...

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My Australian Story: Bombing of Darwin

My Australian Story: Bombing of Darwin

Alan Tucker

More bombs exploded and within seconds several ships were on fire. Japanese planes flew so close to me that I could not only see the red circles painted under their wings, but I could see the pilots' faces. It only took a moment....

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 Read reviewThe ANZAC Tree

The ANZAC Tree

Christina Booth

Inspired by the story of two soldiers who planted two trees on their farm before they headed to the Great War, the story of the Anzac Tree is one that looks at the lives of those left behind in times of war.

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Digger: The Dog Who Went To War

Digger: The Dog Who Went To War

Mark Wilson

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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One Minute’s Silence

David Metzenthen, Michael Camilleri

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...

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The Poppy

The Poppy

Andrew Plant

Stunningly illustrated in over 70 paintings, The Poppy is the true story of one of Australia's greatest victories, and of a promise kept for nearly a century.

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And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Eric Bogle, Bruce Whatley

But the band played 'Waltzing Matilda' when we stopped to bury our slain. We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs; then we started all over again. Eric Bogle's famous and familiar Australian song about the Battle of Gallipoli...

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Flapper VC

Flapper VC

Mark Wilson

Flapper, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II.

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Australia's Great War: 1914

Australia’s Great War: 1914

Sophie Masson

Louis Jullian and his older brother Thomas are on holiday in Sarajevo, enjoying the privileges of life in a diplomat's family. But the peace is shattered as a bomb explodes and the heir to the Austrian Empire is assassinated in...

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A Soldier, A Dog and A Boy

A Soldier, A Dog and A Boy

Libby Hathorn, Phil Lesnie

A moving story, told completely in dialogue, about a young Australian soldier in the battle of the Somme. 

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Last Anzac

Last Anzac

Gordon Winch, Harriet Bailey

This book is based on the true story of a small boys visit to meet Alec Campbell in the year 2001. To James, Alec Campbell was a hero. He was right. The old man, the last living ANZAC, and all of the Australian and New Zealand...

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Socks, Sandbags and Leeches: Letters to My Anzac Dad

Socks, Sandbags and Leeches: Letters to My Anzac Dad

Pauline Deeves

Ivy and her mother live in Australia, far away from where the Great War is raging. They have moved in with Aunt Hilda whose flat is so small that Ivy has to sleep under the kitchen table. Not only that, but she also has to empty...

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Red Poppy + CD

Red Poppy + CD

David Hill, Fifi Colston

Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends, and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man's-land, Jim is shot . . . and finds himself...

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Australia's Great War: 1915

Australia’s Great War: 1915

Sally Murphy

The silence was eerie. In the darkness I could just see the mist that swirled around the rowboat. The men in the boat seemed lost in their own thoughts. No-one spoke, no-one made a sound. Somewhere ahead a loud report. A shot?...

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I Was Only Nineteen

I Was Only Nineteen

John Schumann, Craig Smith

A powerful and moving picture book about the Vietnam War based on the unforgettable song. John Schumann's unforgettable lyrics about the Vietnam War are etched in our memories and into our history books. Now they've been warmly...

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Meet... the ANZACs

Meet… the ANZACs

Claire Saxby, Max Berry

A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australian history. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is the name given to the troops who fought in the Battle of Gallipoli in...

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Forward March

Forward March

Christobel Mattingley, David Kennett

On Anzac Day in Australia, people of all ages and nationalities gather at war memorials for the dawn service and line city streets for the march. On this national day of mourning and commemoration, they honour the men and women...

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Anzac Ted

Anzac Ted

Belinda Landsberry

The poignant story of a little boy's teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. He might look scary now but he's got a great story to tell, for Anzac Ted went to war. Watercolour illustrations combine with...

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Reflection

Reflection

Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg, Robin Cowcher

Left! Left! Left! Right! Left! We make our way in the dark. A family journeys through the early morning darkness...A group of young men huddle in a cold muddy trench...Reflection is a powerful tribute to those...

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Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

Phil Cummings, Owen Swan

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. This is a touching story of a family torn apart...

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Memorial

Memorial

Gary Crew, Shaun Tan

Internationally acclaimed author, Gary Crew, and multi-award-winning illustrator Shaun Tan collaborate in this powerful picture book about war to help us all remember...

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

Norman Jorgensen, Brian Harrison-Lever

Early on Christmas morning the guns stop firing. A deathly silence creeps over the pitted and ruined landscape. A young soldier peers through a periscope over the top of the trench. Way out in no-man's-land, he sees a small red...

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Simpson And His Donkey

Simpson And His Donkey

Mark Greenwood, Frane Lessac

A poignant account of the story of John Kirkpatrick Simpson and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. Backed by detailed research, the text includes a brief biography of the man,...

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Scarecrow Army: The ANZACs at Gallipoli

Scarecrow Army: The ANZACs at Gallipoli

Leon Davidson

On 25 April, 1915, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders, some as young as 14, landed at an unnamed cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula. They had come to fight the Turks. They thought the battle would be over in three days....

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We're All Australians Now

We’re All Australians Now

A. B. Paterson, Mark Wilson

In 1915 Banjo Paterson wrote as an open letter to the troops a poem he titled 'We're All Australians Now' 'Australia takes her pen in hand, to write a line to you, to let you fellows understand, How proud we are of you.'...

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Eventual Poppy Day

Libby Hathorn

Painstakingly researched and extremely well written, this is a novel that moves deftly and easily from one time period to another and yet still allows the novel to retain an overall sense of cohesion. Respected YA...

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The ANZAC Puppy

The ANZAC Puppy

Peter Millett, Trish Bowles

In the middle of the night, in the middle of the winter, in the middle of a war, a puppy was born. This fictional story was inspired by the story of Freda, a Harlequin Great Dane and mascot of the NZ Rifle Brigade during World...

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Roly, The Anzac Donkey

Roly, The Anzac Donkey

Glyn Harper, Jenny Cooper

Glyn Harper's Roly, the Anzac Donkey follows Richard Henderson and his donkey Roly, who together saved many WW1 soldiers. Illustrated by Jenny Cooper, it marks the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

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 Read reviewA Rose for the Anzac Boys

A Rose for the Anzac Boys

Jackie French

It is 1915. War is being fought on an horrific scale in the trenches in France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen-year-old Midge MacPherson, who has been sent to England to learn to be a young lady. Ages 14+.

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Evan’S Gallipoli

Kerry Greenwood

A gripping novel about an incredible journey behind enemy lines, told in diary form. Fourteen-year-old Evan Warrender travels with his father to the Dardenelles, where they intend to provide succour to the Allied soldiers. When...

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Fromelles: Australia's Bloodiest Day at War

Fromelles: Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War

Carole Wilkinson

The Battle of Fromelles lasted less than 24 hours in which more than 5,000 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or taken prisoner. What was the purpose of this bloody and ultimately pointless loss of life? And why, almost a...

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Light Horse Boy

Light Horse Boy

Dianne Wolfer, Brian Simmonds

In 1914 Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever...

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Lighthouse Girl

Lighthouse Girl

Dianne Wolfer, Brian Simmonds

It's 1914. Fay can shoot a rabbit and make a mean nettle stew. She understands Morse code and the semaphoric alphabet. She knows where the penguins nest and when the humpbacks migrate. But until she starts writing to a soldier...

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An Anzac Tale

An Anzac Tale

Ruth Starke, Greg Holfeld

In this graphic novel, Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld have combined to create an extraordinary and original work for upper primary students on the subject of Gallipoli and the Anzac campaign.

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Flora's War

Flora’s War

Pamela Rushby

It's 1915 and sixteen - year - old Australian, Flora Wentworth, is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from...

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