Picture books for ANZAC day.

Picture books for ANZAC day.

We are a few weeks out from Anzac Day and I’ve pulled a few picture books and ‘strewn’ them around the house.  The idea is that as we would browse a magazine that is left lying around we could (and I hope we do) pick up a picture book – we are never too old to learn from a picture book.  When the kids were young these were the type of books that we would read for the week or two before so that they would understand the significance of what we were celebrating on Anzac Day itself.

The internet is full of activities and craft ideas to help match an activity with each book – or only read one book, and do several activities (Five in a Row style).

The issue of Anzac Day, and Remembrance Day (as we read the same collection of books leading up to that day as well), is that it deals with war – we cannot remember the ANZACS unless we remember that they went to war.  War is ugly, painful, distressing – and it should be.  We don’t want to glorify war – I believe these books do this well, but for young children this could still be distressing.  Just because it is a picture book, it doesn’t mean that you automatically give it to your young child.  We need to know the book, and know our child.

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There are so many picture book titles on this subject to choose from.  When my kids were in primary school years I found it best to pick one or two, and read them together, and focus our lesson time on those, and then let them browse the other books themselves.  Otherwise our time became too intense – and too much about all the books, instead of growing in understanding about the topic.  I also tried to get age appropriate non-fiction books from the library, though you have to jump in quick as it is a popular topic at this time of year.  I am buying one more title this year, to have ready for next year – and yes, it’s a picture book:

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