For me, Remembrance Day is a day of quiet reflection. It is a day where I think about the sacrifices that all military personnel (both past and present) have made for the freedoms we as Canadians enjoy, for their friends, families, and countries around the world. For children, Remembrance Day often means an assembly, some reading, and a lesson about what Remembrance Day is and means to them. Below are some of my go to choices to share with patrons who are looking to read about Remembrance Day at home with their children:
In Proud as a Peacock, Brave as Lion by Jane Barclay, a young boy and his grandfather are getting ready for a Remembrance Day parade. The grandfather uses various animal characteristics -- proud as a peacock, busy as a beaver, brave as a lion -- to share his war experience with his grandson.
Highway of Heroes by Kathy Stinson follows a grieving family from the Canadian Forces base in Trenton, along the Highway of Heroes (401) to the coroner’s office in Toronto. The boy and his mother are touched by the outpouring of respect and pride for their fallen soldier.
A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson and Ron Lightburn is written with simple text and vivid pictures. This book details why we reflect on November 11th, the famous poem In Flanders Fields, and why the poppy is a symbol of remembrance.
Some other suggestions include The Eleventh Hour by Jacques Goldstyn, Bunny the Brave War Horse by Elizabeth MacLeod, What is Peace? By Wallace Edwards, and The Road to Afghanistan by Linda Granfield."
All of these titles can be reserved from your branch of the County of L&A Libraries or online here.