This weekend sees a special Remembrance Day, as we commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Get your children involved in London this weekend and help them to understand with these clever and thoughtful books.
- It is your last chance to see Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the overwhelmingly beautiful poppy fields art installation at the Tower of London, which ends this Sunday. Free to visit. poppies.hrp.org.uk
- The Remembrance Parade of the military and the laying of wreaths by the Royal Family at the Cenotaph, Whitehall occurs this Sunday at 11am. Go early to get a good spot for your Little Londoners.
- Armistice Day on Tuesday 11 November will be marked at the Imperial War Museum by The Last Post, sounded by a bugler from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood. This will then be followed by a two-minute silence, with the ending signalled by a Reveille and a recital on IWM’s Western Front violin. The violin was crafted by former violinist Kenneth Popplewell from sycamore and pine trees from the former battlefields of the Western Front.
Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War 1914-1918
Marcia Williams (Walker, £7.99)
When 10 year-old Archie Albright is given a scrapbook for his birthday in 1914, little does he know he will be filling it with memories of the Great War as his father and uncle go off to fight. Marcia William’s statement comic-strip style is an inventive and ingenious way of explaining war from a child’s perspective.
Michael Morpurgo (Random House, £14.99)
The War Horse author edits an anthology of touching words and images about one of our most devastating conflicts. High profile contributors include HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Jacqueline Wilson, Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Sir Roger Bannister, Ben Elton, and Miranda Hart – all of whom introduce their piece with a personal explanation of their choice.
First World War Pack
A handy suitcase-style pack of four pocket-sized educational books: True Stories of the First World War, Sticker Dressing: The First World War where children learn what soldiers wore, as well as a narrative history of the First World War and a sticker book with all the vehicles used during the conflict. The pack comes with more than 150 stickers and all titles are published in association with Imperial War Museum.
How Can a Pigeon be a War hero?
Tracey Turner (Macmillan Children’s Books, £5.99)
Aimed at slightly older children, this fun and informative book answers all the questions that little ones may have about the First World War, from: “How did the war start?”, “Did soldiers fight with swords?” and “Had aeroplanes been invented yet?” to the vitally important role that pigeons played…