If you’re a teacher-librarian in Canada (like me) and it’s early November, you’ve probably taken down the black and orange bulletin board, packed away the dangling spiders for another year, and been delaying re-shelving the mass of horror books in a huge teetering stack on the re-shelving cart. You’ve probably also realized that Remembrance Day is only a few days away and if you want to get some lessons in on peace and conflict – now’s a great time.
Whether you’re at school with kids, or at home, Remembrance Day (or Veteran’s Day) is the perfect time to talk to kids about war and more importantly, peace. This post is a great place to start!
Today I’ve got a list of the most powerful books about war and peace for kids – as well as some discussion questions for each selection to really get your kids thinking!
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The tricky part of teaching kids about war and conflict, of course, is that you want to make sure that the material is not too “heavy” for their age.
(Although I did have a grade 1 student once tell me at length about the Bismarck battleship as well as the fact that the Nazis didn’t like people who didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes!)
That’s why I’ve read and categorized all the books below by age appropriateness, as well as provided a brief summary of each. I hope you find it helpful!
Powerful Books About War for Kids
Young Children (Kindergarten to Grade 1, Ages 3 to 6)
It is difficult to find age appropriate books about war for very young children. However, there are several really great books about PEACE that can be used to introduce some of the same concepts.