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    3 Indigenous Children’s Books for Anzac Day

    Tomorrow is ANZAC Day, an ANZAC Day that will be observed in an entirely different way around the Nation than is normal due to COVID19.  However observe it we shall as we commemorate our fallen, returned and current Service men and women, remembering their sacrifices past and present. Included in their number are thousands of our First Peoples. Did you know that: At least 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served in the Boer War (1899-1902) Over 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served in World War I (1914-1918) and around 70 fought at Gallipoli At least 3000 Aboriginal and 850 Torres Strait Islander people served in World…

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    60 Children’s Chapter Books for ANZAC Day

    ANZAC Day is tomorrow, a day in which we commemorate our fallen, returned and current Service men and women, a day in which we remember their sacrifices past and present. In honour of the occasion I set out to gather titles of Children’s Chapter Books for Anzac Day as books are a fantastic gateway to discussions and the beginning of understanding the many complex issues that arise from War. I focused on collating only books written by Australian and New Zealand authors – ANZACs; Australian New Zealand Army Corps. I had no idea that I’d end up with 60 titles! and I’m sure there are likely more still to find.…

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    58 Picture Books for ANZAC Day

    ANZAC Day is this week, a day in which we commemorate our fallen, returned and current Service men and women, we remember their sacrifices past and present. I have been gathering picture books to assist and answer questions that are sure to arise as books are always a great gateway to discussions. Imagine my shock when I easily discovered 58 picture books for ANZAC Day!! Truth is I had to call a halt and stop looking for anymore! In this collection I have included both Australian and New Zealand authors – ANZACs; Australian New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is this week, a day in which we commemorate our fallen, returned and…

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    9 Children’s Books About Bass & Flinders

    Most Australian children know the names of George Bass and Matthew Flinders, great explorers and navigators of the coastline of early Australia. My interest in Bass and Flinders’ explorations has been renewed as I’ve search for children’s historical fiction books about them, what courage and tenacity they had! This book search has been part of my ongoing project of organising Australian history fiction for children into chronological order, a collation of both in print and out of print living books. I have been working my booklist within the framework of the time periods organised in Our Sunburnt Country, a favourite core Australian history books.  I have gathered both picture and chapter books for each chapter, mainly sharing…

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    7 Children’s Books About Australia’s Rum Rebellion

    I’m excited to share some children’s history fiction books about the Rum Rebellion with you. My passion for Australian history began in my childhood and continues today. I’ve long been collecting books in the Australian history genre and constantly seeking new titles, and let me tell you there are some fantastic new authors on the Australian history fiction scene for children. Three years ago I began organising many of these titles into chronological order, both in print and out of print living books. I have organised my booklist around a framework using the time periods covered in Our Sunburnt Country, a favourite core Australian history books.  I am seeking to share both picture and chapter books…

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    26 Australian Picture Books for Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Day, the 11th of November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Tomorrow at 11am a minute’s silence will be held around the Nation to remember those who have died in Wars.   When attempting to explain War with children, the why’s and how’s are often more easily understood through books, picture books create a space to discuss and ponder, to begin to grapple with the enormity of the sacrifices made and the complexity of issues.   Wanting more book suggestions? I’ve just found this fantastic site, Children’s War Books compiled by New Zealand author Phillipa Werry! Do check it out, there are loads more books…

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    12 Books To Experience Roman Britain

    This year Jelly Bean (12) is using Our Island Story – HE Marshall as her history text, she loves the way history is bought to life by this author. A large component of our history studies always includes a selection of living books and thus I set out to gather what books I could source for Roman Britain. I focused my energies towards finding chapter books suitable for a twelve, soon to be thirteen year old girl. As Our Island Story is an extremely comprehensive study of Britain my first collection of living books correlates with the first five chapters from the coming of the Romans through to the rise and fall of Queen Boudica…

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    Early Australia, Arrival and Settlement: Our Sunburnt Country

    Last year I began a long intended project, to compile a list of Australian history living books organised in chronological order. I have organised the time periods around the chapters of Our Sunburnt Country, one of our favourite core books of Australian history and included recommendations of both picture and chapter books to accompany each chapter. This week a local friend asked for my recommendations for pre-European settlement and it was so easy to just send a link so inspired anew to pick up ‘the pen’ and continue on. Previous posts in the series are, Land of the Dreamtime and European Discovery of Australia. I’ve tried to mainly share in print or recently in print books, though some of the out of print (OOP) books…