In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. – by John McCrae, 1915
A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
On Juno Beach: Canada’s D Day Heroes by Hugh Brewster
The Kids Book of Canada at War by Elizabeth MacLeod
Hanna’s Suitcase – Karen Levine
For older children:
The Bite of the Mango – by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland
Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis
For more suggestions visit The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a wonderful resource!
Some of my favourite war stories told by some of my favourite Canadian authors.
Far To Go by Alison Pick
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
Hanna’s Diary by Hanna Spencer