World War 1

Picture books

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

The iconic song about the Battle of Gallipoli, written by Eric Bogle in 1972 at the height of the anti-war movement.

Written by Eric Bogle

Illustrated by Bruce Whately

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Anzac biscuits

Rachel is in the kitchen, warm and safe. Her father is in the trenches, cold and afraid. When Rachel makes biscuits for her father, she adds the love, warmth and hope that he needs. This is a touching story of a family torn apart by war but brought together through the powerful simplicity of Anzac Biscuits.

by Phil Cummings

Anzac Day parade

Glenda Kane & Lisa Allen

Anzac Ted

Anzac Ted might look scary - but there's more to this battered old bear than meets the eye! This is a story about the Anzac spirit and how, through courage, loyalty and love, a child's teddy bear helped to bring our soldiers home.

Belinda Landsberry

A present from the past

A young girl receives a special gift from the past from her Aunt. During the first World War, soldiers and nurses were given a special Christmas present from the Princess Mary, a precious box containing sweets or tobacco, as the royal family's thanks for the hardships they were undertaking.

Written by Jennifer Beck

Illustrated by Lindy Fisher

Archie's letter

The story of an ordinary man who went to fight in World War II. It tells how he dealt with his wartime experiences, how, at the age of ninety one, he agreed to meet a group of elderly Japanese women interested in world peace, and how he could never forget the young men who were with him during the war and who didn't come back.

by Martin Flanagan

do not forget australia

Henri lives in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux. Billy lives in Melbourne, Australia. These two little boys, who live thousands of miles away from each other, share one story that unites Villers-Bretonneux and Melbourne in history. A moving and inspiring story of World War One.

Written by Sally Murphy

Illustrated by Sonia Kretschmar


Dawn approaches on 25 April 1915 and ANZACs Dusty and Bluey sail towards Gallipoli. As their ship gets closer, the two friends hear the noise of battle, and worry if they are brave enough for what lies ahead of them. The story of Bluey and Dusty is a story of family and friendship. It is the story of Gallipoli.

Written by Kerry Greenwood

Illustrated by Annie White

lone pine

A story about the Lone Pine Battle at Gallipoli during World War One, is told through the tale of the pine tree which stands in the gardens at the War Memorial in Canberra.

Written by Susie Brown and Margaret Warner

Illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione

Meet... the ANZACS

From the Meet... series

A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including our brave Anzac soldiers.

Written by Claire Saxby

Illustrated by Max Berry

midnight: A story of a lighthorse

A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black, star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes. On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.

Written by Mark Greenwood

Illustrated by Frane Lessac

My Gallipoli

From the shores of Anzac Cove to the heights of Chunuk Bair, from Cape Helles to Gurkha Bluff, the Gallipoli Peninsula was the place where thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of courage, valour, despair and loss.

Written by Ruth Starke and Robert Hanford

My grandad marches on Anzac Day

by Catriona Hoy & Benjamin Johnson

One Minute's Silence

In one minute of silence you can imagine a war long gone; you can share what the soldiers saw and felt as they fought. And if you try, you might be able to imagine the enemy and see that he is not so different from you.

Written by David Metzenthen

Illustrated by Michael Camilleri

Simpson and his Donkey

A poignant account of the story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and how he and his donkey, Duffy, rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. The book includes a brief biography of the man, details of his work at Gallipoli as well as the little known story of how, without realising, he rescued his childhood friend.

Written by Mark Greenwood

Illustrated by Frane Lessac

Socks, sandbags & leeches : letters to my Anzac dad

vy and her mother live in Australia, far away from where the Great War is raging. Ivy writes to her father, who is fighting overseas, all about life at home. About the socks and sandbags she and her friends make and the leeches they catch to sell to the hospital. The war keeps dragging on and she keeps on writing, hoping her dad returns safe.

by Pauline Deeves

The Anzac Tree

In 1916, two brothers planted two trees on their farm. They then headed far away to France to fight in the Great War. The Anzac tree tells the story of a century of Australian generations who went to war, and the story of those who were left behind.

by Christina Booth

The Beach They Called Gallipoli

With beautiful and painterly illustrations by Bruce Whatley this is a book that explores the beach where the battles took place. In focusing on the actual place of war, the book will also examine many other aspects of WW1, from the soldiers and the conditions they fought in, to the civilians at home. this is more than a book about ANZACS; this is a book about and for all of the nationalities who fought at that cove, not matter what side they were on.

Written by Jackie French and Bruce Whately

The Gallipoli Oaks Story: How the Gallipoli oaks trees came to grow here

It tells the story of how the Gallipoli Oak trees came to grow in Australia.

It is available as an ebook from the National Trust of Australia (Vic)

The house that was built in a day : Anzac Cottage

A community in Western Australia decided to honour the ANZACs by building a house in one single day and giving it to a returning wounded ANZAC soldier. It is the oldest memorial in Western Australia and one of the oldest nationally.

By Valerie Everett

The Last Anzac

Based on the true story of a young boy's visit to meet Alec Campbell in 2001.

by Gordon Winch

The Red Poppy

Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of World War I for the order to attack the enemy. With him are his friends, and Nipper, the messenger dog. When they charge across no-man's land, Jim is shot and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.

By David Hill

We're All Australian Now

In 1915 Banjo Paterson wrote as an open letter to the troops a poem he titled We're All Australians Now'

Written by AB Paterson

Illustrated by Mark Wilson