War Horse & 2 other 1st World War Books

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Author)

Paperback:           192 pages

Age Range:           10 years and up

Publisher:              Egmont

Before the Steven Spielberg film, before the National Theatre production, there was the classic children’s novel…

In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.

War Horse was adapted by Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture with Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The National Theatre production opened in 2007 and has enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway.

A great way of introducing young readers to the realities of WWI. Look out for Morpurgo’s other war fiction including Friend or Foe, Waiting for Anya, King of the Cloud Forests and An Eagle in the Snow.

War Horse is a story of universal suffering for a universal audience by a writer who ‘has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers’ (The Guardian).

Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Where The Poppies Now Grow:. CARNEGIE & KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL Nominees 2015 (Poppy)  

by Hilary Robinson (Author), Martin Impey (Illustrator)

Paperback:           36 pages

Age Range:           4-11 years

Publisher:              Strauss House Productions

Set in a bygone age, the carefree childhood of Ben and his best friend Ray becomes a distant memory when they join the army to serve their country. But, in the midst of battle can their friendship survive? From the award winning team that created the acclaimed World War 1 book A SONG FOR WILL AND THE LOST GARDENERS OF HELIGAN Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey create a touching tribute to honour all those who sacrificed so much for the cause of peace. This book is aimed at children aged 4-11.

The Story of the First World War for Children (1914-1918) by John Malam (Author)

Paperback:           72 pages

Age Range:           8 – 12 years

Publisher:              Carlton Kids

The First World War was the world’s first ‘total war’. Although large-scale wars like the Napoleonic wars had ranged across many territories, the scale of WWI was unprecedented. It was also the first war between modern, industrialised nations and mechanised warfare saw new and terrifying weapons deployed for the first time, including airplanes, tanks, zeppelins, giant warships and poison gas. Now, on the verge of the centenary of the end of the conflict, The Story of the First World War for Children (1914-1918) is a fact-packed information book that relates the unfolding events and the human stories in a way that brings history vividly to life.