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Do you know the words of "In Flanders Fields" by heart? Here is John McCrae's famous poem on a 1918 poster, something we have in our special collections.

During Remembrance Week, we reflect on the lives lost and sacrifices made in times of war. November 11 is the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, but Remembrance Day honours the people who served in other wars as well. Here's a list of Remembrance Day books to help you learn more.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. It may sound like a long time ago, but we have libraries which are older! Don't think of wars as long ago, faraway things. They have consequences and effects which echo through history and touch today. You might have your own family experiences and stories about wartime.

There is still fighting happening all over the world, and it's important to never take peace and freedom for granted. Big ideas to think about! But books can help us increase our knowledge and understanding about terrible periods of history.

 

Defend or Die by Gillian Chan
Defend or Die by Gillian Chan

Did you know that Canada sent troops to defend Hong Kong during World War II? In this fast-paced novel, Jack writes about his experiences as a soldier and a prisoner of war.

 

Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, Greg Salsedo and Alexis Siegel
Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, Greg Salsedo and Alexis Siegel

Elsa's grandmother has a secret. She shares her story of survival as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1942.

 

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

An amazing autobiography filled with artwork, handwritten letters and diary entries. Ashley tells his story of being a Black soldier in a segregated army.

 

Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II by Alexandra Davis and Katie Hickey
Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II by Alexandra Davis and Katie Hickey

War is a great big lumber machine – you need wood to make ships and planes and newspapers. But who's going to cut down the trees?

 

The Scout: Tommy Prince by David Robertson and Scott B. Henderson
The Scout: Tommy Prince by David Robertson and Scott B. Henderson

Discover the accomplishments of Tommy Prince. The expert marksman and tracker was the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canada.

 

The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer
The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer

Krakow, 1936. Anna begs her father to leave Poland as the Nazis rise to power. Meanwhile, a famous violinist is auditioning Jewish musicians for a new orchestra. Could he conduct Anna's family to safety?