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R.O.A.D.: War Stories

Storybox Library Anzac stories playlist


Story Box Library has made a playlist of Australian picture book stories that feature Anzac Day. When you log in to Storybox Library, you can click on "Playlists" - Anzac Day will be the first option. Please note that some stories may not be suitable for very young children - this recommendation will be made clear to you when you click on the story. 

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Anzac Day - ABC resources

Australian Women in War

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

Top 10 Animal War Heroes - The Guardian

I Was Only 19 by Redgum (performed by The Lancer Band)

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle (performed by The Lancer Band)

Simpson and his Donkey

War Stories: LYF

It is Christmastime, 1914, and World War I rages. A young French soldier named Pierre had quietly left his regiment to visit his family for two days, and when he returned, he was imprisoned. Now he faces execution for desertion, and as he waits in isolation, he meditates on big questions: the nature of patriotism, the horrors of war, the joys of friendship, the love of family, and how even in times of danger, there is a whole world inside every one of us. And how sometimes that world is the only refuge. (From Albury City Libraries).

By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable.
Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to shine through and enrich our experience.
Profoundly moving, Anzac Girls is a story of extraordinary courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our history. Peter Rees has changed that understanding forever. (From Allen and Unwin).

The 'War to end all Wars', as seen through the eyes of three young women.  It is 1915. War is being fought on a horrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen–year–old New Zealander Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady.

But the war is coming closer: Midge's brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as 'missing' in the devastating defeat of the Anzac forces at Gallipoli .

Desperate to do their bit – and avoid the boredom of school and the restrictions of Society – Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over–stretched ambulance service, is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined.

And when the war is over, all three girls – and their Anzac boys as well – discover that even going 'home' can be both strange and wonderful. (From Jackie French).


Remarque used his personal experience as a German soldier to write All Quiet on the Western Front. He was drafted at age 18, and he fought on the Western Front of World War I, where he witnessed many of the atrocities he later depicted in the novel. All Quiet on the Western Front works both as a vehicle for overwhelmingly realistic and graphic depictions of war and as a mode of underscoring the disillusionment of the period. Remarque tied his individual experience to something much larger and more abstract: the novel, while focusing specifically on the German-French conflict in World War I, expresses sentiments about the contemporary nature of war itself. Paul’s self-reflection and the conversations between the soldiers feature not only ghastly images but ghastly truths about the effects of war on young soldiers. (From Britannica),

As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens.
For many years, Kurt tried to write about Dresden but the words would not come. When he did write about it, he combined his trademark humour, unfettered imagination, boundless humanity and keen sense of irony to create one of the most powerful anti-war books every written, and an enduring American classic. (From Penguin).

Billy Pilgrim, the novel’s protagonist, has become “unstuck in time.” He travels between periods of his life, unable to control which period he lands in. As a result, the narrative is not chronological or linear. Instead, it jumps back and forth in time and place - from studying at night for optometry school, to being a POW in Germany, to Dresden, to being abducted by aliens and taken to another planet to be kept in a human zoo (from Sparknotes).

Ceremonial customs - The Australian War Memorial


Click on the image above to view the website from The Australian War Memorial. It includes information about The Last Post, the laying of wreaths and observing a minute of silence. 

Indigenous Australians at war

Indigenous Anzacs - Behind the News

Honouring Aboriginal Anzac soldiers

The Story of the Day - ABC Splash

Aboriginal Service During World War I

Victorian Aboriginal Service in World War I

Soldier's Gallipoli letter reveals horror of war

Morris Gleitzman discusses 'Soon'

Penguin Books Australia
Read more about Soon by Morris Gleitzman:‚Äč Watch the video to hear more from Morris Gleitzman about Soon, Felix’s story so far, and the unexpected reaction to the series in Germany. “Felix has always been such an optimist,” says Morris Gleitzman, referring to the hero of his series of novels about World War II as experienced by one young boy. “So the fact that things didn’t become sweetness and light the day the war was over… presented Felix with a really interesting, big emotional challenge. As well as lots of physical challenges – because Europe was wrecked, and people were struggling to survive. And it’s out of that that the new book Soon has grown.”

A reading of the novel Once by Morris Gleitzman.
''Once' Read & by Morris Gleitzman' 2021, YouTube, viewed 21 April 2021, < >


The Anzac Portal

The meaning of Anzac Day

100 Years of Australian Women and War

Meet the Anzacs by Clare Saxby

Morris Gleitzman discusses 'Loyal Creatures'

Simpson and his Donkey - The Donkey of Gallipoli