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WW1 General HIstory

 What started out as a war between two countries in 1914, soon became a global war with 28 different countries around the world fighting, including Canada. The war lasted from 1914 until 1918. To learn about this war which came to be known as the First World War or the Great War or the War to End all Wars, there are many excellent books written for young readers. These, and more, are available @ Your Library. Brief descriptions and grade suggestions are provided for the titles highlighted below. 

50 Things You Should Know
About the First World War
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In this highly-illustrated exploration of World War 1, readers will discover what caused the war and why it eventually affected every corner of the globe. The key battles, events and figures are all recounted in  succinct and easy-to-understand text while photographs bring the past vividly to life.

grades 4 and up

A Brave Soldier
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Depicts the real-life conditions of Canadian soldiers during World War 1, neither glorifying them nor dwelling on their horror. It is a realistic portrayal for younger readers.

grades 2 - 4

Canada in World War 1

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Describes Canada's "coming of age" during World War 1, both on the battlefields and at home. Learn about Canadian "shock troops", flying ace Billy Bishop, the use of mustard gas as a weapon and more in this detailed book.

grades 5 - 8

Desperate Glory
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This book presents the stories and issues of the war in a clear, concise and objective manner. Every page has photos, original sketches or maps. It focuses on social as well as political and has a Canadian emphasis.

grades 4 and up

Did Anything Good Come Out of World War 1?
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The immediate results of the war were loss, devastation and tragedy. Now, over a hundred years since it began, we can look at some benefits which came out of the experiences. This includes life-saving medical advances, political change, social improvements and new products such as tea bags and wrist watches.
grades 4 and up

 

The First World War  

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This is a though-provoking introduction to Britain and the Commonwealth's involvement in Word War 1. It explores life before the war, conditions in the trenches and how the war extended beyond Europe.

grades 4 and up

The Great War

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Young readers will discover Canada's role in the First World War. Includes some hands-on activities such as writing a coded message and more.

grades 3 and up

The Great War

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The September 2014 issue of this history magazine is devoted to the topic of the Great War, including a lot of fascinating information, photos, puzzles and stories and comics depicting what it was like for Canadians at that time.

grades 2 - 7

 

La guerre 1914 - 1918

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Richement illustree, la grande imagerie historique initie les jeunes lecteurs a l'histoire des peuples et des civilisations.

grades 4 and up

How Can a Pigeon Be a Hero ?

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Find out all the really important things about the war with this clever book of questions and answers. Why did the First World War start? Who was fighting who? Did soldiers still fight with swords?
Find the answers to this and more in this inventive book.

grades 2 - 4

Key Battles of World War 1

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Provides in-depth background information and descriptions of the key battles of the war. It considers the reasons for war, the issues at stake, the people involved and the aftermath.

grades 5 and up

Knights of the Air

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A finely-crafted story of the more than 13,000 pilots who flew for Canada during the First World War. Historical maps, photos and documents enhance an in-depth account of the war in the air.

grades 6 - 12

Mysteries, Legends and
Myths of the First World War

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This is a fresh, close-up look at the First World War as it was experienced by ordinary Canadians. Reading their accounts offers a no-holds-barred picture of the fighting, life in the trenches, the human cost of lives lost and the physical and emotional aftermath for survivors.

grades 6 - 12

 

Only Remembered

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, this beautiful anthology was produced. It contains paintings, poems, short stories and images from some of the U.K.'s leading cultural, political and literary figures.

grades 7 - 12

 

A Soldier's Life

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This book examines the background to the war and describes the roles and experiences of soldiers, sailors, nurses and airmen, including battlefield conditions, uniforms and weapons. Also contains profiles of heroic Canadians.

grades 4 and up

Spotlight on the First World War

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This is a concise history of the war which covers the origins, who was involved, the Western, Eastern and Italian fronts, war on land, sea and in the air and the war's end.

grades 5 and up

The Story of World War 1

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Read about the tanks and trenches, bomb and battlefields that made up the chilling story of World War One. Did you know that German Zeppelins were made from cow intestines, the same ingredient as sausage skins, so sausages were banned in Germany? Discover many such facts in this fascinating book.

grades 4 - 8

True Stories from World War 1

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A collection of twelve amazing, true stories about the war - including the growing importance of aeroplanes, German bombing raids, the terror of the Zeppelins and a daring escape from a prisoner of war camp during WW1.

grades 4 - 9

Where Poppies Grow: A World
War One Companion

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Created in a scrapbook-style with photos, memorabilia and anecdotes, this books brings the reader face-to-face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country in a war which was "supposed to be over by Christmas". A compelling book with a Canadian perspective.

grades 4 - 7

Why Did World War One
Happen?

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World War 1 led to the deaths of 15 million people and started with the assassination of one person in Austria on June 28, 1914. How did this result in armed conflict involving more than 20 countries around the world? An unbiased look at the events of World War One.

grades 6 and up

World War 1

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An overview of WW1 covering the major campaigns and battles with sidebars about civilian and military leaders, weapons and other aspects of the conflict. With photos, reproductions and numerous maps.

grades 5 - 8

World War 1

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A book in the popular Eyewitness series. It provides an in-depth look at the battles fought, the weapons used and the lives lost. Very photo-intense as it covers the highlights of the First World War..

grades 3 - 8

World War 1

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The First World War changed the political landscape of the planet, as old governments were toppled and new countries were created.  This American book takes the reader from the first shot to the final battles in the "war to end all wars."

grades 4 - 8

World War 1 1914 - 1918

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This book is from the "Canada at War" series and recounts Canada's involvement in this global war. Covers key events, the people, the countries, the origins and the ending.

grades 4 - 8

World War 1 for Kids : A History With 21 Activities

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Far from a dry list of battles and timelines, this books offers interesting insights into early 20th century weaponry and how animals were involved in the conflict as well as activities for the reader to try such as making a periscope such as would have been used in a submarine.

grades  4 - 8

 

World War 1 Unclassified

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From the assassination of Franz Ferdinand through the Treaty of Versailles, the book takes readers on a journey back in time to discover the amazing story behind one of the most terrible wars in history. Packed with photos and original documents from the British Archives, it enables readers to develop a true and realistic understanding of WW1.

grades 3 - 8

 

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