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WWI Canada

When Britain entered the War, Canada automatically was in the war as well.
Learn about Canada's contributions in the land battles in Ypres and elsewhere,
and with the new technology of warplanes. Canadian's contributions led to  
international recognition and to a greater sense of themselves as a people,
but it was at a great human cost.   

At Vimy Ridge

This was an important battle for Canada. They took the ridge from Germany when more experiences soldiers from France and Britain could not. Interesting and highly illustrated. Winner of the Norma Fleck Non-Fiction award.
                                                grades 3 - 8 

 

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La Bataille de Vimy

La bataille de Vimy a favorise le development d'un sentiment de fierte chez les Canadienes a l'egarde de leur jeune nation et cela, et meme si la victoire s'accompagnait d'un somber bilan: 10,000 soldats morts ou blesses au combat.

grades 3 - 8

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A Brave Soldier

Depicts the real-life conditions of the Canadian soldiers during WW1, neither glorifying them nor dwelling on their horror.
A realistic portrayal for
young readers.

grades 2 - 4

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Canada at War

Covers the history of both world wars and Canada's role in each. Provides a good overview and history of the war's origin, how Canada was involved and key battles and persons.

grades 6 -11

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Canada in World War 1; Outstanding Victories Create a Nation

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

grades 5 - 8

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Canada's Wars : An Illustrated History

Covers all of Canada's wars and engagements including a big chapter on World War One and Canada's contributions on land and in the air.

grades 5 and up

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Canadian Battles

This book describes the battles in which Canadian forces fought including the Battles of Ypres, of the Somme, of Vimy Ridge and of Passchendaele. It also provides other details such as profiles of the Canadian leaders, battle preparations, statistics and more.

grades 4 and up

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Canadians and the Victoria Cross

The background of the Victoria Cross is described, including who received this medal and  which wars they fought in. Learn about many valiant WWI Canadian soldiers and what they did to receive this honour.  

grades 4 and up

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Une coquelicot pour se souvenir

Un poeme fur l'espoir qu'inspire le coquelicot, qui s'epanouit la ou la guerre a decime tant d'humains.

grades 1 - 4

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Desperate Glory : The Story of WW1

Presents the story and issues of the First World War in a clear, concise and objective manner. Focuses in depth on the Canadian aspects and is well-illustrated with photographs, original illustrations, maps and sketches.

grades 4 and up

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From Vimy to Victory

The story of how Canadians earned the reputation as soldiers who could "get it done" beginning with their success at Vimy Ridge and continuing through the final years of the battle. Contains many archival photos and letters and memoirs to enhance the story. Done in a scrapbook style which is very readable.

grades 3 - 8

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The Great War - Kayak Magazine (September 2014 issue)

Kayak is Canada's history magazine for kids, and it devoted one whole issue to The Great War. It includes a lot of fascinating information, maps, photographs, information about what is what like in Canada at the time, short stories, comics and activities all on this theme.

grades 2- 7

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The Great War

Young readers will discover Canada's role in the first worldwide war. Includes some hands-on activities such as writing a codes message and more.

grades 3 and up 

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In Flanders Field: the Story of the Poem

This award-winning book details how the famous poem came to be written by a Canadian soldier, doctor and poet during WW1.

grades 4 and up

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Knights of the Air

A finely crafted book about the 13,000 pilots who fought for Canada during WWI. Follow their stories as they trained to become members of an elite fighting force.

grades 7 and up

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Lone Hawk

A graphic novel about WW1 flying ace Billy Bishop, the most celebrated Canadian from that war.

grades four and up

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Mysteries, Legends and Myths of the First World War

This book offers a fresh, close-up look at WW1 and how it was experienced by ordinary Canadian soldiers. Includes many real-life accounts.

grades 6 - 12

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A Nation is Born: World War 1 and Independence

The focus of this book was how Canada's participation in WW1 contributed to its sense of being its own country, independent of Britain. It also provides a timeline and good overview of events in the war and the years immediately following.

grades 5 and up

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The 1910s (Canada Through the Decades)

This is part of a decade-by-decade series about Canada. This title highlights the key world events of the 1910s such as WW1 and also what was happening in Canada at the time - the politics, social life and cultural activities.

grades 4 and up

 

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Passchendaele

This fully illustrated and accessible title details the WW1 battle for Passchendaele, one of the most challenging and significant feats of courage for the Canadian fighters. They succeeded where others had failed, but the costs were terribly high. 16,000 casualties and nine Victoria crosses for extraordinary bravery.

grades 7 and up

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A Poppy is to Remember

With soothing words and images designed for younger readers, the author tells how the poppy became the symbol for remembering and honouring those who fought for our freedom. The symbol traces back to the poem by John McCrae in WW1.

grades 1 - 4

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Remembering John McCrae: Soldier, Doctor, Poet

In a distinctive scrapbook style, the author has created a beautiful tribute to the man who wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." John McCrae was a soldier and doctor in the First World War and ultimately, the author of a poem which is known around the world as a call for remembrance.

grades 2 - 5

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A Soldier's Life

This book examines the roles and experiences of Canadians in World War 1, including soldiers, doctors, nurses, sailors and airmen.

grades 4 and up

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Where Poppies Grow: A World War 1 Companion

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

grades 4 - 7

 

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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh

When a Canadian soldier bought a bear cub and named him Winnie (after his home town of Winnipeg) he took him with him to England when he went there to fight in WW1. The cub became his unit's mascot and later went to the London Zoo where he was seen by author A.A. Milne who was inspired to write the Winnie the Pooh stories because of him.

grades 1 - 3

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World War 1 1914 - 1918


This book recounts Canada's involvement in the war that engulfed the world. An excellent overall resource.

grades 4 - 9

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