There are some topics that are difficult to explain to children because they are so complex. War is one of those topics, but news stories and cultural events such as ANZAC Day often prompt children to ask questions and seek understanding. Picture books can be a great way to support conversations about this difficult topic and explain both specific historical events and conflict in general.

 
I Was Only Nineteen by John Schumann and Craig Smith, Allen & Unwin, $24.99, 9781743317235 (KBR review here)
  
Gallipoli by Kerry Greenwood and Annie White, Scholastic, $24.99, 9781743621295

 
Photographs in the Mud by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Harrison-Lever, Fremantle Press, $16.95, 9781921361043

 
The Promise: The Town that Never Forgets (N'oublions Jamais l'Australie) by Derek Guille and Kaff-eine, translatted by Anne-Sophie Biguet, One Day Hill, $24.99, 9780987313966  (KBR review here)

 
Jack's Bugle by Krista Bell and Belinda Elliott, Windy Hollow Books, $25.99, 9781922081292 (KBR review here

 
The Afghanistan Pup by Mark Wilson, Hachette Children's Books, $24.99, 9780734415325

 
An Anzac Tale by Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld, Working Title Press, $29.95, 9781921504532 (KBR review here)

 
The Fair Dinkum War by David Cox, Allen & Unwin, $24.99, 9781743310625 (KBR review here)

 
ANZAC Biscuits Phil Cummings and Owen Swan, Scholastic, $24.99, 9781742833460

 
Meet... the Anzacs by Claire Saxby and Max Berry, Random House, $24.99, 9780857981929
 
Archie's War: An Anzac Day Story by Martin Flanagan and Ainsley Walters, One Day Hill, $22.99, 9780980794878

 
A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope by Michael Foreman, Walker Books, $29.95, 9781406312072

 
Lone Pine by Susie Brown and Margaret Warner, Little Hare Books, $24.95, 9781921541346

 
The Duck in the Gun by Joy Cowley and Robyn Belton, Walker Books, $16.95, 9781921150838 

 
The Red Piano by André LeBlanc and Barroux, Wilkins Farago, $27.99, 9780980607017

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