Anzac Day 2024 Story Release and Classroom Resources

This year, our Anzac Day story release for 2024 is the wonderful and awe-inspiring The Good Son: A Story From the First World War Told in Miniature written by Pierre-Jacques Ober, illustrated by Felicity Coonan and Jules Ober.

"It is Christmas time, 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. This moving and sparsely narrated story, based on true events, is reenacted in fascinating miniature scenes that convey the emotional complexity of the tale."

🛑Note: This book is one for the big kids and is not suitable for children under the age of 10. If you're a parent or educator, we strongly recommend that you watch this story first to make sure it's suitable for the children in your home, classroom, or storytime.🛑

Want to delve further into our stories and Classroom Ideas for ANZAC Day?  

We’ve put together a wonderful collection of resources that you can use to explore themes of remembrance, service, and history with your class. You’ll also find a range of resources for lower, middle, and upper primary students.  You can find them via the 'ANZAC History' advanced theme filter in the Classroom Ideas area of the Resources section. (These are only available to active Story Box Library subscribers).

Some examples of what you’ll find include:

  • Use a Senses Chart to describe the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and feelings that Lieutenant Guy Haydon might have experienced in one of the scenes from Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse

  • After reading This Old Thing, explore the role of animals in war using online resources, books, and a KWL Chart.

Don't forget to check out further resources in the dedicated Anzac Day Resource Collection.