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Anzac Day Book Pack

Children, Anzac Day
230mm x 260mm


Two award-winning books that capture the spirit and importance of Anzac Day. Dreaming Soldiers is a powerful and moving story about true mateship. Two young friends from different cultures that head overseas to the battlefields of the Western Front. Anzac Sons, Five Brothers on the Western Front is a simply told account of the touching true story of a family of boys, and the key events and battles that was the Great War.

DREAMING SOLDIERS by Catherine Bauer, Illustrated by Shane McGrath

WINNER of the 2019 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards – Indigenous Children Category

Included on the 2019 South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge list.

Dreaming Soldiers weaves tales of childhood adventures and battlefield challenges with gentle Dreaming themes.  This is a touching friendship story about Jimmy and Johnno, two young Australian boys in the 1900s; mates who do everything together, sharing adventures and growing up side by side in the dusty cattle yards of an Outback South Australian station and later on the dusty WWI battlefields of the Western Front.  The simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service of Australian veterans and highlight the important contribution of Indigenous soldiers.

“A powerful (and overdue) look at the war.  Shane McGrath’s work is stunning, a perfect foil for Catherine Bauer’s compelling story.” – A. Paterson

“The simple story-telling combines with stunning images to honour the service and contribution of Australian veterans, and Aboriginal soldiers.” – Buzz Words



ANZAC SONS by Allison Paterson

Children Book Council Awards Notable 2016 and Long listed for the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards.

In the years of 1914-1918 over 330,000 Australians served their country in a war far from their homeland, more than 60,000 of them died. Five of these Australians were brothers; three of them were destined to never return to the home they loved.

The Great War brought enormous sorrow to families all over the world. In Australia there were few who escaped the fear, nor the tragedy. This is the story of the Marlow brothers. This powerful children’s book brings their story to life for future generations. It is a tragic tale of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; a heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by a devastating war. It is a pledge to never forget.

Based on the original title Anzac Sons; the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars, this important children’s book compiled by the granddaughter of a surviving brother tells the true story of brothers’ service, the impact on the family and community and weaves through the facts and history of the Great War and battles.

Combining beautiful prose and imagery including photographs, maps, letters and facts, the book will reach children of a variety of ages. Children, teachers and parents can read the letters her ancestors wrote from the trenches, walk in their footsteps and remember all those who have served throughout the generations to defend our freedom and our way of life.

Anzac Sons (the children’s version) truly is a remarkable and inspirational book that will transport younger readers from all ages into the hearts and minds of five brothers who served their country and, together with their fellow comrades, inspired a nation.

“Heartbreaking but essential… A simply told history of Australian involvement in the First World War … full of heart”Creative Kids Tales

“A book for children, that is a most readable account of not only of a family of boys, but also of the key events and battles that was the Great War.”RUSI Australia



Allison Marlow Paterson

Allison Marlow Paterson

Allison Marlow Paterson is the author of the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, the children’s version of the adult non-fiction title Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars. Both are based on a collection of over 500 letters sent […]

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Catherine Bauer

Catherine Bauer

Catherine Bauer is a journalist and writer from South Australia. She has worked as a news and political journalist and features writer for various newspapers and publications and is now working as a state government media adviser. She has started her love of writing as an eight-year-old, writing and illustrating her own book. She has […]

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Illustrator Shane McGrath

Illustrator Shane McGrath

Shane McGrath is a talented artist/illustrator from Melbourne. His mum says he was always talented (all mum’s say that) and one of the first artworks Shane made was when he bit his toast in the shape of a horse. He always loved drawing pictures and reading books, especially Where the Wild Things Are and Asterix […]

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