75th Anniversary of D Day – 6th June 2019 June 5, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

Today, 6th June 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of the D Day Landings of World War II, in which the allied forces of over 150,000 troops from Britain, America, Canada and France landed in Normandy, breaking through the German Army’s defences. This important event marked both the largest sea-invasion in history as well as the crucial turning point in beginning the liberation of North-West Europe from the Nazis.

Each year around the world on 6th June events are held to commemorate D Day and to remember the many thousands of lives that were lost during the invasion. Despite this, according to a helpful Newsround article, a YouGov survey found that 49% of Britons do not know what D Day actually is. The 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings could, therefore, be the perfect time to make sure children know about this significant moment in the Second World War and why it is commemorated every year.

There are many online resources that explain the events of  D Day in age-appropriate language for young children (for example this page on the Ducksters website). In addition, we have created a booklist on the Second World War and D Day to help children understand more about this subject. The list comprises of both narrative real-life stories and information as well as engaging non-fiction.

See our pick below and for the full list, click here.

D Day Dog

Jack can’t wait for the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches. It’s his chance to learn more about the war heroes he has always admired – brave men like his dad, who is a reserve soldier. But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. Finding comfort only in the presence of his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper. On 6 June 1944, Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen – and Jack is determined to discover their fate …

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D Day: Untold Stories of the Normandy Landings

Relive the events of June 6, 1944, through eye witness accounts that describe 20 real-life stories from the D-Day landings. This book–which presents collated photographs, personal accounts, and testimonies from all sides with full-page illustrations dramatising individual roles–brings a key moment in history to life for young readers hearing about the event for the first time, as we commemorate its 75th anniversary.



The story of D-Day – the Normandy beach landings which saw the start of the Allies’ major offensive against German forces – specially written for readers of 9 and up. Includes photographs, maps and full-colour illustrations, as well as internet links to recommended websites. Published in association with the Imperial War Museums.


50 Things You Should Know About The Second World War

The perfect introduction to the Second World War, this book breaks down six years of conflict into fifty manageable facts. Each year of the war is introduced with a timeline featuring the key events and a map showing where the fighting took place and which countries were involved. All the major events and battles are covered as well as entries on the home front, weapons and the cost of war giving a comprehensive and international introduction. Events are recounted in succinct and easy-to-understand text while photographs bring the past vividly to life and fact panels provide fascinating snippets of extra information.

Friend Or Foe

Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David’s life …

In the tradition of Goodnight Mr TomCarrie’s War, and The Boy in the Striped PyjamasFriend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo is a novel that takes children to the heart of a tumultuous period in history.