April 9, 2017: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

April 9, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Many historians view this battle as one that defined Canada as a nation. Commemorate this important day with these Canadian children’s books.

AtVimyRidgeAt Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Greatest World War I Victory
Written by Hugh Brewster
Scholastic Canada
ISBN 978-0-439-94982-8
IL: Ages 8-12  RL: Grades 3-4
At Vimy Ridge, Canadian soldiers achieved what more experienced soldiers from Britain and France could not — taking the strategic position of Vimy Ridge from the Germans. It was the battle that helped a young country discover its national pride, as for the first time, Canadians fought as Canadians, and achieved a significant victory.

VimyOaksThe Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace
Written by Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Brian Deines
Scholastic Canada, 2017
ISBN 978-1-4431-4850-4
IL: Ages 8-12  RL: Grades 3-4
A young soldier standing in a war-torn landscape pockets a handful of acorns from the blasted trees and mails them home. Over the next 100 years, those acorns grow into majestic oaks on his family farm, a living memorial to those who served at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This title is also available in French as Les chênes de Vimy: La route vers la paix.