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Storytime - ANZAC Day 2020

Welcome to our first digital Storytime post! Instead of talking about books with you in the library, we are talking about books online, and specifically ones with videos so you can still see the pictures and words. We wish we could read these stories to you, in the library, but as that’s not possible at the moment we have the marvellous option of Story Box Library. This website is free to use with your library card and is filled with excellent stories read by awesome storytellers! Story Box Library has many stories for a range of ages, that you can access to discuss ANZAC Day with children. The ANZAC Day books you can access online are: Alfred’s War, ANZAC Biscuit, ANZAC Ted, Lone Pine, I was only 19, Once a Shepherd, One Minute’s Silence, and The Happiness Box. Each of the stories have activities at the bottom of the page.

"Anzac Biscuits is a tender story of a family torn apart by war, yet brought back together through the simplicity of Anzac Biscuits. A soldier's desolate life on the front line is delicately entwined with the experiences of his wife and daughter, left to cope with his absence back at home.” -Story Box Library.

Read ANZAC Biscuits by Phil Cummings and cook your own based on this recipe then create an ANZAC care package as discussed on the activity sheet from Story Box Library.

ANZAC Ted is a wonderful story that is both read on Story Box Library and on There are many activities on the ANZAC Ted website or there is this activity from Story Box Library.


For older children, Norman Jorgensen and Dianne Wolfer, as part of Fremantle Press have released interviews and discussions on their books.

For older primary readers, Lighthouse Girl, Light Horse Boy and In the Lamplight are often discussed as part of the Upper Primary Curriculum. The Lighthouse Girl, and Light Horse Boy, were made into a play which visited Esperance in 2017. Dianne Wolfer’s books, The Lighthouse Girl, The Light Horse Boy, In the Lamplight and Photographs in the Mud are available to loan from Esperance Public Library.

There are some wonderful resources online providing information on the traditions, facts and folklore of ANZAC Day.

Locally the Esperance RSL WA, along with 103.9 Hope FM Esperance are inviting Esperance residents to join them in remembering veterans and service personnel with a Driveway Service at Dawn.

Normally we have our storytime songs, however today we will direct you to the music that is normally played at commemorations 

We hope that you enjoy our first online Story time with your family.

Esperance Public Library Team.


The Ode

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them."