November 11th is a day for remembering. Books have always been a vehicle for discussion and book covers can reflect how a story will approach the challenging topic of war and war's impact upon people.
For a younger audience, the images of soldiers are present, but the poppies stand out as symbols of remembrance.
illustrated by Ron Lightburn
Scholastic Canada (2007)
Benoit's illustrations suggest that the veteran's parade will be seen through a child's eyes and echoes the soft, gentle focus of the story.
by Jane Barclay, illus. by Renne Benoit
Tundra Books (2009)
Janet Wilson creates a collage of symbols reflecting war, death, and peace. This suggests suitability for slightly older children.
Linda Granfield, illus. by Janet Wilson
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005 edition)
The covers of these two novels offer faces of children directly affected by war. They both create an entry way into the topic for a reader of similar age to these characters. (Lily's Crossing is published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1997 and Age 14 is published by Collins Collins Press, 2010).
There is minimal detail and colour on the new cover for this classic war story written in 1930, which increases the impact of the image. The cover also reveals that the content will be challenging and directed toward a young adult/adult reader.
Charles Yale Harrison
(Annick Press, 2007 edition)
Though intended for different age groups, all of these covers offer important images to remember.