Hachette partners with Royal British Legion on children's remembrance story

Hachette partners with Royal British Legion on children's remembrance story

As part of activity to mark its 100th anniversary, the Royal British Legion has partnered with Hachette Children’s Group to produce an illustrated non-fiction book.

We Will Remember Them: The Story of Remembrance is written by S Williams, illustrated by Oliver Averill and will be published under the Franklin Watts imprint. The book will be published on 22nd July 2021, commemorating the work of the Royal British Legion in its centenary year.

The publisher said: “We Will Remember Them: The Story of Remembrance will explore the importance of remembrance, encouraging children to reflect on the experiences and the service and sacrifice of the entire Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth. Explaining the history behind remembrance, from the significance of poppies, to why we hold one or two-minute silences and what happens in commemorative parades around the world: this informative book answers many questions about remembrance and also includes poems and quotes from veterans.”

Victoria Brooker, managing editor, said: “It’s important that children understand why, every November, people wear poppies, join with others in their community to commemorate those who have died in wars, or simply take a moment to pause and reflect. Remembrance is a time to think about all the people who have been injured or have died, not just in the two world wars, but in conflicts around the world to the present day. Remembrance unites people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds in hope for a peaceful future.”

The Royal British Legion will also be producing some learning resources alongside the book which will be hosted on both its own and Hachette Children Group’s websites. For every hardback sold, HCG will be donating a minimum of 25p to the charity.

Catherine Davies, head of remembrance at the Royal British Legion, said: “Remembrance is an important part of the fabric of our society, it reminds us of our shared history and unites people across all backgrounds, cultures and generations This book will help children and families to learn about the importance of remembrance and the sacrifices made by generations of men and women from Britain and across the Commonwealth who helped to secure a better world which we enjoy to this day. We hope this book will help to encourage the next generation to become involved in remembrance and learn more: they too can play a part in ensuring the unique contributions of all those who serve in the Armed Forces are not forgotten.”