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Children's Nonfiction Military & Wars

Canada's Wars

An Illustrated History

by (author) Jonathan Webb

foreword by J.L. Granatstein

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2010
Military & Wars, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2010
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 8


A fascinating account of Canada's military history and the role Canada's troops have played on foreign soil.

In this important new book, Jonathan Webb gives young Canadians a comprehensive look at Canada's efforts in wars ranging from the Boer War of 1884 up to the war in Afghanistan. Each section provides an overview of the wars themselves, and the circumstances under which Canada and Canadians became involved, whether government-directed or by personal conviction. What emerges is a fascinating story of our growth as an independent nation, along with an ever-evolving definition of the peacekeeping role our country plays on the world stage.

Moving accounts of lives saved and lives lost are ultimately what all stories of war are about. Through vivid photographs, memorabilia and staggering statistics about the men and women who have served for our country, young readers are given a fascinating look at an aspect of our country's ongoing history — the aspect that is often the most difficult to address.

About the authors


JONATHAN WEBB has been a journalist, novelist and an editor with twenty-five years’ experience in Canadian publishing. His novel, Pluck, was co-winner of the Seal First Novel Award, and he is the author of three books for young readers: What’s a Zoo Do?, Journey to Mars, and Canada’s Wars: An Illustrated History, a Hackmatack and OLA White Pine Award nominee. Jonathan lives in Guelph, Ontario. Visit him online at


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J. L. GRANATSTEIN is the author of over 60 books, including the bestsellersWho Killed The Canadian Military? and Whose War Is It?, along withYankee Go Home?, Victory 1945 and The Generals, which won the J. W. Dafoe Prize and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography. A distinguished research professor of history emeritus at York University, he was a member of the RMC Board of Governors and is chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He lives in Toronto. Visit Granatstein

J.L. Granatstein's profile page


  • Short-listed, OLA White Pine Award, Non-fiction
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada)
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, IODE Canada Violet Downey Recommended List
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets

Librarian Reviews

Canada’s Wars: An Illustrated History

From the Nile Expedition of 1884 to the World Wars, from Korea to the Gulf War, Canadian soldiers have fought and died for their country. This book provides an overview of the wars, with detailed stories of combat and the home front, and of heroes both wellknown and unsung. The narrative, combined with stunning photographs, paintings, archival posters and artifacts, brings these many historical moments to life for readers of all ages.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

Other titles by Jonathan Webb

Other titles by J.L. Granatstein