A children’s author gave a talk in Leeds about how her books help to engage youngsters with the centenary of the First World War.
Hilary Robinson was one of the speakers at the Northern History Forum at Leeds Trinity University recently.
The author, who has written more than 50 books aimed at children, discussed how books set in the First World War can help children develop skills in literacy while also encouraging a passion for history.
Some of Hilary’s books that cover this particular area include Where The Poppies Now Grow and Peace Lily.
Hilary said: “The four-year commemorations to mark the First World War has proved an ideal way of engaging children in a remarkable period in social history.
“Through our carefully crafted texts and poignant illustrations, children have come to learn a lot about the conflict and the affects both on families at home and on the lives of those that took part.
“The subject area provided many challenges, so tragic was the conflict, but our gentle approach has proved to be a popular way of ensuring children understand not only what happened then but has also encouraged an interest in what happened next.
“Storytelling is a powerful medium and I hope it encourages a lasting interest.”
The Northern History Forum, which is hosted twice a year by Leeds Trinity University, is aimed at primary and secondary teachers.
The next forum will take place in March 2018.