Linda Granfield – release of a new book

Linda Granfield has visited Reading Recommendations previously, here and here. She returns now to tell us about a new book on a little-known story from WWI.


The Vimy Oaks
by Linda Granfield, illustrated by Brian Deines
Published by Scholastic Canada
Genre: History, Ages 7-12

A soldier, a handful of acorns — and a hundred-year legacy of hope, remembrance and renewal.

“I am writing seated at the foot of a large oak,” wrote Leslie Miller in his diary in 1916, while war raged around him. Little could this Canadian soldier have imagined how future generations would come to enjoy the majestic oak trees he grew after his return to Canada.

Standing amidst the devastation of war, Leslie picked up a handful of acorns and mailed them home, where they were nurtured. This small but amazingly hopeful act continues to be felt just as powerfully today, one hundred years after the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The living legacy of Leslie Miller’s “Vimy Oaks” inspires hope as the world remembers and honours the soldiers who served in the First World War.

Également disponible en édition française

Where to purchase Linda’s book:
Scholastic Canada


Linda Granfield – new edition of “In Flanders Fields”!

Linda Granfield was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in March, 2014. She’s back now to tell us about the new edition of a book she originally published in 1995.


Linda Granfield is pleased to announce the release of a new, commemorative edition of In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. This new edition comes at a particularly poignant time for Canadians as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and as we look to the future, May 2015 will commemorate 100 years since In Flanders Fields was written.

During the First World War, Canadian physician Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote what was to become one of Canada’s best-known literary works after the death of his friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer. Author Linda Granfield incorporates interesting facts and details of daily life in the trenches with lines from McCrae’s cherished poem. Accompanied by the evocative artwork of Janet Wilson, this beautiful collaboration is a moving tribute to this emotional subject.

This new edition includes the original text, maps, and powerful paintings of the acclaimed, classic 1995 edition and also features a new introduction by noted historian Dr. Tim Cook of the Canadian War Museum, along with striking new cover art by Janet Wilson.

Linda Granfield is the author of thirty non-fiction books for young readers and adults; each title reflects her lifelong interest in history. She has received numerous awards for her books, which cover themes such as immi- gration, slavery, and war and remembrance and has written about the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the war in Afghanistan. For more information please visit her website.

Janet Wilson is the award-winning author and illustrator of over fifty books for young people. Inspired by the philosophy of Gandhi, “To reach peace we must begin with the children,” her non-fiction books address vital global issues of social, indigenous, and environmental justice. Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario. For more information please visit her website.


Photo taken by Linda Granfield. The Tower of London commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. As Linda says, “One bloom per soldier. A sea of red. And still we fight one another.”

In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae is available in paperback and a limited edition hardcover.

Where you may purchase the book:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd.

Also available by Linda Granfield from Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd.


Linda Granfield

This is a special edition of Reading Recommendations. On March 12, 2014, Linda Granfield wrote on her Facebook status update:

Today the flag was lowered in Kabul, signifying the end of Canadian operations in Afghanistan. Over the past 12 years, more than 40,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) served in a wide variety of roles. The Afghanistan deployment was the CAF’s largest combat mission since the Korean War – 158 died and more than 2000 were injured.

So I asked Linda to take part in this blog and tell us about her book.


Linda Granfield

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Road to Afghanistan–A picture book (with a factual section included) for young readers and adults (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd. 2013)

Quick description: In moving words, this fact-based picture book tells of a Canadian soldier home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan recalls its scenery and its people, and the generations of her family who served in past wars. This story, illustrated by Brian Deines, honours those who have put their own lives on the line in a country far from home. In this latest war, for the first time, Canadian female service members were killed in combat.

Afghanistan CVR jpeg

Brief biography:
Linda Granfield is the author of thirty award-winning history titles for young readers and adults. She has written about elections, immigration, cowboys, and the circus; however, she is best known for her “remembrance books” that connect readers with Canada’s military history and our veterans. Her book, In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, is considered a “Canadian classic” and is now being read by a second generation of readers.

Links to buy Linda’s book:
Amazon Canada

Linda’s promo links:
Website (currently being re-designed and updated)

What are you working on now?
I’m writing a biography (for adults) of John Gillespie Magee, an unknown hero of the Rape of Nanking in 1937. Fifteen years of research is done–the writing has begun!

Linda’s reading recommendation:
I just finished Bill Bryson’s entertaining and informative One Summer: America, 1927.