World War 1 Book Group Reading Pack

Members of the SLG National Committee have produced a resource for book groups, linked to the World War 1 centenary.  The resource is made up of activities and discussion points for 14 different texts related to World War 1, that Librarians can use with their book groups.  The pack will also be of interest to History and English teachers who could incorporate the activities into their subject areas, supporting the Reading for Pleasure across the curriculum agenda.

These resources are available for SLG members to download for by logging on to the CILIP site and going to

Professionally-printed versions of this resource are available, for members and non-members alike. To purchase this resource please email David Rose, who will send the pack and invoice you.


Free Sample

If you are interested in seeing a sample of what the pack includes, please download the sample page in the pdf file below titled SAMPLE - WWI Book Group Discussion Questions - Eleven, Eleven.  This file contains the first page of the pack, with activities and questions for the reading of the novel Eleven, Eleven by Paul Dowswell. 

WWI Texts

The pack includes activity guides to the following texts:

  • Eleven, Eleven by Paul Dowswell
  • Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
  • Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iain Lawrence
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • Remembrance by Theresa Breslin
  • The Shell House by Linda Newbery
  • Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne
  • War Game by Michael Foreman
  • Where Poppies Grow by Linda Granfield
  • Brothers at War by Sarah Ridley
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Archie’s War by Marcia Williams
  • The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by David Roberts
  • Poems of the First World War, from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive