The Poppies Series

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War 1914-18, as well as the ongoing events over the next four years, these books, written for younger children, serve as a gentle introduction to the conflict.

Written in rhyme by Hilary, in homage to the war poets, she has captured the very essence of the time while illustrator, Martin Impey, a passionate military historian has paid careful attention to all artistic detail in order to replicate the scenes. He even designed his own Edwardian font for the cover, as no existing font was suitable!

Where The Poppies Now Grow is dedicated to the great uncles of both Martin and Hilary. Their uncles, both fell at the Somme in 1916 and The Christmas Truce has been dedicated to two war heroes nominated by children through a competition run by Seven Stories, The Centre For Children’s Books.

Through both stories readers are encouraged to discover that friendship is ultimately a more unifying force than conflict.

“Where The Poppies Now Grow” and “The Christmas Truce” have been listed by The School Run in their top WW1 books for children.

The third book, Flo Of The Somme, will be published in 2015.

Award Nominations

  • The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards logo
  • Hampshire County Council logo
  • The English Association logo
  • Rubery Book Award logo
  • Coventry City Council logo
  • Education Resources Awards logo
  • Sheffield Children's Book Award logo
  • The People's Book Prize logo
  • Young Quills Award logo

Distribution & Trade

Main Distribution

Distribution for all Strauss House Production books is handled by York Publishing. Please contact Nerys Spofforth for all trade and distribution queries.