World War II is one of the most written about events in history, including hundreds of new books each year about different aspects of the war. It involved so many countries and was fought on so many different fronts that there are still countless untold stories left to discover.
There are so many kids books about the war that I thought it’d be helpful to break down some of my family’s favorites. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but hopefully it will give you a good start on explaining this difficult war to your kids, especially surrounding the horrific Holocaust. I’ll keep adding books to this list when I come across new favorites.
Check out my reviews to pair these books with a visit to some of the most well-known WWII historical sites, including the National WWII Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Pearl Harbor, and Normandy. Walking in the footsteps of the men, women, and children affected by the war is one of the best ways to learn!
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Anne Frank is known to everyone thanks to her diary that she left behind after being taken by the Nazis to a concentration camp where she, her mother, and her sister would die. Everyone who reads it is struck by its wistfulness and her longing to be a normal teenager even while hidden in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Knowing her cruel fate makes the book even more poignant. There are several adaptations to read, including a graphic novel, and several related books for teens. If you’re ever in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House tour is one of the must-sees!
For older teens, Night by Elie Wiesel is a must-read. I read it a LONG time ago in high school but remember its impact on me.
Younger Elementary Books
Middle Grade Books
YA Books (Middle School/High School)
The one battle that seems to be written about the most is D-Day. These are our family’s favorite books, perfect to pair with a visit to Normandy or the National D-Day Memorial in Virginia.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to books written about World War II for kids and teens. What is your favorite book? Let me know so I can add it to the list! Keep checking back for more books to be added!