Downloadable Literature Guides

World War II Literature for Young People

Odette's Secrets
by Maryann Macdonald
--Holocaust Autobiography. Odette, a young Jewish girl living in Paris in 1940. It tells the story of how Odette's life changed after the Nazi forces moved in to occupy France. Originally written in the girl's journal discovered in a museum.

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelsin (Newbery Honor Book) Stalin Era Russia. Amazing in its simplicity, profound in its importance!

On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck (The homefront in World War II)
Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf

The Greatest Skating Race by Louise Borden

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot Picture Book by Margot Theis Raven

The Yellow Star, The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark Picture Book by Carmen Agra Deedy

The Attack on Pearl Harbor Picture Book by Shelly Tanaka

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki --Picture Book--A Japanese diplomat saves hundreds of lives in Nazi Germany during WWII
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata is the story of a young Japanese-American girl who was forced to leave her home to live in a relocation camp.
One Handed Catch by M. J. Auch, (the story of a boy with his goals set on becoming a baseball player) who loses a hand in a horrific accident. You and your kids will stand and applaud for the courage and perseverance of this young athlete! The story is set in post-war era as the United States struggled to recover from World War II.

World War II Through the Eyes of an Austrian during World War II


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