Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Big War: Books for Kids About the Kids of World War II

For those young people who may be following the documentary now in progress on PBS, Ken Burns' The War is a great way to gain an intimate understanding of World War II and some of the real people who lived through it.

As a valuable adjunct to the documentary's personal narratives and black-and-white film images, quality fiction can help the facts come alive as the war is portrayed through the eyes and voices of children who experienced it as the most significant event in their young lives. From the homefront to Hiroshima, from Norway to Korea, Hawaii to Berlin, France to Los Alamos, the English Blitz to the concentration camps of Poland, there are many great novels of the big war in children's literature which put readers in the midst of those events which shaped our world.

To track those novels I have previously reviewed, enter the tag The Big War or the subject heading World War II in the search box beside the Blogger icon at the top of the web page. The reviews of these books will come up, arranged with the most recent reviews first. Books may also be searched by title or author.



  • I would also suggest 'When Mack Came Back,' by Brad Strickland.

    Not a 'war story' as such, it follows the life of a ten-year-old boy living on a farm in Georgia, whose older brother has run off to join the Army in WW2, and the effect on the rest of his family of having a son absent in the service and in peril.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:31 AM  

  • James foreman's "Horses of Anger" is a great read for adolescents on WWII

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:26 AM  

  • Thanks for your suggestions! If anyone else has any further recommendations, please do so!

    By Blogger GTC, at 8:46 PM  

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