World War I Books for Kids

The terrible conflict known as the Great War lasted from 1914 to 1918. Stories about it capture the horror of trench warfare, "dogfight" battles in the air, tanks rumbling on the ground, and the suffering of worried loved ones far from the front. These books will help kids understand what it was like to be caught up in WWI, whether as a soldier, a civilian, or even a battlefield horse. For more historical reads, check out our lists of World War II Books for Kids and Historical Fiction

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The Secret of Nightingale Wood

age 8+

Suspenseful WWI family drama has feel of a classic.

By: Lucy Strange (2017)
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Hattie Big Sky

age 10+

Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.

By: Kirby Larson (2006)
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Moon Over Manifest

age 10+

Girl finds meaning of home in nostalgic, robust tale.

By: Clare Vanderpool (2010)
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Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

age 10+

Captivating tale of soldier's boy in World War I London.

By: John Boyne (2014)
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War Horse

age 10+

Moving story of a horse and boy has anti-war message.

By: Michael Morpurgo (2007)
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age 12+

Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.

By: Scott Westerfeld (2009)
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Lovely War

age 13+

Poignant World War I romance weaves in jazz, Greek gods.

By: Julie Berry (2019)