World War II Books for Kids

These books will help kids understand the events of one of the most interesting periods of modern history: World War II. On this list you'll find historical fiction to give context for the time period and convey what it really felt like for fighters on the front lines, kids and families back home, and Jews in hiding or sent to concentration camps. You'll also find engaging nonfiction books to help curious kids learn the facts (or finish assignments for history class). And if your history buff is looking for more to read, check out this list of World War I Books for Kids.

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Love in the Library

age 6+

Gentle, true story about finding love, hope in prison camp.

By: Maggie Tokuda-Hall (2022)
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Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

age 6+

Inspiring true story of lifesaving hero and WWII refugees.

By: Peter Sis (2021)
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Cape: The League of Secret Heroes, Book 1

age 8+

Tween superheroes battle Nazis, prejudice in exciting story.

By: Kate Hannigan (2019)
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Rescue

age 8+

Suspenseful drama of escape from Nazi occupation in WWII.

By: Jennifer A. Nielsen (2021)
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A Faraway Island

age 9+

Moving story of Jewish sisters living as refugees in Sweden.

By: Annika Thor (2009)
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Number the Stars

age 9+

Stirring tale of girl who smuggles Jews to safety in WWII.

By: Lois Lowry (1989)
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Paper Wishes

age 9+

Sad, soulful story of grieving girl interned during WWII.

By: Lois Sepahban (2016)
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The War That Saved My Life

age 9+

Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.

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A Place to Hang the Moon

age 9+

Bookish orphan sibs seek family in old-school WWII tale.

By: Kate Albus (2021)
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

age 9+

Young WWII refugee's story told with warmth and wonder.

By: Judith Kerr (1971)
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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

age 10+

Gripping true story of devout man who tried to stop Hitler.

By: John Hendrix (2018)
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The Metropolitans

age 10+

Teens, Nazis in exciting, magic-drenched race against time.

By: Carol Goodman (2017)
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White Bird: A Wonder Story

age 10+

Moving WWII graphic novel has loss, offers hope for future.

By: R.J. Palacio (2019)
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Allies

age 11+

Gripping, must-read novel follows young soldiers on D-Day.

By: Alan Gratz (2019)
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

age 11+

Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.

By: Anne Frank (1947)
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The Boy on the Wooden Box

age 11+

Moving memoir of boy Holocaust survivor on Schindler's list.

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Grenade

age 11+

Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.

By: Alan Gratz (2018)
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A Place to Belong

age 11+

Emotional post-WWII story promotes compassion, perseverance.

By: Cynthia Kadohata (2019)
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Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

age 12+

Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.

By: Steve Sheinkin (2012)
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