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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A Faraway Island Book Poster Image
Moving story of Jewish sisters living as refugees in Sweden.
By Annika Thor
(2010)
(2009)
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Paper Wishes Book Poster Image
Sad, soulful story of grieving girl interned during WWII.
By Lois Sepahban
(2016)
(2016)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
(2015)
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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler Book Poster Image
Gripping true story of devout man who tried to stop Hitler.
By John Hendrix
(2018)
(2018)
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The Metropolitans Book Poster Image
Teens, Nazis in exciting, magic-drenched race against time.
By Carol Goodman
(2017)
(2017)
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Poster Image
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
(1947)
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The Boy on the Wooden Box Book Poster Image
Moving memoir of boy Holocaust survivor on Schindler's list.
By Leon Leyson, Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran
(2013)
(2013)
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Grenade Book Poster Image
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
(2018)
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Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Book Poster Image
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2013)
(2012)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
(2006)
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The Extra Book Poster Image
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
(2013)
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Mare's War Book Poster Image
Unique African-American woman's WWII experience.
By Tanita Davis
(2009)
(2009)
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Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
Unforgettable true story of boy sent to death camp at age 4.
By Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
(2017)
(2017)
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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Book Poster Image
YA version of POW bio is a poignant tale of perseverance.
By Laura Hillenbrand
(2015)
(2014)
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Wait for Me Book Poster Image
Sweet World War II romance between Scot girl and German POW.
By Caroline Leech
(2017)
(2017)
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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
(2006)
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Girl in the Blue Coat Book Poster Image
Extraordinary tale of Dutch teens resisting the Nazis.
By Monica Hesse
(2016)
(2016)
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Invasion Book Poster Image
Searing account of teen D-Day soldier is powerful, gory.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
(2013)
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The Librarian of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
Unforgettable story of a teen heroine of the Holocaust.
By Antonio Iturbe
(2017)
(2017)
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Night Book Poster Image
Unforgettable memoir of teen who survived the Holocaust.
By Elie Wiesel
(2016)
(1956)
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Prisoner of Night and Fog Book Poster Image
Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.
By Anne Blankman
(2014)
(2014)
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Salt to the Sea Book Poster Image
Heartbreaking WWII novel shows power of hope, connection.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2016)
(2016)
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Anna and the Swallow Man Book Poster Image
Exquisite tale of Polish girl in WWII shows horrors of war.
By Gavriel Savit
(2016)
(2016)
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Rose Under Fire Book Poster Image
Emotional story of WWII teen pilot in concentration camp.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2013)
(2013)
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Code Name Verity Book Poster Image
Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
(2012)
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Slaughterhouse-Five Book Poster Image
Vonnegut's time-travel classic best for mature teen readers.
By Kurt Vonnegut
(2007)
(1969)
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Front Lines: Front Lines, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Inventive, intense war story best for more mature teens.
By Michael Grant
(2016)
(2016)
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