Stories help children connect with history, and they’re ideal for teaching difficult topics like war. We’ve rounded up the best World War II Books for Kids to help you tackle this complex topic.
World War II is a complicated period of history to study. The war was fought across the continent of Europe as well as in the Pacific and North African regions and affected people all over the world. Every area touched by the war has its own unique stories to tell.
How do you even begin to help kids understand these different elements and places and explore how the war impacted them? Our answer is always to start with a story.
Stories help a child connect to a time period and live in that world temporarily. They understand through the eyes of characters they get to know. The history becomes personal, which makes the learning more meaningful and lasting.
We’ve rounded up our favorite books about World War II for children of all ages. You’ll find stories set during the war in a variety of locations and showing how the war impacted everyone.
Note: All book covers have clickable links.
How to get started…
Not sure where to begin? We have several World War II book guides to help you Read, Explore, and Discuss this era and its effects on the people who lived through the war.
Looking for World War I books? See our list of favorite books about The Great War here.