Best World War 2 Books for Kids

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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.

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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.

The Butterfly
A New Coat for Anna
Boxes for Katje
Irena’s Jars of Secrets
Number the Stars
The Wren and the Sparrow
Snow Treasure
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II
One Candle
The Bracelet
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story
Hanna’s Cold Winter
Twenty and Ten
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
A Place to Hang the Moon
Diana’s White House Garden
Baseball Saved Us
On the Horizon
Fish for Jimmy
Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind
The Whispering Town
The Harmonica
The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands
Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust
The Secret of the Village Fool
Always Remember Me
Star of Fear, Star of Hope
The Cats in Krasinski Square
Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued
The Secret Seder
Benno and the Night of Broken Glass
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II
Stone Angel
The Grand Mosque of Paris
Hold On to Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane
War Boy: A Wartime Childhood
Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
Our Castle by the Sea
When My Name Was Keoko
Raid of No Return (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #7)
The Book Thief
The Little Riders
The Silver Sword
The Chestry Oak
The Borrowed House
The Winged Watchman
The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
A Place to Belong
Shadow on the Mountain
A Bowl Full of Peace
The Mozart Question

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.

Snow Treasure Book Guide

Looking for World War I books? See our list of favorite books about The Great War here.

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