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This home school book list covers children's historical fiction about World War II that I collected as part of our WWII unit studies. I may have been a little UK centric!! Please excuse me and recommend World War II books from your country.

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    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabblit by Judith Kerr
    Home School Book List - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

    This is a lovely gentle introduction into the concept of war. At the age of nine, Anna is hurried out of Germany by her mother. She doesn't understand who Hiltler is, or why being Jewish is bad - but she begins to understand that she is now a refugee.

    Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
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    An absolutely spellbinding book. When Pearl Harbour is attaked, Sumiko and her family are sent to a Japanese camp in the Arizona desert. Again, a very gentle introduction to how the war impacts on children's lives.

    The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
    Home School Book List - The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

    If you have read any of Michael Morpurgo's books, you will know how good they are! This one deals with the true evacuation of Slapton Sands in Devon for American soldiers to practice landing on the beaches. But what has happened to Lilly's cat?

    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    Home School Book List - The Diary of a Young Girl

    Apologies for adding this to the home school book list fiction section, but it fits in so well as reading for World War II. Anne received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Anne writes in the diary for two years, and gives an insightful look at the sufferings of the time. There is also a picture book of Anne Frank for younger readers.

    Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
    Home School Book List - Carrie's War

    Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated from London to Wales during the war. The book depicts what life was like for some WWII evacuees, but makes a heartwarming read.

    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
    Home School Book List - Goodnight Mister Tom

    Another book concerning an evacuee from London, but with a different perspective. A sad, deprived child, Willie slowly begins to flourish under the new care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London.

    Twenty and Ten by Claire Hutchet Bishop
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    During the German occupation of France, twenty French children were brought to a refuge in the mountains. One day a young man came to their school with a request. Could they take in and hide ten Jewish refugee children? Of course the children understood, but how would they hide them if the Nazis came? Based on a true story...one of many such incidents during the war.

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    Home School Book List - Number the Stars

    The Nazis have occupied Copenhagen and there are food shortages, curfews and the constant threat of being stopped by soldiers. For Annemarie the dangers become even greater...her best-friend Ellen is a Jew. When Ellen's parents are taken away to be 'relocated' by the Nazis, Ellen is taken in by Annemarie's parents and suddenly Annemarie's family are under threat too.

More Children's Historical Fiction

This is a further list of children's fiction covering World War II.

  • A Kind of Secret Weapon by Elliott Arnold
  • Horses of Anger by James D. Forman
  • When the Sirens Wailed by Noel Streatfeild
  • The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
  • The Day of the Bomb by Karl Bruckner
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