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100 Books for 100 Years: Books 60 – 90

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“On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month 1918, the guns of World War One fell silent.”

This year’s Remembrance Day, coming up in just over a week is very significant. It will mark 100 years since the Great War ended. To commemorate that, I will attempt to present to you in the days leading up to Remembrance Day with 100 children’s books that take place during either World War One, or World War Two. For the full list without pictures or description, scroll right down to the bottom of the post.

If you missed the first post in this series that listed the first 30 books of the challenge, check it out here.

Here are the next 30 books!

World War I Books

I Am Canada: Fire in the Sky by David Ward

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Paul Townend has wanted to be a pilot ever since he saw his first plane. So as soon as he turns nineteen, he leaves his farm near Winnipeg to join the Royal Naval Air Service. Within months of enlisting, he is engaging in dogfights over France and the English Channel, including a skirmish with the infamous Red Baron.

One Boy’s War by Lynne Huggins Cooper

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Remember the Brave: World War I by Forrest Chambers

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It is 1917, New Zealand, and a young man signs up for adventure – and a war in France. As he experiences the horrors of battle he begins to wonder who ‘the brave ones’ really are.
Remember the Brave is a different kind of WWI commemoration: remembering those who were brave enough to stand up for their convictions and refuse to kill.

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield

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When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever. They believed their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers would be home by Christmas. They were tragically mistaken.

With photos, memorabilia, and anecdotes, Linda Granfield brings us face-to-face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country.

The Language of Doves by Rosemary Wells

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n her sixth birthday, Julietta’s grandfather gives her one of his beautiful homing pigeons and tells her a story of his experience raising and training doves in Italy during the Great War.

Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace

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This is the 10th book in the famous Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Betsy returns from Europe to marry Joe Willard—and soon learns that beloved friend Tacy is expecting a baby! It’s wartime in America, but Betsy, Joe, and their wonderful circle of friends brave their hardships together.

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

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This is the 8th and final book in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Anne’s children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can’t think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.

The Night Flyers ( An American Girl Mystery) by Elizabeth McDavid Jones

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When Pam’s homing pigeons disappear while her father’s away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy.

The Silver Donkey by Sonya Harnett

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One morning in the woods of World War I France, two young sisters stumble upon an astonishing find — a soldier, temporarily blinded by war, who has walked away from battle longing to see his gravely ill younger brother. Soon the care of the soldier becomes the girls’ preoccupation, but it’s not just the secret they share that emboldens them to steal food and other comforting items for the man. They are fascinated by what he holds in his hand — a tiny silver donkey.

Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Ann Robinson

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This is a picture book about World War One, written in rhyming verse, perfect for young children.

Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix

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This is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.

War Girls by Adele Geras

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 1914: War has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.

This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

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For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly, the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.

A Soldier’s Friend by Megan Rix

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SAMMY is a football crazy rescue puppy. MOUSER is a fearless grey tabby. Together they make an unlikely pair that won’t be parted, not even by the First World War.

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo

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Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don’t know whether to believe the birdman’s story that the island is cursed.

World War II Books

A Time to be Brave by Joan Betty Stuchner

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David Nathan’s home in Copenhagen has always been filled with laughter, family, and his father’s famous pastries. But life has changed since Nazi soldiers arrived. Sweets are scarce. His parents are worried. And even though David wants to be brave, the soldiers and their new rules have made everyone nervous.

The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren

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The dramatic story of neighbors in a small Danish fishing village who, during the Holocaust, shelter a Jewish family waiting to be ferried to safety in Sweden.

It is 1943 in Nazi-occupied Denmark. Anett and her parents are hiding a Jewish woman and her son, Carl, in their cellar until a fishing boat can take them across the sound to neutral Sweden. The soldiers patrolling their street are growing suspicious, so Carl and his mama must make their way to the harbor despite a cloudy sky with no moon to guide them.

The Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy

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It is late August 1939: Britain is on the brink of war, and preparations are under way to evacuate London’s children to the countryside. When twelve-year-old Tilly and her best friend Rosy find out that they will not be able to take their beloved dog and cat with them – and that, even worse, their pets will, along with countless other animals, be taken to the vet to be put down – they decide to take action. The two girls come up with the idea of hiding them in a derelict hut in the woods and, when other children find out and start bringing their rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, their secret den turns into an emergency zoo.

Pearl Harbor is Burning by Kathleen V. Kudlinski

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Frank thought that he’d found a new friend–but he never expected a war to come be

tween them.

It’s 1941 , and Frank is miserable. If only his family had never moved to Hawaii. Everyone and everything on the island looks and sounds strange to him. Then Frank meets Kenji, a Japanese-American boy who just might become a friend. But the unthinkable happens–Pearl Harbor is bombed , and by the Japanese!

Danger in the Darkest Hour ( Magic Treehouse) by Mary Pope Osborne

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The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history? They don’t know, but they have to try!

Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

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It began on a rainy morning in Australia, as part of a game played by Mark and his friends. It was a storytelling game, and the four friends took turns weaving tales about fairies and mermaids and horses. But Anna’s story was different this time: it was not a fairy tale or an adventure story. The story was about a young girl who lived during World War II. Her name was Heidi, and she was Hitler’s daughter.

Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery

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British airman Dym Ingleford is convinced that the young German prisoner, Max Eckermann, is his brother Anthony who was kidnapped years before. Raised in the Nazi ideology, Tony has by chance tumbled

My Secret War Diary by Marcia Williams

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The year is 1939, and Britain is about to declare war on Germany. After Flossie’s father joins the army, the nine-year-old girl is left to care for both her baby brother and her great-uncle. In a collage-style diary merging photos, postcards, and other memorabilia, Flossie relays events ranging from the arrival of evacuees to the wrenching news that her cousin has been killed.

War Child by Maurine Murchinson

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When bombs fell over cities like Glasgow and London people would take refuge in shelters and tube stations until the all-clear signal sounded and ‘normal’ life resumed. Many years later Maurine remembered those times – the rationing, the evacuation, the fears and excitement of living as a child during the Second World War.

A Boy at War by Harry Mazer

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For Adam, living near Honolulu, this Sunday morning is one he has been looking forward to — fishing with friends, away from the ever-watchful eyes of his father, a navy lieutenant. Then, right before his eyes, Adam watches Japanese planes fly overhead and attack the U.S

The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher

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Johnny Littlehorn kicked like a steer when his parents told him he’d spend the summer in a dull little French town instead of on their Wyoming ranch. “What a way to spend a summer,” Johnny thought disgustedy. That was before he discovered a pistol hidden in a loaf of bread … and got on the trail of a fugitive Nazi spy and a stolen fortune!

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

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Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.

World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing ball on their eighth-grade team, the Rats.

But then Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, and the United States declares war on Japan.

Codename Celine by Jim Eldridge

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The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was formed in July 1940 – its mission: to send agents into occupied Europe to conduct covert operations against Allied enemies. Many of these agents were women and girls.

The Borrowed House by Hilda van Stockum (12+)

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During World War II a young German girl, who has been indoctrinated into the Hitler Youth, travels to occupied Amsterdam to rejoin her parents then comes to realize the truth about the war

Rose Blanche by Christophe Gallaz

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A young German girl watches as the streets of her town fill with soldiers and tanks. Then, one day, she follows a truck into the woods and discovers a terrible secret.

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Here is a list of all of the titles I mentioned:

World War I

  1. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
  2. Archie’s War by Marcia Williams
  3. A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson
  4. A Bear in the War by Stephanie Jones
  5. Winnie: The True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker
  6. The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo
  7. Stubby: A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman
  8. DK Eyewitness: World War I

 

World War II

  1. The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes
  2. Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo
  3. Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo
  4. The Yellow Star by Carmen Argra Deedy
  5. The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
  6. The Doll with the Yellow Star by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  7. Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
  8. Escape From Warsaw by Ian Serraillier
  9. The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
  10. Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee
  11. Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as told to Children of today
  12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  13. One Thousand Tracings by Lita Judge
  14. The Machine Gunners by Robert Westfall
  15. I Am David by Anne Holm
  16. The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailier
  17. The Small War of Sergeant Donkey by Maureen Daly
  18. Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo
  19. The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  20. Michael Foreman: A Life in Pictures
  21. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo

I hope you will write down some of the titles I mentioned above. They are definitely worth reading, as read – alouds, audio books, or just for your kids to read by themselves.

If you have read any of the books above feel free to share your thoughts on them in the comment section below, or on our Facebook page.

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