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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
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.
Sydney and his father were sitting at their table with the red checked tablecloth talking about the war. Many of Pa’s friends had rushed to enlist to fight the Kaiser, but Ma was having none of it. Pa said it was “every man’s duty to fight for King and Country,” but when you aren’t quite sixteen talk is all you have in the fight. The next morning Pa was gone and Ma’s eyes were “puffy and red-rimmed.” If only he were older, he could follow his Pa and give the enemy a run for their money. Everyone held their Union Jacks aloft and he was then determined to lie about his age and fight for his country. He was not a bairn and he had a little height to him. He was going to sneak off and join up like Pa.
He claimed he was nineteen and before you know it he was digging trenches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Pam’s homing pigeons disappear while her father’s away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy.
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.
This is a picture book about World War One, written in rhyming verse, perfect for young children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Frank thought that he’d found a new friend–but he never expected a war to come be
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Here is a list of all of the titles I mentioned:
World War I
- I Am Canada: Fire in the Sky by David Ward
- One Boy’s War by Lynne Huggins Cooper
- Remember the Brave: World War I by Forrest Chambers
- Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield
- The Language of Doves by Rosemary Wells
- Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace
- Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
- The Night Flyers ( An American Girl Mystery) by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
- The Silver Donkey by Sonya Harnett
- Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Ann Robinson
- Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix
- War Girls by Adele Geras
- Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
- A Soldier’s Friend by Megan Rix
- Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo
World War II
- A Time to be Brave by Joan Betty Stuchner
- The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
- The Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy
- Pearl Harbor is Burning by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
- Danger in the Darkest Hour by Mary Pope Osborne
- Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French
- Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
- My Secret War Diary by Marcia Williams
- War Child by Maurine Murchinson
- A Boy at War by Harry Mazer
- The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher
- Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
- Codename Celine by Jim Eldridge
- The Borrowed House by Hilda van Stockum (12+)
- Rose Blanche by Christophe Gallaz
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.
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