GENERAL WWII HISTORY: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Adler, David A., and Rose Eichenbaum. The Number on My Grandfather's Arm. New York, N.Y.: UAHC Press, 1987. Printed numbers on her grandfather's arm prompt a young girl to ask questions about how they got there. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Ambrose, Stephen E. The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001. A history of the major events of World War II, includes personal accounts from soldiers in the field. Nonfiction, Grades 2-3.
Borden, Louise, and Niki Daly. The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2004. A Dutch boy dreams of being a famous skater during the time of World War II in the Netherlands. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Borden, Louise, and Allan Drummond. The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. The story of how the popular children's authors' childhoods and early life together and their amazing escape from World War II-torn Europe on bicycles. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two. New York: Speak, 2006. Two Native American men are recruited by the Marines to be code talkers during World War II. Grades 1-2.
Bunting, Eve, and Chris K. Soentpiet. So Far from the Sea. New York: Clarion Books, 1998. A Japanese American child leaves behind a special symbol at a grave Manzanar War Relocation Center. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki, and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment. New York: Bantam Books, 1974. A Japanese American describes her ordeal inside an internment camp during World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Mochizuki, Ken, and Dom Lee. Baseball Saved Us. New York: Lee & Low, 1993. Baseball becomes a pastime for a young Japanese American boy imprisoned in an internment camp during World War II. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko. New York: Dell Yearling, 2004. A Korean brother and sister fear oppression by Japan which threatens to take Korea over during World War II. Fcition, Grades 7-9.
Polacco, Patricia. A Christmas Tapestry. New York: Philomel Books, 2002. A Christmas tapestry reunites an elderly couple who were separated during World War II. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Raven, Margot Theis. Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2002. The true account of an American pilot and a German girl who drop candy filled parachutes to the children of West Berlin during World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 4-6.
Say, Allen. Grandfather's Journey. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. The story of a Japanese American’s journey to America and the experience of being from two countries in a time of war. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Tripp, Valerie, and C. F. Payne. Meet Molly: An American Girl. The American girl’s collection. Madison, Wis: Pleasant Co, 1986. Molly experiences a world of change as her life changes dramatically while her father is away fighting World War II. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Tripp, Valerie, and C. F. Payne. Molly's Surprise: A Christmas Story. The American girls collection. Madison, Wis: Pleasant Co, 1986. Molly's father finds a way to make the family Christmas very special while he is away during World War II. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Woodson, Jacqueline, and Earl B. Lewis. Coming on Home Soon. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2004. The story of a young girl who is forced to stay with her grandmother while her mother looks for work in Chicago during World War II. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Zindel, Paul. The Gadget. New York: Dell Laurel-Leaf, 2001. The novel, set in 1945, revolves around a thirteen-year-old boy who works with his father on a secret mission to end World War II. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.
See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.
The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!
The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.
Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.