THE HOLOCAUST: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Ackerman, Karen, and Elizabeth Sayles. The Night Crossing. New York: Knopf, 1994. When the Nazi occupation of Austria spells danger for Clara and her Jewish family, the entire family escapes to the mountains of Switzerland. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Adler, David A., and Karen Ritz. A Picture Book of Anne Frank. New York: Holiday House, 1993. Uses full color illustrations to document the life of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl whose famous diary chronicles the years she and her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. Nonfiction, Grades 1-2.
Adler, David A., and Bill Farnsworth. A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children. New York: Holiday House, 2002. A Polish doctor, author, founder of orphanages, and promoter of children's rights loses his life trying to protect his orphans from the Nazis. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Adler, David A., and Karen Ritz. Hiding from the Nazis. New York: Holiday House, 1997. When the Nazis invade the Netherlands during World War II, a four-year-old Jewish child finds her childhood haunted by fear and uncertainty, in a moving account of the Holocaust based on the real-life experiences of Lore Baer. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Bachrach, Susan D. Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust. Boston: Little, Brown, 1994. A pictorial history of the Holocaust. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Bryant, Jennifer, and Beth Peck. Music for the End of Time. Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005. The story of French composer Olivier Messiaen was able to overcome the desolation of a World War II prison camp through the power of music. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Bunting, Eve, and Wendy Popp. One Candle. New York : Joanna Cotler Books, 2002. A Hanukkah tale detailing one family’s remembrance of the past through the lighting of one candle as a symbol of their Grandmother's struggles during the Holocaust. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Bunting, Eve, and Stephen Gammell. Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1989. Forest animals learn to unite after the Terrible Things start taking one type of animal away after another. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Friedman, Laurie B., and Ofrah Amit. Angel Girl. Minneapolis [Minn.]: Carolrhoda Books, 2008. The story of a Holocaust survivor, who was kept from starvation through the efforts of a young girl who secretly threw an apple to him every day through the fence surrounding the concentration camp. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Hesse, Karen, and Wendy Watson. The Cats in Krasinski Square. New York: Scholastic Press, 2004. Having escaped Warsaw ghetto, two Jewish sisters devise a plan to defeat an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Hoestlandt, Jo, Mark Polizzotti, and Johanna Kang. Star of Fear, Star of Hope. New York: Walker, 1995. Helen, a young French girl, is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Johnston, Tony, and Ron Mazellan. The Harmonica. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2004. A young Jewish boy enslaved in a concentration camp keeps hope alive while playing Schubert on his harmonica. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Krinitz, Esther Nisenthal, and Bernice Steinhardt. Memories of Survival. New York: Hyperion, 2005. A collection of embroidered panels describing the author’s account of surviving the Holocaust in Poland. Nonfiction, Grades 2-3.
Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story. Morton Grove, Ill: Albert Whitman, 2003. A curator at a Japanese Holocaust center learns about her life of a Czech girl named Hana after discover her suitcase filled with information about her life and death in the Holocaust. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Littlesugar, Amy, and William Low. Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story. New York, N.Y.: Philomel Books, 2006. In Belgium during World War II, two boys become separated but remain bonded by friendship and a special painting. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
McCann, Michelle Roehm, and Ann E. Marshall. Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen. Berkeley, Calif: Tricycle Press, 2003. A biography of the Jewish heroine, Luba Tryszynska, who rescued and saved the lives 52 Dutch babies who had been left to die at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Nonfiction, Grades, 3-4.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis, and Kimberly Bulcken Root. The Doll with the Yellow Star. New York: H. Holt, 2005. Nine-year-old Claudine must leave her beloved parents and friends to stay with relatives in America, accompanied by her doll, Violette. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Mochizuki, Ken, and Dom Lee. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1997. A portrait of a Japanese diplomat who risked his and his families lives by using his governmental powers to assist thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust. Nonfiction, Grades 2-3.
Morpurgo, Michael, and Michael Foreman. The Mozart Question. London: Walker Books, 2007. An interview with a famous violinist tells the story of his parents' incarceration by the Nazis, and explains why they can no longer listen to the music of Mozart. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Nerlove, Miriam. Flowers on the Wall. New York: M.K. McElderry Books, 1996. A young Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw maintains hope by painting colorful flowers on her dingy apartment walls. Fiction, Grades 1-2.
Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey, and Ronald Himler. The Lily Cupboard. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. A young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Polacco, Patricia. The Butterfly. New York: Philomel Books, 2000. Based on a true story, this picture book tells of a little girl growing up in France during World War II who becomes aware that her family is hiding a Jewish family in the cellar. Fiction, Grades 3-4.
Ralph, Brenda Lewis. Anne Frank. Dorling Kindersley readers. New York: Dorling Kindersley Pub, 2001. A book for young learners that details the life of Anne Frank. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Rappaport, Doreen, and Emily Arnold McCully. The Secret Seder. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 2005. During the Nazi occupation of France, a boy and his father slip out of their village and into the mountains, where they join a group of fellow Jews at a humble seder table. Fiction, Grades 2-3.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin. New York: Holiday House, 2000. Tells the story of a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia who taught art to children at the Terezin Concentration Camp. The book includes art created by teacher and students, excerpts from diaries, and interviews with camp survivors. Nonfiction, Grades 2-3.
Rubin, Susan Goldman, and Bill Farnsworth. The Flag with Fifty-Six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen. New York: Holiday House, 2005. An inspiring story about the prisoners of Mauthausen concentration camp who made a U.S. flag as a token of gratitude for their liberators and a symbol of freedom. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Russo, Marisabina. Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005. While looking through family albums, Rachel learns about the Holocaust and how it affected her grandmother, mother, and aunts. Nonfiction, Grades 1-2.
Schroeder, Peter W., and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand. Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Memorial. Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2004. Details the efforts of students to create a Holocaust memorial based on a collection of millions of paper clips intended to represent all of the victims exterminated by the Nazis. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Talbott, Hudson. Forging Freedom: A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000. Chronicles the elaborate exploits of Jaap Penraat, a young Dutch man, who risked his life during World War II to save the lives of over 400 Jews. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Volavková, Hana. I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezín Concentration Camp, 1942-1944. New York: Schocken Books, 1993. A collection of children's poems and art reflecting their surroundings in Terezín Concentration Camp. Nonfiction, Grades, 2-4.
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.