GENERAL WWII HISTORY: HIGH SCHOOL:
Ambrose, Stephen E. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. The chronicles of the men who parachuted into France early D-Day morning, Holland during the Arnhem campaign, and captured Hitler's Bavarian outpost. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Brinkley, Douglas. The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion. New York: W. Morrow, 2005. Covers the activities on D-Day by the U.S. Army 2nd Rangers and how they fought to defend themselves for two days against Nazi counterattacks. Discusses other historical events related to World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Atkinson, Rick. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. New York: Henry Holt, 2007. Events surrounding the liberation of Europe during World War II with emphasis on Allied campaigns in Sicily and Italy. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Bradley, James, and Ron Powers. Flags of Our Fathers. New York: Bantam Books, 2006. The battles that took place and the events preceding the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections. New York: Random House, 1999. A collection of letters in response to Tom Brokaw’s previous novel entitled, "The Greatest Generation.” Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Cooke, Alistair. The American Home Front, 1941-1942. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006. A chronicle of the events following the bombing of Pearl Harbor up to the bombing of Hiroshma. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Ibbotson, Eva. The Morning Gift. New York: Speak, 2007. Young Ruth Berger enters into a marriage of convenience with her father's young colleague during World War II, but faces a dilemma when her true feelings surface.
King, Larry. Love Stories of World War II. New York: Crown, 2001. Real accounts of the lives and stories of thirty-three couples who met and fell in love during World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. New York: Bantam Books, 1975. A novel about a young man who returns to his former boarding school during World War II. Fiction, Grades 10-12.
Kurson, Robert. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II. New York: Random House, 2004. Gives an account of the underwater discovery by two American divers of a German U-boat and their research into the identity of the submarine and its crew. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Miller, Donald L. Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War against Nazi Germany. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. A compelling account of American Air Force troops and their heroism in the skies. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Norman, Elizabeth M. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese. New York: Pocket Books, 2000. A story of amazing courage by American military nurses in POW camps in Japan during World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Pearson, Judith. The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy. Guilford, Conn: Lyons Press, 2005. Examines the live of a female American spy during World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Persico, Joseph E. Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage. New York: Random House, 2001. An examination of FDR's role in the "secret war" during World War II shows the President to have been an instigator of many covert operations against the Nazis, the Japanese, and the Soviet Union. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Razzell, Mary. Snow Apples. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006. Sheila is a young woman growing up during the time following World War II when women were suppressed. Fiction, Grades 10-12.
Sides, Hampton. Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission. New York: Doubleday, 2001. Details the risky mission involving U.S. Army Sixth Ranger Battalion during the rescue of the 513 American and British POWs in a Japanese-run camp near Cabanatuan. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Stanton, Doug. In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors. New York: H. Holt, 2001. The events that took place when the U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk in the South Pacific during final days of World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Thomas, Evan. Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. The true story of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 is told through the eyes of both American commanders and Japanese admirals. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Ward, Geoffrey C., Ken Burns, and Lynn Novick. The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2007. A companion volume to the popular PBSD series that examines the American experience during World War II on the battlefield and the home front. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
Winters, Richard D., and Cole C. Kingseed. Beyond Band of Brothers. New York: Berkley Caliber, 2006. A true memoir of actual World War II combat involving the role of the "Band of Brothers" during the D-Day invasion. Nonfiction, Grades 10-12.
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.