GENERAL WWII HISTORY: MIDDLE SCHOOL:
Adams, Simon. World War II. DK Eyewitness Books. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2000. A colorful and complete book that details general World War II history for children and adolescents. Nonfiction, Grades 4-6.
Adler, David A., and Karen Ritz. Child of the Warsaw Ghetto. New York: Holiday House, 1995. Details events of the Holocaust through the eyes of young Froim Baum who survived the Dachau death camp. Nonfiction, Grades 3-4.
Adler, David A., and Karen Ritz. Hilde and Eli, Children of the Holocaust. New York: Holiday House, 1994. A story of two Jewish children who die in a Nazi death camp. Nonfiction, Grade 4-6.
Allen, Thomas B. Remember Pearl Harbor: American and Japanese Survivors Tell Their Stories. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001. Stories from survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nonfiction, Grades 7-9.
Amis, Nancy. The Orphans of Normandy: A True Story of World War II Told Through Drawings by Children. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003. The story of how young orphans and their teachers escaped Normandy during the invasion. Nonfiction, Grades 4-6.
Bell, Ted. Nick of Time. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2008. Young Nick McIver uses a time machine to change the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Bell-Rehwoldt, Sheri. Great World War II Projects: You Can Build Yourself. White River Junction, VT: Nomad Press, 2006. Ideas for creative projects for students related to events of World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 4-6.
Buckey, Sarah Masters, and Jean-Paul Tibbles. The Light in the Cellar: A Molly Mystery. Middleton, WI: Pleasant, 2007. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Molly is a volunteer on the home front but discovers a mystery involving the theft of rationed food supplies for sale on the black market. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Cormier, Robert. Heroes: A Novel. New York: Dell Laurel-Leaf an imprint of Random House Children's Books, 2000. Francais Cassavant comes back to his home town with a disfiguring wound to his face after fighting in World War II. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Dahl, Roald. Going Solo. New York, N.Y.: Puffin Books, 1999. The author’s true account of being a fighter pilot in World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 7-9.
Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier. London: Penguin, 1999. A Jewish girl living in Arkansas during World War II befriends German POW soldiers in America. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Hautzig, Esther Rudomin. The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1968. A young Polish girl is arrested as a political enemy of Russia and exiled to Siberia during World War II. Grades, 7-9.
Hughes, Dean. Soldier Boys. New York, NY: Simon Pulse, 2003. Two soldier’s paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge. Fiction, Grades 7-9.
Myers, Walter Dean. The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier. My name is America. New York: Scholastic, 1999. A soldier from Virginia records his experiences during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Nathan, Amy. Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001. Chronicles the experiences of Women Service Airforce Pilots who fought discrimination in order to become pilots in World War II. Nonfiction, Grades 4-6.
Nelson, Peter. Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 2002. Examines the events surrounding the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship's captain, and how the record was set straight fifty-five years later. Nonfiction, Grades 7-9.
Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. New York: Scholastic, 2006. The true story of a librarian at a Japanese American internment camp during World War II worked to demonstrate the injustice of their imprisonment. Nonfiction, Grades 7-9.
Parker, Robert B. Edenville Owls. New York: Sleuth Philomel, 2007. A young boy in Massachusetts following World War II tries to cope with the changes in his world. . Fiction, Grades 7-9.
Peck, Richard. On the Wings of Heroes. New York: Dial Books, 2007. An Illinois boy tells about the home front during the years of World War II and awaits the chance to see his hero brother again. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Salisbury, Graham. Eyes of the Emperor. New York: Laurel-Leaf Books, 2007. On the orders of United States Army, Japanese American men must train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II. Fiction, Grades 7-9.
Streatfeild, Noel. Theater Shoes. New York: Random House, 1994. Three orphans live with their grandmother during World War II in England and discover their talent for theater. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
Tanaka, Shelley, and David Craig. Attack on Pearl Harbor: The True Story of the Day America Entered World War II. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 2001. The memoirs of the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nonfiction, Grades 4-6.
Taylor, Theodore. The Cay. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969. The experiences of a young white boy and an African man as they are stranded on an island when the freighter they are traveling on is torpedoed by a German submarine. Fiction, Grades 7-9.
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far from the Bamboo Grove / By Yoko Kawashima Watkins. New York: Beech Tree Books, 1994. The story of eleven-year-old Yoko who escapes to Japan from Korea following World War II. Fiction, Grades 4-6.
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.