History Books By Topic

Learning About World War II

This post is for sharing “living” or great books on the following history topic:

World War II/Pearl Harbor

(For the list of all history topics addressed by this blog, click here.)

For Elementary Students:
My 8-year-old read this book twice, and said it “might have changed my favorite subject from science to history.”  The large, hard-back book is loaded with imagery and information – and thus, a caveat is needed.  Topics like this are inherently sad.  A lot of dialog with the child is necessary to help them keep this information in context.

This is a hardback picture book detailing the sad but interesting (and true!) story of a Jewish family suffering in Nazi Germany:

Baseball Saved Us, by K. Mochizuk, a picture book about a Japanese-American family during WW2:

From the American Girls Collection, this is a fictional chapter book about a girl named Molly during the year 1944:

A story about Nazi resistance in Holland:


For High School Students:
This coffee-table-size book contains incredible maps of warfare from 1750 BC through 2003. Appropriate for upper-elementary through adult:

The biography of the priest, John Prachar, who was arrested by Nazi gestapo for being a seminarian and sent to a labor camp.  He was rescued by American soldiers after 3 years.  True story written by a homeschooling mom.  Information is here.


What are your favorite history books on this topic? Feel free to share with a comment.


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