Books about War

Our family loves reading history and learning it. The famous quote, usually attributed to writer and philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”, I believe is very significant. We need not just to learn history BUT to learn from history.

Over the last several years, our family has loved reading books about World War 2 and about Russia during the Cold War. Most of these books have centred on Jewish children surviving the world. I have listed all the books that we have read on World War 2.

I especially encourage you and your children to read the books listed at the beginning marked with ***. These were our favourite books, along with the first two books listed under ‘Russia – the Cold War’.

World War 2

  • “The Silver Sword” by Ian Serraillier ***
  • “A Night Divided” by Jennifer A. Nielsen ***
  • “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank ***
  • “Hidden like Anne Frank – 14 true stories of survival” by Marcel Prins & Peter Henk Steenhuis ***
  • “Survivors – True Stories of Children in the Holocaust” by Allan Zullo & Mara Bovsun ***
  • “Young Survivors of the Holocaust” by Allan Zullo***
  • “Life Behind the Wall” by Robert Elmer (3 books in 1) ***
  • “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom ***
  • “Within These Walls” by Robyn Bavati ***
  • “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry ***
  • “True Stories of the Second World War” by Paul Douswell ***
  • Biggles Series by Captain W.E. Johns ***
  • “Gimlet goes to War” by Captain W.E. Johns ***
  • Worrals Series by Captain W.E. Johns ***
  • “The Bicycle Spy” by Yona Zeldis McDonough ***
  • “Dog Tags – Prisoners of War” by C. Alexander London ***
  • “Hans Brinkler” or “The Silver Skates” by Mary Mapes Dodge ***
  • “Behind Enemy lines” by Marthe Cohn ***
  • “The Little Riders” by Margaretha Shemin ***
  • “Snow Treasure” by Marie McSwigan ***
  • ‘The Silver Donkey” by Sonya Hartnett ***
  • “Henderson’s Boys” series by Robert Muchamore (some offensive language) ***
  • “Carrie’s War” by Nina Bawden
  • “Twenty and Ten” by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • “Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story” by Karen Levine
  • “Underground Soldier” by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
  • “The Long Walk – The True Story of a Trek to Freedom” by Slavomir Rawicz
  • “Great Escapes of World War 2” by George Sullivan
  • “War Stories for Boys” by Jim Eldridge
  • “My Story – Blitz” by Vince Cross
  • “Lost in the Pacific 1942” by Todd Olson
  • “Flying Ace” by Jim Eldridge
  • “Desert Danger” by Jim Eldridge
  • “My Story Battle of Britain” by Chris Priestly
  • “Soldier Boy” by Anthony Hill
  • “Natasha’s Will” by Joan Lingard
  • “The Endless Steppe” by Esther Hautzig
  • “Escape from Germany” by Aidan Crawley
  • “I am David” by Anne Holm
  • “Shadows on the Sea” by Joan Hiatt Harlow”
  • “Nicky Barr, an Australian Air Ace” by Peter Dornan
  • “Yoko’s Diary – the life of a young girl in Hiroshima during WW2” edited by Paul Han
  • “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne
  • “Hitler’s Daughter” by Jackie French
  • “The Machine Gunners” by Robert Westall
  • “Goodnight Mr Tom” by Michelle Magorian
  • “My Last Train from Kummersdorf” by Leslie Wilson
  • “When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit” by Judith Kerr
  • “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr

Sarajevo War

  • “Paper Planes” by Allayne L. Webster

Russia – the Cold War

  • “The Mystery of the Smudged Postmark” by Elizabeth Rice Handford *** (Christian)
  • “Ivan” series by Myrna Grant *** (Christian)
  • “Vanya: A True Story” by Myrna Grant (Christian)
  • “Natasha’s Will” by Joan Lingard
  • “Breaking Stalin’s Nose” by Eugene Yelchin

Afghanistan War

  • “Parvana’s Journey” by Deborah Ellis