World War II Booklist

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Book recommendations pertaining to World War II.


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Asian Front

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Women Heroes of World War II―the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and SurvivalAtwood, Kathryn J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1932-1945AsiaVariousWWIINF
Bio
B
Anya's WarAlban, Andrea2011YAModern Age1937-1945AsiaChinaWWII
Jewish Immigration
FN
The Library of LegendsChang, Janie2020YA
A
Modern Age1937-1945AsiaChinaWWIIFN
Under the Broken SkySmith, Sherri L.2019UMGModern Age1939-1945AsiaJapan
China
Manchuria
WWII
FN
The House of Sixty FathersDeJong, Meindert1956MGModern Age1939-1945AsiaChinaWWIIFCB
When My Name Was KeokoPark, Linda Sue2002UMGModern Age1940-1945AsiaKoreaWWIIFCB
Island WarReilly Giff, Patricia2020MGModern Age1941-1945Aleutian IslandsUnited StatesWWIIFN
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2016MGModern Age1941United StatesUnited States
Japan
WWIINFCB
On the Horizon: World War II ReflectionsLowry, Lois2020MG
UMG
Modern Age1942-1945North America
Asia
United States
Japan
WWIIFCB
Raid of No ReturnHale, Nathan2019MG
UMG
Modern Age1942North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Doolittle Raid
NFGN
Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesCoerr, Eleanor1977MGModern Age1943-1955AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
FCB
The Blossom and the FireflySmith, Sherri L.2020YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWIIFCB
Barefoot Gen 1Nakazawa, Keiji2004YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN
Barefoot Gen 2Nakazawa, Keiji2004YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN
A Place to BelongKadohata, Cynthia2019UMG
YA
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWIIFN
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its SurvivorsStanton, Doug2003YA
A
Modern Age1945South PacificJapan
United States
WWII
USS Indianapolis
NFBN
Barefoot Gen 3Nakazawa, Keiji2005YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN

European Front

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude TompkinsAtwood, Kathryn J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1912-1944AsiaVariousWWII
Women's Aviation
NF
Bio
B
The War That Saved My LifeBrubaker Bradley, Kimberly2015MGModern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat BritainWWIIFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War IIMalam, John2010LE
MG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat Britain
France
WWIINFPB
The War I Finally WonBrubaker Bradley, Kimberly2018MGModern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat BritainWWIIFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a World War II PilotGraham, Ian2009LE
MG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat BritainWWIINFPB
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special AgentCornioley, Pearl Witherington2015YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeFrance
Great Britain
WWIINF
Bio
B
Salt to the SeaSepetys, Ruta2017YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeEast PrussiaWWIIFN
Snow TreasureMcSwigan, Marie2006MGModern Age1940EuropeNorwayWWIIFCB
Between Shades of GraySepetys, Ruta2012YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeLithuania
Russia
WWIIFN
The Little RidersShemin, Margaretha1993MGModern Age1940-1945EuropeHollandWWII
Nazi Occupation
FCB
The Paper Girl of ParisTaylor, Jordyn2020YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeFranceWWIIFN
The Boys Who Challenged HitlerHoose, Phillip2015YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeDenmarkWWII
German Occupation
NFN
Twenty and TenBishop, Claire Hutchet1952MGModern Age1940-1944EuropeFranceWWII
Jews in Hiding
Nazi Occupation
FCB
Code Name VerityWein, Elizabeth2013YAModern Age1943EuropeGreat Britain
France
WWIIFN
Girl in the Blue CoatHesse, Monica2017YA
A
Modern Age1943-1945EuropeNetherlandsWWII
Nazi Occupation
FN
A Whale in ParisPresley, Daniel
Polders, Claire
2019MGModern Age1944-1945EuropeFranceWWII
Nazi Occupation
FCB
Number the StarsLowry, Lois2011MGModern Age1945EuropeDenmarkWWIIFCB
The Dollmaker of KrakowRomero, R. M.2016UMGModern Age1945EuropePolandWWIIF
HF
CB
KursedSmith, Lindsay2015YAModern Age1945EuropeSoviet UnionWWIIHFN

Nazi Germany

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Faithful SpyHendrix, John2018YA
A
Modern Age1906-1945EuropeGermanyWWII
German Occupation
NF
Bio
GN
Flowers in the GutterGaddy, K. R.2020YA
A
Modern Age1932-1945EuropeGermanyWWIINFB
White RoseWilson, Kip2019YA
A
Modern Age1935-1943EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
Maus ISpiegelman, Art1986YA
A
Modern Age1935-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIHF
F
GN
Maus IISpiegelman, Art1992YA
A
Modern Age1935-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIHF
F
GN
When the World Was OursKessler, Liz2021UMG
YA
Modern Age1936-1945EuropeAustriaWWII
Holocaust
FN
The Book ThiefZusak, Markus2007YA
UMG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
The Berlin Boxing ClubSharenow, Robert2012YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
Parallel JourneysO'Brien, Tim2000YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFB
Names in a JarGold, Jennifer2021YA
A
Modern Age1939-1987EuropePolandHolocaust
WWII
FN
The Shadow WarSmith, Lindsay2020YAModern Age1942EuropeGermanyWWIIHFN
An Elephant in the GardenMorpurgo, Michael2010MGModern Age1944EuropeGermanyWWIIFCB
My Long List of Impossible ThingsBarker, Michelle2020YA
A
Modern Age1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN

US Homefront

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Bomb: The Race to Build --and Steal-- the World's Most Dangerous WeaponSheinkin, Steve2018YAModern Age1938North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Atomic Bomb
NFB
Atomic Women: The Untold Story of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear BombMontillo, Roseanne2020YA
A
Modern Age1938-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Atomic Bomb
NFB
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War IIMullenbach, Cheryl2013YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWIINF
Bio
B
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IIMundy, Liza2018YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Code Breakers
NFB
Code Girls (Young Readers Edition)Mundy, Liza2019UMG
YA
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Code Breakers
NFB
Genevieve's WarReilly Giff, Patricia2017MGModern Age1939EuropeFranceWWIIFN
Code TalkerBruchac, Joseph2006UMGModern Age1942-1954North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Navajo Nation
Indigenous Americans
FN
Lily's CrossingReilly Giff, Patricia1999MGModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWIIFN
The Port Chicago 50Sheinkin, Steve2017YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Civil Rights
NFN
Willow RunReilly Giff, Patricia2005MGModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWIIFN
Mare's WarDavis, Tanita S.2009YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Women's Army Corps
NFN

Japanese Internment Camps

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Fred Korematsu Speaks UpAtkins, Laura
Yogi, Stan
2017MG
UMG
Modern Age1919-2005North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
Bio
CB
WeedflowerKadohata, Cynthia2009UMGModern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FCB
Sylvia & AkiConkling, Winifred2011MGModern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
Segregation
FCB
Baseball Saved UsMochizuki, Ken1993MG
LE
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FPB
When the Emperor Was DivineOtsuka, Julie2003YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
No-No BoyOkada, John1957YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
F
OV
N
Paper WishesSepahban, Lois2016MGModern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FCB
DisplacementHughes, Kiku2020YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
HFGN
They Called Us EnemyTakei, George2019YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
GN
Bio
OV
GN
We Are Not FreeChee, Traci2020YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
F
OV
N
Farewell to ManzanarHouston, Jeanne Wakatsuki1973YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
Bio
OV
B
The BraceletUchida, Yoshiko1996LE
MG
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
F
OV
PB
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetFord, Jamie2009YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
Within These LinesMorrill, Stephanie2019YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
The War OutsideHesse, Monica2018YA
A
Modern Age1944-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN

All Theaters

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
World War II Infantrymen: An Interactive History AdventureOtfinoski, Steven2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their StoriesNicholson, Dorinda2015UMGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINF
Bio
PB
World War II Spies: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
Guts & Glory: World War IIThompson, Ben2017UMGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
World War II Naval Forces: An Interactive History AdventureRaum, Elizabeth2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
World War II: The Definitive Visual HistoryDK2009YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFB
World War II Pilots: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel