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Tell Them We Remember:
Selected Literature for Children and Teens
about the Holocaust and World War II

Compiled by Megan Schliesman
© 2007 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually

There is a rich body of literature for children and teenagers about World War II. The books on this list provide perspectives on that time in history around the world. Many of them offer affecting looks at the experience of Jews during the Holocaust, while others touch on additional experiences in Europe, as well as in Asia and the Pacific. There are also books that offer a look at life on the “home front” here in the United States, including the experience of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during the war.

The books on the list have been divided into five categories by format and/or age range:

• Bearing Witness: Memoirs and Autobiographies
• Documenting History: Books of Information
• Introducing a Painful Past: Picture Books
• Lives of Uncertainty: Fiction for Children

(upper elementary and middle school-age)

• Hard Truths: Fiction for Young Adults
(middle- and high-school age)


With a few exceptions all of the books on the list were published in 1990 or later.

The title of this bibliography is taken from Susan D. Bachrach’s compelling look at the Holocaust in Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust (listed in the "Documenting History" section).


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


• Bearing Witness: Memoirs and Autobiographies

    Ayer, Eleanor and Helen Waterford, Alfons Heck . Parallel Journeys. Antheneum, 1995. 244 pages. Ages 12-15

    Bitton-Jackson, Olivia. I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust. Simon & Schuster, 1997. 244 pages. Age 12 and older

    Boas, Jacob. We are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust. Henry Holt, 1995. 196 pages. Age 12 and older

    Borden, Louise. His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 135 pages. Age 11 and older

    Krinitz, Esther Nisenthal and Bernice Steinhardt . Memories of Survival. Hyperion, 2005. 64 pages. Age 10-18

    Lobel, Anita. No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 1998. 193 pages. Age 12 and older

    Maarsen, Jaqueline van and Carol Anne Lee . A Friend Called Anne. Viking, 2005. 163 pages. Ages 10-14

    Millman, Isaac. Hidden Child. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. 73 pages. Ages 8-12

    Morimoto, Junko. My Hiroshima. Translated by Isao Morimoto and Anne Bower Ingram. Viking, 1990. 32 pages. Ages 9-12

    Novac, Ana. The Beautiful Days of My Youth: My Six Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow. Translated by George L. Newman. Henry Holt, 1997. 314 pages. Age 14 and older

    Roubíécková, Eva. We're Alive and Life Goes on: A Theresienstadt Diary . Translated by Zaia Alexander . Henry Holt, 1998. 189 pages. Age 13 and older

    Uchida, Yoshiko. The Invisible Thread. Julian Messner, 1991. 136 pages. Ages 9 - 14

    Wassiljewa, Tatjana. Hostage to War: A True Story. Translated by Anna Trenter. Scholastic Press, 1997. 188 pages. Age 12 and older


• Documenting History: Books of Information

    Adler, David A.. A Hero and the Holocaust : The Story of Janusz Korczak and His Children . Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Holiday House, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 8-14

    Anderson, M. T. . Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Candlewick Press, 2015. 456 pages. Age 14 and older

    Bachrach, Susan D. . The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936. Little, Brown, 2000. 128 pages. Ages 11 - 16

    Bachrach, Susan D. . Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust. Little, Brown, 1994. 112 pages. Age 9 and older

    Bascomb, Neal. Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016. 307 pages. 12 and older

    Bascomb, Neal. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc., 2013. 245 pages. Age 13 and older

    Cooper, Michael L.. Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp. Clarion, 2002. 68 pages. Ages 9-14

    Farrell, Mary Cronk. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific. Abrams, 2014. 160 pages. Age 12 and older

    Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler. Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 104 pages. Age 12 and older

    Giblin, James Cross. The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. Clarion, 2002. 246 pages. Age 14 and older

    Greenfeld, Howard. The Hidden Children. Ticknor and Fields, 1993. 118 pages. 9-14

    Grossman, Mendel and Frank Dabba Smith . My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto. Photographed by Mendel Grossman. Gulliver Books/ Harcourt, 2000. 40 pages. Age 11 and older

    Hoose, Phillip M.. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015. 198 pages. Age 12 and older

    House, Anne Frank. Anne Frank in the World: 1929 - 1945. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. 143 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story. Albert Whitman, 2003. 109 pages. Ages 9-14

    Levine, Ellen. Darkness Over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews. Holiday House, 2000. 164 pages. Ages 11 - 14

    McClafferty, Carla Killough. In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 196 pages. Age 12 and older

    McCormick, Patricia. The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2016. 174 pages. 12 and older

    McKissack, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack . Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskeegee Airmen of World War II. Walker, 1995. 136 pages. Ages 11-14

    Nieuwsma, ed., Milton J.. Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors. Holiday House, 1998. 161 pages. Age 13 and older

    Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. Scholastic Nonfiction / Scholastic , 2006. 287 pages. Age 11 and older

    Prins, Marcel and Peter Henk Steenhuis . Hidden Like Anne Frank: Fourteen True Stories of Survival. Translated by Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2014. 211 pages. Ages 12 and Older

    Rappaport, Doreen. Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust. Candlewick Press, 2012. 228 pages. Age 12 and older

    Rogasky, Barbara. Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust. Holiday House, 2002. 256 pages. Age 13 and older

    Rubin, Susan Goldman. Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin. Holiday House, 2000. 47 pages. Ages 10-15

    Rubin, Susan Goldman. The Flag With Fifty-Six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen. Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Holiday House, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 7-10

    Rubin, Susan Goldman and Ela Weissberger . The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin. Holiday House, 2006. 40 pages. Ages 10-14

    Ruelle, Karen Gray and Deborah Durland DeSaix . The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust. Holiday House, 2009. 40 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    Sandler, Martin W.. Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II. Walker/Bloomsbury, 2013. 176 pages. Ages 11-14

    Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Flash Point / Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 266 pages. Age 13 and older

    Stelson, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story. Carolrhoda, 2016. 144 pages. 11-14

    Stone, Tanya Lee. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers. Candlewick Press, 2013. 147 pages. Ages 12-16

    Verhoeven, Rian and Ruud van der Rol . Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary, a Photographic Remembrance. Translated by Tony Langham and Plym Peters, from Dutch. Viking, 1993. 111 pages. Age 11 and older


• Introducing a Painful Past: Picture Books

    Borden, Louise. The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands. Illustrated by Niki Daly. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2004. 44 pages. Ages 7-10

    Borden, Louise. The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II. Illustrated by Michael Forman. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 8-12

    Bryant, Jen. Music for the End of Time. Illustrated by Beth Peck. Eerdmans, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

    Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako. Illustrated by Ed Young. Putnam, 1993. 48 pages. Ages 8-11

    Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark. Illustrated by Henri Sorenson. Peachtree, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 9

    Feder, Paula Kurzband. The Feather Bed Journey. Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Albert A. Whitman, 1995. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Fleming, Candace. Boxes for Katje. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. 36 pages. Ages 6 - 9

    Hesse, Karen. The Cats in Krasinski Square . Illustrated by Wendy Watson. Scholastic Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 7-10

    Lee, Milly. Nim and the War Effort. Illustrated by Yangsook Choi. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. 36 pages. Ages 7-10

    Marx, Trish. Hanna's Cold Winter. Illustrated by Barbara Knutson. Carolrhoda, 1993. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

    Mochizuki, Ken. Passage to Freedom : The Sugihara Story. Illustrated by Dom Lee. Lee & Low, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 7-11

    Noguchi, Rick and Deneen Jenks . Flowers from Mariko. Illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata. Lee & Low, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey. The Lily Cupboard. Illustrated by Ronald Hilmer. Charlotte Zolotow Books / HarperCollins, 1992. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Paterson, John and Katherine Paterson . Blueberries for the Queen. Illustrated by Susan Jeffers. HarperCollins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Russo, Marisabina. I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II. Schwartz & Wade, 2011. 36 pages. Ages 5-9

    Russo, Marisabina. Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2005. 48 pages. Ages 7-10

    Smith, Icy. Three Years and Eight Months. Illustrated by Jennifer Kindert. East West Discovery, 2013. 44 pages. Ages 7-10

    Vaughan, Marcia. Irena’s Jars of Secrets. Illustrated by Ron Mazellan. Lee & Low, 2011. 36 pages. Ages 7-11

    Wiviott, Meg. Benno and the Night of Broken Glass. Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon. Kar-Ben, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 7 - 11


• Lives of Uncertainty: Fiction for Children

    Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War that Saved My Life. Dial, 2015. 316 pages. Ages 8–12

    Chang, Margaret and Raymond. In the Eye of War. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1990. 198 pages. Ages 10-13

    Davies, Jacqueline. Where the Ground Meets the Sky. Marshall Cavendish, 2002. 224 pages. Ages 11-14

    Gatz, Alan. Prisoner B-3087. Scholastic Press, 2013. 260 pages. Age 14 and older

    Glatshteyn, Yankev. Emil and Karl. Translated by Jeffrey Shandler, from the Yiddish. A Neal Porter Book/ Roaring Book Press, 2006. 194 pages. Ages 10-14

    Gleitzman, Morris. Then. U.S. edition: Henry Holt, 2011. 198 pages. Ages 11-14

    Hahn, Mary Downing. Stepping on the Cracks. Clarion, 1991. 216 pages. Ages 9-12

    Harrison, Barbara. Theo. Clarion, 1999. 166 pages. Ages 11 - 14

    Kadohata, Cynthia. Weedflower. Atheneum, 2006. 260 pages. Ages 10-14

    Levy, Debbie. The Year of Goodbyes. Disney/Hyperion, 2010. 136 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Maguire, Gregory. The Good Liar. Clarion, 1999. 129 pages. Ages 8-11

    Matti, Truus. Mister Orange. Translated by Laura Watkinson from the Dutch. U.S. edition: Enchanted Lion, 2012. 159 pages. Ages 10-13

    Myers, Walter Dean. Invasion. Scholastic Press, 2013. 212 pages. Age 13 and older

    Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko: A Novel of Korea in World War II. Clarion, 2002. 199 pages. Ages 11 - 14

    Patneaude, David. Thin Wood Walls. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 231 pages. Ages 10-13

    Propp, Vera. When the Soldiers Were Gone. Putnam, 1999. 101 pages. Ages 8-11

    Roy, Jennifer. Yellow Star. Marshall Cavendish, 2006. 227 pages. Ages 10-13

    Savit, Gavriel. Anna and the Swallow Man. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. 232 pages. Age 13 and older

    Sax, Aline. The War within These Walls. Translated by Laura Watkinson from the Dutch. Illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki. Eerdmans, 2013. 175 pages. Age 13 and older

    Spinelli, Jerry. Milkweed. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 208 pages. Ages 12 - 15

    Tak, Bibi Dumon. Soldier Bear. Translated by Laura Watkinson from the Dutch. Illustrated by Philip Hopman. Eerdmans, 2011. 145 pages. Ages 7-10

    Vos, Ida. Anna is Still Here . Translated by Terese Edestein and Inez Smidt, from the Dutch. Houghton Mifflin (U.S. edition), 1993. 139 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Vos, Ida. Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon. Translated by Terese Edestein and Inez Smidt, from the Dutch. Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 183 pages. Ages 10-14

    Vos, Ida. Hide and Seek. Translated by Terese Edestein and Inez Smidt, from the Dutch. Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 132 pages. Ages 10-14

    Vos, Ida. The Key is Lost. Translated by Terese Edestein, from the Dutch. Harper Collins, 2000. 272 pages. Ages 9-12

    Winter, Kathryn . Katarína. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. 257 pages. Age 13 and older

    Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Bat 6. Scholastic Press, 1998. 230 pages. Ages 10-14


Hard Truths: Fiction for Young Adults

    Baer, Edith. Walk the Dark Streets: A Novel. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. 280 pages. Ages 12-16

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. The Boy Who Dared. Scholastic, 2008. 202 pages. Age 12 and older

    Bergman, Tamar. Along the Tracks. Translated by Michael Swirsky, from the Hebrew. U.S. edition: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 245 pages. Age 12 and older

    Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two. Dial, 2005. 231 pages. Ages 12-17

    Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes. Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 169 pages. Age 11 and older

    Chotjewitz, David. Daniel, Half Human: And the Good Nazi. Translated by Doris Orgel, from German. U.S. edition: A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2004. 298 pages. Ages 14-18

    Disher, Garry A. . Divine Wind: A Love Story. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2002. 153 pages. Ages 15 and older

    Gatz, Alan. Prisoner B-3087. Scholastic Press, 2013. 260 pages. Age 14 and older

    Greif, Jean-Jacques. The Fighter. U.S. edition: Bloomsbury, 2006. 211 pages. Age 14 and older

    Hertenstein, Jane. Beyond Paradise. Morrow, 1999. 168 pages. Ages 12-15

    Kerr, M.E.. Slap Your Sides. HarperCollins, 2001. 198 pages. Ages 12-15

    Myers, Walter Dean. Invasion. Scholastic Press, 2013. 212 pages. Age 13 and older

    Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen, Volume 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. Last Gasp, 2004. 288 pages. Ages 15 and up

    Peet, Mal. Tamar. U.S. edition: Candlewick, 2007. 424 pages. Age 13 and older

    Robbins, Trina. Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer. Illustrated by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh. Graphic Universe / Lerner, 2011. 96 pages. Age 12 and older

    Rochman, Hazel and Darlene Z. McCambpell, selectors . Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust. Orchard Books, 1995. 135 pages. Ages 12-16

    Salisbury, Graham. Eyes of the Emperor. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2005. 229 pages. Ages 12-15

    Sax, Aline. The War within These Walls. Translated by Laura Watkinson from the Dutch. Illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki. Eerdmans, 2013. 175 pages. Age 13 and older

    Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel, 2016. 400 pages. Age 13 and older

    Spiegelman, Art. Maus, A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History. Pantheon, 1986. 160 pages. Ages 14 and up

    van Dijk, Lutz. Damned Strong Love: The True Story of Willi G. and Stefan K.: A Novel. Translated by Elizabeth D. Crawford, from the German. U.S. edition: Henry Holt, 1995. 138 pages. Ages 14-18

    Voorhoeve, Anne C.. My Family for the War. Translated by Translated from the German by Tammi Reichel. U.S. edition: Dial, 2012. 402 pages. Age 13 and older

    Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. My Brother, My Sister, and I. Bradbury Press, 1994. 275 pages. Age 12 and older

    Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Hyperion, 2012. 343 pages. Age 13 and older

    Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. U.S. edition: Disney/Hyperion, 2013. 360 pages. Age 14 and older

    Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 552 pages. Age 15 and older



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