Books for Young Readers About World War II History

Learning about World War II can be heavy, but with these books for young readers—some adapted from the adult originals and others novels—the history becomes more digestible. We have the true story of a girl who was separated from her family, and the tale of the deep friendship between a prisoner of war and his dog. We have the incredible feminist histories of women whose work in the war was kept quiet along with devastating novels about teenagers making sense of the world during and after the war. There’s something for every kind of young reader on this list.



Ashley Holstrom is a book person, designing them and writing about them for Book Riot. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color.