Books about World War I
These books about World War I will offer young readers a range of different perspectives on the conflict.
Michael Morpurgo, Illustrator: Francois Place
Steven Spielberg enjoyed this story so much, he turned into a film. Joey is a young farm horse, sold to the army at the beginning of the First World War. Through his eyes, the reader experiences the devastation of the Western Front, his capture by Germans and entrapment in No Man's Land.
Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front.
Seventeen-year-old twins Alice and Jack work at the mansion of the Morland family - but when the First World War breaks out, their lives are changed completely.
17-year-old Sasha travels to France as a volunteer nurse in an attempt to rescue her beloved brother Tom from a terrible death. But can she really change the future?
Sonya Hartnett, Illustrator: Laura Carlin
In French woodland, sisters Coco and Marcelle find and help a blind English deserter from the battlefront, trying to ensure he reaches home. In return, he tells them marvellous tales...
This simple yet haunting book tells the story of the First World War from the point of view of the writer’s uncles who lost their lives in the conflict.
In 1914, ten-year-old Archie is sent a scrapbook in the post by his Uncle Colin, and through the years that follow, we see the world through Archie's eyes.
Macmillan Children's Books
It's 1917 and Stanley Ryder is one of many young boys enlisting in the army, in spite of the fact he is underage. Assigned to working with messenger dogs, he is drafted to the Western Front.
This is a compelling story, beautifully observed, which covers difficult themes such as shellshock and loss in a sensitive and understanding way.
Based on a true story, Valentine Joe offers an intriguing insight into the war, but at the same time provides a window into Rose's relationship with her family.
Alfie's story has obvious subject appeal for boys and the length is enticing for reluctant readers, but this neat little story manages to be both thought-provoking and moving, and in the barrage of solider stories coming out this year this is a small but strong offering.
A touching story by award-winning Linda Newbery about first love, loyalty and the horrors of war, written in dyslexia-friendly language.
Accompanied by historical notes on the progress of the war, this book is an accessible resource and an appealing read. It is also a moving story, as neither of the brothers returned home alive.
This short novel tells the story of Sam, who discovers the diary which his great-great-grandfather wrote during World War I. One of a new series of 'Cold Fusion' books suited to more able readers.
Find out about Walter Tull - a hero on the football pitch and during World War One.
Tony Bradman (editor)
Poignantly bringing the First World War alive for teenagers, this anthology reminds us that many of those in the trenches were themselves no older.