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Books about World War I

Stories of WW1

These books about World War I will offer young readers a range of different perspectives on the conflict.

  • War Horse

    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.

  • Private Peaceful

    Michael Morpurgo

    Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front.

  • Some Other War

    Linda Newbery
    Catnip Publishing

    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.

  • The Foreshadowing

    Marcus Sedgwick

    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?

  • The Silver Donkey

    Sonya Hartnett, Illustrator: Laura Carlin
    Walker Books

    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...

  • War Game

    Michael Foreman
    Pavilion Books

    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.

  • Archie's War

    Marcia Williams
    Walker Books

    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.

  • Soldier Dog

    Sam Angus
    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.

  • Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

    John Boyne

    This is a compelling story, beautifully observed, which covers difficult themes such as shellshock and loss in a sensitive and understanding way.

  • Valentine Joe

    Rebecca Stevens
    Chicken House

    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.

  • My Brother's Keeper

    Tony Bradman

    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.

  • Tilly's Promise

    Linda Newbery
    Barrington Stoke

    A touching story by award-winning Linda Newbery about first love, loyalty and the horrors of war, written in dyslexia-friendly language.

  • Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

    Sarah Ridley

    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.

  • The Secret Message

    John Townsend

    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.

  • Respect

    Michaela Morgan

    Find out about Walter Tull - a hero on the football pitch and during World War One.

  • Stories of WW1

    Tony Bradman (editor)
    Orchard Books

    Poignantly bringing the First World War alive for teenagers, this anthology reminds us that many of those in the trenches were themselves no older.