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Books about World War I

The Foreshadowing

War can be a difficult subject for children to understand properly, especially the conflict of the First World War.

These books about World War I will offer young readers a range of different perspectives on the conflict, ranging from picture books to teen novels there's something here for everyone.

See our list of books on World War II

  • War Horse

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Francois Place

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • War Horse

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Francois Place

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    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 …

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  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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

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  • Some Other War

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Some Other War

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 12+

    Seventeen-year-old twins Alice and Jack work at the mansion of the Morland family - but when the First World War breaks out, their…

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  • The Foreshadowing

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Foreshadowing

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    17-year-old Sasha travels to France as a volunteer nurse in an attempt to rescue her beloved brother Tom from a terrible death. Bu…

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  • The Silver Donkey

    Author: Sonya Hartnett Illustrator: Laura Carlin

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Silver Donkey

    Author: Sonya Hartnett Illustrator: Laura Carlin

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    In French woodland, sisters Coco and Marcelle find and help a blind English deserter from the battlefront, trying to ensure he rea…

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  • War Game

    Author: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • War Game

    Author: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    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 …

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  • Archie's War

    Author: Marcia Williams

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Archie's War

    Author: Marcia Williams

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 4+

    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 wor…

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  • Soldier Dog

    Author: Sam Angus

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Soldier Dog

    Author: Sam Angus

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    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 work…

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  • Valentine Joe

    Author: Rebecca Stevens

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Valentine Joe

    Author: Rebecca Stevens

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

    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…

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  • The Skylarks' War

    Author: Hilary McKay

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • The Skylarks' War

    Author: Hilary McKay

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    Clarry and Peter love spending their summers in Cornwall with their cousin Rupert, but how will things change when he enlists for …

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  • My Brother's Keeper

    Author: Tom and Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • My Brother's Keeper

    Author: Tom and Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Alfie's story has obvious subject appeal for boys and the length is enticing for reluctant readers, but this neat little story man…

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  • Over the Line

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Over the Line

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

    Set during World War I, this book tells the compelling true story of the professional footballers who signed up to fight. It's sur…

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  • Tilly's Promise

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tilly's Promise

    Author: Linda Newbery

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 8+

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

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  • Poppy Field

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Poppy Field

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Inspired by John McCrae’s war poem In Flanders Fields, this touching story is ideal to share with young children to promote discus…

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  • The Great War

    Author: Various Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Great War

    Author: Various Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Each story is inspired by a different object from World War I, from a soldier's writing case to the nose of a Zeppelin bomb.

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  • The Secret Message

    Author: John Townsend

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 12

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  • The Secret Message

    Author: John Townsend

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 12

    This short novel tells the story of Sam, who discovers the diary which his great-great-grandfather wrote during World War I. One o…

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  • Respect

    Author: Michaela Morgan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Respect

    Author: Michaela Morgan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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

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  • Eleven Eleven

    Author: Paul Dowswell

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Eleven Eleven

    Author: Paul Dowswell

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    In the early hours of 11 November 1918, the agreement to end World War I is finally sealed, and the lives of three young men colli…

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  • Stories of WW1

    Author: Various Editor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Stories of WW1

    Author: Various Editor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Poignantly bringing the First World War alive for teenagers, this anthology reminds us that many of those in the trenches were the…

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