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Books about World War II

A Berlin Love Song

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

From classic favourites to more recent titles, these books for children and teenagers take a variety of different approaches to representing the events of World War II.

Read our list of children's books about the Holocaust

See our list of books on World War I

  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman

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  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman

    Morris Gleitzman brings heart and humour to the difficult subject of the Holocaust in this ground-breaking children's book.

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  • Anne Frank

    Author: Josephine Poole Illustrator: Angela Barrett

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  • Anne Frank

    Author: Josephine Poole Illustrator: Angela Barrett

    This account of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and Anne Frank's family's hiding in a secret annexe to escape them, is sensitivel…

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  • Tail-end Charlie

    Author: Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

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  • Tail-end Charlie

    Author: Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

    Mick Manning has carefully recreated the hair-raising tales his father told him about life as an RAF tail-gunner during the Second…

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  • Ausländer

    Author: Paul Dowswell

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  • Ausländer

    Author: Paul Dowswell

    Ausländer gives a fascinating insight into life in Berlin during WorldWar II – a perspective not frequently portrayed i…

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  • Skyward

    Author: Sally Deng

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  • Skyward

    Author: Sally Deng

    This slightly fictionalised version of the experiences of female pilots in World War Two is a fascinating read in terms of untold …

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  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder

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  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder

    During the occupation of Ukraine in World War II, players from what had been the Dynamo Kiev football team set themselves up as St…

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