Holocaust Memorial Day (older children)

The Dollmaker of Krakow

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the liberation of Auschwitz, here is a poignant booklist that should hopefully help explain and inform younger readers about the events surrounding the Holocaust.

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  • Hitler's Canary

    Author: Sandi Toksvig
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Hitler's Canary, ultimately, is about the courage and heroism of ordinary citizens in a time of danger and strife.

  • Once

    Author: Morris Gleitzman
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 9+

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

  • The Silver Sword

    Author: Ian Seraillier
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    In the chaos of World War II, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are separated from their parents, and left alone to fend for themselves, hiding from the Nazis in the ruins of their city.

  • Survivors of the Holocaust

    Author: Kath Shackleton Illustrator: Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones
    Publisher: Franklin Watts
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9-11

    Six people tell their stories of living through the Holocaust as children in this compelling and deeply thought-provoking graphic novel-style book.

  • Anne Frank

    Author: Josephine Poole Illustrator: Angela Barrett
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

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

  • The Dollmaker of Krakow

    Author: R. M. Romero Illustrator: Lisa Perrin
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Doll Karolina is saved from war in her native Land of the Dolls and transported to Poland to live with a man known as the Dollmaker - only for their lives to be turned upside down by World War II. An unusual novel blending reality with folklore and fantasy that will have a lasting impact on readers.

  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder
    Publisher: A&C Black
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 8+

    During the occupation of Ukraine in World War II, players from what had been the Dynamo Kiev football team set themselves up as Start FC and competed in a Nazi-organised league

  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the World War II.

  • A Song for Summer

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 11-13
    Reading age: 11+

    A deliciously old-fashioned story, which encompasses love, adventure and a host of memorable characters.

  • Girl with a White Dog

    Author: Anne Booth
    Publisher: Catnip Publishing
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 10+

    Jessie is delighted when she finds a beautiful white puppy at Gran's house. But then Gran starts becoming confused, and saying strange things about their new pet.