Saturday was the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. This event was the spark that set off World War I which officially began one month later on July 28, 1914.
This war is one of the U.S.’s forgotten wars. Perhaps because we were involved for a much shorter time than other nations and did not suffer as horribly as much of the world.
There aren’t many children’s books, at least in the U.S., about this war. In fact, there are no Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction Books covering the WWI era. However, there are some very good books about the war, and I expect more will be released as the world honors the 100 year anniversary mark.
I’m compiling a running list of children’s books about the WWI era that I have read and can recommend (in bold), or that you have recommended to me. This list will be limited to books available in the U.S., but not limited to just our nation’s experience.
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon & illustrated by Henri Sorensen
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Usborne Introduction to the First World War by Ruth Brocklehurst & Henry Brook (non-fiction)
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
What children’s books set during the WWI era would you recommend for my list? Why?