Tagged: World War I

More Books Added to Running List of World War I Books for Children

WWI books for kids/Photo by Deb Watley

A sampling of WWI books for kids/Photo by Deb Watley

The Great War (1914-1918) was called great because it encompassed so much of the world. It was hoped to be the War to End All Wars. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. The Great War is now known as World War I.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of WWI, I’m compiling a running list of children’s books about the WWI-era that I have read, or that you have recommended to me.

The books I’ve just added to the list are in bold type and annotated.

Picture Books

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon, illustrated by Henri Sorensen

And the Soldiers Sang by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gary Kelley (2011, The Creative Co.)–fiction–A young Welsh soldier experiences the Christmas Truce on the Western Front during the first Christmas of WWI.

Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story by Deborah Hopkinson, and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia (2013, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)–fiction–A young American boy learns how to knit and participates in a three-day knitting competition so he can contribute to the war effort.

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar, and illustrated by Jen Hill (Coming Fall 2016, Charlesbridge)–fiction

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the Pooh by Sally M. Walker, and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss (2015, Henry Holt and Co.)–non-fiction.

Middle Grade

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool–fiction

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo–fiction

The Usborne Introduction to the First World War by Ruth Brocklehurst & Henry Brook–non-fiction

Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) written and illustrated by Nathan Hale (2014, Amulet Books)–graphic novel, gives an overview of the causes, countries involved, battles, and results of WWI.

Stubby the War Dog: the True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum (2014, National Geographic)–non-fiction–Stubby, a stray dog, adopts some U.S. soldiers, accompanies them to the trenches in France, saves their lives, and comes home a hero.

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (2014, Faber and Faber)–A continuation of E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It books when the Psammead–a sand fairy–turns up in the British Pemberton children’s gravel pit again right before the oldest boy is sent to the war in France. As the war continues, the other older Pemberton children grow up, one becomes a volunteer nurse, and another becomes a soldier. Meanwhile, the Psammead deals with his past sins.

The Silver Pony by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Don Powers (first published in 2014, by Penguin, Australia)–Two French girls, Marcelle and Coco find an English soldier hiding in the woods. As they help him survive and return home to his sick brother, he tells them stories connected to the silver pony figurine his brother gave him to help him “do his best.”

Remember the Lusitania! by Diana Preston (2003, Walker Publishing)–non-fiction–Eyewitness accounts of the last voyage of the Lusitania, the British passenger ocean liner torpedoed by a German u-boat in 1915.

Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics (Women of Action) by Kathryn J. Atwood (2014, Chicago Review Press)–non-fiction–This book features women from both the Allied and the Central Powers.

Young Adult

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson–fiction

Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery–fiction

Crossing Stones by Helen Frost–verse novel

The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman (2010, Clarion Books)–non-fiction–A thorough look at the causes, the nations, the battles, the technology, the people, and the effects of WWI.

What children’s books about, or set during, the WWI era would you recommend for my list? Why?

Book Giveaway: WWI Books for Kids

My WWI kids' book giveaway package/Photo by Deb Watley

My WWI kids’ book giveaway package/Photo by Deb Watley

In just over a month, on Veterans Day, the United States will honor those who’ve served our country as a member of our military. This day has its origins in Armistice Day on 11-11-1918 at 11 a.m., the day the fighting of The Great War (World War I) ceased.

We don’t talk a lot about World War I in the U.S. I suppose it’s because our military was only involved for less than two years. However, Europe was decimated, and the world is still dealing with the repercussions of that war.

In honor of the centennial of Veterans Day and World War I (1914-1918), I’m giving away a group of recently published kids’ books about the war.

To enter the giveaway, please comment below. I will conduct a random drawing the morning of Tues., Oct. 13. Entries will be limited to non-relatives and to those with U.S. postal addresses.

How did The Great War affect your family? What are some books about the war you’d recommend?

Two Books Added to Running List of Kids’ WWI Books

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World War I, also known as the Great War, began in 1914 and lasted through most of 1918. But, it’s one of the U.S.’s forgotten wars–perhaps because we were involved for a much shorter time than other nations (we didn’t join the fighting until 1917), we didn’t suffer as horribly as much of the world (no battles on our homeland), and the causes were complicated and ending messy.

There aren’t many children’s books 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. I’m compiling a running list of children’s books about the WWI-era that I have read and can recommend, 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. The books I’ve just added to the list are in bold type.

Picture Books

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon & illustrated by Henri Sorensen

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the Pooh by Sally M. Walker, and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss (2015, Henry Holt and Co.)–non-fiction

Middle Grade

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

Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) written and illustrated by Nathan Hale (2014, Amulet Books)–graphic novel, gives a good overview of the causes, countries involved, battles, and results of WWI.

Young Adult

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?

Running List of Children’s Books Set During WWI Era

Big Stock Photo

Big Stock Photo

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.

 

Picture Books

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon & illustrated by Henri Sorensen

 

Middle Grade

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)

 

Young Adult

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?