Best Children’s Holocaust Books
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1. The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List (No Series)
Author: by Leon Leyson
Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief, this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, brings to readers a story of bravery and the fight for a chance to live (VOYA).
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.
With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factorya list that became world renowned: Schindler’s list.
2. Who Was Anne Frank?
Author: by Ann Abramson
In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding.Who Was Anne Frank? Looks closely at Anne’s life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary.
Black-and-white illustrations including maps and diagrams provide historical and visual reference in an easy-to-read biography written in a way that is appropriate and accessible for younger readers.
3. The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Author: by John Hendrix
Harry N. Abrams
The story of German pastor and Nazi resistor Dietrich Bonhoeffer comes to life in this award-winning graphic novel from John HendrixA YALSA Nonfiction Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist! Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive.
Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible! In his signature style of interwoven handwritten text and art, John Hendrix tells the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor who makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to help free the German people from oppression during World War II.
4. What Was the Holocaust?
Author: by Gail Herman
A thoughtful and age-appropriate introduction to an unimaginable eventthe Holocaust. The Holocaust was a genocide on a scale never before seen, with as many as twelve million people killed in Nazi death campssix million of them Jews. Gail Herman traces the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, whose rabid anti-Semitism led first to humiliating anti-Jewish laws, then to ghettos all over Eastern Europe, and ultimately to the Final Solution.
She presents just enough information for an elementary-school audience in a readable, well-researched book that covers one of the most horrible times in history. This entry in the New York Times best-selling series contains eighty carefully chosen illustrations and sixteen pages of black and white photographs suitable for young readers.
5. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Author: by Neal Bascomb
Arthur A. Levine Books
A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction. This Sydney Taylor Book Award- and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award-winning story of Eichmann’s capture is now a major motion picture starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, Operation Finale!
In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century’s most important trials – one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.
This is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Illustrated with powerful photos throughout, impeccably researched, and told with powerful precision, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can’t-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.
6. I am Anne Frank (Ordinary People Change the World)
Author: by Brad Meltzer
The 22nd book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes tells the story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who documented her life while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. This engaging biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great-the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves.
Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume features Anne Frank, whose courage and hope during a time of terror are still an inspiration for people around the world today.
While Anne and her family hid in an attic during the Holocaust, she kept a journal about all her hopes and fears and observations. That journal and the story of her life are still read and told today to remember the life of a young girl and warn against the consequences of bigotry.
7. The Story of Anne Frank: A Biography Book for New Readers
Author: by Emma Carlson Berne
Discover the life of Anne Franka story about staying hopeful for kids ages 6 to 9 Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who lived during World War II, when people like her were killed just for being Jewish. Anne and her family were forced to hide in a tiny, secret space to try and survive, and Anne began keeping a diary to practice her love of writing and pass the time.
In her writing, she described what life was like as a Jewish person during the war. She also wrote about her hopes, dreams, and the future she wanted when she could live a normal life again. Even though she was scared, Anne believed in the goodness of people and never gave up hope that life would get better again.
The Story of Anne Frank includes: Core curriculum standardsLearn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Anne’s life, and take a quick quiz to test your knowledge. Her lasting changeDiscover how Anne Frank helped make the world a better place for future generations, including you.
Clear definitionsFind a glossary with easy-to-understand definitions for some of the more advanced words and ideas in the book. How will Anne’s bravery and optimism inspire you?
8. Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust
Author: by Lila Perl
The twentieth-anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author, a reading group guide, a map, and additional photographs. The writing is direct, devastating, with no rhetoric or exploitation. The truth is in what’s said and in what is left out.
ALA Booklist (starred review) Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable and acclaimed memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal familyfather, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albertwere trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis.
For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.
9. Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories
Author: by Dorinda Nicholson
National Geographic Kids
Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories allows readers to understand the war not as seen through the eyes of soldiers but through the eyes of children who survived the bombings, the blackouts, the hunger, the fear, and the loss of loved ones caused by the war.
The author shares her own recollections of being able to see the faces of Japanese pilots as they headed for the naval base at Pearl Harbor to drop their deadly bombs on unsuspecting American ships and soldiers, then shares her feelings at having to leave her father behind as the rest of the family is evacuated to the U.S.Mainland.
10. The Hiding Place
Author: by Lonnie DuPont
NOTE: This Book is for Age Group 9 – 12 years. The True Story of a Real-Life HeroIt’s World War II. Darkness has fallen over Europe as the Nazis spread hatred, fear and war across the globe. But on a quiet city corner in the Netherlands, one woman fights against the darkness.
In her quiet watchmaking shop, she and her family risk their lives to hide Jews, and others hunted by the Nazis, in a secret room, a “hiding place” that they built in the old building. One day, however, Corrie and her family are betrayed.
They’re captured and sent to the notorious Nazi concentration camps to die. Yet even in that darkest of places, Corrie still fights. This is her story-and the story of how faith, hope and love ultimately triumphed over unthinkable evil.
11. Survivors of the Holocaust: (A Graphic Novel)
Author: by Kath Shackleton
This extraordinary graphic novel tells the true stories of six Jewish children and young people who survived the Holocaust. Between 1933 and 1945, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party were responsible for the persecution of millions of Jews across Europe. From suffering the horrors of Auschwitz, to hiding from Nazi soldiers in war-torn Paris, to sheltering from the Blitz in England, each true story is a powerful testament to the survivors’ courage.
These remarkable testimonials serve as a reminder never to allow such a tragedy to happen again. Also in this graphic novel:Current photographs of each contributor along with an update about their livesA glossaryA timeline to support the reader and develop their understanding of this periodSchool and Library Association Information Books Awards, 2017 in the UK.
12. Hana's Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery
Author: by Karen Levine
This award-winning true Holocaust story, newly updated, connects generations through one woman’s quest to find the truth behind a mysterious suitcase. In March 2000, Fumiko Ishioka, the curator of a small Holocaust education center in Tokyo, received an empty suitcase from the museum at Auschwitz.
On the outside, in white paint, were the words Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Orphan. Fumiko and the children at the center were determined to find out who Hana was and what happened to her all those years ago, leading them to a startling and emotional discovery.
The dual narrative intertwines Fumiko’s international journey to find the truth about Hana Brady’s fate with Hana’s own compelling story of her life in a quiet Czech town, which is shattered by the arrival of the Nazis, tearing apart the family she loves.
This suspense-filled work of investigative nonfiction draws in young readers and makes them active participants in the search for Hana’s identity. Praise for Hana’s Suitcase Hana wanted to become a teacher, and surely through this little book her dream is being realized.
13. Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust
Author: by Allan Zullo
Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different Children's experiences during the Holocaust. These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe.
In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in- and hope for- survival.
Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.
14. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic Focus)
Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
A Newbery and Sibert Honor Book! A riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth. A PB edition in an accessible new novel-sized reformat for Scholastic Focus! In this Newbery Honor and Sibert Honor award-winning book, Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores the riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth groups.
By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3. 5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people.
Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.”I begin with the young. We older ones are used up … But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys!What material! With them, I can create a new world.” – Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933
15. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
Author: by Anne Frank
9 hours and 55 minutes
One of the most famous accounts of living under the Nazi regime of World War II comes from the diary of a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, Anne Frank. Today, The Diary of a Young Girl has sold over 25 million copies world-wide.
This edition accompanies the 2009 BBC TV series written by Deborah Moggach. It is one of the most celebrated and enduring books of the last century and it remains a deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of human spirit. Anne Frank and her family fled the horrors of Nazi occupation by hiding in the back of a warehouse in Amsterdam for two years with another family and a German dentist.
Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne kept a diary. She movingly revealed how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with hunger, the daily threat of discovery and death and being cut off from the outside world, as well as petty misunderstandings and the unbearable strain of living like prisoners.
The Diary of a Yong Girl is a timeless true story to be rediscovered by each new generation. For young readers and adults it continues to bring to life Anne’s extraordinary courage and struggle throughout her ordeal.’One of the greatest books of the century’ Guardian’A modern classic’ The Times’Rings down the decades as the most moving testament to the persecution of innocence’ Daily Mail’Astonishing and excruciating.
16. The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
Author: by Judy Batalion
This young readers’ edition is the remarkable untold story of the young Jewish women who became resistance fighters against the Nazis during World War II. It has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture. As their communities were being destroyed, groups of Jewish women and teenage girls across Poland began transforming Jewish youth groups into resistance factions.
These ghetto girls helped build systems of underground bunkers, paid off the Gestapo, and bombed German train lines. At the center of the book is eighteen-year-old Renia Kukielka, who traveled across her war-torn country as a weapons smuggler and messenger.
Other women who joined the cause served as armed fighters, spies, and saboteurs, all risking their lives for their missions. Never before chronicled in full, this is the incredible account of the strong Jewish women who fought back against the seemingly unstoppable Nazi regime.
It follows the women through arrests, internment, and for a lucky few, into the late 20th century and beyond. It also includes an eight-page insert of black-and-white photos, so that readers can see firsthand the extraordinary women who bravely fought for their freedom in the face of overwhelming odds.