Best Children’s Holocaust Fiction Books
Here you will get Best Children’s Holocaust Fiction Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. The Book Thief
Author: by Markus Zusak
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. When Death has a story to tell, you listen.It is 1939.Nazi Germany.
The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resistbooks.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
The kind of book that can be life-changing. The New York Times Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. USA TodayDON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.
2. Number the Stars
Author: by Lois Lowry
In Lois Lowry’s unforgettable Newbery Medalwinning novel, a ten-year-old Danish girl’s bravery is tested when her best friend is threatened by Nazis in 1943. As the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
With a new introduction by the author.
3. I Survived: Ten Thrilling Books (Boxed Set)
Author: by Lauren Tarshis
History’s most exciting and terrifying events come to life in these ten books in the New York Times bestselling I Survived series. When disaster strikes, heroes are made. A collectible box set of ten books in the bestselling I Survived series from author Lauren Tarshis!
This set includes paperback editions of these books:I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011With relatable characters and riveting plotlines, the I Survived books are perfect for reluctant readers or any young reader who enjoys an action packed, page turning thriller.
Each book also contains several pages of nonfiction content, encouraging readers to further explore the historical topic.
4. Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II
Author: by Alan Gratz
Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) returns with another gripping World War II story, this time about a spy in the Hitler Youth.Infiltrate.Befriend.Sabotage. World War II is raging. Michael O’Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents.
Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth’s horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge.
When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs – even if it means risking everything he cares about.Including…His own life.
From acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) comes a pulse-pounding novel about facing fears and fighting for what matters most.
5. White Bird: A Wonder Story
Author: by R. J. Palacio
Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson! Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon Wonder, R.J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with an unforgettable, Sydney Taylor Book Award-winning story of the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war.
“I was captivated by White Bird. It tells the hardest truths with honesty and calm (so that young readers can hear them).R.J. Palacio brings to life the nature of heroism and the real risks we face today.” -Meg Medina, Newbery award-winning author of Mercy Suarez Changes GearsIn R.J.
Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmre. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmre’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.
6. The Devil's Arithmetic (Puffin Modern Classics)
Author: by Jane Yolen
30th Anniversary edition with a new introduction from the author Hannah is tired of holiday gatheringsall her family ever talks about is the past. In fact, it seems to her that’s what they do every Jewish holiday. But this year’s Passover Seder will be differentHannah will be mysteriously transported into the past …
And only she knows the unspeakable horrors that await. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award”A triumphantly moving book.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
7. I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived Graphic Novel #3): A Graphix Book (3) (I Survived Graphic Novels)
Author: by Lauren Tarshis
Graphix (February 2, 2021)
A beautifully rendered graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis’s bestselling I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944, with text adapted by Georgia Ball and art by lvaro Sarraseca. It’s been years since the Nazis invaded Max Rosen’s home country of Poland. All the Jewish people, including Max’s family, have been forced to live in a ghetto.
At least Max and his sister, Zena, had Papa with them … Until two months ago, when the Nazis took him away. Now Max and Zena are on their own. One day, with barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest.
They are found by Jewish resistance fighters, who take them to a safe camp. But soon, grenades are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion? With art by lvaro Sarraseca and text adapted by Georgia Ball, Lauren Tarshis’s New York Times bestselling I Survived series takes on vivid new life in this explosive graphic novel edition.
Includes nonfiction back matter with historical photos and facts about World War II and the Holocaust. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, I Survived graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that’s sure to keep any reader turning the pages.
8. I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived #9)
Author: by Lauren Tarshis
One of the darkest periods in history… In a Jewish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister Zena struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest.
Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion?
9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Author: by John Boyne
December 18, 2008
Two young boys encounter the best and worst of humanity during the Holocaust in this powerful read that USA Today called “as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank. Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates.
His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
10. The Boy Who Dared
Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
A powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who dares to the truth about Hitler, written by a Newbery Honor Book author. Susan Campbell Bartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, Hitler Youth, and fleshed it out into a thought-provoking nonfiction novel.
When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he’s tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmut’s story emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the patriotism of the times, to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.
11. Between Shades Of Gray
Author: by Ruta Sepetys
Penguin (April 7, 2011)
April 7, 2011
Between Shades of Gray is a haunting and powerful Second World War novel by Ruta SepetysThat morning, my brother’s life was worth a pocket watch … One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away.
They are being deported to Siberia. An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn’t know if she’ll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope. Lina hopes for her family.For her country.For her future.
For love – first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose … Will hope keep Lina alive? Set in 1941, Between Shades of Gray is an extraordinary and haunting story based on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors.
Born and raised in Michigan, Ruta Sepetys is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Ruta lives with her family in Tennessee. Between Shades of Gray is her first novel and it was nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Codename Verity will fall in love with this book.
12. Once (Once Series, 1)
Author: by Morris Gleitzman
Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business.
And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them-straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him.
Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage’s outdated library. But as Felix’s journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain. Despite his grim suroundings, Felix never loses hope.
Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.
13. Summer of My German Soldier (Puffin Modern Classics)
Author: by Bette Greene
An emotional, thought-provoking book from multi-award-winning author Bette Greene. The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart.
Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own. In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father’s rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will.
While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends even her freedom for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.”An exceptionally fine novel.” The New York Times “Courageous and compelling!” Publishers Weekly A National Book Award Finalist An ALA Notable Book A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year
14. The Bicycle Spy
Author: by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Can Marcel make the ride of his life? Marcel loves riding his bicycle, whether he’s racing through the streets of his small town in France or making bread deliveries for his parents’ bakery. He dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France, the greatest bicycle race.
But ever since Germany’s occupation of France began two years ago, in 1940, the race has been canceled. Now there are soldiers everywhere, interrupting Marcel’s rides with checkpoints and questioning. Then Marcel learns two big secrets, and he realizes there are worse things about the war than a canceled race.
When he later discovers that his friend’s entire family is in imminent danger, Marcel knows he can help – but it will involve taking a risky bicycle ride to pass along covert information. And when nothing ends up going according to plan, it’s up to him to keep pedaling and think quickly…
Because his friend, her family, and his own future hang in the balance.
15. The Length of a String
Author: by Elissa Brent Weissman
Imani is adopted, and she’s ready to search for her birth parents. Anna has left behind her family to escape from Holocaust-era Europe to meet a new family-two journeys, one shared family history, and the bonds that make us who we are.
Perfect for fans of The Night Diary. Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she’s black and almost everyone she knows is white.
Then her mom’s grandmother-Imani’s great-grandma Anna-passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It’s Anna’s diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York.
Anna’s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.
16. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Author: by Judith Kerr
Now a major motion picture, and based on the author’s gripping real-life story, this international bestseller is perfect for Holocaust Remembrance Month. Anna is not sure who Hitler is, but she sees his face on posters all over Berlin. Then one morning, Anna and her brother awake to find her father gone!
Her mother explains that their father has had to leave and soon they will secretly join him. Anna just doesn’t understand. Why do their parents keep insisting that Germany is no longer safe for Jews like them? Because of Hitler, Anna must leave everything behind as her family embarks on a journey that extends over several years and over the borders of many countries.