Reading Your Way Through History

May 17, 2006

World War II (1939-1945)

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 9:00 am

Picture Books:
The Little Ships by Louise Borden, illustrated by Michael Forman (rescue at Dunkirk, May 1940)
Across the Blue Pacific by Louise Borden, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (set soon after U.S. entered World War II)
The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson (Poland, 1943)
The Journey that saved Curious George: the true wartime escape of Margret and H A Rey by Louise Borden, illustrated by Allan Drummond
The Greatest Skating Race by Louise Borden, illustrated by Niki Daly (Netherlands)
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Anita Lobel (post-war Europe)

Favorite Read-Alouds:
 The Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (1944)
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Grades 1-4:
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey by Maureen Daly
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (1944)
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Grades 5-8:
World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Enemy Brothers: A Story of World War II by Constance Savery
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meendert de Jong
Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serralier
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
A Place to Hide: True Stories of Holocaust Rescues by Jayne Pettit

Grades 9-12:
The Borrowed House by Hilda Van Stockum
The Diary of Ann Frank
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Bom

Teen/Adult:
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Red Horse by Eugenio Corti
The Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldmann

Out of Print Favorites:
Up Periscope by Robb White

Movies:
The Assisi Underground (1985 – Ben Cross, James Mason, Maximilian Schell)
The Great Escape (1963  Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn) Note: There's also an episode of Nova in which they excavate the site of this true story.
The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949 – John Wayne)
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 – Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud)

Famous Speeches:

“We Shall Fight on the Beaches”, Winston Churchill, June 4, 1940, House of Commons, London, England
“Against Nazi Euthanasia”, Cardinal Clemens von Galen, August 3, 1941, Münster Cathedral, Münster, Germany
“Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation”, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, Washington D.C.

On the Web:

Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, USMC (1920-1945)

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