We found some books that we liked at the library about World War I and World War II, and I wanted to share them. (We also found a bunch way over their heads that we will look for again in a few years!)
NOTE: My children like to read about history topics after we have memorized them at CC or when they see a book they think looks interesting that references something that is in the timeline or a history sentence. We do not always match up our independent reading with the specific week’s history sentence.
World War I book we like:
- Going to War in World War I (Armies of the Past) – great map of the world showing which countries were on the side of the Allies and the Central Powers, drawings about trench warfare, talk of advances in weapons, what people ate in the trenches. I like the pictures and the simple way information is presented. My (advanced reader) 2nd and 3rd graders could read this and liked it. (Many books on these wars seemed too difficult of a reading level or too challenging in their content for my children.)
World War II books we like:
- Pearl Harbor : Ready To Read Level 3 – My son said that this book was good because “you felt it.” You could feel what our country must have felt like when we were surprise attacked and then joined the war. I liked that this book focused on a single part of the war and was a pretty easy reading level.
- You Wouldn’t Want to Be a World War II Pilot!: Air Battles You Might Not Survive and You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy Lines – we love all You wouldn’t want to be books, but these are the ones specifically about World War II.
- (hopefully we’ll like) Going to War in World War Two (Armies of the Past) – since the World War I book of this series was a favorite in the house, this one is on hold for us to get at the library. (Apparently, there are books in this series about ancient Greece and Egypt as well so I will have to remember them for Cycle 1 in 2 years.)
- Escape to the Hiding Place – obviously, since we love the Imagination Station books, this made the list.
What my 8-year-old boy enjoyed studying:
- Books on weaponry like Tanks or Submarines. We got into lots of discussions about how different wars were fought based on the weaponry available. . . trench warfare because of machine guns in World War I, the invention of tanks to combat trench warfare, the use of planes in World War II ending trench warfare, and different inventions like that.
- The library-didn’t-finds that maybe you can find are Weapons of World War I and Weapons of World War II. Elijah has enjoyed other books from this series like Weapons of the Middle Ages.
What books did you find in your library about World War I and World War II?