High School, Middle School, World War 2 history book list for homeschool teens and tweens

World War 2 Booklist for Middle School and High School

Textbook Free History for Teens

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My favorite part of homeschool planning?  Collecting stacks of books and making epic booklists.

The only problem?  Sometimes I find so many awesome books…that we won’t actually have time to read them all.  And it’s certainly not getting easier now that I’m crafting book lists for my middle school and high school students!  Alas and alack!

These teens and tweens are now ready for books that will challenge them not only academically but also philosophically.  We’ll be asking big questions and having deep conversations.  We’ll be processing and responding to ideas in our reading journals.  As always, we will focus on the people of history more than mere events.

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When it comes to our #textbookfree history studies, I don’t manage the too-many-books dilemma by skimping on the book stacks.  Instead, I assign a few titles to each student, and then offer the remaining titles as options for their supplemental reading requirement.  My job is to spread a rich feast of ideas before them, but they get to choose among the various dishes to fill their plate.

High School, Middle School, World War 2 history book list for homeschool teens and tweens

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Content Warning: Please Note that this list contains a variety of titles dealing with serious topics. Please consider the maturity of your individual teen when selecting titles from this list.

World War 2 Non-Fiction (including biography and memoir)

Churchill’s History of the Second World War (6 Volumes), Winston Churchill 

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William Shirer 

Hitler, Albert Marrin

Victory in the Pacific, Albert Marrin

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Bomb- the Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, Steve Sheinkin 

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, Carole Boston Weatherford 

Beyond Courage- the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust, Doreen Rappaport 

The Good Fight, Stephen Ambrose 

Churchill, Paul Johnson 

Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterley 

The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan 

Hiroshima, John Hershey 

The Zookeeper’s Wife, Diane Ackerman 

Candy Bomber, Michael O. Tunnel 

“The Good War”- An Oral History of World War Two, Studs Terkel 

The Boys in the Boat, Daniel Brown 

Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose 

Never Give In, Stephen Mansfield 

Not a Tame Lion, Terry Glaspey

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, John Hendrix

Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman, Gladys Aylward 

For the Glory: Eric Liddell’s Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr, Duncan Hamilton

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Here is Your War and Brave Men, Ernie Pyle

George C. Marshall, Mark Stoler 

The Diary of Anne Frank 

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom 

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Evidence Not Seen, Darlene Deibler Rose 

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand 

World War 2 Fiction

Maus, Art Spiegelman 

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak 

The Chosen, Chaim Potok 

A Father’s Promise, Donna Hess 

84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff 

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo 

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr 

Shadow on the Mountain (A novel inspired by the true adventures of a wartime spy), Margi Preus

After the Train, Gloria Whelan 

Resistance, Jennifer Nielsen 

The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Bradley 

The Way I Finally Won, Kimberly Bradley 

Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Houston 

House of Sixty Fathers, Meindert DeJong 

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 What are your favorite WW2 era books, films, or documentaries?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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