World War II

These stories will help children understand how the Second World War affected the lives of children, grown-ups and even animals.

A Soldier's Friend by Megan Rix

As the war rages in Europe, Londoners are sending brave animals to help the soldiers - and Mouser and Sammy are soon on their way to the trenches.

Boldly criss-crossing no-man's land they make new friends of every nationality - and reunite with old ones. But on the muddy front line, under fire and constantly in danger, will their friendship be enough to save them so they can return home together?

Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’.

Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives for ever.

 

Going Solo by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

As a young man, Roald Dahl's adventures took him from London to East Africa, until the Second World War began and he became an RAF pilot.
You'll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with deadly green mambas and hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling.

Going Solo is exciting, enthralling and just like its prequel Boy - it's all TRUE.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, Neil Reed (Illustrator)

The story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London. As time goes by Tom begins to worry when Willie doesn't answer his letters, so he goes to London to find him, and there makes a terrible discovery.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

Although the silver sword was only a paper knife, it became the symbol of hope and courage which kept the Balicki children and their orphan friend Jan alive through the four years of occupation when they had to fend for themselves. And afterwards it inspired them to keep going on the exhausting and dangerous journey from war-torn Poland to Switzerland, where they hoped to find their parents.

Based on true accounts, this is a moving story of life during and after the Second World War.

The Extraordinary Life of Anne Frank

Her words have become some of the most important in modern history: discover the incredible life story of Anne Frank, whose bravery has inspired so many.

Her incredible story comes to life in this beautifully illustrated book, with narrative biography, timelines, facts and quotes.