1940's

KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up

1940's

updated September 2012

Picture Books

Lakin, Patricia DON'T FORGET
Sarah must visit all sorts of shops for the groceries to make her first cake, but she fears going to the Singers' because she does not understand the significance of the blue numbers tattooed on their arms.
1994 unpaged

Pinkney, Gloria Jean SUNDAY OUTING
Ernestine, who loves going to the railroad station and watching the trains come and go, finally realizes her dream of going on a train trip south to visit family. Based on the author's trip when she was 8, making this 1949.
1994 unpaged


1st and 2nd Grade


3rd - 4th Grade

Barasch, Lynne A COUNTRY SCHOOLHOUSE
A grandfather relates tales of the small country school he attended in the 1940s to his grandson.
2004 unpaged

Delton, Judy KITTY IN HIGH SCHOOL
Just after World War II, Kitty becomes a freshman at a Catholic high school in St. Paul, where she reevaluates her friendships and turns her attention to boys.
1984 114 p.

Hill, Kirkpatrick THE YEAR OF MISS AGNES
10-year-old Fred, (short for Frederika), narrates the story of school and village among the Athabascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as a new teacher.
2002 113 p.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie THE CANADA GEESE QUILT
Worried that the coming of a new baby and her grandmother’s serious illness will change the warm familiar life on her family’s Vermont farm,10-year-old Ariel combines her artistic talent with her grandmother’s knowledge to make a very special quilt.
1989 60 p.

Lorbiecki, Marybeth JACKIE'S BAT
1947. With a dramatic new style by award-winning illustrator Pinkney, this fictionalized story of Jackie Robinson's rookie year is seen through the eyes of a rookie batboy who overcomes his own prejudice to become friends with the legend.
2006 unpaged

Rappaport, Doreen DIRT ON THEIR SKIRTS
THE STORY OF THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as it goes into extra innings.
2000 unpaged

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk THE CHRISTMAS COAT
Memories of My Sioux Childhood

Virginia and her brother are never allowed to pick first from the donation boxes at church because their father is the priest, and she is heartbroken when another girl gets the beautiful coat that she covets. Based on the author's memories of life on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Early 1940's.
2011 unpaged

Tavaraes, Matt OLIVER'S GAME
September 1941. Oliver's grandfather tells him the story of how he almost joined the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
2004 unpaged

Tripp, Valerie BRAVE EMILY
Molly befriends a war refugee named Emily Bennett, who struggles to overcome shyness.the war.
2006 85 p.

Tripp, Valerie CHANGES FOR MOLLY
Molly's excitement at performing in a big show is exceeded only by the announcement that her father is returning home from the war.
1988 67 p.

Tripp, Valerie HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOLLY!
When an English girl comes to stay at Molly's during World War II, she and Molly learn to bridge their differences and ultimately enjoy a wonderful, mutual birthday party.
1987 64 p.

Tripp, Valerie MEET MOLLY
AN AMERICAN GIRL

During World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.
1986 58 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY AND THE MOVIE STAR
American Girls Short Stories
Molly is eager to meet a famous movie star at a War Bond rally, until she cannot find the money that her class had collected to buy a bond. Includes information on movies during World War II and a recipe for popcorn.
2000 40 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY LEARNS A LESSON
During World War II, nine-year-old Molly and her friends work on projects to aid the war effort.
1986 67 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY MARCHES ON!
American Girls Short Stories
Molly is sure that she will find the surprise at the end of the overnight nature hike at Camp Gowonagin, but then she finds her own secret surprise.
2001 26 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY SAVES THE DAY
A SUMMER STORY. 1944

Molly conquers her fear of swimming underwater when she and the other campers at Camp Gowonagin divide into two teams to play Color War.
1988 61 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY TAKES FLIGHT
American Girls Short Stories
Molly feels that everything in her life has changed when her father goes off to England to help wounded soldiers and her beloved aunt joins the Women's Air force Service Pilots.
1999 40 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY'S A+ PARTNER
American Girls Short Stories
Molly and Susan pair up to write a report about George Washington. When they disagree about how to present the report, Molly thinks their grade--and their friendship--might be doomed.
2002 48 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY'S PUPPY TALE
American Girls Short Stories
In 1945, ten-year-old Molly does not want to share her puppy Bennett with her brother but finds she might need to change her mind.
2003 40 p.

Tripp, Valerie MOLLY'S SURPRISE
A CHRISTMAS STORY

Even though he is away serving in an English hospital during World War II, Molly's father finds a way to make the family Christmas very special.
1986 64 p.

Uhlberg, Myron DAD, JACKIE AND ME

In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers' first baseman, Jackie Robinson.
2005 unpaged


5th Grade and Up

Avi DON'T YOU KNOW THERE'S A WAR ON?
In wartime Brooklyn in 1943, 11-year-old Howie Crispers mounts a campaign to save his favorite teacher from being fired.
2001 200 p.

Avi “WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN, ANYWAY?”
In the mid-40’s when nearly everyone else is thinking about World War II 6th-grader Frankie Wattleson gets in trouble at home and at school because of .his preoccupation with his favorite radio programs.
1992 170 p.

Cushman, Karen THE LOUD SILENCE OF FRANCINE GREEN
In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.
2006 225 p.

Elmer, Robert PROMISE BREAKER
Promise of Zion. #1
In 1947, two young people - one a Polish Jew and the other the daughter of a British major - make their way to Palestine for very different reasons and under very different circumstances.
2000 167 p.

English, Karen FRANCIE
1940's Alabama. When the 16-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship.
1999 199 p.

Giff, Patricia Reily ALL THE WAY HOME
In 1941, circumstances bring together Brick, a boy from New York's apple country, and Mariel, a young girl made shy by her bout with polio. The two make a journey from Brooklyn back to help Brick's elderly neighbors save their apple crop and to help Mariel learn about her past.
2001 169 p.

Hahn, Mary Downing FOLLOWING MY OWN FOOTSTEPS
In 1945, Gordy's grandmother takes him and his family into her North Carolina home after his abusive father is arrested, and he just begins to respond to his grandmother's loving discipline when his father returns.
1996 186 p.

Hahn, Mary Downing AS EVER, GORDY
sequel to FOLLOWING MY OWN FOOTSTEPS
Gordy thought he had left his old hometown behind him forever, but now he has to move back. He is worried that all his bad habits are waiting for him.
1998 184 p.

Hart, Alison A SPY ON THE HOMEFRONT
A Molly Mystery
American Girl
A visit to her grandparents' farm in the summer of 1944, plunges Molly into the midst of a wartime mystery.
2005 165 p.

Hinman, Bonnie JENNIE'S WAR
Sisters in Timeseries
The Home Front in World War II
In 1944, ten-year-old Jennie Fleming is doing what she can to help win the war - she's hoeing weeds in her "Victory Garden" on the "home front."
2005 138 p.

Hoobler, Dorothy SECRETS
The 1940's
In 1944 Gabriella, Esther, and other young people see the impact of World War II on their lives in the United States.
2001 165 p.

Klages, Ellen THE GREEN GLASS SEA
It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father--but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he's working on a top secret government program.
2006 321 p.

Levitin, Sonia ANNIE'S PROMISE
Her experiences at a summer camp in the California mountains in 1945 give 12-year-old Annie Platt new insight into her overprotective family of German-Jewish imigrants. Sequel to "Silver Days."
1993 186 p.

Levitin, Sonia SILVER DAYS
In this sequel to Journey to America, the reunited Platt family works hard at settling in to America, but the spectre of the war in Europe continues to affect their lives.
1989 185 p.

Lyon, George Ella SONNY'S HOUSE OF SPIES
In a small Alabama town in 1947-1956, Sonny searches for answers about his father's disappearance, "uncle Marty, who looks after the family, and Mamby, their black housekeeper.
2004 298 p.

Matthew, Kezi SCORPIO'S CHILD
When a strangely behaving uncle she has never heard of comes to live in her family's house ina small South Carolina town, 14-year-old Afton, grieving over her borther's death in World War II, tries to unravel the secrets her mother refuses to share with her. June 1947.
1999 199p.

McKenzie, Ellen UNDER THE BRIDGE
When Ritchie's younger sister, Rosie gets very sick after their mother suddenly goes away, Rosie begins to receive letters from a lonely troll, and these letters help Ritchie cope with his mother's absence, his father's seeming indifference, and the 5th grade bully.
1994 140 p.

Moses, Shelia THE LEGEND OF BUDDY BUSH
In 1947, 12-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square, North Carolina, and moving to Harlem when her Uncle Buddy is arrested for attempted rape of a white woman and her grandfather is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
2004 206 p.

Myers, Walter Dean THE JOURNAL OF BIDDY OWENS. THE NEGRO LEAGUES
My Name is America. A Dear America Book
Teenager Biddy Owens’ 1948 journal about working for the Birminham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family’s resistnce to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues. Alabama, 1948.
2001 116 p.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds BLIZZARD'S WAKE
In March of 1941, when a severe blizzard suddenly hits Grand Forks, North Dakota, a girl trying to save her stranded father and brother inadvertently helps the man who killed her mother four years before.
2000 212 p.

Paulsen, Gary THE COOKCAMP
In 1994, a little boy is sent to live with his grandma, a cook in a camp for workers building a road through the wilderness.
1991 115 p.

Slepian, Jan Risk 'n' roses
In 1948, newly moved to the Bronx, 11-year-old Skip longs to shed her responsibility for her mentally handicapped older sister and give her whole attention to her new friendhsip with the bold and daring girl who seems to run the neighborhood.
1990 175 p.

Strickland, Brad WHEN MACK CAME BACK
When his older brother Ben leaves the family farm in order to join the army in 1943, 10-year-old Maury remains behind to deal with his angry father and to care for Ben's injured puppy.
2000 105 p.

Taylor, Mildred THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS
In 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
1992 209 p.

Willis, Patricia A PLACE TO CLAIM AS HOME
13-year-old Henry, hired by the strangely unfriendly Miss Morrison to be summer help on her farm in 1943 while most of the men in the aea are overseas in the war, discovers that her gruff hardness conceals hurt over a secret in her past.
1991 166 p.

Young, Ronder MOVING MAMA TO TOWN
In 1947, his head filled with the advice and wisdom of his runaway father, 13-year-old Freddy moves his mother from their Georgia farm into town and takes on the challenge of holding his family together.
1997 219 p.


Teen/Young Adult

Blundell, Judy WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED
In 1947, with her stepfather back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the young ex-GI, finds herself caught in a web of lies that changes her life forever. The plot contains explicit sexual situations.
2008 281