HOLOCAUST

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

HOLOCAUST


Picture Books

Adler, David ONE YELLOW DAFFODIL
A HANUKKAH STORY

During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.
1995 unpaged

Feder, Paula THE FEATHER BED JOURNEY
As she rescues the insides of a torn feather pillow, Grandma tells about her childhood in Poland, about the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II, and about the origin of this special pillow.
1995 unpaged

Sim, Dorrith IN MY POCKET
Fear and uncertainity afflict everyone on the boat on the morning in July 1939 when Jewish children sail from Holland to the safety of a new life in Scotland.
1996 unpaged


3rd - 4th Grade Books

Ackerman, Karen THE NIGHT CROSSING
In 1938, having begun to feel the persecution that all Jews are experiencing In their Austrian city, Clara and her family escape over the mountains into Switzerland.
1994 54 p.

HOLOCAUST HOLOCAUST

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

HOLOCAUST


Picture Books

Adler, David ONE YELLOW DAFFODIL
A HANUKKAH STORY

During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.
1995 unpaged

Feder, Paula THE FEATHER BED JOURNEY
As she rescues the insides of a torn feather pillow, Grandma tells about her childhood in Poland, about the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II, and about the origin of this special pillow.
1995 unpaged

Sim, Dorrith IN MY POCKET
Fear and uncertainity afflict everyone on the boat on the morning in July 1939 when Jewish children sail from Holland to the safety of a new life in Scotland.
1996 unpaged


3rd - 4th Grade Books

Adler, David HIDING FROM THE NAZIS
The true story of Lore Baer who as a 4-year-old Jewish child was placed with a Christian family in the Dutch farm country to avoid persecution by the Nazis.
1997 unpaged

Deedy, Carmen THE YELLOW STAR
THE LEGEND OF KING CHRISTIAN X OF DENMARK

Retells the legend of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.
2000 unpaged

Hesse, Karen THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE
The courage of young women and men who risked their lives to help those trapped behind the Warsaw Ghetto walls is depicted in this picture book for older children.
2004 unpaged

Hoestlandt, Jo ONE MORE BORDER
THE TRUE STORY OF ONE FAMILY'S ESCAPE FROM WAR-TORN EUROPE

Supplemented by photographs, the Kaplans prepare to leave Memel, Lithuania in 1939 before the Nazis invade. With the help of the Japanese consul, Mr. Sugihara, Father, Igor and Nomi obtain visas, but because their Mother is Russian, she must obtain hers separately. This story follows the family through Siberia, into Japan and across the sea to Canada, reuniting with Oma and Opa in Ontario.
1998 59 p.

Littlesugar, Amy WILLY AND MAX
A Holocaust Story

In Belgium during World War II, Willy becomes friends with Max and his Jewish family, and although they become separated, they remain related by a bond of friendship and a special painting.
2006 unpaged

McDonough, Yona THE DOLL WITH THE YELLOW STAR
When France falls to Germany at the start of World War Ii, nine-year-old Claudine must leave her beloved parents and friends to stay with relatives in America, accompanied by her doll, Violette.
2005 90 p.

Nerlove, Miriam FLOWERS ON THE WALL
Rachel, a young Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, struggles to survive with her family and maintains hope by painting colorful flowers on her dingy apartment walls.
1996 unpaged

Nivola, Claire ELISABETH
Forced to flee the Nazis, a young girl and her family eventually end up in the United States where, years later, with a young daughter of her own, she is improbably reunited with the beloved doll she left behind in Germany in 1939.
1997 unpaged

Oppenheim, Shulamith THE LILY CUPBOARD
Miriam, a young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland.
1992 unpaged

Propp, Vera WHEN THE SOLDIERS WERE GONE
After the German occupation of the Netherlands, Benjamin leaves the Christian family with whom he had been living and reunites with his real parents who returned from hiding. based on a true story. Benjamin lived from 1942-1945 on a farm near Hengelo, Holland. He was very upset to learn he would have to leave the farm family he loved to live with strangers.
1999 99 p.

Rappaport, Doreen THE SECRET SEDER
Jacques and his parents are hiding in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, pretending to be Catholics. On the first night of Passover, Jacques and his father elude Nazi soldiers to gather with other Jews and celebrate the Seder.
2005 unpaged


5th Grade and UP

Attema, Martha DAUGHTER OF LIGHT
In Holland, WWII is at its height. The harsh winter and the German forces have the Dutch population in their grip. Now electricity has been cut off, forcing 9-year-old Ria and her family to scramble for sources of heat and light.
2001 133 p.

Bergman, Tamar ALONG THE TRACKS
Still wearing badges that mark them as Jews, Yankele and his family flee Nazi-occupied Poland and begin their lives as refugees. But when the train theyÉ≠re on is bombed, Yankele and his family are separated. Here Yankele's life as a refugee ends, and his life as one of the abandoned ones begins.
1991 245 P.

Dahlerg, Maurine PLAY TO THE ANGEL
In Vienna in 1938, in the shadow of an increasingly dangerous Nazi Germany, 12-year-old Greta pursues her dream of becoming a concert pianist like her dead brother Kurt, despite a lack of support from her widowed mother.
2000 183 P.

Dillon, Eilis CHILDREN OF BACH
A Hungarian Jewish family of talented musicians escapes Nazi persecution during World War II.
1992 164 P.

Drucker, Malka JACOBíS RESCUE
In answer to his daughters questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple, Alex and Mela Roslan, hid him and other Jewish children from the Nazis. Based on a true story. 1939.
1993 114 P.

Isaacs, Anne TORN THREAD
In an attempt to save his daughter's life, Eva's father sends her from Poland to a labor camp in Czechoslovakia, where she and her sister survive the war.
2000 183 p.

Johnston, Tony THE HARMONICA
Torn from his home and parents in Poland during World War II, a young Jewish boy starving in a concentration camp finds hope in playing Schubert on his harmonica, in this story illustrating the power of music.
2004 32 p.

Jung, Reinhardt DREAMING IN BLACK & WHITE
A boy dreams that he is a student during the Nazi Third Reich in Germany, where he is persecuted for being physically handicapped and labeled "not worth living." This powerful novel investigates the chilling modern history of Germany.
2003 112 p.

Kacer, Kathy CLARA'S WAR
Thirteen-year-old Clara and her younger brother Peter are living in Prague with their parents in 1943 when the family receives orders to join a transport. Their destination is Terezin (also known as Theresienstadt), a lesser-known concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. Although her family is separated for most of each day and the living conditions are harsh, Clara learns to find comfort in schoolwork, music, and friends, especially streetwise Jacob. He tells her what is really happening to the people chosen for further transports to Auschwitz, and that he plans to escape from Terezin when the time is right.
2001 185 p.

Kacer, Kathy THE NIGHT SPIES
October, 1944. It's the middle of WWII, and a young girl, her mother, and a cousin, have escaped the Nazi's round-up of Jewish people in their hometown. Now they must hide and survive. Based on true events and real characters. (Holocaust Remembrance)
2003 197 p.

Laird, Christa SHADOW OF THE WALL
Living with his mother and two sisters in the Warsaw Ghetto, Misha is befriended by the director of the orphanage, Dr. Korczak, and finds a purpose to his life when he joins a resistance organization.
1989 138 p.

Levitin, Sonia ROOM IN THE HEART
Told from several points of view, this novel reveals how life in Copenhagen was soiled by Nazi occupation and how the Danes fought back with courage and kindness.
2005 290 p.

Matas, Carol DANIELíS STORY
In the late 1930's, Danielís family is forced from their home in Frankfort and sent on a long and dangerous journey, frist to the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and the to Auschwitz - the Nazi death camp.
1993 131P.

Matas, Carol GREATER THAN ANGELS
Anna, a teenaged German refugee, relates how she and other Jewish children were cared for by the citizens of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, during the German occupation. Based on actual occurances. 1940+.
1998 133 P.

Matas, Carol IN MY ENEMY'S HOUSE
When German soldiers arrive in Zloczow during World War II, a young Jewish girl must decide whether or not to conceal her identity and work for a Nazi in Germany in order to survive.
1999 167 P.

Orlev, Uri LYDIA, QUEEN OF PALESTINE
A young Romanian Jewish girl describes her childhood in pre-World War II Romania, her struggles to understand her parents divorce amid the chaos of the war, and her life on a kibbutz in Palestine. Based on the life of the Israeli poet Arianna Haran.
1993 168 P.

Peck, Robert Newton NINE MAN TREE
In Depression-era Florida (1931), young Yoolee attempts to assume the responsibility of protecting his family from an unspeakable horror stalking the swamplands.
1998 170 P.

Radin, Ruth ESCAPE TO THE FOREST
A young Jewish girl living with her family in the town of Lida at the beginning of World War II recalls the horrors of life under first the Russians then the Nazis, before fleeing to join Tuvia Bielski, a partisan who tried to save as many Jews as possible. Based on a true story.
2000 90 P.

Richter, Hans Peter FRIEDRICH
Friedrich and his best friend were growing up in Germany in the early thirties.At first, Friedrich seemed to be more fortunate. His father was well respected and prosperous, while his friendís father had no job. Then Hitler came to power and things began to change. Friedrich was not allowed to join the Youth Group; he was expelled from school; and he became an orphan when his mother died and his father was arrested and deported. All because he was Jewish!
1970 138 P.

Roy, Jennifer YELLOW STAR
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
1970 227 P.

Sachs, Marilyn LOST IN AMERICA
Follows the experiences of Nicole, a teenaged French Jew, from 1943 to 1948, as she loses her parents and sister to the concentration camps and then leaves her native France to make a new life for herself in New York City.
2005 150 p.

Schur, Maxine SACRED SHADOWS
When her German hometown becomes part of Poland after World War I, Lena, a young German Jew, struggles to come to terms with the anti-Semitism and anti-German hatred that seems to be growing around her.
1997 209 P.

Spring, Debbie THE RIGHTEOUS SMUGGLER
During World War II, when Peter, the young son of a fisherman in Amsterdam, notices his Jewish friends being barred from school and ostracized by their other classmates, he is determined to stand by them. His parents have always told him to fight injustice. So when Peter realizes what Hitler's policies ultimately mean for his Jewish friends and their families, he hatches a daring plan to help smuggle them out of the country by boat. Employing their strategy of Blitzkrieg, or "lightning war," the Nazis invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, and quickly occupied the entire area. During the next five years, thousands of Dutch workers were deported to be used as slave labour and ninety percent of the Jewish population were sent to their deaths. In defiance of Nazi rule, brave Dutch people formed an underground resistance movement that was active throughout the war. Their main goal was to rescue Jewish people whenever possible - at considerable risk to themselves. Most of the rescuers chose to offer their homes as refuge. Others led the Jews over land to Switzerland or Spain. Escape by sea was rare, but The Righteous Smuggler is the adventure story of one of those rare rescuers.
2006 149 P.

Treseder, Terry HEAR O ISRAEL
A STORY OR THE WARSAW GHETTO

A Jewish boy describes life in the Warsaw Ghetto and his familyís ultimate transference to and decimation in the camp of Treblinka.
1990 41 p.

Vos, Ida ANNA IS STILL HERE
A STORY OR THE WARSAW GHETTO

13-year-old Anna, who was a hidden child in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, gradually learns to deal with the realities of being a survivor.
1990 41 p.

Vos, Ida DANCING ON THE BRIDGE OF AVIGNON
Relates the experiences of a young Jewish girl and her family during the nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
1995 181 p.

Vos, Ida HIDE AND SEEK
A young Jewish girl living in Holland tells of her experiences during the Nazi occupation, her years in hiding, and the after shock when the war finally ends.
1981 130 p.

Vos, Ida THE KEY IS LOST
When the Germans occupy Holland in 1940 and begin to persecute the Jews there, 12- year-old Eva and her family assume false names and move from one hiding place to another.
2000 271 p.

Watts, Irene GOOD-BYE MARIANNE
A STORY OF GROWING UP IN NAZI GERMANY

1938 Berlin and Marianne Kohn's world was crumbling. First came the burning of neighborhood shops. The her father, a mild, goo-natured bookseller, was forced to live in hiding. Marianne was no longer allowed to go to school, to a cafť, or even to sit on a park bench. She became a part of the Kindertransporte at 71/2.
1998 104 P.

Williams, Laura BEHIND THE BEDROOM WALL
A STORY OF GROWING UP IN NAZI GERMANY

13-year-old Korinna must decide whether to report her parents to her Hilter youth group when she discovers that they are hiding Jews in a secret space behind Korinna's bedroom wall. 1942 Germany.
1996 169 P.

Wiseman, Eva MY CANARY YELLOW STAR
Young Marta lives in Budapest during the Second World War. She must leave school when Jews are barred from classes. Then her father is arrested and sent to dig ditches in Yugoslavia. Soon her family must leave their apartment.
2001 232 P.

Yolen, Jane THE DEVILíS ARITHMETIC
A STORY OF GROWING UP IN NAZI GERMANY

Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
1988 164 P.