WAR & PEACE BOOKS

Topic Books about War, World War One, World War Two, Conflict and Peace for Children in KS1 & KS2

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IMMIGRATION & REFUGEES

The Christmas Truce

by Carol Anne Duffy

Down at the front, on a cold winter's night in 1914, amidst the worst war the world had ever seen, an inexplicable silence spread from man to man. Belief was in the air. Then the soldiers ceased fire and the magic of Christmas took hold . . .

The Little Hen and the Great War by Jennifer Beck 

A young soldier is fighting in the trenches of wartime France when he finds a hen.  The other soldiers laugh when they see him looking after her and sharing his food, but when the hen thrives and begins to lay eggs for them, they realise that perhaps survival and hope are possible after all. 

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War Boy: A Wartime Childhood by Michael Foreman

Life during wartime is vividly brought to life in this personal story filled with childhood memories - from hiding in air-raid shelters to playing in the bombed-out ruins and the arrival of American soldiers. War Boy combines a touching personal story with factual information and wonderful illustrations. 

See Inside: The Second World War by Rob Lloyd Jones

Lift the flaps and discover the insides of some of the military vehicles used during campaigns including tanks, fighter planes and aircraft carriers, while others look in depth at life during the Blitz and the action on the beaches during the invasion of Normandy.

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One Boy's War

by Lynn Huggins-Cooper

A young soldier's honest portrayal, told through letters home and a frank journal, of his enthusiasm for the 1914 recruitment campaign, and joining up – followed by the disillusionment and degradation of soldiering in the trenches of World War I.

Where the Poppies Now Grow

by Hilary Robinson

Set in a bygone age, the carefree childhood of Ben and his best friend Ray becomes a distant memory when they join the army to serve their country. But, in the midst of battle can their friendship survive? Perfect for lower KS2.

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My Secret War Diary

by Marcia Williams

Flossie is just nine years old when Britain declares war on Germany and her father leaves home to join the army. Flossie is left to bring up her brother and to face a whole host of new experiences on her own. Her diary becomes an outlet for relaying all the news from at home and abroad. 

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Peace Lily 

by Hilary Robinson

A beautiful and poignant book that draws the stunning 'Poppies' series to a close and pays tribute to the contribution of women to the war effort. Lily's ambition to become a nurse comes to fruition when she follows her childhood friends, soldiers Ben and Ray, into World War 1 battlefields.

Goodnight Mister Tom

by Michelle Magorian

After being evacuated to the country, Willie Beech slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered when he is summoned 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.

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Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy

With preparations under way to evacuate London's children to the countryside, Tilly and her friend Rosy find out that they will not be able to take their beloved pets with them. They come up with the idea of hiding them in a derelict hut in the woods and, when other children find out and start bringing their pets, their secret den turns into an emergency zoo. 

Children and World War 2

by Sarah Ridley

What was life like for children in Britain during World War II? This book explores their lives through photographs and a simple text. It asks children to become history detectives themselves by studying the photographs. Topics include evacuation, school life, the Blitz and rationing.

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The Lion and the Unicorn

by Shirley Hughes

As Lenny's father goes to fight in the war he gives his son a badge with a lion and a unicorn on it. Lenny takes it when he is evacuated to the country. In a secret garden with a stone unicorn, he meets a wounded soldier and learns how hard it is to be brave. It is the unicorn who finally rescues him from his sadness...

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The Story of the First World War for Children by John Malam 

The Story of the First World War for Children (1914-1918) is a fact-packed information book that relates the unfolding events and the human stories in a way that brings history vividly to life. The Story of the Second World War for Children is also available in the collection. 

The War that Saved My Life 

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada has never left her flat. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her. So when her brother Jamie is evacuated out of London, Ada sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Miss Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in the two children. 

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DKfindout! World War 2

by DK

From the causes of the conflict to the most important battles, discover key facts and hear from people who lived through it. This book looks at all aspects of the Second World War, including the Normandy landings and propaganda posters and is a must have for any budding historian.

Little People, Big Dreams: Anne Frank by Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

Discover the life of Anne Frank, the writer whose diary captured the hearts of the public. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of Anne's life.

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What Happened When in the World by DK

This colourful book for kids is split into four main chapters - the ancient world; the medieval world; the modern world; and 20th and 21st centuries. You can march across Europe with the Crusades, battle the Black Death, and understand the impact of major global events such as World War 1 and 2.

Remembrance Day

by Jane Bingham 

Explaining why we remember the people who fought and died, both in World War One and in other conflicts in a thoughtful and insightful way. Remembrance Day looks at the background to World War One and also focuses on objects, such as poppies and the Cenotaph that are key to the day itself. 

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History in Infographics: First World War by Jon Richards

Help children get to grips with the immense scale of the First World War. Find out the size of each country's army, learn about the average age of soldiers, how many people were taken prisoner, how many zeppelins were built, how big the tanks were, what were the major battles and much, much more.

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A Child's Garden

by Michael Foreman

A boy’s world is ruin and rubble, with a wire fence and soldiers separating him from the cool hills where his father used to take him as a small child. Can a tiny, green plant shoot give him hope in a bleak landscape?

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Stubby: A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman

Stubby was a brave soldier, a loyal friend... and a dog. From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.

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Why? by Nikolai Popov

A frog finds a beautiful flower and picks it. When a mouse sees him with it, his jealousy overcomes him, and he takes it. Frog's friends come to his aid and chase the mouse away. But Mouse's friends return for a counter-attack. By the end of it, all either side can ask is: why? This seemingly simple book tackles the important subject of conflict and war.

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Friend or Foe? 

by Michael Morpurgo

Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away. Then one night the distant crump of bombing brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

by Judith Kerr

One day, Anna’s father goes missing. Then her and her brother are taken by their mother, in secrecy, from everything they know – home, schoolmates and well-loved toys – right out of Germany. This internationally acclaimed story of one Jewish family’s flight from Hitler’s Germany has become a much-loved classic.

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Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

In Nazi-occupied Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her best friend from a terrible fate. Inspired by true events of the Second World War, this gripping novel brings the past vividly to life for today’s readers.

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Our Castle by the Sea 

by Lucy Strange

England is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground. This is the story of a girl who is small, afraid and unnoticed. A girl who is somehow destined to become part of the strange, ancient legend of the Daughters of Stone ...

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