This is the subject Ds#1 wanted to study this year. With Memoir '44 being his favorite board game it was hardly a surprise. Between what I already had and the recommendations in For the Love of Literature by Maureen Wittmann (which I now have on my Kindle), I was able to easily put a unit together.
For spines I have several books. World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk; and America: The Last Best Hope (Volume II) by William J. Bennett. (I see that a Volume III is coming out next month covering 1988 to 2008.) I also have a couple of OOP books for younger kids: The First Book of World War II by Louis L. Snyder and America Moves Forward by Gerald W. Johnson.
The Landmark Book series has a lot of titles on the subjects. I own eleven of them, plenty to keep my kids reading. If you are not familiar with this series, they are non-fiction books told in a story format. They have too much fact to be historical fiction yet the details in the dialogs, for example, are made up. I suppose you can consider them on the factual end of historical fiction.
Bethlehem books has quite a few WWII historical fiction titles that my boys are enjoying, like Penny for a Hundred for Ds#3, The Secret War of Sergent Donkey for Ds#2, and Enemy Brothers for Ds#1. We own these.
Some of Maureen's recommendations include Twenty and Ten by Claire Hutchet Bishop. We were able to borrow Miracle at Moreaux, the film based on it. She also listed Against the Dayan out of print book by Michael Cronin that turns out to be the first in a series of three that can still be gotten cheaply through used book sellers. We're waiting for them to arrive. She recommends some great picture books that I got from the library like The Snow Goose and The Secret Seder.
I purchased Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Mary's Knight by Patricia E. Jablonski and Saint Edith Stein: Blessed by the Cross by Mary Lea Hill, both in the Encounter the Saints series. I even found a 1959 biography of Pope Pius XII by Richard Cushing in the juvenile section of a local library, though it was also in a college collection. At 180 pages maybe Ds#1 could read it, but I'll have to read through it first.
I've put my husband on the task of recommending some classic WWII movies--John Wayne comes to mind but I am sure there's many more. So far Ds#1 is reading the historical fiction faster than I can get them in, and that's a good predicament to be in.
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