World War II Booklist

a selection of texts to supplement a WWII unit

So what are we really doing here?

While you study WWII in class, you will also choose a text or novel to read on your own outside of class to help supplement your study. After finishing the book, you will create a trailer or advertisement for the book (like a book report) to help other readers decide if the book is something they might like to read. Which book you choose is entirely up to you!

You DO NOT have to buy the book you choose unless you want to. Some of these books are available at the library here at school, and many more of them are available at the public library. You can even find some of them as eBooks and audio books. And if you find one on your mom's shelf, that's fine, too! There are also used book stores all over Charlotte, including right down the street. Be creative, but remember: finding the book is ultimately your responsibility.

This list is broken up by genre as a way to help you pick a book. In some cases, this flyer links to a larger second list, depending on the genre. Pay attention to the links!

Remember: this is your choice! Don't pick one you don't think you will like or enjoy reading! If none of these books sound like something you'd like, come talk to me. There are many, many more. I picked these books for a number of reasons, like how well-reviewed they are, the topic, the genre, the reading level, and how likely you are to be able to find a copy of them. These are by no means the only books about WWII that exist.

Do not hesitate to ask questions if you have them!

Historical Fiction (Realistic)

Normally, historical fiction wouldn't be interchangeable with realistic fiction. Historical fiction takes true situations, things that actually happens, and does things like adding a character who wasn't real or making the true situation not the main focus of the story. Realistic fiction tends to be contemporary, about real-life things, but not necessarily things that have actually happened in history. For our purposes though, the two became fairly interchangeable. Much of the realistic fiction about WWII is also historical fiction.

If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, you can access the list of books in this genre by clicking here. This is by far the genre with the largest selection of books, so the list is on another page.

Science Fiction

Science Fiction is books that could be realistic in the future, or in an alternate future, where science has enabled the situation to be realistic. Sci fi can take many forms, including steampunk, dystopian futures, and alternate reality. Star Trek is a good example of TV sci fi, and Divergent a popular sci fi book. See the list of choices below. Click the first link in each description to find the book at the public library. Any other link provides more information or fun extras.


It may seem that all books about WWII are nonfiction; that is, a true story. But many of the fictionalized accounts will have embellishments or added characters who were not real. Nonfiction texts tell their story through first person accounts and primary source documents, without adding any extra narrative to the factual evidence. Sometimes they can be written in narrative form, but they maintain accuracy.

Obviously, there are a huge number of nonfiction texts about WWII, so you can access that separate list by clicking here.

Don't shy away from this list just because nonfiction may not normally be your thing. There a large number of different types of nonfiction on this list, including a graphic novel, stories of single battles, and narrative nonfiction.


Fantasy tends to come in different levels. There's high fantasy, like "Lord of the Rings," which takes place in a completely imaginary world than our own, often with dragons and elves. Low fantasy tends to take place in an imaginary world, but one that doesn't include imaginary beings. "The False Prince" is a really good (and very new, award-winning) example of this. Think imaginary kings and queens, but not dragons. And then there is everything in between: worlds hidden within our world ("Chronicles of Narnia" and "Harry Potter"). Paranormal books, ones that occur in our world as it really is except that there are also werewolves or vampires or magic, also exist under the umbrella of fantasy. Check out the fantasy choices below. Click the first link in each description to find the book at the public library. Any other link provides more information or fun extras.