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Short Stories About War for Kids

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

War is a tough thing to comprehend. Reading about war can be a simple way to help students understand its nuances. This book list includes a broad selection of short stories, especially for kids, about war.

Short Stories About War for Kids

Reading is an excellent way to learn about challenging concepts and events. Short stories can be powerful tools for addressing tough subjects like the violence of war. The following list of stories address this topic in ways that are appropriate for and meaningful to young readers.

Beginning Readers

These books are designed for beginning or early readers.

Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky

World War II was a tragic time for much of the world. Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky is a short chapter book designed for developing independent readers. The book's overall goal is to explain America's decision to become a part of World War II. It presents the events that led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and summarizes the devastation that resulted. The bright illustrations help to bring historical accuracy to the direct and simple language of this short book.

From Slave to Soldier by Deborah Hopkinson

From Slave to Soldier by Deborah Hopkinson is a book geared toward early readers. It features a young enslaved man named Johnny who decides to join the Union Army's efforts during the Civil War in America. As the story progresses and Johnny works to support the soldiers of the Union Army, he is increasingly inspired by his desire for freedom. The story, which is inspired by slave narratives, uses colorful images and simple language to share Johnny's quest for freedom with readers.

The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little

The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little presents early readers with the heroic tale of trickery that ended the Trojan War. The book presents a simple summary of the events of the war, culminating with the Greek's rescue of Helen of Troy with the infamous Trojan Horse. This book will have young readers feeling as if they are traveling back to ancient times with the help of the engaging images.

Older Elementary Readers

These short stories on war are designed for more advanced elementary readers.

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