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Books to Help Your Child Learn About the Holocaust

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is your child asking questions or learning about the Holocaust in school? Are you looking for resources to give your child or read alongside him or her? Check out a list of age-appropriate books below, available for checkout through the Lackawanna County Library System. Keep in mind that the age recommendations are suggestions only and what is right for one child might not be for another. After all, you know your child best.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Grades 7 and Up. Seventeen-year-old Lina, her mother, and her younger brother are forced to go to a Siberian work camp, where they must fight for their lives.

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Grades 6-9. In this fictionalized biography, readers learn about the experiences of Helmuth Hübener, who was executed for writing and distributing pamphlets calling for resistance.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Grades 10 and Up. This is a spy thriller about friendship, courage, and sacrifice.

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier. Grades 2-6. This gentle graphic novel begins as a grandmother tells her granddaughter how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden by relatives and friends to keep her safe from the concentration camps.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Grades 4-6. This 1990 Newbery award-winner recounts the story of  ten-year-old Annemarie helping to hide her best friend during the evacuation of Jews from Denmark.

The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren. Grades K-2. Wonderfully illustrated by Fabio Santomauro , this picture book is based on a true story about two families: one Danish, one Jewish.

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