From Unit Plan: Literature and History of the Holocaust


Create an area in your library with some of the books from this list to spark independent inquiry. Multiple copies of the books can be used for small group instruction.


Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
Based on the exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this novel features a character named Daniel, who embodies the experiences of millions of children and their families during the Holocaust.

Classroom Tip: Display this book as an independent reading choice.


Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The author explores the youth that followed Hitler. Includes a look at the photos and propaganda that influenced youth to follow Hitler.

Classroom Tip: This book can be used to for an examination into propoganda and persuasion.


The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev
During World War II, a young Jewish Boy is left on his own for two months. He lives in a ruined house at 78 Bird Street, in the midst of the Warsaw ghetto. Here he must learn all of the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening situations. Based on the experiences of the author. Translated from Hebrew.

Classroom Tip: This book is a great read-aloud.


Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Ten-year-old Annemarie's best friend is Ellen. Annemarie and her family hide Ellen in their house by pretending she is part of the family in order to protect her life during WWII in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen. 

Classroom Tip: This book is a great read-aloud.


Primary Sources Teaching Kit: World War II by Sean Stewart Price
Packed with reproducible primary sources, from FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech to an account of a Holocaust survivor, this collection of authentic documents will capture students' interest in the history of World War II. Teaching materials provide background information, document-based discussion questions, and reproducibles that help kids analyze and evaluate each historical document.

Classroom Tip: This book can be used to teach about primary sources and contains primary sources that can be used to support other lessons.


Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo, Mara Bovsun
These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.

Classroom Tip: This book is a great read-aloud, in whole or part.