Holocaust Memorial Day – Children’s information booklist

Parents can only give good advice or put them
on the right paths, but the final forming of
a person’s character lies in their own hands.

Anne Frank

Hedy’s journey: the true story of a Hungarian girl fleeing the Holocaust 
by Michelle Bisson and illustrated by El Primo Ramón

It is 1941. Hedy and her family are Jewish, and the Jew-hating Nazi Party is rising. Hedy’s family is no longer safe in their home in Hungary. They decide to flee to America, but because of their circumstances, 16-year-old Hedy must make her way through Europe alone. Will luck be with her? Will she be brave? Join Hedy on her journey – where she encounters good fortune and misfortune, a kind helper and cruel soldiers, a reunion and a tragedy – and discover how Hedy is both lucky and brave.


The diary of a young girl
by Anne Frank

Sensitively edited, the abridged edition of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name. There are line drawings, lots of family photographs, and an afterword to explain why the diary ends so abruptly.


Witnesses to war: eight true-life stories of Nazi persecution
by Michael Leapman

The experiences of eight children from different parts of occupied Europe during World War II are recounted here. They were forced to hide, to flee, to assume new identities, and were held prisoner in concentration camps.


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Anne Frank
by Josephine Poole and illustrated by Angela Barrett

Anne Frank’s diary telling the story of her years in hiding from the Nazis has affected millions of people. But what was she like as a small girl, at home with her family and friends; at play and at school? And how did an ordinary little girl come to live such an extraordinary and tragically short life?


The missing: the true story of my family in World War II
by Michael Rosen

By turns charming, shocking, and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who ‘went missing’ during the Second World War – told through prose, poetry, maps, and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the Internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution – and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.


Anne Frank
by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Sveta Dorosheva

Little Anne was born in Germany to a liberal Jewish family. But when the Nazis came into power she was forced to go into hiding with her family. With innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.


The promise: the true story of a family in the Holocaust
by Eva Schloss and Barbara Powers

Written specially for children, this is the true story of a young Jewish girl and her brother growing up during the Second World War, caught in a world turned upside down by the Nazis.


The horror of the Holocaust
by Claire Throp

The Holocaust was one of the most horrific events in history. This book looks at how the Nazi Party, led by Adolf Hitler, persecuted, imprisoned, and killed millions of people. Find out more about Kristallnacht, the death camps, and the creation of the State of Israel.


In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank

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