Life on the homefront during
World War II

  • Avi.  Don't You Know There's a War On? Set in NY in the 40's
  • Bauer, Marion Dane. Rain of Fire
  • Bowman, Constance. Slacks and Calluses. A memoir of two high school teachers (women) who spend their summer vacation working at a bomber factory. It was loads of fun and not very long.
  • Burch, Hut School and the Wartime Home-Front Heroes
  • Campbell, Barbara Girl Named Bob and a Horse Named Yoki, retitled Taking Care of Yoki. It takes place in St. Louis during World War II
  • Colman, Penny.  Rosie the Riveter. nonfiction, women working on the home front
  • Colman, Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front
  • Cutler, Jane: My Wartime Summers
  • Enright.  The Four-Story Mistake. and sequels--written at the time and reflect attitudes/activities going on at the time.
  • Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Lily's Crossing. novel set in Rockaway, NY
  • Greene, Bette: Summer of My German Soldier
  • Lee, Milly.  Nim and the Great War Effort. This is a picture book based on the author's experiences growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown during the war. Nim, whose is being educated in the traditions and culture of China, is also proud to be an American. Stung by a taunt from a classroom bully who says that only a "real American" can win the contest, she throws herself into the school paper drive.
  • Lisle, Janet Taylor. THE ART OF KEEPING COOL
  • Little, Jean: Listen for the Singing
  • Lowry, Lois: The Woods at the End of Autumn Street
  • Means, Florence Crannell. The Moved-Outers.
  • Melendy series (especially the first three: The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, and Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright).  These were fairly recently reprinted but may be op again. These take place during the WWII era also; Randy and her brother have a scrap drive; the children have a Victory garden; the blackouts and bombs in Europe are briefly touched upon, etc.
  • Mochizuki, Ken.  Baseball Saved Us. It is set in a Japanese internment camp shortly after the Pearl Harbor bombing
  • Molly series (American Girl)
  • Stein, The Home Front
  • Stevenson, James. Don't You Know There's a War On? -- a book of poems and illustrations by the author that portray his experiences as a boy during the
  • 1940s
  • Stockum, Hilda Van.  The Mitchells. It's the story of the large Mitchell family in wartime; Father is away at the war, the children have a Victory Garden, they make friends with a refugee from Europe, it's a good view of the home front in the 40's.
  • Whitman, Children of the World War II Home Front
  • Whitman, V is for Victory: The American Home Front During World War II



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