Holocaust Picture Books: An Annotated List

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day and, as Marcia Vaughan noted in her guest post last week, books guest bloggercan be a good way to introduce young students to a very difficult topic. Today, with permission, we’re cross-posting educator Keith Schoch’s excellent annotated list of recommended picture books about the Holocaust, originally posted on March 3, 2013 at Teach With Picture Books:

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Picture books included in the above annotated book list:

I Never Saw Another Butterfly, by Hana Volavkova

Star of Fear, Star of Hope, by Jo Hoestlandt, illus. by Johanna Kang

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Henri Sorenson

The Cats in Krasinski Square, by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson

The Butterfly, by Patricia Polacco

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen, as told to Michelle R. McCann by Luba Trysznska-Frederick, illustrated by Ann Marshall

Rebekkah’s Journey, by Ann E. Burg, illustrated by Joel Iskowitz

My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto, photographs by Mendel Grossman, text by Frank Dabba

The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, by Susan Goldman Rubin with Ela Weissberger

Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II, by Marisabina Russo

The Harmonica, by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Ron Mazellan

The Grand Mosque of Paris, by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, by Meg Wiviott, illustrated by Josee Bisaillon

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust, by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

The Lily Cupboard: A Story of the Holocaust, by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, illustrated by Ronald Himler

Erika’s Story, by Ruth Vander Zee, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

Flowers on the Wall, written and illustrated by Miriam Nerlove

The Featherbed Journey, by Paula Kurzband Feder, illustrated by Stacey Schuett

A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and His
Children, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

The Flag with Fifty-Six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen, by Susan Goldman Rubin, with illustrations by Bill Farnsworth

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee

Irena’s Jars of Secrets, by Marcia Vaughn, illustrated by Ron Mazellan

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto, by Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Thanks to Keith Schoch for letting us share his comprehensive book list. Visit Keith Schoch’s excellent website, Teach With Picture Books, for more book lists, teacher’s guides, and curriculum tips.