Best World War 1 Books for Kids

Here is a list of some great books about World War 1.

World War 1 Fiction Books for Children

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

A moving and poignant story tackling the horrors faced by the soldiers in the World War 1 trenches.

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha by Michael Foreman

A heartwarming tale about the companionship between a WW1 seaman and his unusual companion – a tortoise. Based on the true story of Harry Friston who served at Gallipoli.

Soldier Dog by Sam Angus

Often compared to Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse (see below), this book set during World War 1 sensitively shows the horrors of war faced by the soldiers and the messenger dogs on the frontlines.

Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens

A book for young teenagers, this short novel is a thought-provoking and emotional story about the impact of World War 1 on the soldiers and their families.

A Dog in No Man’s Land by Damian Kelleher

A warm-hearted story of a boy and his dog during World War 1. Suitable for children in Upper Key Stage 2 and above. Fantastic illustrations.

Stories of World War One by Tony Bradman

A great collection of short stories, featuring contributions from Jamila Gavin, Lind Newbery, Malorie Blackman, Geraldine McCaughrean, to name but a few.

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Told from a horse’s point of view, the chaos and the horrific realities of World War 1 are brought to life in this powerful story of friendship and hope.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

This atmospheric and moving story details a day in the life of World War 1 soldier Private Tommo Peaceful.

The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo

The story of the World War 1 Christmas Truce, with fantastic illustrations by Michael Foreman.

My Story: Road to War by Valerie Wilding

A powerful and vivid story told from the point of view of World War 1 ambulance driver Daffy Rowntree.

World War 1 Poetry

Poems from the First World War by Gaby Morgan

A powerful and moving collection of poems about World War 1 told by soldiers, nurses, fathers, and mothers.

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World War 1 Non-Fiction / Information Books for Children

The Story of World War One by Richard Brassey

You Wouldn’t Want to be in the Trenches in World War One by Alex Woolf and Dave Antram

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan

See Inside the First World War by Rob Lloyd Jones

Archie’s War by Marcia Williams

One Boy’s War by Lynne Huggins-Cooper

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