Photo by Muziyan Du
Sooner or later, children will learn about war as they get older. Even if we do our best not to expose them to it, they will eventually know. Regardless of how much parents limit children’s screen time or if you shut off the news when your kids walk in, talks about war are happening worldwide.
Dora Pryzbylek also has children’s war story books, but it’s not conventional. It’s a war against a microscopic entity that infiltrates our bodies to cause us harm and pain. We’ve been battling a war for years and continue to oppose it as we live.
Join us as we look at some kid’s war story books that children will carry with them and the lessons each tale has.
Anne Laural Castle’s What the Kite Saw
In this story, a little boy’s world gets torn apart when tanks and soldiers occupy his town, forcing him and his family to hide inside their homes. What used to be a fun and stimulating outside world is now a terrifying plane ravaged by bullets and explosions as the sound of gunshots and tanks fills the air. You will need tissues as you read this tale with your kids.
Cynthia Kadohata’s A Place to Belong
A Place to Belong is set during World War II when Hanako (an American of Japanese descent) and others of the same nationality were imprisoned because the Japanese opposition bombed Pearl Harbor. The book focuses on the adverse effects that war presents to everybody. Demolished homes, destroyed Earth, torn families, and miserable folks are examples of war’s negative impacts that always ruin everything.
Sarah Jones’ A Kids Book About War
What the book aims to do is to aid children in understanding what war is, why they happen, and the aftermath of war — both in terms of the emotional and physical turmoil happening to anyone caught in the middle. The publishers even released a free e-Book with the same title so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can benefit from knowing what war truly is.
R.J. Palacio’s White Bird: A Wonder Story (A Graphic Novel)
Although White Bird is set during World War II, it doesn’t focus on the atrocities and brutality of war as much. The graphic novel is a story with the fundamental message of allowing genuine kindness to shine amidst the noise and haste of the ensuing strife.
Other messages it focuses on include being brave and taking risks, standing up for, and doing the right thing despite being a scary task.
Dora Przybylek’s Luisita is Sick
An expert storyteller wrote this award-winning children’s book. It speaks of the heartwarming story of a girl with fantastic support she gets from her loved ones as she battles cancer. The book’s primary goal is to aid kids, including their parents, in coping with the fact (including the treatment process) that their child has cancer.
While this book isn’t what people would consider one of the many conventional children’s war story books, it is a war against cancer itself and the story of how Luisita is doing her best to live her life.
Mary Nhin’s Anne Frank: A Kid’s Book About Hope
Anne Frank and the diary she wrote to provide a window into gaining better insight into what war, particularly World War II, is all about. If you wish to talk with kids about Anne Frank but are not prepared to mention the graphic horrors and brutality of the holocaust, then this book is what you’re looking for.
It mainly centers around a little girl who keeps her journal close, writing to it as she hides inside a small space, describing her fears. She also talks about how her life drastically changed due to the oppression Jewish people experienced back in World War II.
War is never suitable for children. The purpose of children’s war story books is not to traumatize little kids but rather to educate them about its history. They need to know what happened to avoid making the same mistakes that led to wars.
Kid’s war story books are abundant in the market today, and we implore you to check out our book, “Luisita is Sick,” to find out how both parents and children can cope with the war against cancer.