The war in Iraq has lost inches of headlines to the surge in Afghanistan, the troubled economy, and environmental disasters.
Many Americans say they are fatigued by seven years of American occupation and counter-insurgency in Iraq. A new cluster of child and young adult literature tells stories from and about Iraq for a different audience…kids.
Lesley University professor Mary Ann Cappiello is in the studio with a pile of books that depict the traditionally adult subjects from the war in Iraq for younger audiences.
Children’s and Young Adult Books About the War in Iraq
The Librarian of Basra by Jeannette Winter (2005)
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery (2009)
Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes by Kelly Milner Halls and Major William Sumner (2010)
Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford (2008)
Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty (2004)
Middle Grade Fiction
Back Home by Julia Keller (2009)
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (2009)
Middle Grade Nonfiction
Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis (2009)
Iraqigirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq edited by Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (2009)
War Is…Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell (2008)
Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams (2009)
Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (2009)
High Dive by Tammar Stein (2008)
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick (2009)
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (2008)
Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson (2010)
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