At the end of June I started a personal blog called Kids of the Homefront Army: Poems of World War II America.
About ten years ago I started a project of documenting the lives of children who lived during the war years in America. Dozens of people filled out questionnaires or corresponded with me about their experiences. Many shared information through email, and even some sent me WW II memorabilia. Over several years the project evolved from a strictly informational nonfiction title to a book of poetry for kids (grades 5 and up). After several marketing tries, I decided to publish the book serially, online. So, for ten months of so, a poem is posted on Mondays and Fridays.
Wherever possible, I've tried to illustrate each poem with photos and other ephemera.
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In World War II America everyone participated in the war in one way or another. Everyone. Many of the experiences were shared, others were particularly unique to the individual. I found that poetry was the best way to blend fact and emotion in a succinct way.
If you find that your kids are interested in the topic, we have these works of fiction in our children's collection:
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Willow Run. [J GIF]
Hest, Amy. Love You, Soldier. [J HES]
Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Art of Keeping Cool. [J LIS]
Osborne, Mary Pope. Dear America: My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck. [J DEA]
Patt, Beverly. Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook. [J PAT]
Peck, Richard. On the Wings of Heroes. [J PEC]
Tripp, Valerie. American Girl: Meet Molly, an American Girl, 1944. [J AME]