20th century ebook checklist for younger youngsters

20th century ebook checklist for younger youngsters

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20th century book list for young teenagers

20th century: World wars. A global economic crisis. First flight. Space flight. Right to vote. Civil rights. Communism. Terrorism. Jazz. Nuclear weapons. Computers.

The twentieth century included major, sweeping changes, inventions, and events that connected our globe more than every century before.

A reader could read for years and could not treat all books about World War II alone; This list is incomplete. Rather, it is a collection of some works that we consider to be good starting points.

Our 20th century book list for young teenagers includes political history, history of science, social history, and Christian history in a mix of formats. Some are long, meaty titles; others are picture books or graphic novels. Many of them are available in your local library.

Considerations: In the following resources, topics and ideas from this turbulent time are addressed as a group, which are best appreciated by children from the age of 12. Older readers could read the regular versions of the listed “Young Readers Versions”. If you have younger children, just wait or choose carefully.

20th century book list for young teenagers

Titles that may be linked to book reviews of redeemed readers.

Recommended resource:: The Land of Hope by Wilfred McClay. This is a solid "spine" that serves as an overview and holds the different parts together. be with chapter 14.


First World War

1920s-1930s: Roaring 20s and the Depression

Second World War

Communism and the Cold War

  • George Orwell Animal Farm (Allegory)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (dystopian fiction, but clear thematic connections)
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz (historical fiction; spanning several decades)
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis (Picture Book / Graphic Novel)
  • Brother Andrew's God-smugglers (autobiography; missions)

Civil rights (1960s)

Vietnam War (1970s)

Space race

Recent story

  • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot (non-fiction; church history)
  • The boy who used the wind Young Readers Edition by William Kwakwamba (non-fiction; history of science)
  • Steve Jobs: Think differently from Patricia Lakin OR Elon Musk and the search for a fantastic future from Ashlee Vance. Modern life was changed by fast computer and handheld devices; the other can take us to Mars.
  • Watch video footage of: Challenger Explosion, Twin Towers, Berlin Wall, etc.
  • A Twin Towers 9/11 story (there are several options)
  • Ronald Reagan: Our 40th President of Winston Groom (a good overview of the 20th century through the lens of this amazing president)

What books are YOUR 20th century favorites for young teenagers? Let us know in the comments!

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