About Me and My Blog


Feel free to contact me at thechildrenswar@gmail.com

About Me:
My name is Alex.  I have been an avid reader since I was four, thanks to my parents.   I prefer historical fiction, but will read anything if it is good.  I am a former NYC public school teacher (4th grade) and now I am working on an annotated bibliography of books written for young readers set in World War II  which just keeps growing.

About My Blog:
This blog is called The Children’s War because I have always been interested in the impact World War II had on young people. But they were not merely passive victims; but, despite fear, many of them participated in assisting the war effort in a wide variety of ways. So many writers have used, and continue to use, World War II in their work and it is interesting to see how they depict the lives of children and teenagers in their stories – in both fiction and non-fiction. The range and originality of their work amazes me, and while I realize that not all books will appeal to all people, it is my hope that this blog will help readers find what they might be looking for with regard to the Second World War.
I know that given the subject matter of this blog, there might be some books included that are difficult or distressing to some people. My intention is not to offend, but to inform, and the books I subjectively choose to use are also written with the objective on informing.

Review Policy:
I will read any book written for children, YA and occasionally adult readers that uses World War II as a plot device in some way. My posts are always my own writing and my own opinions. They tend to be long and I probably include spoilers unintentionally. For this, I apologize in advance. I very rarely dislike a book and when I do, I probably won’t write about it immediately. Eventually, I will reread that book and try to rethink my first opinion. I learned to do this through experience, sometimes I am just not in the mood for that book. As much as possible, I try to include relevant outside information on each book that can be used as a teaching tool.
I do own a Nook and an IPad for reading ebooks.
I am not accepting unsolicited books at this time.

My Personal Blog Features:

From the Archives:
I like to go back and see what was written for kids to read during the war.  With this feature, I read and review those books. Writers and their readers didn’t know what was going to happen to them moment to moment, so they offer a very different perspective on the war.

Sunday Funnies:
This feature will present some of the funnies I have collected over time to give readers a sense of what they were like.World War II was a total war and so it impacted people totally.  All aspects of life were devoted to the war, none more so that the objects of popular culture.  And when the world went to war, so did many of the "funnies" that were read in the daily and Sunday papers.  And so did comic books.  

Movie Matinee:
I'm a big movie fans and occasionally will review a movie that would appeal to kids or teens and uses World War II as a theme.  These usually are about the home front, where my interest lies, and I don't ever watch war movies about combat.

Your Hit Parade:
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is whether I listen to World War II songs.  I love music and listen to it all the time.  And yes, I do have a WWII playlist - one for humorous songs, one for sentimental songs and one for patriotic songs, all written and performed during the war.  Occasionally, I like to share a song and it's history on Saturday, which is when the original Your Hit Parade was heard on the radio.

World War I: 
Zoe at Playing by the Book recently suggested I start a blog about WWI.  Unfortunately, I already have two blogs, The Children's War and Randomly Reading, so I not sure a third would be doable.  However, I have run across some pretty good literature for kids and teens about WWI and so I have decided to start including some of those here.  After all, the First World War also had a powerful impact on the home front.

Memes, Challenges:
I like participate in some weekly memes, and I am presently participating in several reading challenges.

Disclosure Policy:
This policy is valid from 22 January 2011
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. I write for my own purposes. However, I may be influenced by my background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.
The owner of this blog will never receive compensation in any way from this blog.
The owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic or product or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.


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 Thanks to Kathy at Books Kids Like and Barbara at March House Books Blog
Thanks to Nancy at Simple Clockwork

Thanks to Barbara at March House Books Blog

Thanks to Suzy at Suzy Henderson

Thanks for Barbara at March House Books Blog

Thanks to Angela at AJ Arendt Books Blog