Thursday, June 6, 2019

Some Books About D-Day

D-Day June 6, 1944
"You are about to embark upon the 
great crusade toward which we have striven these
many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...
I have full confidence in your courage, 
devotion to duty and skill in battle."
                                                       General Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Tuesday, June 6, 1944
My dearest Kitty,
"This is D Day," the BBC announced at twelve. "This is the day."
The invasion has begun!
                             Anne Frank

Today is the 75th anniversary and the world is honoring the heroes of that day in a big way - as we should. The D-Day landings on the Normandy coast by American, British, and Canadians soldiers and all the equipment they brought with them sometimes seems like an overwhelming mission, it feels like a miracle that it succeeded at all. But it did, and it change the course of the war. The allied invasion cost so many people their lives, and as the quote from Anne Frank reminds us, it was a momentous turning point, not the end of the war.

There are a number of very well written books about D-Day which I've already read (but haven't necessarily reviewed) and I would like to share them with you today.

by Ronald J. Drez
National Geographic Children's Books, 2004, 64 pages

by Rick Atkinson
Henry Holt and Co., 2014, 224 pages

D-Day: The World War II Invasion The Changed History
by Deborah Hopkinson
Scholastic Press, 2018, 400 pages

D-Day: Untold Stories of the Normandy Landings
inspired by 20 real-life people
written by Michael Noble, illustrated by Alexander Mostov
Wide Eyed Editions, 2019, 48 pages
This is a picture book for older readers (age 8-12). I loved reading about these "stories of bravery, sacrifice, and innovation. 

Invasion: The Story of D-Day
by Bruce Bliven, Jr.
1956, 2017
I haven't reviewed this book yet, but it is a very detailed look at what it took to prepare for the D-Day allied invasion and it's aftermath, there is just one problem with it -  there is absolutely no sourcing. I gave it a four star rating for the prose content, but a one star for the sourcing.

by Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2019, 144 pages

by Kate Messner
Scholastic, 2018, 160 pages

Barrington Stoke, 2019, 120 pages

Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press, 1999, 2012, 144 pages

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press, 2013, 224 pages

by Amy McAuley
Walker Children's Books, 2012, 326 pages

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