Recommended Children’s and Young Adult Literature on Genocide:
Cambodia to Darfur
prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD
This bibliography is from my book, Genocide in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Cambodia to Darfur (Routledge, 2014).
From the book description: “Many of the authors visited accurately and authentically portray the genocide about which they write; others perpetuate stereotypes or otherwise distort, demean, or oversimplify.” The books below are the ones I recommend. In my book I also have sections called “Recommended with Reservations.”
Bosnia and Kosovo
Andryszewski, Tricia. Kosovo: The Splintering of Yugoslavia. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2000.
De Groen, Els. No Roof in Bosnia. Trans. Patricia Compton. Barnstaple, Devon, UK: Spindlewood, 1997.
Dorros, Arthur. Under the Sun: A Novel Based on True Stories of Survival During War. New York: Amulet, 2006.
Filipović, Zlata. Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
Filipović, Zlata, and Melanie Challenger, eds. Stolen Voices: Young People’s Diaries, from World War I to Iraq. New York: Penguin, 2006.
Halilbegovich, Nadja. My Childhood under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2006.
Hiçyilmaz, Gaye. Smiling for Strangers. New York: Farrar, 1998.
Marx, Trish, and Cindy Karp (Photographer). One Boy from Kosovo. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.
Mead, Alice. Adem’s Cross. New York: Farrar, 1996.
——— . Girl of Kosovo. New York: Farrar, 2001.
Paterson, Katherine. The Day of the Pelican. Boston: Houghton, 2009.
Ryan, Tammy. The Music Lesson. Woodstock, IL: Dramatic, 2002.
Schuman, Michael A. Bosnia and Herzegovina. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
Testa, Maria. Something about America. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2005.
Waterlow, Julia. A Family from Bosnia. East Sussex, UK: Wayland, 1997.
Wellburn, Elizabeth, and Deryk Houston (Illus.). Echoes from the Square. Oakville, ON: Rubicon, 1998.
Yancey, Diane. Life in War-Torn Bosnia. San Diego: Lucent, 1996.
Bergin, Sean. The Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Genocide. New York: Rosen, 2009.
Chandler, David P. The Land and People of Cambodia. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
Crew, Linda. Children of the River. New York: Doubleday, 1991.
Ho, Minfong. The Clay Marble. New York: Farrar, 1991.
——— . The Stone Goddess. New York: Orchard, 2003.
Keat, Nawuth, with Martha E. Kendall. Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2009.
Koopmans, Andy. Pol Pot. New York: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Lord, Michelle, and Shino Arihara (Illus.). A Song for Cambodia. New York: Lee & Low, 2008.
Smith, Icy, and Sopaul Nhem (Illus.). Half Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide. Manhattan Beach, CA: East West Discovery, 2010.
Huy, Peauladd. “Ways of the Khmer Rouge.” Powers, 103‒120.
January, Brendan. Genocide: Modern Crimes against Humanity. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century, 2007.
Kulidžan, Nikolina. “Across the River.” Powers, 65‒74.
Powers, J. L., ed. The Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from around the Globe. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos, 2012.
Springer, Jane. Genocide. Toronto: Groundwood, 2006. Groundwood Guide Ser.
Wilkes, Sybella. One Day We Had to Run! Refugee Children Tell Their Stories in Words and Paintings. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1994.
Book Wish Foundation. What You Wish For: Stories and Poems for Darfur. Reston, VA: Author, 2011.
Oppong, Joseph R. Sudan. New York: Chelsea, 2010. Modern World Nations Ser.
Steele, Philip. Sudan, Darfur and the Nomadic Conflicts. New York: Rosen, 2013. Our World Divided Ser.
Xavier, John. Darfur: African Genocide. New York: Rosen, 2008. In the News Ser.
Ashabranner, Brent, and Paul Conklin (Photographer). Children of the Maya: A Guatemalan Indian Odyssey. New York: Dodd, 1986.
Dendiger, Roger E. Guatemala. Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2004. Modern World Nations Ser.
Menchú, Rigoberta, with Dante Liano, and Domi (Illus.). The Girl from Chimel. Trans. David Unger. Toronto: Groundwood, 2005.
Moller, Jonathan (Photographer). Our Culture Is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala. New York: powerHouse, 2004.
Morrison, Marion. Guatemala. New York: Scholastic, 2005. Enchantment of the World Ser.
King, John. Iraq: Then and Now. Chicago: Raintree, 2006. The Middle East Ser.
Sabbah, Ann Carey. Kurds. Mankato, MN: Smart Apple, 2000.
Wagner, Heather Lehr. The Kurds. Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2003. Creation of the Modern Middle East Ser.
Combres, Élisabeth. Broken Memory. Toronto: Groundwood, 2010.
Koopmans, Andy. Rwanda. Philadelphia: Mason Crest, 2005.
Oppong, Joseph R. Rwanda. New York: Chelsea, 2008.
Spalding, Frank. Genocide in Rwanda. New York: Rosen, 2009. Genocide in Modern Times Ser.
Twagilimana, Aimable. Hutu and Tutsi. New York: Rosen, 1998.
Walters, Eric. Shattered. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2007.
Rwanda—Crossover Literature (written for adults but also read by young adults)
Carr, Rosamond Halsey, with Ann Howard Halsey. Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda. New York: Viking, 1999.
Ilibagiza, Immaculée, with Steve Erwin. Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide. Carlsbad, CA: Hay, 2008
_____. Left to Tell: Discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. Carlsbad, CA: Hay, 2006.
Irivuzumugabe, Eric, with Tracey D. Lawrence. My Father, Maker of the Trees: How I Survived the Rwandan Genocide. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2009.
Oosterom, Wiljo Woodi. Stars of Rwanda: Children Write and Draw about Their Experiences during the Genocide of 1994. Silent Work Foundation, 2004.