Children’s and Young Adult Literature on Genocide: Cambodia to Darfur

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.