Phoenix Book Club - WWII (2017)

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World War II 

This month we tackled the heavy topic of World War II, both in historical fiction and non-fiction. 

A few months back, when the book club knew that our historical fiction topic was coming up, they requested World War II as a time period. Now, we've done World War II before in the Phoenix Book Club, but not recently, so I warned the kids this might be a tough one but that we'd definitely do it if they wanted. There's a whole lot of area to cover with a topic like this. For one, as a historical event and time period, it's based in reality and that reality can be complicated and difficult to read about. For two, the reason we call it a World War is because the effects of it spanned our globe, so we had books about what happened in various places in Europe, Asia, and the United States. That's a whole lot going on for one single book club discussion!

What we learned was that even though this was a difficult topic to handle, we were all glad that we had. The book club had a lot of questions about the war, most of them starting with "Why?" And we learned that the answers are almost all complex. Most of the kids found their books interesting, if not always "fun" to read. A few mentioned preferring the non-fiction because they wanted to know the actual facts of the events at hand, but that they also at times wished they were reading fiction. Overall, it was a great discussion about a hard topic.

For April we'll be taking a lighter-hearted break with some poetry for National Poetry Month. Take a trip down to the 811 and 821 sections of the nonfiction in the children's room or the branches and pick out a poetry book. Know a novel told in verse? That works too! Bring it with you and tell us about it on April 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Room at the Main Library.

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