Back when I was working my way through library school, I was a little shocked when a boy asked me for a book on bombs. We chatted for a bit, and I soon learned his question was really, “Could nuclear war destroy everything?” At the time, worries about war with Iran had been in the news. The library where I worked at the time didn’t have a lot of books on nuclear weapons, but I was able to find him some personal stories of survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima.
This month we are marking 75 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Children may see these events commemorated and wonder about them. Some authors are using the anniversaries as a moment to reflect on events in new books and tell personal or family stories. You can find plenty of nonfiction, including books honored with a Sibert medal. Click on the book covers or titles below for more information.