Our Summer Reading

We had such a great time traveling through Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Berlin last month. (I’ll be writing about all our adventures soon!) In the meantime, I thought I’d share our pre-trip reading list. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know how much I love graphic novels. The combination of the intimate recollection of the author’s life in their own words along with compelling images often convey deeply personal stories, unlike any other genre. In our family, we all read graphic novels, and it’s fun to share and discuss. Plus, they’re usually short, so we can pass them along fairly quickly.

Some of these graphic novels I’ve written about before, but they’re worth a second look. If you’re interested in any of these titles for your kids, you may want to read them first and then decide if they’re appropriate. I’ve read all the books below, and my kids (ages 12 and 14) have read about 80% of them. Most, but not all, deal with various aspects of the Holocaust. (I realize this is not summer “light” reading but the focus of our trip was primarily Eastern European Jewish history and I wanted us to be prepared for what we’d be learning and seeing.)

We read some great books in preparation for our trip to Eastern Europe this summer. We especially love graphic novels.

Maus by Art Spiegelman, We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin, Lily Rennee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins, We Won’t See Auschwitz by Jeremie Dres, Letting it Go by Miraim Katin, Market Day by James Sturm, Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson, The Property by Ruth Modin, The Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft by Reinhard Kleist

We read some great books in preparation for our trip to Eastern Europe this summer. We especially love graphic novels.

Resistance, Defiance and Victory by Carla Jablonski & Leland Purvis, Hidden by Loic Dauvillier, A Family Secret and The Search by Eric Heuvel. Ruund Van der Rol and Lies Schippers, , A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem by Steve Niles and Dave Wachter, The Other Side of the Wall by Simon Schwartz

 I also read The Book of Aaron about a young Polish boy whose family is driven into the Warsaw Ghetto and Leaving Berlin, a spy thriller in postwar Berlin. And besides the classics such as The Diary of Anne Frank, Number the Stars and The Boy in Striped Pajamas, my kids favorite book on the Holocaust is The Berlin Boxing Club. It’s loosely inspired by the true story of boxer Max Schmeling’s experiences following Kristallnacht.

Other books family members read and loved this summer that had nothing to do with our trip were Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon, Thirty Girls by Susan Minot, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Grisham and David Brook’s The Road to Character.

What books have you read this summer in preparation for your summer travels? Any graphic novels that you’ve loved? What about books your kids have read about the Holocaust? Any great summer reads?

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2 Comments on Our Summer Reading

  1. Sophie
    August 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm (2 years ago)

    All sound like such great reads! I’ll make sure to check them out 🙂

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  2. Tammy
    August 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    your trip looks as though it was an incredible learning opportunity for your family. to layer it with pre-reading (somehow i don’t believe david is incorporated in your statistic! 🙂 ) must have immensely increased your travel experience. what a journey and lifelong memory! can’t wait to hear all about it.

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