Monday, January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on one of the defining events of the 20th century and beyond.

The wide range of rich literature set during the Holocaust allows for many ways of teaching difficult subjects like war, fascism, prejudice, and genocide.

Integrate Vocabulary Instruction with Your Curriculum makes it easy to seamlessly integrate vocabulary instruction into your lesson plans. Here's how:

Try some new books this year, and leave the vocabulary to us. Introducing new titles to your curriculum doesn't have to mean starting from scratch. Our content team has developed thousands of ready-made vocabulary lists that are designed to align with your curriculum. You can use the lists as they are, or copy and customize them.

Pair assigned reading with a practice activity. With each reading assignment, assign a corresponding practice activity on When students practice the words on the lists you assign, they learn key vocabulary and preview the text before they tackle the reading. Practice activities boost your students' comprehension and their overall word-knowledge.

Have students create their own lists. Students love our list-making tool as much as teachers do. Have them "collect" the words that interest and challenge them as they read, then invite them to share, discuss, and practice each other's lists. If your learners like incentives, have them vote for their favorite student-made list and then use it to create a Vocabulary Jam for an engaging follow-up activity.

High Quality Fiction and Nonfiction

Below, you'll find recommended reading for teaching about the Holocaust, along with links to our curated vocabulary lists for each text. Our suggestions include a range of fiction and nonfiction titles.

Bear in mind that the recommendations below represent only a fraction of our vocabulary lists. You can find more great resources on our Lists page.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Resistance by Jennifer L. Nielsen
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
White Rose by Kip Wilson
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson
A Light in the Darkness by Albert Marrin
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren
Night by Elie Wiesel
Maus Volumes I and II, by Art Spiegelman