This is an incredible book, one that I read and then listened to on CD on a car read, as read by Neil Gaiman: it was even better than just reading it. If you're a reader or if you're a book-listener, you should NOT miss this book. It is absolutely amazing.
Number to Stars by Lois Lowry. "Tells the story of a Danish family with Jewish friends during World War II. Important to class: teaches the Holocaust on a personal level that young students can connect with. Important to me: brings the Holocaust to life while teaching the value of friendship."