If you are wondering what German kids’ books to get, we have put together a list of our top five.
These books are suitable for parents who would like to learn German along with their children or for teachers/tutors. They are excellent books to read out loud to children as well.
It also may intrigue you to read books that children actually grow up reading in Germany. German kids learn many of their early words and develop word order from these books.
If it works for them, it can work for any child anywhere. In the same way that it’s important to read to your kids as they are learning to read in English, reading with your kids in a new language they might not know is encouraging for them; it inspires them to keep reading.
Here is our list of the five best German books for kids:
The Bildermaus Series
The Bildermaus books are a lot of fun for parents and children to read together. Bildermaus books replace nouns with pictures, so early readers can jump in with the correct German word for each picture. There is a description in the back of each book for learning the proper spelling for each picture, too.
Der kleine Drache Kokosnuss
These books about a little dragon named Kokosnuss could not be more adorable, or more fun to read together. Kokosnuss goes on all sorts of adventures on Dragon Island with his two friends, Oskar and Matilda. These books are educational too: Kokosnuss travels to all sorts of historic places. In Der kleine Drache Kokosnuss und der geheimnisvolle Tempel for example, Kokosnuss travels to a Mayan temple.
Magisches Baumhaus Junior
This series, which is the German version of the Magic Treehouse series, is just as popular as its English counterpart. Filled with beautiful illustrations, the books follow siblings Anne and Phillip on faraway adventures through time and space, with the help of their magic treehouse. They uncover mysteries, make friends with historical figures, and go on adventures. A perfect book for those at the third-grade reading level.
Hanno malt sich einen Drachen
This sweet little story is about Hanno, an outsider who is often bullied. One day on his way home, he draws a dragon in the sand, and the dragon comes to life. Hanno learns what acceptance feels like. It’s a story about friendship and being different, and it’s perfect for third-grade level readers.
In this German version of the hugely popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Greg Heffley takes readers through his daily life with two annoying brothers, with his best friend Rupert, and through his struggles in school. Designed as a graphic novel, this series is very engaging for fourth-grade level readers and beyond.
Where to Find German Kids’ Books If you are not living in a German-speaking country, it may be difficult to find a library carrying children’s books in German.
Kinder-Books.com is a great, inexpensive resource for finding quality German children’s books, as well as books for adults and other educational resources. Some large, online retailers in the United States will charge outrageous prices for children’s books published in other languages.
Kinderbooks is dedicated to providing exceptional language resources for German speakers and readers of all ages, at a reasonable price. We are passionate about providing German-language books that develop a love of the language in readers at every skill level.
At Kinderbooks, we even seek out books on request, and are constantly researching and developing our library to provide you with the best source of German kids’ books possible.