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German culture is easily familiar to children – many best-loved fairy tales, food (hamburgers and hot dogs), and family traditions such as candles on a birthday cake and the Christmas tree come from Germany. People have lived in Germany since before Roman times, but for centuries it was a group of separate mini-kingdoms. Traveling through Germany with kids, enjoy the distinct character of each region.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Rhine Valley
  Lower Saxony
Fairy Tale Road
  Brandenburg and Saxony
kids books germany
The Elves and the Shoemaker germany kids fairy tales  
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Brothers Grimm, Jim LaMarche

Fresh, magical re-telling of the Grimm's classic, a poor shoemaker has only enough leather for one pair of shoes, but overnight, the shoes are beautifully made. Who are the mysterious cobblers – tiny elves. Such gorgeous illustrations, you'll want a pair of elf-made shoes. (Picture book)


Iron Hans
Stephen Mitchell, Matt Tavares

In this wonderfully illustrated Grimm’s fairy tale, a young prince leaves his castle to follow Iron Hans, a wild man living in the forest. While guarding a magic spring, the boy’s hair turns to gold, but Iron Hans sends the prince into the world to learn what it's like to be poor. A spirited adventure, striking illustrations steeped in rusty brown and golden light. (Picture book)


Iron Hans childrens fairy tales germany
germany kids fairy tales The Pied Piper of Hamelin  
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark

Beautifully illustrated re-telling of Grimm's fairy tale, rats swarming through the streets of Hamelin Town, the colorful Piper who appears with a twinkle in his eye, and the greedy townspeople who lose their greatest treasure – the children. (Picture book)



Who Were The Brothers Grimm?
Avery Reed, John O'Brien

Delightful illustrated biography of those talented brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Trained as lawyers, they did what they loved best – collecting German fairy tales. (Chapter book)


who were the brothers grimm
The Neverending Story fantasy kids germany  
The Neverending Story
Michael Ende

Fabulous fantasy, by German author Michael Ende. Bastian Balthazar Bux plays hooky from school to curl up with an antique book, but as he reads further and further, he becomes part of the neverending story. And only Bastian and his imagination can save Fantastica. (Chapter book)


The Silver Cup
Constance Leeds

It’s 1095, and Anna’s family lives in a town along the Rhine River. Anna longs to escape her home life, and looks forward to visits in nearby Worms, until the Crusaders arrive. Anna’s story is filled with rich scenes of daily life, an exceptional window into medieval Germany. (Chapter book)


The Silver Cup kids books middle ages fiction germany
kids adventure middle ages Crusade in Jeans  
Crusade in Jeans
Thea Beckman

1212, Spiers. Present day Rudolf Hefting travels back in time to the Middle Ages, arriving in the Children's Crusade, bound for Jerusalem. Rudolf helps lead the children's army, as they forage for food, cope with illness, and cross the Alps. Vividly brings to life the Middle Ages in Germany. (Chapter book)


Johann Sebastian Bach
Mike Venezia

Johann Sebastian Bach is a totally home-grown German composer. He grew up, wrote his music, had 20 children, and lived all his life in Germany. (Picture book)


Johan Sebastian Bach biography kids germany
After the Train world war ii kids germany
After the Train
Gloria Whelan

In the aftermath of World War II, a young boy discovers he was rescued from the Nazi death trains and his birth mother has disappeared without a trace. An evocative, sensitive story of postwar Germany and the rebuilding of a country. (Chapter book)


Tom Clohosy Cole

When the Berlin Wall goes up, a family is divided – father in the West, mother and children in East Berlin. The boy imagines how they could escape, and he starts to dig. (Picture book)

Also, chapter book Escape from West Berlin.


This is Munich childrens books germany  
This is Munich
M. Sasek

Take a trip through Munich old and new, ancient city gates, St. Peter's Church, the oldest church in Munich, walk 10 miles to look at everything in the Deutsches Museum, Oktoberfest, art museums, pretzels and sausages, the English Garden, and more. Whimsical illustrations, fun facts, this is a classic. (Picture book)



"Firsts" from Germany – the first automobile, frankfurters and hamburgers, inventions such as the printing press and alarm clocks, shampoo and cologne, poodles and Dachshunds. (Picture book)


Look What Came From Germany
Germany - Country Explorers  
Robin Nelson

Get to know the landscape, people and culture of Germany – Bavarian alps, history, castles, holidays, food, school, family life, sports, Berlin Wall, plus maps and photos. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Germany pages)
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