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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)



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
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)


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 Neverending Story fantasy kids germany
becoming bach  
Becoming Bach
Tom Leonard

Sparkling story of Johan Sebastian Bach, musician and composer who came from a family of musicians. Bach sang and played multiple instruments, but he always saw shimmering patterns of music, that turned into glorious sounds. Magical illustrations!
(Picture book)


Johann Sebastian Bach
Mike Venezia

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


what was the berlin wall  

Illustrated history of Berlin, from capital of Germany in World War II, to the Berlin blockade, city divided into East and West in 1961, historic escapes, city reunited Nov. 9, 1989, plus photos and timeline. Good for older kids. (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.


a night divided  
A Night Divided
Jennifer A. Nielsen

Summer 1961. Gerta's family lives in East Berlin - overnight, when the wall goes up, her family is separated. Four years later, Gerta spots her brother and father on the other side of the wall in West Berlin, and begins a dangerous plan to escape. An exciting novel that brings to life a divided city. (Chapter book)


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)


This is Munich childrens books germany

Take a trip around Germany with Johann – food (sausages, spatzle, springerle, recipe for potato pancakes), composers, scientists, Berlin, Black Forest, history, Christmas celebrations, school, sports, games. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Germany pages)
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