The Best Children’s Books About Germany

“What are the best Children’s books about Germany ?” We looked at 150 of the top Kids Germany books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 7 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Germany ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 7 Best Children’s Books About Germany



7 .) A Night Divided written by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Travel books
  • Travel For Kids

A girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west. With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city. But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?



6 .) Emil and the Detectives written by Erich Kästner

Emil and the Detectives

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids Travel books

Young Emil is robbed on his first real railway journey of money entrusted to him by his hard-working mother for the relatives he is to stay with in Berlin. A gang of boys about his own age come to his aid, and a thrilling adventure full of surprises ensues as they use their wits to devise a wonderfully simple but practical trick to capture the thief. With every detail clearly drawn – from the tiresome business of getting into best clothes for the journey, down to the final anxiety as to what shall be done with a gloriously unexpected reward – this is a story all young readers will enjoy.…



5 .) Max und Moritz. Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen written by Wilhelm Busch

Max und Moritz. Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen

Lists It Appears On:

  • DW
  • Goodreads

Rhymed text and illustrations present the pranks and misadventures of two very naughty boys.



4 .) When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Out of the Hitler Time, #1) written by Judith Kerr

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Out of the Hitler Time, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly

Recounts the adventures of a nine-year-old Jewish girl and her family in the early 1930s as they travel from Germany to England.



3 .) This is Munich written by M. Sasek

This is Munich

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Travel books
  • Travel For Kids

Presents a pictorial tour of Munich, looking at the city’s famous buildings, landmarks, museums, art galleries, festivities, food, and drinks.



2 .) The Neverending Story written by Michael Ende

The Neverending Story

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Travel For Kids

Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.



1 .) The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales written by Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Josef Scharl

The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

210 traditional tales with accompanying explanatory and historical material.




The 125+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Germany



# Books Authors Lists
8 1848: Die Geschichte von Jette und Frieder Klaus Kordon Goodreads
9 Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear Hans de Beer Goodreads
10
Alarm im Kasperletheater (Alarm in the Puppet Theater)
  DW
11 Alfons Zitterbacke. Die heiteren Geschichten eines Pechvogels Gerhard Holtz-Baumert Goodreads
12 Am Samstag kam das Sams zurück (Sams, #2) Paul Maar Goodreads
13 Angelwood. Kings & Queens Hendrik Birke Goodreads
14 Anna and the Swallow Man   Read Brightly
15 Arthur und die Stadt ohne Namen (Arthur, #3) Gerd Ruebenstrunk Goodreads
16 Bambi Felix Salten Goodreads
17 Becoming Bach   Travel For Kids
18 Beethoven for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities Helen Bauer Barnes & Noble
19 Ben liebt Anna Peter Härtling Goodreads
20 Benno and the Night of Broken Glass   Read Brightly
21 Bettina bummelt Elizabeth Shaw Goodreads
22 Bobo Dormouse   DW
23 Bosley Sees the World: A Dual Language Book in German and English Tim Johnson Goodreads
24 Carnival in Germany   Kids Travel books
25 Christmas in Germany   Kids Travel books
26
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel
  Kids Travel books
27 Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy Christine Nöstlinger Goodreads
28 Crusade in Jeans   Travel For Kids
29 Das doppelte Lottchen Erich Kästner Goodreads
30 Das Geheimnis des 12. Kontinents Antonia Michaelis Goodreads
31 Das kleine Känguruh auf Abenteuer. Paul Maar Goodreads
32 Das Traumfresserchen Michael Ende Goodreads
33 Der 35. Mai oder Konrad reitet in die Südsee Erich Kästner Goodreads
34 Der erste Frühling Klaus Kordon Goodreads
35 Der kleine Angsthase Elizabeth Shaw Goodreads
36 Der kleine Häwelmann Theodor Storm Goodreads
37 Der kleine Wassermann Otfried Preußler Goodreads
38 Der Mäusesheriff: Lügengeschichten aus dem Wilden Westen, erlogen von einer Maus Janosch Goodreads
39 Der mechanische Prinz Andreas Steinhöfel Goodreads
40 Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (Hotzenplotz, #1) Otfried Preußler Goodreads
41 Der Regenbogenfisch Marcus Pfister Goodreads
42 Der Struwwelpeter Heinrich Hoffmann Goodreads
43 Der Trotzkopf Emmy von Rhoden Goodreads
44 Dick und Dalli und die Ponys Ursula Bruns Goodreads
45 Die bezauberndsten Kinder der Welt Gina Ruck-Pauquèt Goodreads
46 Die Häschenschule (Bunny School)   DW
47 Die Jagd nach den Millionendieben (Ein Fall für TKKG, #1) Stefan Wolf Goodreads
48 Die kleine Hexe Otfried Preußler Goodreads
49 Die lebenden Träume (Assjah, #1) Juliane Seidel Goodreads
50 Die roten Matrosen oder ein vergessener Winter Klaus Kordon Goodreads
51 Die Schildbürger Erich Kästner Goodreads
52 Die Weihnachtsgans Auguste Friedrich Wolf Goodreads
53 Die Wilden Hühner (Die Wilden Hühner, #1) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
54 Die Wilden Hühner und das Glück der Erde (Die Wilden Hühner, #4) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
55 Die Wilden Hühner und die Liebe (Die Wilden Hühner, #5) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
56 Die Wilden Hühner: Fuchsalarm (Die Wilden Hühner, #3) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
57 Die Zauberschule und andere Geschichten Michael Ende Goodreads
58 Dinosaur With An Attitude Hanna Johansen Goodreads
59 Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider, #1) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
60 Eine Woche voller Samstage (Sams, #1) Paul Maar Goodreads
61
Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany
  Kids Travel books
62 Escape from West Berlin   Travel For Kids
63 Fearless (Mirrorworld, #2) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
64 Friends   DW
65 German Picture Word Book: Learn over 500 Commonly Used German Words through Pictures Hayward Cirker Barnes & Noble
66
Germany ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Germany
  Kids Travel books
67 Germany in Pictures (Visual Geography Series) Jeffrey Zuehlke Barnes & Noble
68
Germany: The Country of Fairytale Castles and Cutting Edge Science!
  Kids Travel books
69 Geschichten vom Franz (Franz, #1) Christine Nöstlinger Goodreads
70 Grimms’ Fairy Tales   Kids Travel books
71
Hana’s Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery
  Read Brightly
72 Hansel and Gretel Rika Lesser Barnes & Noble
73 Heidi Johanna Spyri Goodreads
74 Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust   Read Brightly
75 Hier kommt Lola! (Lola, #1) Isabel Abedi Goodreads
76
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II
  Read Brightly
77 Ich mach dich gesund, sagte der Bär Janosch Goodreads
78 Igraine the Brave Cornelia Funke Goodreads
79
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
  Read Brightly
80 Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
81 Inkheart (Inkworld, #1) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
82 Inkspell (Inkworld, #2) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
83 Jan und sein Wildpferd Balthasar H.M. Denneborg Goodreads
84 Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver Michael Ende Goodreads
85 Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13 Michael Ende Goodreads
86 Johann Sebastian Bach   Travel For Kids
87 Klein Eisbar Las Mich (Lit Pol Husk Hans de Beer Goodreads
88 Kleiner Eisbär und der Angsthase Hans de Beer Goodreads
89 Kleiner Eisbär, hilf mir fliegen! Hans de Beer Goodreads
90 Kleiner Eisbär, Nimm Mich Mit! Hans de Beer Goodreads
91 Komm, wir finden einen Schatz Janosch Goodreads
92 Krabat Otfried Preußler Goodreads
93
Let’s Visit Berlin!: Adventures of Bella & Harry
  Kids Travel books
94 Lilli the Witch. Trouble at school. (Lilli the Witch, #1) Knister Goodreads
95 Little Polar Bear Hans de Beer Goodreads
96 Look What Came from Germany   Kids Travel books
97 Mapping the Bones   Read Brightly
98 Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl (Pumuckl #1) Ellis Kaut Goodreads
99 Mit dem Rücken zur Wand Klaus Kordon Goodreads
100 Mittwochs darf ich spielen. Kirsten Boie Goodreads
101 Momo Michael Ende Goodreads
102
My First Bilingual Book-Sports (English-German)
  Barnes & Noble
103 Nesthäkchen Sammelband 1-3 Else Ury Goodreads
104 Next Please   DW
105 Nichts leichter als das … Ein Buch mit Piggeldy und Frederick Elke Loewe Goodreads
106 Nutcracker E.T.A. Hoffmann Goodreads
107 Odette’s Secrets   Read Brightly
108 Oh, wie schön ist Panama Janosch Goodreads
109
Otto von Bismarck: Iron Chancellor of Germany
  Kids Travel books
110 Ottokar, das Früchtchen. Ottokar Domma Goodreads
111 Post für den Tiger Janosch Goodreads
112 Pünktchen und Anton Erich Kästner Goodreads
113 Rainbow Fish   DW
114 Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
115 Ronja Räubertochter Astrid Lindgren Goodreads
116 Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia, #3) Walter Moers Goodreads
117
Rundherum in meiner Stadt (Around in My City)
  DW
118 Soccer Hugh Hornby Barnes & Noble
119 Sommer im Möwenweg (Möwenweg, #2) Kirsten Boie Goodreads
120 Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories and Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little Folks Heinrich Hoffmann Goodreads
121 Teach Me Everyday German   Kids Travel books
122 The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia, #1) Walter Moers Goodreads
123 The Adventures of Maya the Bee Waldemar Bonsels Goodreads
124 The Berlin Boxing Club   Read Brightly
125 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas   Read Brightly
126 The City of Dreaming Books (Zamonia, #4) Walter Moers Goodreads
127 The Elves and the Shoemaker   Travel For Kids
128 The German Legends of the Brothers Grimm Jacob Grimm Goodreads
129 The Golden Yarn (MirrorWorld, #3) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
130 The Griffin’s Feather (Dragon Rider, #2) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
131 The Gruffalo   DW
132 The Little Ghost Otfried Preußler Goodreads
133 The Little Vampire Angela Sommer-Bodenburg Goodreads
134 The Little Vampire In Danger Angela Sommer-Bodenburg Goodreads
135 The Night of Wishes Michael Ende Goodreads
136 The Other Side of the Wall   Kids Travel books
137 The Pied Piper of Hamelin   Travel For Kids
138 The Princess Knight Cornelia Funke Goodreads
139 The Silver Cup   Travel For Kids
140
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business
  DW
141 The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke Goodreads
142
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window
  Read Brightly
143 Timm Thaler oder Das verkaufte Lachen James Krüss Goodreads
144 Urmel aus dem Eis (Urmel, #1) Max Kruse Goodreads
145 Urmel spielt im Schloss (Urmel, #4) Max Kruse Goodreads
146 Wall   Travel For Kids
147 What the Night Sings   Read Brightly
148 Who Were The Brothers Grimm?   Travel For Kids
149 Wir Kinder aus dem Möwenweg (Möwenweg, #1) Kirsten Boie Goodreads
150 کلاس پرنده Erich Kästner Goodreads


6 Best Germany Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes & Noble 7 Books that Let Kids Trek Germany From Home
DW 10 classic German children′s books
Goodreads Best German Children Literature
Kids Travel books 20+ Children’s books set in Germany
Read Brightly 13 Children’s and YA Books to Help Remember the Holocaust
Travel For Kids Travel for Kids Germany for Kids

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