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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.

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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

81848: Die Geschichte von Jette und FriederKlaus KordonGoodreads
9Ahoy There, Little Polar BearHans de BeerGoodreads
Alarm im Kasperletheater (Alarm in the Puppet Theater)
11Alfons Zitterbacke. Die heiteren Geschichten eines PechvogelsGerhard Holtz-BaumertGoodreads
12Am Samstag kam das Sams zurück (Sams, #2)Paul MaarGoodreads
13Angelwood. Kings & QueensHendrik BirkeGoodreads
14Anna and the Swallow Man Read Brightly
15Arthur und die Stadt ohne Namen (Arthur, #3)Gerd RuebenstrunkGoodreads
16BambiFelix SaltenGoodreads
17Becoming Bach Travel For Kids
18Beethoven for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 ActivitiesHelen BauerBarnes & Noble
19Ben liebt AnnaPeter HärtlingGoodreads
20Benno and the Night of Broken Glass Read Brightly
21Bettina bummeltElizabeth ShawGoodreads
22Bobo Dormouse DW
23Bosley Sees the World: A Dual Language Book in German and EnglishTim JohnsonGoodreads
24Carnival in Germany Kids Travel books
25Christmas in Germany Kids Travel books
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel
 Kids Travel books
27Conrad: The Factory-Made BoyChristine NöstlingerGoodreads
28Crusade in Jeans Travel For Kids
29Das doppelte LottchenErich KästnerGoodreads
30Das Geheimnis des 12. KontinentsAntonia MichaelisGoodreads
31Das kleine Känguruh auf Abenteuer.Paul MaarGoodreads
32Das TraumfresserchenMichael EndeGoodreads
33Der 35. Mai oder Konrad reitet in die SüdseeErich KästnerGoodreads
34Der erste FrühlingKlaus KordonGoodreads
35Der kleine AngsthaseElizabeth ShawGoodreads
36Der kleine HäwelmannTheodor StormGoodreads
37Der kleine WassermannOtfried PreußlerGoodreads
38Der Mäusesheriff: Lügengeschichten aus dem Wilden Westen, erlogen von einer MausJanoschGoodreads
39Der mechanische PrinzAndreas SteinhöfelGoodreads
40Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (Hotzenplotz, #1)Otfried PreußlerGoodreads
41Der RegenbogenfischMarcus PfisterGoodreads
42Der StruwwelpeterHeinrich HoffmannGoodreads
43Der TrotzkopfEmmy von RhodenGoodreads
44Dick und Dalli und die PonysUrsula BrunsGoodreads
45Die bezauberndsten Kinder der WeltGina Ruck-PauquètGoodreads
46Die Häschenschule (Bunny School) DW
47Die Jagd nach den Millionendieben (Ein Fall für TKKG, #1)Stefan WolfGoodreads
48Die kleine HexeOtfried PreußlerGoodreads
49Die lebenden Träume (Assjah, #1)Juliane SeidelGoodreads
50Die roten Matrosen oder ein vergessener WinterKlaus KordonGoodreads
51Die SchildbürgerErich KästnerGoodreads
52Die Weihnachtsgans AugusteFriedrich WolfGoodreads
53Die Wilden Hühner (Die Wilden Hühner, #1)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
54Die Wilden Hühner und das Glück der Erde (Die Wilden Hühner, #4)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
55Die Wilden Hühner und die Liebe (Die Wilden Hühner, #5)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
56Die Wilden Hühner: Fuchsalarm (Die Wilden Hühner, #3)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
57Die Zauberschule und andere GeschichtenMichael EndeGoodreads
58Dinosaur With An AttitudeHanna JohansenGoodreads
59Dragon Rider (Dragon Rider, #1)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
60Eine Woche voller Samstage (Sams, #1)Paul MaarGoodreads
Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany
 Kids Travel books
62Escape from West Berlin Travel For Kids
63Fearless (Mirrorworld, #2)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
64Friends DW
65German Picture Word Book: Learn over 500 Commonly Used German Words through PicturesHayward CirkerBarnes & Noble
Germany ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Germany
 Kids Travel books
67Germany in Pictures (Visual Geography Series)Jeffrey ZuehlkeBarnes & Noble
Germany: The Country of Fairytale Castles and Cutting Edge Science!
 Kids Travel books
69Geschichten vom Franz (Franz, #1)Christine NöstlingerGoodreads
70Grimms’ Fairy Tales Kids Travel books
Hana’s Suitcase: The Quest to Solve a Holocaust Mystery
 Read Brightly
72Hansel and GretelRika LesserBarnes & Noble
73HeidiJohanna SpyriGoodreads
74Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust Read Brightly
75Hier kommt Lola! (Lola, #1)Isabel AbediGoodreads
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II
 Read Brightly
77Ich mach dich gesund, sagte der BärJanoschGoodreads
78Igraine the BraveCornelia FunkeGoodreads
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
 Read Brightly
80Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
81Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
82Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
83Jan und sein Wildpferd BalthasarH.M. DenneborgGoodreads
84Jim Button and Luke the Engine DriverMichael EndeGoodreads
85Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13Michael EndeGoodreads
86Johann Sebastian Bach Travel For Kids
87Klein Eisbar Las Mich (Lit Pol HuskHans de BeerGoodreads
88Kleiner Eisbär und der AngsthaseHans de BeerGoodreads
89Kleiner Eisbär, hilf mir fliegen!Hans de BeerGoodreads
90Kleiner Eisbär, Nimm Mich Mit!Hans de BeerGoodreads
91Komm, wir finden einen SchatzJanoschGoodreads
92KrabatOtfried PreußlerGoodreads
Let’s Visit Berlin!: Adventures of Bella & Harry
 Kids Travel books
94Lilli the Witch. Trouble at school. (Lilli the Witch, #1)KnisterGoodreads
95Little Polar BearHans de BeerGoodreads
96Look What Came from Germany Kids Travel books
97Mapping the Bones Read Brightly
98Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl (Pumuckl #1)Ellis KautGoodreads
99Mit dem Rücken zur WandKlaus KordonGoodreads
100Mittwochs darf ich spielen.Kirsten BoieGoodreads
101MomoMichael EndeGoodreads
My First Bilingual Book-Sports (English-German)
 Barnes & Noble
103Nesthäkchen Sammelband 1-3Else UryGoodreads
104Next Please DW
105Nichts leichter als das … Ein Buch mit Piggeldy und FrederickElke LoeweGoodreads
106NutcrackerE.T.A. HoffmannGoodreads
107Odette’s Secrets Read Brightly
108Oh, wie schön ist PanamaJanoschGoodreads
Otto von Bismarck: Iron Chancellor of Germany
 Kids Travel books
110Ottokar, das Früchtchen.Ottokar DommaGoodreads
111Post für den TigerJanoschGoodreads
112Pünktchen und AntonErich KästnerGoodreads
113Rainbow Fish DW
114Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
115Ronja RäubertochterAstrid LindgrenGoodreads
116Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia, #3)Walter MoersGoodreads
Rundherum in meiner Stadt (Around in My City)
118SoccerHugh HornbyBarnes & Noble
119Sommer im Möwenweg (Möwenweg, #2)Kirsten BoieGoodreads
120Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories and Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little FolksHeinrich HoffmannGoodreads
121Teach Me Everyday German Kids Travel books
122The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia, #1)Walter MoersGoodreads
123The Adventures of Maya the BeeWaldemar BonselsGoodreads
124The Berlin Boxing Club Read Brightly
125The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Read Brightly
126The City of Dreaming Books (Zamonia, #4)Walter MoersGoodreads
127The Elves and the Shoemaker Travel For Kids
128The German Legends of the Brothers GrimmJacob GrimmGoodreads
129The Golden Yarn (MirrorWorld, #3)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
130The Griffin’s Feather (Dragon Rider, #2)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
131The Gruffalo DW
132The Little GhostOtfried PreußlerGoodreads
133The Little VampireAngela Sommer-BodenburgGoodreads
134The Little Vampire In DangerAngela Sommer-BodenburgGoodreads
135The Night of WishesMichael EndeGoodreads
136The Other Side of the Wall Kids Travel books
137The Pied Piper of Hamelin Travel For Kids
138The Princess KnightCornelia FunkeGoodreads
139The Silver Cup Travel For Kids
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business
141The Thief LordCornelia FunkeGoodreads
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window
 Read Brightly
143Timm Thaler oder Das verkaufte LachenJames KrüssGoodreads
144Urmel aus dem Eis (Urmel, #1)Max KruseGoodreads
145Urmel spielt im Schloss (Urmel, #4)Max KruseGoodreads
146Wall Travel For Kids
147What the Night Sings Read Brightly
148Who Were The Brothers Grimm? Travel For Kids
149Wir Kinder aus dem Möwenweg (Möwenweg, #1)Kirsten BoieGoodreads
150کلاس پرندهErich KästnerGoodreads

6 Best Germany Children’s Book Sources/Lists

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