Starting out to read can be a struggle! If it is too hard - or the book too boring - children will not be motivated to try and give up. If they are reading in their minority language, it can be even more challenging and intimidating.... So here are some fun and interesting children's books for beginning readers to get them hooked to reading themselves - in German. (All of them can be borrowed at KinderBooks, of course.)
Mo Willems DAS BUCH ÜBER UNS
Short, but funny, this book is about an elephant and a pig that discover somebody is reading (about) them. And best of all - it is for girls and boys alike.
And there are more to come with elephant and pig, too.
Jochen Till/ Zapf
ROTZSCHLEIMTORTE FÜR ALLE
Freddie, the youngest child of a family of monsters, is a little different from the rest of his family: he looks like a human being (as long he doesn't take his shoes off) and so his parents send him to a school for human kids. He soon finds out: humans are weird!
Fun book, which particularly boys will love.
Part 1 of a series called EINFACH UNGEHEURLICH.
Eva Muszynski / Karsten Teich
COWBOY KLAUS UND SEIN SCHWEIN LISA
Cowboy Klaus lives in the Wild West together with his pig. When he goes shopping, he has to put a diving suit on, since his farm is surrounded by a forrest of cactuses. But then he has an idea...
Part 1 of a series of a likable, if slightly unusual cowboy with great drawings by Karsten Teich.
Susanne Rotraud Berner
8 Grimm fairy tales retold, with their own little twist. The illustrations by the awarded Susanne Rotraud Berner offer lots to discover, making reading for beginning readers the right mix of challenging and fun!
Katja Königsberg / Jan Lieffering
DAS GESPENST AUF DEM DACHBODEN
Written in capital letters only, this is a short story about Paula, who has lost her teddy. When she starts looking, she comes across a ghost on the attic. Easy to read and suspenseful.