Children's Classic Story Books

Top 10 classic children’s books—as told by a German grandmother.

Children’s Classic Story Books

Children’s Classic Story Books are called klassische Maerchenbuecher in Germany.

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From the mysterious and enchanting to the downright adorable; children’s books have a unique way of capturing the imagination—and nothing does that quite like the children’s classic story books. Think about it, the stories that were read to you as a child can still come alive in your mind as if it were yesterday. You might remember the way those drawings would just dance off the page, or how your parents or grandparents would hold you close and mimic the voices of each character in their own special way. Those moments should never be shelved. Instead, shared.

Children’s classic story books are timeless. Unfortunately, they too often get lost in a world of mass-produced TV shows and mind-numbing video games. The real beauty of these illustrated keepsakes is that they appeal to every culture, translate in any language, and entertain all ages. Why? Because it’s all about the story.

Below are some of my favorite books—available in both English and in German. They’ve been passed down from generation to generation and are still as captivating as they were years ago. Enjoy!

Yours, Oma

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Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Grimms Maerchen

Fairytales of Brothers Grimm

Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen Saemtliche Maerchen

Fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen

The complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Pu der Baer. Gesamtausgabe

Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh

A Bell for Ursli by Selina Choenz/Carigiet

Der Schellenursli

A bell for Ursli by Selina Choenz/Alois Carigiet

Pony, Bear and Snowstorm by Sigrid Heuck

Pony, Baer und Schneegestöber

Pony, Baer and Snowstorm by Sigrid Heuck

A Day at Bunny School by Albert Sixtus/Friedrich Koch-Gotha

Die Haeschenschule

A day at Bunny School by Albert Sixtus/Fritz Koch-Gotha

Belle & Boo Good Night Kiss by Mandy Sutcliffe

Gute Nacht, kleiner Hase

Belle & Booh and the good night kiss by Mandy Sutcliffe

Mother Earth and her children by Sibylle von Olfers

Etwas von den Wurzelkindern

Mother Earth and her children by Sybille von Olfers

The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren

Tomte und der Fuchs

The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren

Peter and Anneli’s Journey to the Moon by Gerdt von Bassewitz

Peterchens Mondfahrt

Peter and Anneli's journey to the Moon by Gerdt von Bassewitz