German for Children

Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
by Eric Carle
Book (ISBN 3-8067-4259-6)

Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt is a book that lots of children already know from their time at nursery – a classic for foreign language teaching at primary schools with beautiful illustrations and simple language, excellent for introducing the days of the week and for dealing with the topic of food when teaching German as a foreign language. This book is a fantastic basis for cross-curricular activities in art lessons or for the children to write something about. Or how about putting it on as a play? A German-English edition is also available.

Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt und weitere lustige Abenteuer (The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories) 
DVD (ISBN 3-939815-00-4)

This DVD contains five excellent, aesthetically appealing short-film stories by Eric Carle including Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Das Chamäleon Kunterbunt (The Mixed-up Chameleon), Papa, bitte hol für mich den Mond vom Himmel (Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me).

143 Lieder rund um die Schule

Book (ISBN 3-89617-091-0)

This book is a classic for primary school teachers; it contains greeting songs, movement songs and songs to just brighten up the day, as well as songs to accompany celebrations, the seasons of the year and almost any occasion in everyday school life. Absolutely essential!

4 CDs (ISBN 3-89617-092-9)

The four CDs that go with the book will be sure to have the children singing along and joining in the fun and laughter. CDs also available with background musical accompaniment only.

1,2,3, wir singen mit!
by Detlev Jöcker 
Songbook and CD (ISBN 3-89516-145-4)

Songs for language promotion. This songbook and CD contain wonderful witty songs, rhymes, word games and lots of instructions on how to get the children involved, which makes it particularly suitable for teaching German as a foreign language.

Wo mag nur meine Katze sein? (Have You Seen My Cat?) 
by Eric Carle 
Book (ISBN 3-8067-4014-3)

A beautifully illustrated book, which fascinates children by telling the story of a boy who loses his cat. In the style of a classic picture-book, it uses simple language and recurring sentence structures and contents. A story that children learning a foreign language at an early age will respond to with great enthusiasm.

Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat (The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit) 
by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch 
Picture-book (ISBN 3-87294-882-2)

A fun-filled story! With its recurring sentence structures and speech patterns and simple vocabulary, the picture-book is also particularly suitable for teaching German as a foreign language at primary level. Ideal for role plays and for getting the children involved. An English edition is also available.

Morgens früh um sechs (At 6 in the morning)
by Martina Rachner
Book (ISBN 3-78917-072-0)

This is a super book which can be used with either KS1 or 2, based on the traditional rhyme of the same name. With lively pictures, rhyming and repetition of language it can be used as the starting point for a performance or bookmaking. With younger children it is enough to enjoy the language and the pictures, with the emphasis on listening for sounds and remembering the story sequence. With older pupils, it lends itself to discussion of language history and the evolution of traditional rhyme and story-telling, as well as providing exposure to grammar points and unusual vocabulary.