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Rot, blau, grün - die Farben!

It’s easy to add basic colors to your everyday German “Wortschatz”. As you play and craft with your children, or help your little one get dressed, just slip in the German colors.

We have several books emphasizing colors to help you out. All are meant to be read aloud, but a beginning reader can certainly sound out [...]


Lesemaus paperback books

Lesemaus paperback books are one of our favorite series of books!

There are so many reasons to recommend them:

Engaging stories and characters
Detailed and inviting illustrations bring the story to life
Lightweight, and fit perfectly in the seat pocket in your car or in a large purse so you always have a book with you when the kids [...]


Signs of Spring

We are seeing signs of Spring here in the Pacific Northwest. The Schneeglöcken are blooming in the garden, and the tips of the tulips and daffodils are starting to emerge. The kids are still excited about skiing every weekend, but I’ve got my eyes on Spring.

If you are thinking Spring also, check out these titles:

Mia [...]


Celebrate your German heritage

It’s October, and another busy week for the German-American community – it’s National German Week (Oct 1-7)!

This Tuesday, Oct. 3, is also German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), which marks the reunification of Germany in 1990.  Erik’s insider tip: since it’s a holiday in Germany, there are no trucks on the Autobahn – ZOOM!

To close out [...]


Let's get excited about School

Our first day of school is just around the corner. To help the kids get ready, we pull out the books that have a school theme. Here are a few suggestions for your library:

Conni kommt in den Kindergarten - Conni turns 3 years old and can finally go to preschool (German “Kindergarten” actually covers what’s called preschool in [...]


Review: tiptoi® Interactive Learning System from Ravensburger

The tiptoi® digital-audio learning system from Ravensburger is one interesting find from our recent visit abroad. We’ve had a number of requests for interactive books, so we took a closer look. After several days of play we’re still very happy with the tiptoi® system, so we’re bringing it to Alphabet Garten. We will be stocking [...]