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What are graded readers and why should you use them?

Graded readers are books for language learners, either a selection of short stories or a novel. They are written with a limited grammatical and lexical complexity and avoid too many different characters and a plot which consists of multiple layers. 

Graded readers may be adaptions of well-known books or completely new stories. Learning German through stories is one of the most enjoyable and efficient ways of improving your German skills. Language students who read a lot also write and understand better than those who just work with textbooks. You’ll pick up new vocabulary without even noticing it and quickly boost your language skills. 

What you can find here:


Graded Readers with engaging short stories, comprehension questions and exercises for the levels A1 - B2. Available for Kindle or as paperbacks at all Amazon stores and with free audio recordings on the website.

Free Short Stories

As a newsletter subscriber, you'll receive a free and original short story as a PDF and mp3 at the beginning of each month. We vary between stories for beginners and intermediate learners.


On our blog, we publish texts, stories and dialogues in German for beginners and intermediate students, excerpts from our books, general language learning tips and recommend books of other authors.

This is what our readers say:

Super! Not diffucult to read and to understand, with interesting and useful grammar and vocabulary exercises. A stimulating and effective way to improve our German! Absolutely recommended! Viel Spaß beim Lesen und Lernen!
This has been a great way to improve my reading skills. It’s hard to find many good graded readers! The vocabulary translations were very helpful. The level was just right for me (A2/B1) — just difficult enough that I could learn plenty of new vocabulary. Definitely recommend.
Jenny Kellett
from Australia
There are a lot of sections helping you understand the plot even though there may be many words which you don’t know. I love the plot and how the author described the characters and what happened between them—it reminds me of a stage play. I enjoyed the novel more by listening the audio and reading the summary in each chapter.
testimonial 3
Sherry Wu
from Taiwan

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