German books at my reading level?
André Klein's Café in Berlin was an easy read. I enjoyed it because it gave me confidence in my German. But then I tried Prueßler's Die Kleine Hexe - way too hard. But according to Amazon, that book is for K-4 graders. Can anyone suggest a book whose difficulty is somewhere in the middle?
Reading children books in a new language is mostly a bad idea. Books for children usually use very abstract language. Not to mention they are intended for kids so they cannot hold interest of adults even if you understand what's going on. I've read a huge part of Drei Kameraden from Remarque very early into my German learning and had minimal problems with the language. Pick up simply anything that you are interested in, it's just like in your own language, you will have the most from a book you enjoy reading. I would kinda recommend reading something that you've already read in your own language. That would help you with the story line and you could concentrate on the language.
(Shameless plug alert!) You are welcome to read my book "From America...nach Deutschland." I co-authored it with another learner and native German speaker on Duolingo. It is available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CEK3TQ0/
It is written in a manner so as to give you just enough context of what is happening as you read in both German and English. You start in English and increase till a chapter is 100% in German. It also uses a lot of words that were learnt during the Duolingo course.
I hope you read and enjoy it. Leave us a review if you're able, and thank you. :)
No worries about the shameless plug. Your book sounds great and I'll definitely look into it.
That made me feel better about not understanding Eine Kleine Hexe. I bought the book so that I could mark up the margins with notes.