The Books We Read in May 2020

Our 2020 Reading Journey – Month 5

As I mentioned in my previous post from earlier this year, I decided that this year I would record all the books my 5 year old and I read together. I’ve been snapping a quick picture of all the books from each day, and collecting them in an album over on my blog’s Facebook page. Here’s our pile of books from our fifth month:

The Books We Read in May 2020

In May we read a total of 31 different books, which is our second lowest monthly book count so far this year, but up from last month. Similar to last month, I’ve been doing fewer bedtimes as I’m catching up on my work a lot in the evenings and also my youngest was ill yet again so there were a couple of nights he fell asleep before we had read together. As in previous months, picture books made up the largest proportion of our reads, and I’m really pleased that we continue to make progress in including more German books in our reading – out of the 31 books we read, 16 were in English and 15 were in German!

I’d love to hear what you have been reading in the last month. If you have any great recommendations, let me know in the comments!

Books We Read in May 2020

Picture Books


  • Captain Crankie and Seadog Steve, by Vivian French & Alison Bartlett
  • Cats Ahoi, by Peter Bently & Jim Field
  • Fox and Goldfish, by Nils Pieters & Frith Williams
  • Fox’s Socks, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • Gilbert the Great, by Jane Clarke & Charles Fuge
  • The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst & Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
  • Knitting Gorilla, by Giles Andreae
  • Lion Inside, by Rachel Bright & Jim Field
  • Michael Recycle, by Ellie Bethel & Alexandra Colombo
  • Octonauts and the Decorator Crab
  • Penguin in Peril, by Helen Hancocks
  • Press Here, by Herve Tullet
  • A Moose in the Hoose: a Scots counting book, by Matthew Fitt, James Robertson & Karen Sutherland
  • Waiting for Wolf, by Sandra Dieckmann


  • Badetag für Hasenkind, by Jörg Mühle*
  • Buffo das Kleine Bergshaf, by Bill Peet*
  • Der Kleine Häwelmann, by Theodor Storm & Karin Blume
  • Der kleine Maulwurf der wissen wollte wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hatte, by Werner Holzwarth & Wolf Erlbruch*
  • Der Struwwelpeter, by Dr Heinrich Hoffmann*
  • Die Kinder vom Jangtsekiang, by Svend Otto S.*
  • Fünfter Sein, by Ernst Jandl & Norman Junge*
  • Herr Glück und Frau Unglück, by Antonie Schneider & Susanne Straßer
  • Auf ins Wasser Kater Kamillo, by Rob Scotton*
  • Nur Noch Kurz die Ohren Kraulen, by Jörg Mühle*
  • Oh wie schön ist Panama, by Janosch*

*These books are also available in English.

Chapter Books


  • Super Bruno, by Håkon Øvreås & Øyvind Torseter*
  • Pippi Langstrumpf,  by Astrid Lindgren*

* These books are also available in English.

Graphic Novels

  • Dogman – Brawl of the Wild, by Dav Pilkey

Non-fiction Books


  • The Story of Scotland, by Richard Brassey & Stewart Ross


  • Der Wald, by Angela Weinhold
  • Wir entdecken die Ritterburg, by Kyrima Trapp

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