I've found some pretty nice music and videos for my 2-year-old, but I'm not too happy with our German books so far. They lack the playfulness and fun rhymes of our American books. My son is not terribly interested in most of the German books we own, making it much harder to engage him in reading. (Interestingly enough, he does seem to like prose books with little pictures replacing nouns.)
Our ml is German too, and I'm the German parent. I just went through my daughter's bookshelf, trying to remember what books she liked when she was two. I also checked photos from her second birthday and the following Christmas to see what books she got (we takes lots of photos). But I didn't find anything of the kind you're looking for. When she was two I read her stories like Pippi Longstocking, and I think she already got first non-fiction books from the Ravensburger series Wieso Weshalb Warum Junior (ages 2-4) which have lots of little flaps to open (cardboard, not too sturdy though).
However, we're good with translations--have you checked out books translated to German? The Very Hungry Caterpillar has a great German translation, as does the Gruffalo. A friend of mine runs a blog of children's book reviews in English, and she notes when they are available in translation.
Mayken is right, the best "funny" books in German are translated from English such as the Julia Donaldson ones. The Wieso Weshalb Warum books from Ravensburger are great but they're educational rather than funny.
My 3 year old likes the Conni books (see www.conni.de for a list) but again, they're more about learning (Conni goes to kindergarten, Conni learns to swim etc).
My daughter still loves the Conni books now! I think she got her first at age 3. But no, not the funny kind of thing you're looking for. I've tried to come up with funny books in German, but with no success. Sorry!
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Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
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Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
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Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
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Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
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Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
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Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
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Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
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Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
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