I recommend a strictly structure book like "German in Review" or "German Grammar for Students of English." Traditional textbooks for beginners aren't organized well in my opinion, but if that's what you're looking for, try "Wie Geht's". It's VERY thorough and explains things well, but I think they made some really weird choices in regards to organization topic chapters.
If you're just talking about short stories, I would recommend "Deutsche Sagen und Legenden." Each story is about 3 pages and there are English glosses.
Hope this helps!