Antje Damm

Sleep, Kitty, Sleep!

Schlaf, Kater, schlaf!
Hey! Close that book back up! Can't you see that I'm trying to sleep?! Mr.
Cat is not amused that he keeps being so brutally awoken. Antje Damm has created
a sassy, interactive book for falling asleep. A new surprise waits at the
turn of every page - but we won't give away here who ends up falling asleep (or
who doesn't)!

Sold to China, Spain and US (English world rights)

Antje Damm: Räuberkinder feiern Weihnachten
Antje Damm

Rascal Children At Christmas

Räuberkinder feiern Weihnachten
Rascal children are very naughty. And they have terrible manners – but even rascals love Christmas! They build snowmen, sing Christmas carols, and even decorate the tree together – everything in their own rascally way, of course!
Antje Damm: Räuberkinder
Antje Damm

Rascal Children

Räuberkinder
Rascal children are very naughty. And they have terrible manners – but even rascals love Christmas! They build snowmen, sing Christmas carols, and even decorate the tree together – everything in their own rascally way, of course!
Daniela Kulot: Zähl dich nett ins Bett
Daniela Kulot

Count yourself to Bed, little brat

Zähl dich nett ins Bett
Going to bed can be so much fun- there’s so much to experience along the way! One small bat flies with you up the stairs, two brightly colored fish lead you to your room, ten long-armed octopuses tuck you in, and eleven sleepy little beavers cuddle with you…
Daniela Kulot’s fanciful counting and bedtime book invites reading aloud and rhyming together and teaches easy counting from 1 to 12.
A reference column on the left side of the page explains the numbers with digits, words, and pictures. Here even very small children can develop a sense for quantities.
Besides, who says that you have to count sheep to fall asleep?

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Daniela Kulot: Reim dich nett ins Bett
Daniela Kulot

Up the wooden Hills to Bedfordshire - Rhyme-wise

Reim dich nett ins Bett
Time to go to sleep - but there’s lots of things to discover on your way to bed. Such as a mouse removing - a louse.

Kids just love rhymes, especially when read to them by a grown-up. This book invites you to read the rhymes aloud, and to make up a few of your own. What’s more, its colourful, imaginative pages just bristle with all kinds of funny little surprising details which children will discover with glee. To round things off, the icon bar on the left page provides a beginner’s pictorial dictionary listing each of the rhyming words next to a picture of the object referred to.

A wonderful bedtime book, one to be read aloud to the kids and a cornucopia of rhymes, all rolled into one – makes going to bed fun three times over!
Daniela Kulot: Reim dich durch den Januar und den Rest vom ganzen Jahr
Daniela Kulot

Rhyme your way through the rest of the year too!

Reim dich durch den Januar und den Rest vom ganzen Jahr
In June, perhaps just on a whim, the little froggies learn to swim.
In January, bears sleep in their caves deep under the snow.
In May the trees blossom and in August it’s so hot and sunny that the tomcat can do nothing but sit lazily under a tree and dream of raspberry ice cream.
A book that helps the very small ones to learn the months and seasons!
Antje Damm: Was ist das?
Antje Damm

What's That?

Was ist das?
Now, is this a skein of wool or rather a little sheep?
Bestselling author Antje Damm’s drawings, collages and photographs make up a surprising question-and-answer game, daring us to guess the things-behind-the things. A picture book to keep you guessing, playing or just plain fantasizing – and not for children only either. What’s that? Little children never get tired of asking that question. Antje Damm’s new book leads us a merry dance of pictures that leave you guessing what hides beneath.

22 objects that every child knows are transformed into animals. The pictures invite to a dialogue with the most diverse materials. By looking at them children may learn by and by to realize connections between various shapes and colours, and to devise picture puzzles of their own.
Daniela Kulot: Ich auch!
Daniela Kulot

Me too!

Ich auch!
From head to toe, children love to learn and discover things about their bodies.
And its twice the fun when Mom and Dad are there to help!
An activity book that makes fun to learn facts about your body.
Look at the pictures , read aloud, rhyme along, and play together!
Yvonne Hergane, Sabine Lohf: 1, 2, 3...ein Sack voller Knöpfe
Yvonne Hergane, Sabine Lohf

1,2,3,...A Sack Full of Buttons

1, 2, 3...ein Sack voller Knöpfe
Button by button, Sabine Lohf and Yvonne Hergane help to make the Advent season before Christmas go by quickly. Lots of buttons have fallen out of Santa’s big sack, and now they’re being put to use as wheels for a puppet carriage, as eyes for a teddy bear, or for a funny snowball
fight. On each day of advent a button is added, until 24 of them decorate the Christmas tree.

Sabine Lohf has created tongue-in-cheek illustrations for Yvonne Hergane’s clever rhymes. This book is not only great for counting but also offers many colourful ideas for Christmas time: making button garlands, painting wishlists, polishing Santa’s boots, and much more.
Daniela Kulot

Curls, bangs and ponytails

Locken, Pony, Pferdeschwanz und jede Menge Firlefanz
“Martin’s hair, it looks just like
A battle helmet with a spike.
Stylish Annie wears her hair
As if she kept a garden there.”
 
Even little children love to make fun of others’ hair. But whether it’s short or long hair, what really matters is what’s inside, not on top of, one’s head. Here’s a whimsical picture book about funny “do’s” and comical “cuts”. Join in and rhyme along!
 
Daniela Kulot: Wie und wo geht der Floh aufs Klo?
Daniela Kulot

Where does a Flea pee?

Wie und wo geht der Floh aufs Klo?
When Tina’s gotta go, no problem: Mommy takes her to the potty and then to her bath. But how does it work for animals? Where do fleas go when they’ve gotta pee? And cats? And dogs, and cows and little fish? Everyone does it in their own way – even if once in a while they do it in their pants!

An important topic for young children, presented with humor and with brightly colored, sometimes surprising, illustrations by Daniela Kulot

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Daniela Kulot: Lea lernt Schleife binden
Daniela Kulot

Lea learns to tie her shoes

Lea lernt Schleife binden
With red shoelaces on the cover Mama brought home a present – red shoes! They’re so nice! One for each foot. But they have laces, and Lea doesn’t know how to tie shoelaces. She goes up to the attic to hide her new shoes there. That’s where Mama is keeping them in boxes. And the boxes have red laces...
Maja Nielsen

A Crime in Eden 1919

Tatort Eden 1919
From Breckerfeld to Berlin! The 17-year-old Biko can hardly believe his luck. He actually got into the famous Artistenschule, a training academy for circus performers in Berlin! An old suitcase in the lost and found at the Artistenschule sends him 100 years back in time to a tumultuous time in Berlin – the era of the First World War, the November Revolution, and the murder of Rosa Luxemburg.
A Crime in Eden in 1919 – a genuine political crime story begins. But modern-day Berlin is also very exciting: As the son of an African, Biko is presumed to be one of the many refugees who've arrived in the city. And all of a sudden, he finds that there is much more at stake than his dream of being a performer ...
Henrike Wilson: Ich war einmal abends...
Henrike Wilson

I Was Sitting in My Room One Night...

Ich war einmal abends...
„I was sitting in my room one night, all snug and comfy, when there was a knock on
the door. Now, who might it be …. my friend!“
Now, that’s as snug and promising a beginning to a never-ending book as one could
wish for, isn’t it? The bear gets a visit from the fox, who is in turn visited by the
hare, the squirrel goes to see the hare and is visited by the owl. And the owl? Well,
the owl is comfortably ensconced in her wing chair knitting happily away until
Kingdom come. But who could ever be in need of such a long scarf as this? Well, if it
isn’t her friend, the big brown bear, whom we’ve already met at the very beginning!
Henrike Wilson’s cosy pictures tell a story that is no less exciting for being simple,
and which never really comes to an end. Not only will the readers enjoy guessing
who it might be now knocking on the door, but they’ll be amazed at what all those
animals of the forest will get up to of a night, how and where they live, and how glad
they are to have their friends over. This is a great book about friendship, and about
the art of storytelling - you couldn’t ask more for a bedtime story!

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Daniela Kulot: Bald bist du gesund, kleine Katze!
Daniela Kulot

Soon You'll be Well Again, Little Cat!

Bald bist du gesund, kleine Katze!
I'm Here for You!
The cat is sick,
Lies weak on the bed,
Her toes hurt,
And so does her head . . .

Everyone gets sick sometimes, whether they're small or grown up. What we need then, above all, is a little bit of comforting - from someone who'll hug us, love us, warm us up and take us in their arms.

A book for reading together, to give as a get-well gift, as heart-warming as a hug
Rotraut Susanne Berner: Monika und Mingus
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Monika and Mingus

Monika und Mingus
Who doesn't know them, the orange tabby cat Monika and the black tomcat Mingus with the white paws? The two of them experience numerous adventures in all seasons in their little town of Wimmlingen and are the masters of skilfully hiding on the wimmel pages. Rotraut Susanne Berner tells their love story here in cheerful verse that even little listeners are sure to soon enjoy speaking along with.
Rotraut Susanne Berner: Armin, der Buchhändler
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Armin the bookseller

Armin, der Buchhändler
Everyone knows Armin. He is the bookseller in Wimmlingen. There are lots of great books to buy from him. One day Petra tells him that at night the characters from the books come to life. Yes, and what happens when Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio and many other children's book heroes have a midnight party in Armin's shop is shown in this rhymed story by Rotraut Susanne Berner.
Daniela Kulot: Zusammen!
Daniela Kulot

Together!

Zusammen!
Everyone, whether big or small, has to eat! Everyone, whether sad or happy, has to go to the bathroom! Everyone, whether old or young, should have fun!
It doesn‘t matter what distinguishes us from one another—there are many more things that bind us together. Whether eating, playing, laughing or hanging around, it‘s much more fun to do things together!
This book‘s sassy rhymes and colorful, detailed pictures invite reading aloud and rhyming, looking and laughing— and ideally together! A book about friendship, tolerance, and solidarity.

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Isabel Müller: Die Grüne Meeresschildkröte
Isabel Müller

The Green Sea Turtle

Die Grüne Meeresschildkröte
Far, far away on the other side of the globe, a small green sea turtle hatches out of her egg on the shores of the Australian island Raine. We look on as she takes her first wobbly steps in the darkness towards the water’s edge, and we accompany her on her journey through the great expanses of the ocean. On her trip she encounters many fascinating creatures: the majestic blue whale, the lazy manatee, the adaptable mimic octopus and many other fish of the most beautiful colors and most curious forms. After decades of travel, the sea turtle returns to her home.
She mates with a male sea turtle off the shores of Raine Island and makes her way to the beach to lay her eggs.
A couple of weeks later, in the middle of the night, something’s moving in the sand…

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Thomas Müller: Tiere in der Stadt
Thomas Müller

Animals in the City

Tiere in der Stadt
Who’s looking down from the tree? Three little raccoons! Raccoons in the park, bats in the attic, sparrows under the gutter: there are lots of animals to discover in the city! With its carefully-designed fold-out pages, this book introduces the youngest animal lovers to seven furry and feathered city dwellers and shows where they find food and raise their young.
Thomas Müller: Tiere im Garten
Thomas Müller

Animals in the Garden

Tiere im Garten
What's crawling and creeping and flying over there? There are many different animals in the garden to discover! We learn where the peacock butterfly lays its eggs, what the hedgehog eats, and how the wasps buzz around inside their nests. In this book, with seven lovingly designed fold-out pages, you will take a closer look at these and many other animals in the garden.
Brief texts provide some fascinating insights, so you can learn even more about each animal
Stephanie Schneider, Henrike Wilson: Tambo, der kleine Elefant
Stephanie Schneider, Henrike Wilson
Tambo, der kleine Elefant
Tambo is thoroughly fed up with always being the smallest. After all, he’s an elephant! He will prove to everyone how big he is. He will scare a tiger away! He and his friend the bird prepare the courage test. But no one shows up, not even a tiger. With drooping ears, Tambo sadly trudges back to the herd. There they all are, the big elephants. And there’s his Mom. Big and grey and dear as always. Next to her, a newborn elephant baby looks at Tambo full of curiosity. Now Tambo feels all the way down to the end of his trunk how wonderful it is to be a needed and looked up to as an older brother. And he thinks it’s grand that he’s no longer the littlest in the herd!

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Thomas Müller: Tiere bei uns zu Haus
Thomas Müller

Animals With Us At Home

Tiere bei uns zu Haus
Many children wish for a pet of
their own. Which animal is best suited to your home? Perhaps a cheerful budgie or a cute guinea
pig? Or a dog or cat?

In this lively illustrated book, young animal lovers will get to know seven common household pets and will learn what the animals need for their well-being.

Cat – Fish – Rabbit – Guinea Pig – Dog – Budgie – Fancy Rat

This board picture book with flaps is a nonfiction primer for the youngest readers. Sturdy board pages with simple text and true-to-life illustrations capture their attention while being read to.
Sabine Lohf: 1, 2, 3, 4 Lieblingstier
Sabine Lohf

1,2,3,4 Animals That I Adore

1, 2, 3, 4 Lieblingstier
Every child has a favorite animal! Whether that animal is an elephant, giraffe, bat, or penguin, this new activity book allows us to playfully design each and every one step by step. And it’s easy as pie: each of the twenty-six sections consists of four short, easy-to-understand steps – even newcomers to arts and crafts will be delighted. Almost all of the required materials can be found at home. Best of all: from A as in Ape to Z as in Zebra, we craft our way through the entire alphabet and get to know all of the alphabet letters as we go. A beastly arts and crafts joy for families, schools, and preschools alike!
Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Spatzen
Thomas Müller

A Year with the Sparrows

Ein Jahr mit den Spatzen
They prefer to cavort in groups, clamour loudly and curiously explore their environment - sparrows are like children, and that is perhaps why children like these cheeky birds so much! With this wonderfully illustrated picture book, we accompany the sparrows through the year, are present during the search for a suitable nesting site and experience how the sparrow babies hatch from the eggs. They soon go on a discovery tour and, like their parents, like to forage in the middle of the city - until they finally have to look for a nesting site themselves in spring. As in his non-fiction picture book Ein Jahr mit den Schwalben (A Year with the Swallows), Thomas Müller also describes the sparrows' habitat in a child-friendly way in this unusual book about sparrows and illustrates the view into the sparrows' world with lovingly drawn pictures.

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Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

My Friend Otto, the Wilde Life and I

Mein Freund Otto, das wilde Leben und ich
"Otto once said that our lives are far too tame and since then I've been thinking about the wild life. Maybe he was right. But if he was right, then what should we do?"
Matti and Otto have known each other their whole lives, except for the first three weeks. They live in a place where everyone goes on vacation: downtown Berlin. They go to yoga and play the piano. Matti laughs all the time and Otto can't sing. So everything's pretty normal – too normal??? One day at school they discover a video of Brotha Berlin rapping on YouTube and decide that something's got to change!
The only question is how ... A big-city story for the children of today. It's a tale about friendship, oddball teachers and weirdo neighbors, real estate sharks and dangerous gangsters, mothers and fathers – in other words, the wild life!
Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Eulen
Thomas Müller

A Year With The Owls

Ein Jahr mit den Eulen
“In March, you can already feel the Spring arriving. On one of the first mild evenings, strange sounds can be heard in the dusk – a vibrating noise and callings. The sounds come from two large birds that are circulating in an elegant covey like shadows around the church spire. These are barn owls on their display flight. The male owl is following purringly the female one. He wants to win her over and show her his nesting site in the church spire. “

With expert, feather-light brushstrokes, Thomas Müller acquaints us with the lives of this mysterious and beautiful bird. The narrative section is supplemented with additional valuable information about the Barn Owl, the Long-eared Owl, the Minerva's owl and the Brown Owl.

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Claudia H.M. Hangen, Alessa Dostal: Der kleine Schweinswal und das Meer
Claudia H.M. Hangen, Alessa Dostal

The Life of a Porpoise in the North Sea

Der kleine Schweinswal und das Meer
A baby porpoise opens his eyes to see the light of day!
What will he experience in his first years of life? In this atmospheric non-fiction picture book, we watch as the small harbor porpoise takes his first breath. We come along as he explores the mysterious underwater world, encounters sea urchins, shipwrecks, and squid, and hunts herring (yikes - be careful of the Orca!).
As the little whale grows up, he goes on his first long journey north to Norway before returning to his homeland, and then even starts a family of his own in the maritime area off of the island Sylt.

This unusual picture book with its large-scale illustrations introduces us to these special and, sadly, endangered marine animals. We learn a lot about their habitat, mating.
Judith Burger, Ulrike Möltgen

Getrude Beyond Borders

Gertrude grenzenlos
Who names their child Gertrude?! Gertrude is the new kid in Ina's class and she's different from all the other girls that Ina knows. She's got Western clothes, a smile that'll bowl you over, and the bluest eyes you've ever seen. But Gertrude is also different because her father is a poet and her family has applied for an exit visa. In the DDR of the late 70s, this meant they were enemies of the state. Not only is the school against their friendship, but Ina's mother is up in arms. Things go off the rails.
What to do when you've found the friend of a lifetime but everything's so complicated? Ina and Gertrude forge a plan they call "Commando Rose" to protect their friendship against all odds
Thomas Müller: Tiere im Wald
Thomas Müller

Animals in the Forest

Tiere im Wald
The forest is the most beautiful adventure playground there is! Many animals feel the same way: young foxes venture out of their dens, wild boars take a mud bath, and little bunnies wait in the high grass for their mother.
This close-to-nature and lovingly-illustrated picture book invites small animal fans to see the shy forest dwellers up close and to learn many exciting facts about them
Daniela Kulot: Woher kommt die Liebe?
Daniela Kulot

Where does Love come from?

Woher kommt die Liebe?
Where does love come from?
That‘s what the squirrel, elk and duck want to know right away! They embark on a journey to find the answer to their question. Will they succeed?
For some questions, there just aren‘t easy answers. Sometimes you need to take detours to understand something that was there all along! A book for young and old.

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Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

My Friend Otto, the Big Secret and I

Mein Freund Otto, das große Geheimnis und ich
It’s going on a lot in Matti’s and Otto’s lives. Matti has a VERY strange feeling when he’s looking at Mina, who is the new girl in their class and very good in playing soccer. Recently Otto has begun to comb his hair. And as if that was not strange enough, Matti’s dad suddenly appears in front of their door, the dad who didn’t get in touch with him for more than five years. But Otto’s mum moves out. For now.
To make friends with Mina is a little bit difficult, because she doesn’t even want to tell where she lives. However Matti and Otto want to give her extra lessons in Math, so that she won’t be bothered by the horrible Misses “Streiter” anymore. A great mess for the two boys. But they absolutely need to find out what’s wrong with Mina…
A modern city children story about boys in love, parents without any plans and tough girls. About “Hotte Zimmermann”, “Bruda Berlin” and the “Horrific Twins”. A story about big secrets and great emotions.
Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Störchen
Thomas Müller

A Year with the Storks

Ein Jahr mit den Störchen
Who doesn’t know and love this elegant red-stockinged bird? In many countries the stork is considered a bearer of good luck. In this illustrated nonfiction book we get to know “Master Adebar” very well as we accompany him on his journey through the year: we see how he builds his nest on the roof of the barn in springtime and how he then raises the hatched chicks with his mate. Then we tag along with the young storks as they fly to Africa for the winter and accompany them a couple of months later on their dangerous return home.
With expert, feather-light brushstrokes, Thomas Müller acquaints us with the lives of this large and beautiful bird. The narrative section is supplemented with additional valuable information about black storks, cranes and herons.

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Ina Hattenhauer

Hilarious ABCs

Das ausgelassene ABC
Rip-roaring fun from A to Z

"Take out the A and read turns red. (And paint slims down to pint.)" But not only that: without the K, a monkey turns to money! Instead of swinging from trees and eating bananas, it's ready for the piggy bank. Without the L, flour becomes four and black turns back. Take out the N and watch months turn to moths and fly away. Erase the E to make a bear a bar and every fear very far."

Author Ina Hattenhauer gives two full pages to showing the marvelous words that result when each letter of the alphabet disappears. Beautifully detailed illustrations show just how much fun she had with her discoveries. Look close and you'll see a whole world of astonishing details like owls juggling bowls, hose-wielding horses, or singers with stingers.
Sabine Lohf

Hurray! Autumn is Here!

Hurra, der Herbst ist da!
It's autumn at last! Time to be creative!

The leaves are falling, the birds are flying south, we're jumping in puddles or flying kites: no other time of year is so colourful or offers so many lovely handicraft materials, like chestnuts and pine cones. This book shows what we can craft with all the treasures fall has to offer. We can make witches' cottages out of pumpkins, weave princesses out of wheat stalks, stitch hearts made of rose hips, press leaves, paint rain pictures, sew felted mushrooms, fold paper pinwheels, turn milk containers into lanterns, and play shadow games.

Even the darkest autumn afternoon is an occasion for family fun with the help of the creative, child-friendly craft ideas, games and songs in this book. Hurray, autumn is here!
Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

Mr. Flowers

Herr Röslein
Ever since Mo moved to the new city with his family, things have been pretty messed up at home and at school. Then Mo meets Mr. Flowers in the apartment stairway. Right away Mo senses something different about the friendly older man with the gray ponytail. It turns out that he bakes awesome cookies, knows where to find tucked-away umbrellas, tames tigers at the zoo – and can make the most unbelievable things come true . . .

This charming story is told with compassion and good humor, and will warm the hearts of children – of all ages!

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Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

Mr. Flowers Returns

Herr Röslein kommt zurück
Calling Mr. Flowers! We need you! Though a telescope, Moritz has witnessed the kidnapping of the ice cream vendor Pippa. His friendly neighbor with the gray ponytail and the secret magical powers would be a big help right now!
 
Everyone could use a friend like Mr. Flowers! Here’s another warm and funny story that’s sure to become a classic.

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Ute Krause

When Will They Ever Leave?

Wann gehen die wieder?
The Life of a Blended Family - Original, Fresh, and Full of Confidence

During a moonlit night a family of robbers, each carrying a little red suitcase, trots through the woods. Why is that? Well, the robber children are sometimes with their papa and sometimes with their mama. The children have two homes, which accounts for the suitcases. They have two birthday parties, two sets of rules, and two toothbrushes. But they're not at all eager to make friends with Papa's new girlfriend and all of her prince and princess children. The robber children succeed in chasing away the entire princess household, but then they realize it's not going to solve their problem. They take an altogether different approach, with the result that this jolly and optimistic blended family story has a brilliant ending.

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Sabine Lohf

Spring, Spring, Here At Last!

Komm doch, lieber Frühling!
The snow is melting, the first crocuses are peeking out of the ground, and once again, butterflies are roaming the fields: it’s time to greet the spring!

In this new activity book, creative artist Sabine Lohf has collected games, songs and drawing tips to make spring even more enjoyable.

Whether the activity is creating collages from the first spring flowers, making a bouquet from tart tins and egg crates, or building a course for a friendly race of rabbits and hedgehogs, this book shows children how to savor the spring and stay active both indoors and out. (622 illustrations).
Jens Sparschuh, Julia Dürr

Julia and Her Little Great-Grandfather August

Julia und ihr kleiner Urgroßvater
Why Great-Grandfather August Wears Blue and White Socks and Can Dance Like a Champion

When Julia arrives in Gross Neuendorf, August is waiting for her at the bus stop. Joyfully he tosses his hat into the air. "We'll do something special every day!" he says happily. Julia likes to sit on the bench in August's workshop watching him as he works. August tells her about earlier times - like when he was a ferryman on the river. Sometimes Tim comes to visit. Then they all go fishing. When August gets tired, Julia sits on his bed and tucks him in. Back in school, Julia's thoughts often return to August. One afternoon in October Julia and her mother return to Gross Neuendorf. Lying on the hat rack is a cross with a bow . . .

A lovely story about the things that bind together the very young and the very old.
Ute Krause

Are They Coming Too?

Feiern die auch mit?
Christmas Chaos in a Cheerful Blended Family - What a Gift!
December is the loveliest month in the year - and certainly the most stressful, at least when planning gifts for everyone in a 41-person blended family. Even when that particular problem is solved (thanks to a lucky inspiration), there are lots of challenges to meet before all the Christmas trees, holiday meals and presents have reached their final destinations. But no matter how much hustle and bustle goes into the preparations, by the time of the snowball fight - complete with stale dumplings from Christmas dinner - everyone -- robbers, princesses and dragon children alike - is filled with the Christmas spirit. This is an action-packed, jolly Christmas tale with enchanting highlights for everyone -- not just blended families.
Sabine Lohf: Komm, lass uns spielen!
Sabine Lohf

Come On, Let's Play!

Komm, lass uns spielen!
Here’s how to invent games using common materials that everyone has at home. Buttons turn into colorful pictures, corks become colorful play figures, and an egg carton transforms – presto! – into the rolling sea! We roll the dice hoping for good luck, fly to Mars in our homemade spaceship, and test our agility with a caterpillar crawl.

Sabine Lohf shows how much fun we can have not just playing, but even creating some of our own toys.
Whether we are playing inside or outside, by ourselves or in a group, these game ideas will keep us entertained!

Sample contents:
•Dice games
•Puzzle games
•Painting and coloring games
•Tossing games
•Agility games
Judith Burger, Ulrike Möltgen

Roberta in Love

Roberta verliebt
Roberta is absolutely sure: she is in love!

She fell in love with Felix, the new one in her drawing course. From now on she has to think of him, always and everywhere! But she is just eleven years old and her mom thinks an eleven year old girl isn’t yet able to fall in love with anyone. However Felix stays in her mind, in her heart and in her tummy, he is simply everywhere. Unfortunately she doesn’t even know where he lives. How can she meet him again? How can she tell him about her feelings for him? And how can she make him also to fall in love with her?!
Fortunately, to be in love with someone else doesn’t only mean to be lovesick, it also grants one superpowers!
Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Buntspechten
Thomas Müller

A Year With the Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Ein Jahr mit den Buntspechten
High up in the springtime forest, the woodpecker draws attention to himself with a loud hammering: he is very busy drilling out a breeding burrow in the trunk of an old oak tree. Soon, there will be woodpecker babies that need hatching and feeding. This wonderfully illustrated nonfiction picture book shows the amazing ability of this attractive black, white, and red-feathered bird to turn itself into an excellent builder, and portrays a young woodpecker’s eventful first year in the woods.
 
The author and illustrator Thomas Müller takes us along into the world of the woodpecker and uses lifelike pictures to teach us about the exciting bird life in the forest.

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Christiane Schwabbaur, Henrike Wilson

Happy Penguins

Pinguin im Glück
Joy is Contagious!

It's the scene at the Pole: a penguin standing. Here comes another, wearing a scarf. Then another, with a cap. They stand together that way as the winter wind blows. Then comes another, passing all the others by. One that follows its beak and clearly has a goal in mind. That runs and does a cannonball splash into the blue water, just for fun! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Luckily, joy is contagious, and pretty soon all the penguins are romping around in the water, splashing and snorting. We'd love to join them.
It's hard to imagine a funnier, more focused depiction of a transformation from gloom into pure joy and happiness. Warning: it's contagious!
Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Schwalben
Thomas Müller

A Year with the Swallows

Ein Jahr mit den Schwalben
Bright chirping, an elegant flight manoeuvre - indeed: the swallows have returned from their winter quarters. We are present as the pair of swallows builds a new nest in the cowshed, as the female lays the eggs and a little later the young hatch, we watch them grow up and make their first attempts to fly. Finally, it is time to say goodbye to the old farm. A long journey begins - across desert and savannah to South Africa. But it's not goodbye forever: one day, they head back north and a new swallow year begins.
A non-fiction picture book in the best tradition that familiarises children with the lives of these lovely migratory birds.

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Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Kranichen
Thomas Müller

A Year With the Cranes

Ein Jahr mit den Kranichen
What’s making that loud noise in the sky above? It’s the cranes migrating to their winter home. How thrilling it is when thousands of these birds pass through in the fall, and we have a chance to study them while they gather the strength to fly further south.

In this book we take a close look at the “good luck” birds, and we follow a family of cranes throughout the year – their elaborate courtship dances, how they raise their young, and their first journey together as a family: the great Crane Migration.

An appendix offers further information about the life cycle of the Common Crane (Grus grus). The meticulous illustrations in the books of Thomas Müller make birdwatchers out of even young readers!
Karsten Teich: Paul und Opa fahren Rad
Karsten Teich

Grandpa goes for a bike ride

Paul und Opa fahren Rad
Paul is spending his summer holiday with Grandpa in the country.
Grandpa’s great – but life in the country sure isn’t! No Internet, no cinema – Grandpa doesn’t even have a car! But then the two find a red folding bicycle in a ditch on the side of the road. They work together to fix it up. The tires need to be patched and the chain oiled, and of course it needs working brakes and a bell. Paul also has to get a helmet.
Finally they’re ready and Paul and Grandpa ride uphill and downhill on the path to the lake.
Not even a flat tire can stop them now!
In this heartwarming and humorous picture book, children learn all the essentials about owning and riding a bicycle. It’s a grandfather and grandson holiday adventure for bike-lovers great and small!

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Daniel Napp: Das schlaue Buch vom Büchermachen
Daniel Napp

How to Make a Book?

Das schlaue Buch vom Büchermachen
This picture book brings us behind the scenes in the process of bookmaking. Daniel Napp, himself a successful author and illustrator of picture books such as Dr. Brumm
or Bauer Beck, depicts all of the steps in the process of making a book. By the last page, the reader ends up with a finished product. With this book, even small bookworms and bibliomaniacs can come to understand the meaning behind words like “proof” and “imprimatur” and to grasp what editors, manufacturers, printers and booksellers go through to bring us a beautiful new book.

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Jens Sparschuh, Julia Dürr

Jakob's Shell

Jakobs Muschel
When Jakob holds his shell to his ear, he hears the sound of the ocean. And when he closes his eyes, he can even see it. One day, while he’s sitting on the jungle gym between the apartment buildings, who shows up but Jonas — Jonas the cool kid with the expensive tennis and sharp tongue who always picks on him. Quick as a flash, Jonas swipes Jakob’s shell.
While Jonas takes one look down and, frightened of falling, holds on tight with both hands, Jacob closes his eyes, listens to the reclaimed shell, and suddenly he can see him: Jonny the pirate, the notorious thief of the high seas. With that wart on his nose, he sure looks a lot like Jonas. A storm closes in and the pirate ship goes down. Unfortunately not all of the pirates can swim. Does Jonas know how? A humorous story about little tough guys, big dreamers, and the power of the imagination.

(One might consider changing the names to more similar English spellings: Jacob, Jonas, Johnny)
Rotraut Susanne Berner: Nacht-Wimmelbuch
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Night-Wimmelbook

Nacht-Wimmelbuch
The Treasure Kingdom at Night - The latest marvel from Rotraut Susanne Berner

Rotraut Susanne Berner's Treasure Kingdom at Night

Nighttime in the Treasure Kingdom: Humans and animals are sleeping. Most of them, that is. Andrea, for one, cannot sleep because Thomas, who lives on the next floor, is taking a shower. Nico, on the other hand, is fast asleep in his cage, in the dark under its cloth cover. Outside, bats are flitting about, and a hedgehog shuffles through the grass. There's an all-night reading marathon taking place at the Public Library, and in the upper floor, the terrariums of the reptile exposition emit a greenish glow. At the station the night train is ready for departure.
Even though not all that many people are about at night, yet there is a lot going on in this warm summer night. Under cover of darkness, a burglar breaks into a dentist's surgery. Will he make his escape undetected? A night-watchman and his dog are on their round patrolling the local department store. Yet the highlight and concluding episode of this particular adventure must surely be the big festival in the municipal park, complete with fireworks.
As in her four previous books set in the Treasure Kingdom, Rotraut Susanne Berner has once more come up with a cornucopia of little stories, rich in well-observed detail, an atmospheric nocturne that will make for splendid bedtime reading, for big and small alike.
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk: Der kleine Seehund und das Meer
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk

The Worls of Seals

Der kleine Seehund und das Meer
It is spring and a tiny seal is born on a deserted sandbar in the shallows. Shortly after its birth, it enters the water and joins the other seals. Everything is so new and exciting! It meets all the different sea creatures from the starfish to the porpoise and learns how to dive and catch delicious herring. The baby seal soon becomes an elegant swimmer and skillful hunter, ready for new adventures.

In the appendix, readers great and small can learn about where to watch seals, how to behave around them, and what can be done to protect these precious animals.
Henrike Wilson: Ganz schön langweilig!
Henrike Wilson

Pretty Darn Boring!

Ganz schön langweilig!
A little bear trots through the forest and isn’t quite sure where to go. He’s bored and
no one has time for him- everyone’s busy. At last, he lies down on the forest floor
and decides to do nothing- absolutely nothing. And even though he isn’t occupied,
lots of things are happening. Slowly but surely he begins to feel calm and his senses
begin to awaken. He begins to pay attention to the sounds around him and to feel,
see, sense, and discover more and more. His head feels free, his curiosity is
awakened, and lots of new ideas begin to come to him. Entertained and restored, he
starts off on his next adventure.
In a time in which even kindergartners need weekly planners and everyone always
has something to do (at least on a tablet or the like), Henrike Wilson remembers the
value and necessity of boredom and free, unstructured time, and pays homage to
these with vivid visuals. The ability to enjoy aimless time can be so fulfilling.

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Rotraut Susanne Berner: Frühlings-Wimmelbuch
Rotraut Susanne Berner
Frühlings-Wimmelbuch
What greater delight for a child than to lie sprawled out on the floor in front of a big picture-book, with hundreds of familiar and unfamiliar things to discover?
Rotraut Susanne Berner has designed just such a book whose large-format pictures show a whole town and its surroundings: a house for several families, a farm, a rail way station, a community centre, a market place, a multi storey department store, and a large park. These pictures tell many little stories of things that happen to people and animals on a spring day, and every child can follow these stories. And since there are plenty of stories to tell about this town throughout the year Rotraut Susanne Berner designed a book for each season. So now everybody can discover for himself how life in the town and its surroundings changes over the year: What kind of games children play and how long it takes for the construction work on the new nursery to be completed.

Rights sold to to Belgium/The Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Italy, USA/North America, Taiwan, Slovenia, Mongolia, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark, Thail

Judith Burger

Ringo, Me and The Completely Clueless Summer

Ringo, ich und ein komplett ahnungsloser Sommer
Outside, the world zooms by. Asta sits in the train, anticipating what promises to be the best summer ever. Because in Geschrey, the most remote place in the world, the days are longer, the rain is gentler, and time passes slower than anywhere else - and it's also where Ringo lives. Asta and her best friend will swim in the lake, hang out, eat ice cream, and act silly. Not to mention act in a play: this summer for the first time, Asta will have a small role in the summer theater run by Asta's parents.

But instead, everything turns out wrong. All of a sudden Ringo is the star of the play and Asta is left high and dry. Will their friendship survive?

A summer story full of poetry and lightness. And the history of a great friendship.
Rotraut Susanne Berner: Sommer-Wimmelbuch
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Summer-Wimmelbook

Sommer-Wimmelbuch
What greater delight for a child than to lie sprawled out on the floor in front of a big picture-book, with hundreds of familiar and unfamiliar things to discover?
Rotraut Susanne Berner has designed just such a book whose large-format pictures show a whole town and its surroundings: a house for several families, a farm, a rail way station, a community centre, a market place, a multi storey department store, and a large park. These pictures tell many little stories of things that happen to people and animals on a summer day, and every child can follow these stories. And since there are plenty of stories to tell about this town throughout the year Rotraut Susanne Berner designed a book for each season. So now everybody can discover for himself how life in the town and its surroundings changes over the year: What kind of games children play and how long it takes for the construction work on the new nursery to be completed.

Rights sold to to Belgium/The Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Italy, USA/North America, Taiwan, Slovenia, Mongolia, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark, Thai

Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

The Santa Project

Das Weihnachtsmannprojekt
This year will be different, Paul’s mother declares: we’re going to have a quiet Christmas without the relatives! Grandma is appalled, and Paul’s little sister Frida is furious. As if that weren’t enough, Frida’s teacher says there’s no Santa! Paul can’t bear to see Frida disappointed – he’s determined to prove that there really is a Santa.

On top of that, somehow he’s got to pull his family together and make sure they have a real Christmas. But that’s easier said than done . . .
 Funny, spirited and original, here’s a Christmas story for reading – and reading aloud – for the whole family.
Rotraut Susanne Berner: Winter-Wimmelbuch
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Winter-Wimmelbook

Winter-Wimmelbuch
What greater delight for a child than to lie sprawled out on the floor in front of a big picture-book, with hundreds of familiar and unfamiliar things to discover?
Rotraut Susanne Berner has designed just such a book whose large-format pictures show a whole town and its surroundings: a house for several families, a farm, a rail way station, a community centre, a market place, a multi storey department store, and a large park. These pictures tell many little stories of things that happen to people and animals on a winter day, and every child can follow these stories. And since there are plenty of stories to tell about this town throughout the year Rotraut Susanne Berner designed a book for each season. So now everybody can discover for himself how life in the town and its surroundings changes over the year: What kind of games children play and how long it takes for the construction work on the new nursery to be completed.

Rights sold to to Belgium/The Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Italy, USA/North America, Taiwan, Slovenia, Mongolia, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark, Thai

Rotraut Susanne Berner: Herbst-Wimmelbuch
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Autumn-Wimmelbook

Herbst-Wimmelbuch
What greater delight for a child than to lie sprawled out on the floor in front of a big picture-book, with hundreds of familiar and unfamiliar things to discover?
Rotraut Susanne Berner has designed just such a book whose large-format pictures show a whole town and its surroundings: a house for several families, a farm, a railway station, a community centre, a market place, a multistorey department store, and a large park. These pictures tell many little stories of things that happen to people and animals on a autumm day, and every child can follow these stories. And since there are plenty of stories to tell about this town throughout the year Rotraut Susanne Berner designed a book for each season. So now everybody can discover for himself how life in the town and its surroundings changes over the year: What kind of games children play and how long it takes for the construction work on the new nursery to be completed.

Rights sold to to Belgium/The Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Italy, USA/North America, Taiwan, Slovenia, Mongolia, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark, Thai

Henrike Wilson

Squirrel Finds a New Home

Eichhörnchen zieht um
It’s springtime! Squirrel wakes up from its winter sleep full of energy and purpose, and is amazed to see flowers in front of its usual nest opening. How can that be? Flowers in the middle of the treetops? Mouse knows: a storm blew the
tree over last night. So squirrel has to find a new place to live! Squirrel’s garden companions offer to share their homes.

That’s nice, but squirrel needs a cozy place of its own, so the search begins for a new home in the most beautiful tree in the garden – and there, squirrel finds a delightful surprise!

This is a story of helping hands and friendship, garden creatures and the magic of springtime, in a warm-spirited, richly illustrated new book by Henrike Wilson.
Cornelia Franz, Petra Baan

How I Saved Einstein's Life

Wie ich Einstein das Leben rettete
It’s shortly before midnight on February 28, 2020, and Emily is on board the
Queen Mary 2, sailing toward New York. Tomorrow is her 12th birthday and the
ocean crossing is her birthday present.

Suddenly, she finds herself in an entirely
new place and time -- on board a refugee ship in the year 1913!

The same happens to Lorenzo and Malik, who have made this trip before. They relate the news that after the ship arrives in New York, a fire will break out, killing and injuring many on board. They must prevent this catastrophe! Somehow they have to find a way to travel back in time. If there’s anyone that can help, it’s Albert Einstein.

A suspenseful adventure story that looks back in time to 1913, when many German citizens left everything behind to start a new life in a foreign land.

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Cornelia Boese, Dorota Wünsch

Where's Theatrine ?

Wo ist Theatrine?
Theatrine is standing on a package that's been delivered to the Grand Opera House. That's where they perform ballet, opera and plays. While looking for the elusive Theatrine we can see what's behind the curtain! There are studios, wardrobes, the cafeteria, the orchestra pit, the choir loft and lots more! But where is Theatrine hiding? And what's hidden in that mysterious package?

In cheerful rhymes and pictures that capture the happy chaos, children are introduced to the secret world behind the wings of a performing arts theatre. Let the curtain rise!
Henrike Wilson: Fünf Nüsse für Eichhörnchen
Henrike Wilson

Five Nuts, Squirreled Away

Fünf Nüsse für Eichhörnchen
It's fall! The leaves whirl in the wind and the squirrel is beginning to stockpile nuts for the winter. So far, five nuts have been gathered. The squirrel wants to hide them where no one will find them. It does so with great enthusiasm and finds excellent hiding spots. However, it was working with such zeal that it, unlike the reader, didn't notice that other animals were watching the whole time. When winter comes and everything's covered by a thick blanket of snow, the cheerful little squirrel tries to gather its nuts—only to find that the first four have apparently grown legs and escaped! Luckily the fifth and best nut (the one with the tiny hat!) is still there in its fantastic hiding place.
So it's no problem that the other animals helped themselves to his supply.
A book about the art of finding pleasure in what you do have instead of worrying about what you don't. But this is also a story about garden animals and the changing of the seasons, with all its many marvels—lovingly told with atmospheric illustrations by Henrike Wilson.

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Anke Bär

William's Journey

Wilhelms Reise
The scene is Bremerhaven, the year is 1872. Fleeing the squalor and crippling poverty of his home village, young William embarks the Columbia bound for America. Among his few belongings is a sketch-book to which he commits his various observations on board the ship: the hard work of the sailors, daily tribulations such as vermin or the friction due to overcrowding ‘tween-decks, rough seas and dead calm. On a brighter note, there are pleasant scenes such as children playing or the nocturnal phenomenon of marine phosphorescence. At last the big day has arrived: The Columbia berths at the Port of New York!

Rights sold to USA (English Rights Worldwide)

Dirk Reinhardt

Train Kids

Train Kids
The 14-year-old Miguel leaves his village in the Guatemalan mountains to find his mother. Years ago, she left him and his sister Juana to work in the United States. She has stayed in this far-away land for many years, never coming back, although she has been promising to do so again and again. But Miguel doesn’t want to be put off anymore. He needs to find out about his mother’s disappearance. Has she stopped loving him and his sister?
With a heavy heart Miguel leaves his sister behind and starts out on a long northbound journey. At the Mexican border he meets others who have the same destination: mysterious Fernando, little Ángel, smart Jaz and silent Emilio. They decide to take a chance together. All of them are driven by their longing for the people they have lost and by their hope for a better life.
Freight trains are the only way to cross Mexico. And soon Miguel and the others realize that they are part of a much bigger trek rolling northbound. Thousands of people are travelling as blind passengers on the trains, facing many risks. One false step when jumping on the train, one unattended moment on the roof, one careless slumber at night and their lives might be over. Corrupt police men and greedy robber bands are hunting them. They are suffering from thirst and hunger, from the heat in the jungle, the coldness in the mountains and the drought in the desert.

Rights sold to Mexico, Spain (Spanish and Catalan), Japan and Slovenia

Sabine Lohf

Winter is Lovely!

Der Winter ist schön!
Winter Time is Time to Create!
Winter is the best time of year to create and play! Whether an ice princess, a cork reindeer, or a pine cone angel: starting with simple materials like these you can make great gifts for Christmas or St. Nicholas. Nature provides lots of material for making things - did you know that you can make many things with snow besides a snowman? And if it's really cold, so much the better. Take frozen coloured water, and one, two, three: you've got giant ice marbles. Give it a try!

This inviting book with its child-friendly and colorful ideas for indoor and outdoor projects will lead to hours of song, play and crafting.Winter was never so fun!
Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

What Does Tomcat Do While I'm Asleep?

Was macht der Kater, wenn ich schlafe?
What does our tomcat do while I’m asleep? That’s what Fritze asks one morning when her tomcat Mika comes home unusually late. Everyone she asks has a different explanation: Mika’s out taking a walk, says Grandpa. Papa says Mika sings in the tomcat choir. Mama says he’s out visiting. And Timmy, the babysitter, maintains that Mika is somewhere spying. Really?, thinks Fritze. None of them are cats – how do they know? What would Mika tell us? And then, Mika tells us his own story .
 
A book for reading and reading aloud. For the whole family, and for anyone who loves cats.
 
Lena Kathinka Schaffer: Wir gehen zur Schule!
Lena Kathinka Schaffer

We're Going to School! From Kenya to America

Wir gehen zur Schule!
When children in Germany go to school, they walk; ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard; come by bus or public transport; or their parents or guardians bring them with the car. But in some parts of the world, it's very different! Some children come by sled or by boot and sometimes even ride horses to school. In some regions there is no school building at all: classes take place outdoors or in a clay hut, with children aged six to sixteen all together.
 
In this book, we accompany children from different countries and cultures on their way to school. We see where they live, what they eat, and even what happens in their classrooms. School is an exciting thing for children all over the world, no matter if you're in Papua New Guinea or India, Switzerland or Argentina, America or Kenya—or even at the edge of the North Pole!
 
This informative, colorfully illustrated non-fiction book teaches preschoolers and primary school students a bit about how children in other cultures live and learn in a fun and engaging way.
Kristina Dunker, Julie Völk

The Curtain Rises for Flip!

Vorhang auf für Flip!
Flip and Toothy the Crocodile can hardly sleep. Tomorrow the tiny puppets will go on stage in front of real children! Grandmother thinks they’re not ready yet, and Flip is afraid he’ll forget his lines! Even the drive to school is an adventure. Then, just before the show, the puppeteer gets sick. Flip and Toothy have to decide whether to go ahead on their own without her. Curses!! What should they do?

A warmhearted, expressive and pun-filled read-alone book, vividly illustrated by Julie Völk.
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk: Schau mal, ein Marienkäfer!
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk

Look, A Ladybug!

Schau mal, ein Marienkäfer!
Look! Who’s crawling over there?
In the first rays of springtime sunlight, a ladybug is emerging from its hiding place. From this point on we accompany this living good luck charm through the year. We observe its development from larvae to __ and to fully-grown beetle, learn that the little insect is good at defending itself from predators, and come to understand why the ladybug likes to spend time with gardeners. We can even peek under its polka-dotted wings!

Under the fold-out pages there are lots more facts about the seven-pointed ladybug and its colourful relatives.

With fold-out pages
With a discoverer’s journal and fact sheet
Einar Turkowski

The Moon Flower

Die Mondblume
In an old stone house on an island, there lives a man. Every day he traces the meandering paths, steep steps and hidden corners of his garden. One evening, in his favorite place in the garden he discovers a new plant. The man is eager to know what kind of plant it is, but he can’t find the plant in any of his gardening books. He nurtures and cares for the plant, and it begins to grow and sprout leaves, then one day it produces a huge bud. The man waits patiently for the bud to open.

He keeps the plant company at tea-time, and even puts on a play for it. But the bud stays closed – until the night of the full moon . . .

Einar Turkowski’s delicate penciled masterpieces reveal even the tiniest detail. Even though the pictures are in black and white, they are rich with nuance and they suggest a richly poetic world that transports and amazes the reader.
 

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Bärbel Oftring, Isabel Müller: Schau mal, eine Spinne!
Bärbel Oftring, Isabel Müller

Yuck! Spiders!

Schau mal, eine Spinne!
“Gross, a spider!” Gross? Really? Take a closer look. Spiders are actually fascinating and have very special abilities.
In this lovingly illustrated nonfiction picture book, children can observe how a garden spider spins her artful web, how she goes hunting, mates, and lays eggs- and how, finally, the tiny spider babies hatch and are taken by the wind on a long journey.
The foldout pages hide even more interesting information about the garden spider and its eight-legged relatives: how can you tell the difference between males and females?
What is a spider web actually made of? The book includes a discoverer’s journal that invites young readers to do their own spider research.
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk: Ich bau dir ein Haus, kleine Wildbiene!
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk

I Build You A House, Wild Bee!

Ich bau dir ein Haus, kleine Wildbiene!
Along with the first flowers of spring come the wild bees, looking for just the right place to raise their young.

In this richly detailed nonfiction picture book, readers of all ages will learn about the mason bee and its growth from egg to adult, about the life of other wild bees like the bumblebee, and the important role wild bees play in nature. Between the covers of this book there is much to discover about the life cycle and diversity of wild bees, relatives of our familiar honeybee.

At the conclusion of the book there are step-by-step instructions for building a nest platform for wild bees so the reader can watch them up close.
Frank Schwieger, Janna Steimann: Erik, der Wikingerjunge
Frank Schwieger, Janna Steimann

Eric, the Viking Boy

Erik, der Wikingerjunge
A farm on the Baltic Sea, ca. 950. Erik‘s brother Leif, who took off on a Viking voyage months ago ready for adventure and hungry for loot, still hasn‘t returned. Erik sets off
for the big Viking port He- deby in search of his brother, but no one there has heard any news of Leif or his ship, the Whale Rider. Just as Erik is beginning to give up hope, a
dragon ship appears on the horizon.

We accompany Erik on his journey and learn what the Viking community looked like, which gods they worshipped, why the raids they led with their fast ships were so
successful for such a long time, and why they loved hair combs. We attend a Viking feast, watch a ship being built, and look over the shoulders of merchants and craftspeople.
An atmospheric non-fiction picture book about these legendary northeners and about the successful outcome of an adventurous journey. With impres- sive illustrations and
exciting information about the life and culture of Vikings, who, contrary to their reputation, were not only menacing pirates but also farmers, merchants, seafarers, and
explorers.
Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

My Friend Otto, the Blue Wonder, and I

Mein Freund Otto, das Blaue Wunder und ich
Our Summer is Not Swimming!

At eight in the morning, the air is already warm and sweet-smelling. Matti is finally allowed to go barefoot, and it's clear that summer is here! There's nothing better than going to the pool! But, as Matti and Otto stand before the entrance, the Blue Wonder is closed. There's no money to renovate it. Where do they go now? The pool is the answer to every, yes every question in the summertime! Otto and Matti decide they've got to do something! In the end, the swimming pool belongs to everyone, especially the children.
A summertime story with an urban setting about adults who give up too easily and kids that take charge. It's about endless summer days at the most beautiful swimming pool in the city and about how together, things go easier, even if once in a while someone has to break the rules.
Werner Holzwarth, Stefanie Jeschke

I wish I were.... thought the Meerkat

Ich wär so gern...dachte das Erdmännchen
Turn left... straight ahead... to the right... straight ahead... to the left... Meercat keeps a beady eye (or rather two) on his surroundings. He admires his neighbours in the zoo: The chimpanzees who fool around all day long, the bears who are so strong, and, of course, the King of all animals, the lion. And he dreams of being like these animals. If only he knew how much these very animals admire him the sheer surprise would probably send him toppling into the next groundhole. As it is, this smart and nimble little chap remains their secret hero - after all, nobody is quite as alert and quick as him.

Rights sold to Denmark, Chile, Korea, USA (English World Rights), South Africa and China

Cornelia Franz

Swing High

Swing High
Swing Dancing on the Volcano

Hamburg, Summer 1939. As the Second World War looms ever closer, Henri and his friends spend a seemingly carefree summer together. They meet at the swimming pool or in the park, and someone always brings a gramophone along - and then things really heat up! Jazz music enchants the "Swingbuddies" with their relaxed "joie de vivre". But this music is a thorn in the Nazis' side.

It's a dangerous dance on a volcano. One evening when Henri and his girlfriend encounter a Gestapo patrol, they find themselves caught up in a matter of life and death . . .

This book, based on true stories of the Hamburg Swing Dance youth from 1939 to 1941, tells the suspenseful story of an uprising in the middle of World War II. The "Swings" were brave, uncompromising and full of life!
Stepha Quitterer

A Beginner's Guide to Improving the World

Weltverbessern für Anfänger
Mina’s school announces an essay competition: A Beginner’s Guide to Improving the World. Really!?
First prize – a trip to Tallinn, Estonia
– goes to the class with the most enthusiasm for the subject. That leaves Mina cold at first. But then her grandma goes into a nursing home and all of a sudden it’s clear where a person could have a clear impact on someone’s
daily life.

So Mina organizes a nursing home visiting service – not an easy assignment for a class that even the school psychologist avoids.
What’s more, she has to deal with toxic classmates, a failed romance, boring teachers and her parents’ split-up.
After a rough start, what follows is a total surprise, not just for Mina . . . !
This bold and pitch-perfect debut novel by Stephanie Quitterer sets off ideas like fireworks.
Stephan Martin Meyer, Thorwald Spangenberg: Mit dem Zeppelin nach New York
Stephan Martin Meyer, Thorwald Spangenberg

Zeppelin.The Legendary Story of Hindenburg

Mit dem Zeppelin nach New York
The true story of a cabin boy on the Hindenburg makes for fascinating reading in this beautiful illustrated book.

Frankfurt, 1936: Werner Franz is fourteen years old. He has just finished school and is looking for work. Werner is delighted when he is hired as a cabin boy on the Hindenburg, the largest of all the German zeppelins. A few days later, he sees a zeppelin up close for the first time. His first journey takes him across the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro. Along the way, he meets and befriends his crewmates, and is taught everything he needs to know about zeppelins. Why does a zeppelin stay up in the air? How can it be steered? And, most importantly for Werner, what are his duties on board? As a cabin boy, Werner has to take care of the passengers, wash the dishes and serve the officers, but despite his busy schedule, he loves his job. However, a catastrophe is just around the corner. Another trip takes the Hindenburg to New York. During the attempted landing, the zeppelin goes up in flames. Werner manages to jump out of the burning zeppelin and survives without major injuries. He returns to Germany with the other surviving crewmates.
Dirk Reinhardt

Over the Mountains and Over the Sea

Über die Berge und über das Meer
Every year in spring, the nomads stop by Soraya's village on their way to their summer home in the Afghan mountains. Accompanying them is Tarek, who knows sheep better than anyone else and is a wonderful storyteller. But this year Soraya waits for him in vain. According to an old tradition, as the seventh daughter in her family, she was raised as a boy and was able to move freely and attend school. But as a 14-year-old, she has reached the age where she should be living as a girl again in the quiet of her home. In fact the Taliban has, in no uncertain terms, mandated that she do so. They have also threatened Tarek and expect him to put his excellent animal tracking abilities to work for them. The nomads' plight worsens dramatically. Tarek and Soraya can see no other way and each journey out into the world, without knowing where the other is or what they're doing. Unexpectedly, they cross paths in the mountains.
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk: Schau mal, eine Schnecke!
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk

Look, A Snail!

Schau mal, eine Schnecke!
Hey, a snail shell! Children love discovering snails, those little climbing acrobats who carry their own houses on their back. In this book, we follow a land snail on its slow journey through the garden: what does it eat? How do little snail babies grow up? And what’s all that slime for?
Among the fold-out pages is lots more exciting and fascinating information about the land snail and its relatives.
We learn what a snail king is and why snails can creep upside-down and even over razorblades without getting hurt.

• With many fold-out pages
• Comes with a snail explorer’s journal
• A lovingly illustrated nonfiction picture book about a seemingly inconspicuous animal with astounding abilities
Johannes Herwig

Shattered Heroes

Scherbenhelden
Leipzig, 1995: The city is in an upheaval. Nino lives alone with his father and has the usual headaches of a fifteen-year-old: stress in school, a first love. One day he and his best friend Max are caught shoplifting, then he’s beaten up by a group of punks that one day will claim him as their own. Then comes more aggravation: conflict with his father, feelings for a girl who carries a dark secret, and daily threats from neo-Nazis that seem to be everywhere. What’s more, Nino is determined to find out why his mother left him and his father behind just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Johannes Herwig (“Until the Stars Tremble”) has set against the background of German unification this raw and emotional portrait of youth in the grip of change and aimlessness. This is a story of hope.
Johannes Herwig

Until the Stars Tremble

Bis die Sterne zittern
Leipzig, 1936. On the first day of the summer holidays,
16-year-old Harro gets into a fight with members of the
Hitler Youth. He unexpectedly gets help from like-minded
people who, like him, want nothing to do with the Nazi
ideology. In the year that follows, everything changes for
Harro. Conflicts with his parents and trouble at school,
nights at campfires, political action, first love – and above
all, the fear that his wild activities might have dangerous
consequences.
The "Leipzig Meuten", a group of oppositional youth gangs,
inspired Johannes Herwig’s debut. His discussion of growing
up in a dictatorship is powerful, thrilling, and emotional.
The questions he poses are as applicable now as
they were then: should one participate, should one quietly
adjust, or should one resist?
Julie Völk: Wenn ich in die Schule geh
Julie Völk

Going to school

Wenn ich in die Schule geh
A girl and her little brother leave to go to school. Because the walk feels shorter and more fun with a larger group of people, they gather more and more children along the way. The reader is lucky enough to meet all of these different people and their equally different homes.
 
The path to school leads through a springtime birch forest to the river where the fishing family lives, past the farm, past the fields leading towards the city, past the auto repair shop, the circus tent, the bakery, and the pet shop, until it finally ends at the school. And the teacher? Oops – he overslept and is in a big hurry. Anyone who sets off down the path again will see him rushing off to school in the background.
 
Julie Völk’s illustrations depict the appeal of changing landscapes and the colourful diversity of people. Without the use of text, they show the importance, social function, and fun of going places on foot.

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Thomas Müller: Wo leben die Tiere unserer Welt?
Thomas Müller

Where Do The Animals of Our World Live?

Wo leben die Tiere unserer Welt?
Every child knows about penguins, horses, and parrots, but which of these animals lives where? This book shows 100 animals from ten different habitats in their natural environments. Whether in meadows and fields, in the forest, in coral reefs, tropical rainforests or ponds, in Antarctica, in the city or the African savannah, on the ocean coast or on a farm—animals make their homes everywhere. The book provides an affectionately and carefully illustrated double page for every habitat, always with lots to discover. Each individual animal is introduced with fascinating facts on a large-format overview page. Those looking for a specific animal can find it on a tab with colorful animal icons. The colors help to search: where do the animals of our world live?

- Animal picture book and reference book in one
- Short, easy-to-understand texts on each animal
- Large, detailed panorama pages that invite exploring and discovering

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Thomas Müller: Eule, Fuchs und Fledermaus
Thomas Müller

Animals of the Night

Eule, Fuchs und Fledermaus
The sun is going down and all animals prepare to rest for the night. All animals? No! A lot of them spring into action just when the day ends. With Thomas Müller‘s detailed, luminous illustrations we become a part of the nightlife and follow owl, beaver, lynx and moth. We discover which animal leaves its hideout in the forest, near the lake, in a garden or in the city to start living its secret life in the cover of darkness. We learn amazing knowledge about the particular activities and abilities of nocturnal animals, e.g. how a cat is able to see through darkness, or how the echolocation of the bat functions, and what kind of trick the Eurasian bittern employs to become invisible.

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Julie Völk: Stille Nacht, fröhliche Nacht
Julie Völk

A wonderful Christmas night

Stille Nacht, fröhliche Nacht
In a glittering, snowy landscape, something colorful and cheerful approaches on the horizon. Gradually you can see a richly packed caravan of colorful carriages and trailers— a circus is travelling through the country. Is it bound for the city, where people are running their last errands in eager anticipation of Christmas? No, the carriages move on, because they’re already expected somewhere: a mother and child are waiting for their loved ones in front of a brightly lit, cozy house to prepare for and celebrate a wonderful Christmas together. Without using a single word, Julie Völk tells us in her very own language what makes Christmas spe-cial for so many of us: anticipation, coming together, and joyful, shared time that echoes in us when the special quiet night is over. In looking at Völk’s pictures, you can feel the clear winter air, hear the ringing of bells and the crunching of snow and discover new details with every glance.
Ilka Sokolowski, Helmut Dohle: Artus
Ilka Sokolowski, Helmut Dohle

Arthur - King of Camelot

Artus
The message spreads like wildfire:
a stone has appeared near the arena with a giant sword stuck in it. The inscription promises a new king for Britain. When the five-year-old Arthur is the one to pull the sword out of the stone, there is much disappointment.
How can a child unite the divided country? But Arthur quickly proves that he is set on being Britain's king and with the help of the wizard Merlin he's ready to face any adversary.
An immortal tale of love and betrayal, intrigue and power, and the search for the Holy Grail—grippingly written and wonderfully illustrated.
Thomas Müller: Schneehuhn, Reh und Haselmaus
Thomas Müller

Snow Grouse, Deer and Hazel Dormouse – Animals in the Snow

Schneehuhn, Reh und Haselmaus
The edge of the forest lies ahead, covered in deep snow.
Nature has come to rest—only the tracks in the snow are evidence of the many forest dwellers who face special challenges during the cold season. Where do hamsters, badgers, and snakes take refuge? And what do fish and birds do in winter? How do lizards, snails, and bees protect themselves against ice and snow? Thomas Müller‘s masterful, atmospheric illustrations of animals in snowwhite backgrounds put us in a special wintry mood.
They teach us which strategies the animals use to adjust to the changed conditions of life and show us what hibernation, winter coats, and winter reserves are all about. The appendix includes useful suggestions about how people can help animals to survive the winter.
Stefanie Bölke, Markus Lefrançois

Anna, Lukas and the Pickpocket

Haltet den Dieb!
»Don’t go to the fair! And watch out for pickpockets!« That is the warning that master tailor Antonius Lautensack gives to his children Lukas and Anna. They’re on their way to the cloth merchant Brandis to pick up some new velvet, and they’re carrying a sack of coins to pay for it. But the moment they catch sight of the fire-breather and the onlookers in the bustling marketplace, they forget all about
their father’s advice. As they push their way through the crowd, Lukas gets bumped and jostled this way and that,and when they finally arrive at the cloth merchant’s shop, the coin purse is gone! Now it’s up to the market master to help!

With richly colorful illustrations and a glossary of terms. Developed in collaboration with the Museum of the City of Hildesheim, Germany. Historical advisor: Dr. Stefan Bölke, Curator of Art and Regional History of the City Museum, Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum Hildesheim.
Frank Schwieger, Anne Bernhardi

Julia in Ancient Rome

Julia im Alten Rom
A suspenseful paper chase through the Eternal City

In the year 64 CE, eleven-year-old Julia is on a mission. In the metropolis of Rome, which is home to millions, she must locate Daniel Maltinus, the one doctor who can save her severely ill father. What follows is a race against time that takes Julia from her home in exclusive Esquilino to the senators at the Roman Forum, to the Subura, the poor people's quarter, and then to the Emperor's Palace. With Julia leading the way, we learn about the lives of the ancient Romans, the history of their immense Empire, and the famous landmarks of the ancient city: the temples, theaters and baths, the Circus Maximus and the Gladiator School. We even meet Emperor Nero himself!
Stephan Martin Meyer, Thilo Krapp

In 80 days from Peking to Paris

In 80 Tagen von Peking nach Paris
Where There's a Car, There's a Road!

A Formidable Challenge: Yet to be proven is whether a driver, supplied with a car, can do anything and can drive anywhere. We therefore pose the question: This summer, will there be someone daring enough to drive a car all the way from Peking to Paris?

If a man can do it, then of course a girl can do it! So Julia and her uncle Charles decide to take up the challenge posed by the Paris newspaper Le Matin on January 31, 1907: they'll drive their Spyker in the long-distance Peking-Paris Rally.

In competition with four other teams they'll drive through China, Mongolia and Siberia, through deserts, swamps and over mountain passes. Julia and Charles always find a way through any obstacle, even if they have to drive on railroad tracks! Their toughest opponent is Prince Borghese in his Itala. But never mind: the Spyker team will never give up!

This book, based on true events, takes the reader along for the ride on a rally that still has no equal.

With fascinating details about the first cars and about the peoples and places enroute at the time of the actual long-distance rally.
Ilka Sokolowski, Janine Czichy

Discovering the Wadden Sea

Wildes Leben im Watt
With a seemingly endless horizon, the
rhythmic roar of breaking waves, fresh sea breezes and tangy salt air, it’s no wonder that the Wadden Sea -- part of the North Sea –
is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. On shore and under water, on the tidal wash, on
the dunes and in the air, there is a teeming diversity of life everywhere.
With vivid and lifelike illustrations this nature book introduces readers to the wide variety of Wadden Sea lifeforms and their respective habitats: the tiny North Sea shrimp, the swift Arctic tern, the nimble harbor seal, and countless others.

Many of these creatures can be spotted during a shore hike or while wading in the Wadden. The book tells where and how to look for them
Lilli Thal

Creature of Stone, Creature of Gold

Tier aus Stein, Tier aus Gold
One Must Turn to Stone, One Must Turn to Gold, But the Third Will Be Sighted Blind

Of Gods and Humans, Creatures and Demons

What's hidden in the wilderness behind the temple? That's what Ion, Kedros and Smirkos are determined to find out. Coming upon a strange glow, they have no idea that they have violated the sacred grove of a goddess, and that their innocent children's game sets in motion a curse that will place them in great danger five years hence. Lilli Thal's fantasy-adventure novel is exciting and full of dark secrets in its setting of gods and humans, creatures and demons. For readers seeking immersion into distant worlds and times and for those who love Greek mythology.
Ilka Sokolowski, Janine Czichy

Wild Life on the Meadow

Wildes Leben auf der Wiese
The Meadow is Alive - And How!

Have you ever seen a meadow up close? Then you know that it's full of things that creep, crawl, and buzz! But meadows are home not only to insects and spiders, but also birds, mammals and reptiles. Do you know, for example, where a harvest mouse builds its nest, or how long marmots sleep?

This non-fiction book for children shows us very special meadows like the Alm and the fascinating Feuchtwiese. We learn about meadow orchards, alpine meadows, pastures, swamps, wildflower meadows and wildflower strips. Every meadow is home to its own special plants and animals. Short descriptions and lifelike drawings brings us closer to the varied life of the meadow. And several viewing tips help us identify one hidden animal or another!

And for someone who wants to grow their own meadow, there are tips for laying one out - even a small wildflower meadow on the balcony!
Dirk Reinhardt

Perfect Storm

Perfect Storm
LFF – that’s Dylan, Luisa, Felix, Boubacar, Kyoko and Matthew. These young hackers from all over the world got to know each other through a computer game. When they learn about human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that two US corporations are involved, they decide to hack into the suspects’ network. If they can just manage to post some compromising material online, the revelations will create a worldwide storm of outrage.
But, a young agent of the American NSA is on their trail . . . .
A gripping thriller about six teens unwilling to stand by and do nothing while an unscrupulous international concern with life-threatening activities reaps millions.
Anke Bär

Cherry Thief

Kirschendiebe
"It's the luckiest thing in the world that we ended up here, even if the unluckiest thing in the world got us here."
Lotte lives in a forester's house, although her father isn't a forester. The reason is that the war took the life of her cousin Knut's father as well as an eye from the teacher Fettig. Since the horrible Ms. Gressmann has been running the forester's house, many things have been forbidden, such as picking cherries. But Lotte won't let that keep her down.
If you want cherries, you just have to steal them.
And she thinks it's ridiculous that only the boys are allowed to wear Lederhosen.
Stefanie Jeschke: Die Erdmännchen sind los!
Stefanie Jeschke

Meerkats on the Loose!

Die Erdmännchen sind los!
Who'll find the meerkats in this busy zoo?

Attention! Ten meerkats have escaped, and now they're making a leisurely tour of the zoo! To follow them you'll need nimble feet and eagle eyes. These clever characters are very curious, and they want to have fun. While some of them are busy admiring the stylish haircuts of other zoo animals, others are playing pick-up sticks with a porcupine or frolicking with the penguins. The action shifts from one continent to another in this zoo. You're guaranteed not to spot them the first time, so before you know it, the tour starts all over again. It's a never-ending creature comedy!

A separate page reveals which animals the meerkats visit.
Julie Völk

Rainy Day for Dragons

Drachenregentage
How a Cozy Rainy Day Led To an Exciting Trip to Dragonland

Actually, Toni and the dog wanted to spend the rainy day on the sofa - with pillows and cocoa and books. Then the doorbell rang and in walked Fred, an elegant dragon and a great friend, carrying an umbrella. Fred needed to pee, but Toni's loo was much too small for a dragon. What to do? Toni and the dog offer suggestions, but none of them seem right for a dragon with style. After all, who has ever seen a dragon peeing against a tree? No one! Fred has to deal with it, because it's becoming urgent. So he sweeps up his friends and sets them on his back for a flight to Dragonland, where there are magnificent floating pagodas . . .

Julie Völk's atmospheric picture worlds are not just an homage to cozy rainy days. The artist manages to tell a witty dragon adventure story while addressing a need that we all, not just dragons, sometimes have when we need to find a private place to go.
Mehrdad Zaeri, Werner Holzwarth

Winter of the Squirrel

Der Winter des Eichhörnchens
The Happiness of Not Finding!
Squirrel is young, and life is beautiful! Gathering nuts, burying them, and having a good winter - no problem at all!

Then, squirrel grows old. Gathering nuts and burying them takes a lot of energy. Finding the nuts again is an even bigger problem - especially when one forgets what one was looking for! It's enough to make a squirrel tired, a little sad, even angry!

Then, everything starts to make sense again.

Mehrdad Zaeri's magical illustrations invoke the inner life of a squirrel. A positive parable of life in this picture book story written by Werner Holzwarth.