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!
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.
Volker Mehnert, Claudia Lieb

Magical Places

Magische Orte
On the Trail of Myths and Secrets - A Journey to the Magical Places on Earth
There are places in the world that have their own special magic. A peak like Mount Everest, surrounded by myths and secrets. Or lonely Easter Island, with its stone giants - a mystery even today. Then there is legendary Atlantis: no one knows if it really existed. A crevice in Iceland, the meeting place of two continents full of unimaginable power. These are some sites, places and even cities that have their own "magic", or at least leave a magical impression on humans, even if it's pure fantasy!

This book leads us on a world tour of 18 magical sites. It's no ordinary journey, but a wild, daring trip never undertaken before!

Acclaimed artist Claudia Lieb's evocative illustrations bring the magic of these special places to life!

Contents:
Atlantis - An Ancient Myth of Humankind
Thingvellir - The Parliament in the Continental Divide
Stonehenge - The Dance of the Giants
Lorelei - The Charming Maiden of the Rhine
Delphi - Sacred Oracle at the Hub of the Universe
Timbuktu - The Mirage at the Edge of the Desert?
Brandberg Mountain - Art Museum under the Sky
Tutankhamun's Grave - Buried for 3,000 Years in Desert Sands
Jerusalem - Birthplace of Three World Religions
Mount Everest - The Roof of the Earth
Mount Tai Shan - The Stairway to Heaven
Fujiyama - The Most Beautiful Mountain on Earth?
Uluru - The Memorial in Sandstone
Easter Island - The Home of the Stony Giants
Macchu Picchu - Ghost City in the Mountain Peaks
Palenque - Sunken in the Ancient Jungle
Mesa Verde - Life on the Precipice
The Milky Way -- Magical Flickerings from the Starry Sky
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.
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!
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.
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.

Rights sold to Russia, Hungary, Korea, The Netherlands, Spain (with Catalan)

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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Vitali Konstantinov

All the Money in the World

Alles Geld der Welt
A world without money is hard to imagine. Every nation has its own currency. And our everyday lives, whether we’re at home, shopping or enjoying leisure time -- are marked by daily exchanges of money.

But what is money really? Coins, bills, something stored in the bank? What about something complicated, like cryptocurrencies? Money is a huge subject. Who invented it, and when and why? What was trade like before money? And why is money divided up so unequally?

Ever since money has existed, there have been arguments about what it is. A means to an end, or an end in itself? A thing, or an idea? A blessing or a curse? There has been every possible explanation.

And yet, money remains a puzzle.

With the help of this entertaining but informative graphic nonfiction book, at last we can begin to understand this puzzle and perhaps even become skilled money managers!

Rights sold to Belgium/The Netherlands, France, China (simplified Chinese Characters), Russia, Spain, Taiwan (Complex Chinese Characters) and Japan

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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Maja Nielsen, Sophie Schmid

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian
The Famous Naturalist - Profiled for Children

In 1699 Maria Sibylla Merian travels to the tropical rainforest in Surinam. Accompanied only by her daughter Dorothea, she commences her great ambition: observing and drawing insects in every stage of their development. For years, Sibylla has been fascinated by the way caterpillars transform into gorgeous butterflies. This book recounts the childhood of the famous artist and naturalist; of her courageous journeys into ancient forests, and of the origin of her stunning books that even today have no equal.

Simple text boxes contain facts and background details appropriate for young readers. Lively illustrations stimulate our interest in the magical world of insects and the life of an unusual, self-confident woman.
Ute Krause

Nora and the Great Bear

Nora und der Große Bär
Nora longs to go with the hunters to find the legendary Great Bear that everyone in the village has been talking about. She dreams of becoming the best bear hunter of all. Some say she’s too small – no way!, says Nora. Then, the Great Bear appears – and all at once, everything seems different. What started out as a bear hunt ends as an unforgettable encounter!

“So what was the Great Bear like?”
“As big and old as the forest”, said Nora, “and just as beautiful.”

First published in 1989, “Nora and the Great Bear” quickly became a classic picture book. Now author/illustrator Ute Krause has created completely new illustrations to accompany the text, and once again she invites us into the magical winter forest.