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Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

Gabi always travels to the country at Christmas to stay with her aunt. This doesn’t please Franz at all. After all, Franz loves Gabi. But Gabi goes anyway, so Franz and Gabi exchange presents early, the day before Christmas Eve. Franz always pretends he’s really pleased with the presents he gets from Gabi, even though that’s not very easy. You see, the presents Gabi gives Franz are always rather unusual … | 8 +

Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Körting, Verena (Illustrator)

Bo the bear lives all alone in the wood. He’s feeling pretty lonely on Christmas Eve, but then a pig knocks at his door simply because it’s scared of the dark. One by one, other animals also turn up on his doorstep. They have all heard that a special child has been born in a stable in Bethlehem. They decide to visit the child together and, in the end, all the animals gather around the manger to gaze in wonder at the baby lying there. Everyone is happy and no one is alone any more.

A shared experience of the birth of Jesus seen from the animals’ perspective
Rhyming text entertains and makes reading easier for beginning readers. | 6 +

Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

Wonders Will Never Cease: How Franz Made Gabi Jealous

Gabi and Franz are great friends, but not always – she’s often far too difficult for him! That’s why he would rather go to the chemist’s for Gabi’s mum than watch Gabi making a mess of things... and then having to praise her for it. At the chemist’s he meets Elfi a girl who writes everything down on a pad instead of speaking. She has been wearing a brace since yesterday and now has one complex more. But Franz knows one remedy for Elfi’s complexes – and very soon, Gabi has every reason to feel jealous!

Funny, cheeky, typically Franz! The latest addition to the absolute long and best-seller series for beginning readers.
| 8 +

Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

Franz is so much in love with Gabi that he becomes a horse fan, too.
Franz has got problems again: Gabi has recently gone mad over horses and spends so much time with her friend Sandra that she has none left for him. Franz is so jealous, he tells Gabi he can ride and shows off with things he’s learnt from an old horse book of his mother. But then it looks like Gabi is sure to find the whole thing out because a friend of her father is soon to open a riding stable where the children can take free lessons. | 8 +

Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Gerigk, Julia (Illustrator)

A treat for all fans of Paula at the Pony Stables.

Aunt Elfi is planning to hold a Christmas market at the pony stables. All the children and neighbours are making a contribution. Paula comes up with the idea of using fir branches, red apples and straw stars to decorate the harvest crown from the harvest festival they held in the autumn. The result is a magnificent Christmas crown, which they hang from the barn rafters – a great advert for the Christmas market! On the eve of the first of Advent, the crown suddenly catches fire and the fire brigade only manages to put it out at the very last minute. Was it arson?
| 7 +

Weger, Nina (Author) Dulleck, Nina (Illustrator)

Snowed in at Christmas. A case for Nina Weger’s popular Heroines Club!

The Matilda Imperatrix boarding school is in Christmas mood! It’s swathed in a glittering blanket of snow, and the schoolgirls simply can’t wait for the holidays to begin. Every day, the little school bus drives down into the valley so that the Matildas can travel from there to their homes all around the planet. But then the snow just keeps on falling, leaving the boarding school cut off from the outside world – and one of the buses doesn’t even make it as far as the village! A daring rescue begins – and whether or not our three heroines will be able to spend Christmas Eve at home with their families remains to be seen.

-\x09Bestseller: some 45,000 books in the series sold (February 2019) | 9 +

Lewis, Emily (Author) ZERO Werbeagentur (Illustrator) Mildt, Ute (Illustrator)

As sweet and hot as cocoa by the fire

Eighteen-year-old Vanessa’s grandmother treats her to a Christmas trip. Vanessa naturally chooses to go to Cambridge, the place where her late parents spent the happiest time of their life. In Cambridge, Vanessa unexpectedly meets Trevor and falls for him straight away. During the wonderful days they spend together in wintery Cambridge, he turns out to be romantic and a gentleman, and also helps Vanessa to solve the mystery of a 50-year-old postcard she finds in the attic. But then Trevor suddenly withdraws from her without a word of explanation. And while Vanessa is uncovering a bygone fairy-tale romance, her own Christmastime fairy tale disappears like a burst bubble...

-\x09Romantic seasonal title for Christmas
-\x09Dream setting in England and an enchanting young romance
-\x09A family secret that’s been closely guarded for decades is revealed | 14 +

Weber, Susanne (Author) Jacobs, Tanja (Illustrator)

The little owl from the bestselling board picture book “Ow!” Said the Owl now also in picture-book format for children of 3 and over!

»To the beautiful stars in the sky is where I want to fly.« The little owl loves the way the stars twinkle high up in the night sky. But how can she possibly reach them? The answer is clear - it’s time she learnt to fly! She practises and practises and in the end, just as she’s flying as high as she possibly can, Daddy holds her back and Mummy takes the little owl in her arms and explains that she can never fly far enough to reach the stars. But then the little owl notices a shooting star coming quite near to her – and, of course, it brings her lots of luck.

With a wonderful message of encouragement and a touching happy end. | 3 +

Stewner, Tanya (Author) Hennig, Simone (Author) Carls, Claudia (Illustrator)

Alea doesn’t want to celebrate her first Christmas as a mermaid like an ordinary landlubber, so she sets out with Lennox to look for underwater Christmas traditions and calls on a Finder-Finya to help them. But the Finder-Finya doesn’t even know what Christmas is. And the Christmas tree and delicious cheese soup Tess had wished for don’t quite work out, either, because while the band plays, a storm rages across the square, and it’s all the Alpha Cru can do to catch the litter that’s flying around before it ends up in the sea! Is Christmas going to be a washout? | 8 +

Wich, Henriette (Author) Kraushaar, Sabine (Illustrator)

Clara, Leon and Marie are terribly excited because Saint Nicholas is coming tomorrow! Full of joyful anticipation, the nursery school children sing Saint Nicholas songs, recite poems and clean their boots till they gleam, all ready to put out on the doorstep. And what do they find the next day? Yes, there are lots of great things in their boots! In this board picture book, the tiniest toddlers discover how Saint Nicholas’ Day is celebrated in Germany and just how wonderful small surprises can be. | 24 months +

Moser, Annette (Author) Bogade, Maria (Illustrator)

The little bear has a special Christmas wish: he wants to see the Christkind and give it a wonderful present. Only what could that be? A couple of rosehips, perhaps? No, he’ll give them to the owl, who’s not feeling well. And the hungry squirrel needs those tasty nuts. When the little bear finally arrives home again, the Christkind has been and gone, but it did leave him a thank-you letter, saying that the little bear’s good deeds were the finest present it could have wished for. | 24 months +

Böhm, Anna (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

Unipig’s first Christmas has to be especially fantastic! But hardly have Emmi and Unipig sent off their wish list than back it comes again - with corrections. What on earth has happened to wish list elf Wooshle? He’s disappeared without a trace and the other elves are very upset about it. Unipig is also worried about Wooshle and at the worst possible moment actually conjures up a pair of pudding shoes. Emmi bravely does all she can to make sure that Unipig has a fabulous first Christmas in spite of everything!

- Some 50,000 books from the series sold (July 2019)
- Emmi & Unipig delight readers and the press alike
- For girls and boys who are interested in much more than unicorns and pink glitter | 8 +

Wohlleben, Peter (Author) Reich, Stefanie (Illustrator) Herrmann, Dagmar (Illustrator)

How clever are dung beetles? Which animals live in the water butt? Why does a fawn have spots on its back?
Peter Wohlleben takes you on a tour of the animals that live close to where you live: in the woods, in the garden, by the water and in the house. You get to see hedgehogs and mosquitoes have their babies, watch them eat, defend themselves and sometimes also when they are ill. You will learn so much about all manner of creatures – from the thunderfly to the wolf – that you didn’t know before!

- For all children and everyone else who’s interested in animals aged six or over – for reading aloud or to yourself
- Peter Wohlleben knows the secrets of the animal world and his sensitive narrative tone sparks children’s interest and enthusiasm for nature’s delicate wonders | 6 +

Dietl, Erhard (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

The Ogglies are planning to sell their homemade gifts at the Christmas market: a useful dust distributor and – especially Christmassy! – a toilet paper mobile. But suddenly they find themselves at the police station, arrested for insulting an officer. What a stupid Christmas! Even Father Christmas at the department store is fed up with having to say “Ho, ho, ho” all the time, and Policewoman Hoofnail just doesn’t want to have to work any more holiday shifts. Can it still turn out to be a cracking great toady Christmas for everyone, after all? | 4 +

Grimm, Sandra (Author) Grote, Anja (Illustrator)

Little Flea is always there for his animal friends and keen to make Christmas a wonderful time for them by providing them with fodder and shelter in the icy cold. But no one has time to help him. And Grantel, in particular, a grumpy Littel, doesn't even approve of his plan. When their stocks of food dwindle and the villagers begin to worry, it’s up to Flea to come up with a solution. The animals need fodder, the Littels are uneasy and Flea needs to teach Grantel all about spreading happiness at Christmas. Will Flea succeed? Can he bring Christmas magic back to Littelwood?

-\x09A charming Christmas story for a quiet, cosy time with the family
-\x09A fantastic fable about friendship and compassion
-\x09Lavishly and colourfully illustrated chapters of the perfect length for reading aloud | 5 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Reitz, Nadine (Illustrator)

The perfect present for young heroes

Jo lives with his mother on a sheep farm. Jo’s mum is strong and confident, whereas Jo is rather timid. But at Christmastime, his mum wants a little hero - at least, that’s what Jo thinks because he saw a superhero's cape drawn on her wish list, although he couldn’t make out what she had written underneath. When a wolf comes sloping through the snow, Jo sees his chance: he decides to be brave and chase the wolf away. But the wolf is just a tame herding dog. Good thing that mum didn't draw a cape on her wish list, but a red scarf. Because she always loves her Jo - whether he's a hero or not.

-\x09A lovable non-hero wants to be brave at Christmas
-\x09The atmospheric setting brings a whole world to life with easy-to-read text | 7 +

Woolf, Marah (Author)

When Cedric de Gray rescues 17-year-old Sasha from the Atlantic waves off the storm swept island of Alderney, he is already living his thousandth life. He is desperately trying to atone for a sin he once committed and, although he has the power to return to each of his lives, he cannot alter them. Sasha learns of Cedric’s fate and resolves to help him. She can and will not leave him to the mercies of the soul hunters who have been pursuing him for centuries because for them there is nothing more precious than a soul that remembers.

- A fine book to settle down with by the bestselling SPIEGEL author and uncrowned romantasy queen
- A story of time travel – an ever-popular dream theme – grippingly told
- Huge fan community: Marah Woolf’s books have sold over one million copies | 14 +

Steckelmann, Petra (Author) Niessen, Susan (Author) Henn, Astrid (Author) Nahrgang, Frauke (Author) Munck, Hedwig (Illustrator) Wieker, Katharina (Illustrator) Steinwart, Anne (Author) Nagel, Tina (Illustrator) Schulze, Marc-Alexander (Illustrator) Nasution, Stéffie (Illustrator) Henze, Dagmar (Illustrator) Zabini, Eleni (Illustrator) Rettich, Margret (Illustrator) Wechdorn, Susanne (Illustrator)

| 3 +

Dietl, Erhard (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

The Ogglies, who generally love nothing better than to be lazy, have been sawing, hammering, baking and writing poetry for an entire half day, grump-fart-blast! Now they want to sell their home-made stuff at the Christmas bazaar. Not for money, of course – bank notes taste so vile – but for shoe soles and fish bones. But it all turns out to be more difficult than they thought! To sell things at the Christmas bazaar, you have to have a permit, slimy-sludge-and-cheesy-feet! | 8 +

Lütje, Susanne (Author) Weldin, Frauke (Illustrator)

"Oh, Christmas is just wonderful.
It’s the best day of the year.
The rabbits bring out boxes plentiful.
Come help us to unpack them here!"

Everyone’s in action at the rabbits’ house, decorating, baking and getting everything ready for a fantastic Christmas party. Knock, knock! Who can that be? The Christmas party guests! Hurray – now it’s finally time to open the presents. | 24 months +

Tailor, Kathy (Author)

A remote boarding school
A universally popular girl, who goes missing without trace
Secrets, intrigues, disturbing emotions

Freya’s first days and weeks at the new boarding school are overshadowed by the disappearance of her schoolmate Maria. What has happened to her? What does her ex-boyfriend know? What did she have to do with Oscar, the drug dealer? And why do troublemakers Cora and Bianca threaten Freya when they find out that she’s been investigating the disappearance? Luckily, Freya has Leo, whose love seems to be the only good thing in her life. If only he weren’t her teacher …

-\x09Thirteen Reasons Why meets Gone Girl
-\x09Perfidious revenge thriller in a boarding school setting
-\x09Changing perspectives, false trails, buffling plot | 14 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator)

The new Sat title for beginning readers is here! Mr Pocketbeer longs for the next full moon, when the Sat can get new wish dots. When nighttime finally arrives, the pair climb up onto the roof, where the Sat is supposed to say the word “Yadrutas” three times in a row. But Mr Pocketbeer is so impatient that he rushes the Sat and accidentally speaks the magic word three times himself. As a result, there are now blue dots on Mr Pocketbeer’s face and the Sat is delighted because he can at last make a wish himself.

The popular bestseller character in a delightful episode that’s new for beginning readers and comes with a host of colour illustrations by the Sat’s creator!
| 7 +

Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Rothmund, Sabine (Illustrator)

What exactly does “Silent Night” mean? Hardly that on Christmas Eve the train stops in its tracks on the way home and then the lights go out, as well. And how do you persuade parents who have separated to come together at Christmas to celebrate with everyone else? What if you only get to play the third sheep from the left in the nativity play? The stories in Sabine Ludwig’s wonderful collection are as mischievous, funny, thoughtful and festive as real life. The perfect present for everyone who loves Christmas!

-\x09Eight stories to raise a smile! Wonderful, heart-warming Christmas stories from our bestselling author
-\x09Christmas with the family – great excitement and moments of peace | 8 +

Wockenfuß, Benjamin (Author) Messing, Stefanie (Illustrator)

Monday morning at Lotta’s house: everyone is dawdling around. Daddy has to urgently answer some emails so he hands his smartphone to Lotta and her little brother Lukas to keep them quiet. They become so absorbed in the digital world that not even Klicks the family dog can get their attention. They’re all so busy with their home office and smartphone that they lose track of time. All except Klicks. But just in the nick of time they finally set off for nursery school, and that’s when it happens: Klick goes missing! What can they do to find their dog? Lotta is heartbroken. Can an app on Daddy’s phone help or is some other strategy called for here?

How to teach media skills to children – without turning it into a lesson

The author Benjamin Wockenfuß is a social media manager and addiction therapist who also runs the project DigiKids for the Hessian state office for addiction issues, which is sponsored by the TK health insurance fund. It supports the idea that digital media belongs to the world in which our children live and that it is not a question of either/or but rather the need to recognise that digital and analogue are both part of the same interactive process.
A story that triggers the imagination and shows that Lotta has fun learning to look beyond the edge of her father’s smartphone screen.

With an introduction by the author, actor, blogger and Grimme Award winner Schlecky Silberstein.

The DigiKids Project:
DigiKids is a media competence project that can be implemented from kindergarten onwards and was first introduced in 2017. The aim is to give children confidence in dealing with digital environments instead of being dominated by them. At the same time, DigiKids seeks to retain the children’s connection to the analogue world by strengthening it and developing it further. The project also aims at involving parents and teachers in the process and provides them with support training.
The TK health insurance fund Techniker Krankenkasse at present supports pilot projects in Hesse.
Further information at www.DigiKids.online | 4 +

Stewner, Tanya (Author) Carls, Claudia (Illustrator)

Stay true to yourself and protect what you love.
Book 5 in the bestselling series by Tanya Stewner.

Barely escaped from the clutches of Doctor Orion, the Alpha Cru set sail for France in search of Alea’s mother. In the English Channel, they stray into a death zone, a stretch of water devoid of oxygen because toxic fertiliser has been dumped there! Alea is dumbstruck! Will she be able to come one step nearer to saving the marine world with the aid of her friends and the Magicals?

- Environmental protection is a topic that touches a nerve with the target group and lends a certain extra to the story #FridaysforFuture
- An endless wave of top reviews, numerous fan accounts on Instagram
- More than 440,000 copies of books from the series sold (February 2019) | 10 +