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Dammer, Daniela (Author) Klaßen, Stefanie (Illustrator)

It isn’t just that the wrong jam is on the table: Yann is also facing the end of primary school. For him, that feels like the end of the world, as there’s nothing he hates more than change. When he changes school, is that also going to jeopardise his friendship with Kalle and Ben? The three of them have all agreed: only the very toughest test of courage will seal their friendship. When things start to go wrong, they encounter Kiki, the cemetery gardener’s granddaughter, who makes an extraordinary suggestion. They should all go to their own funerals - but how?

- Lightly written but profound: serious topics sensitively handled.
- A “hero” whom it’s impossible not to like.
- For boys and girls who love fun stories about friendship. | 8 +

Schütze, Andrea (Author) Sieverding, Carola (Illustrator)

It has been raining non-stop in Honeycake Forest, and the Wild Forest Four decide to try to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But when their treasure hunt yields nothing, they decide to make their own - starting with a real treasure map. But then the map falls into the hands of their friends from the Forest Kindergarten - and the heroic foursome have to rack their brains to make sure that the young children’s treasure hunt is more successful than their own!

- In every story, the animal gang helps a small Kindergarten child.

- Popular read-aloud themes: the forest, talking animals, Kindergarten children seeking treasure and adventure.
| 4 +

Blesken, Julia (Author) Jung, Barbara (Illustrator)

\x0a\x0aAt the start of the October half term, six children have a chance encounter outside a supermarket. There’s Katja, who has had a row with her dads. Polina, who only wanted to buy some baking powder. Fridi, Mustafa and Zeck. And Jennifer, who is accompanied by her miniature Pinscher and who is also carrying her grandpa’s ashes in a plastic bag. When Mustafa tricks a biker in the car park, the children have to leg it. They have no phones and next to no money. But they do have an important mission: Jennifer’s grandpa has to be laid to rest in Kolomoro. But how’s that going to happen, when nobody has a clue where Kolomoro is?\x0a\x0a

- Winner of the first Kirsten Boie Prize for Children’s Literature, awarded by the Hamburg Literature Foundation
\x0a\x0a- A story full of diversity set in urban Berlin
\x0a\x0a- Delightful and warm-hearted - similar in style to Kirsten Boie or Erich Kästner.\x0a

9 +

Zöller, Elisabeth (Author) Kolloch, Brigitte (Author) Czerwenka, Eva (Illustrator) Paehl, Nora (Illustrator) | further

At the swimming pool, Jonas has finally plucked up the courage to go down the big slide. But once he’s standing at the top, he freaks out. Thank goodness his best friend is up there with him - which helps Jonas finally to take the plunge! Lotte goes to the baker’s shop on her own for the first time, and Leo summons up the courage to have a sleepover with his friend Paula without his mum and dad being there too. Jana asks her Granny how people become courageous. Fortunately, Granny has an answer…


- A great value read-aloud treat.

- Makes a fantastic present for your own children - or for other people’s.

- Emotion-packed stories for all everyday situations.
| 4 +

Gieseler, Corinna (Author) Paule, Irmgard (Illustrator) Paehl, Nora (Illustrator)

\x0aI Like Reading Aloud\x0a\x0aYou are my star - How loved you are\x0a\x0aMilla and Paul love to have a huge cuddle with Mummy and Daddy when they wake up on Sundays. Molly the warthog has no friends at all in the zoo - but then she meets another warthog. They hit it off so well that before very long, they are happily throwing mud at one another. Tristan von Hogweed - the son of Eckart von Hogweed - is tasked with finding a dragon, but can only find dragon eggs. But then a little dragon hatches out of one of the eggs, and Tristan has found a super-faithful friend. How great it is to have someone to love and cuddle!\x0a\x0a- Top-notch stories at a bargain price.\x0a\x0a- Powerful, emotion-packed series dealing with all sorts of topics relating to everyday life.\x0a\x0a- Rounded corners; comfortable to hold while reading aloud. | 4 +

Zöller, Elisabeth (Author) Kolloch, Brigitte (Author) Wechdorn, Susanne (Illustrator) Paehl, Nora (Illustrator) | further

Two mice are quarrelling about who is allowed to live in the apple. But then they work out that the apple is big enough for them both - and in fact it’s much nicer not to live on your own! Princess Priscilla is supposed to be choosing a husband. But she doesn’t care for the big, strong knights who are arguing about her. Instead, she chooses the nice, kind-hearted knight Ronald. Lukas, for his part, is particularly interested to know the answer to this question: what does ‘getting on with people’ mean?

- A handy book, lovingly designed.

- A new story in the popular series.

- Emotion-packed stories for all everyday situations: on the bus, on the train, in the car. | 4 +

Grimm, Sandra (Author) Korthues, Barbara (Illustrator)

Do you fancy a thrilling and fantastic adventure? It only takes three, five or eight minutes to experience something truly incredible, for this book combines numerous thrilling adventure stories of differing lengths. Jolin discovers a mysterious shop while Miranda flies up to the moon - and then there’s that … pet which is “really not so dangerous - in fact, pretty tame”. But whatever could it be?

- Exciting, funny and sparky stories full of fantasy and derring-do.
- Inspires children’s imaginations.
- The perfect daily companion, thanks to its stories of three different lengths.
| 3 +

Dietl, Erhard (Author)

In their search for a new home, the Ogglies come across Smelliville, a small, peaceful place somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It could be absolutely beautiful, if only there weren't a blot on their idyll: the local rubbish tip! It stinks to high Heaven, and scares off all the tourists. 11-year-old Max, son of the Mayor, has together with Professor Sodawine long been tinkering with an ingenious machine which could solve the rubbish problem. But then Max sees the Ogglies just gobbling up all the rubbish. Might this be the solution? | 8 +

Böhm, Anna (Author) Wultschner, Ramona (Illustrator)

Oh no! The stream where the Otter family live has completely dried up. Feeling very thirsty, they set off to ask the Animal Police for help. Of course, the four furred and feathered detectives immediately start to investigate what’s going on. Where has the water gone? Can they somehow get it back? And are the gangster Tortellini and his crew behind it all? He knows every trick in the book and is in control of the last remaining water supplies…

- Volume 3 of the popular children’s series, full of charm, action and excitement.

- Suitable for less confident readers, too, thanks to the high number of illustrations.

- With an embossed cover and pictures to colour in. | 8 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Dulleck, Nina (Illustrator)

Wishes come true at Christmas! The Sat has never experienced anything like it before! What kind of creatures are the ones with the wings that supposedly live in heaven? Why is Father Pocketbeer suddenly being so secretive? And why are people bringing trees into their living rooms? When the Sat invites a few colleagues from the world of Sats to his very first Christmas, some intentional – and also one or two unintentional – wishes come true. But in the end, the many Sats give Mr Pocketbeer a tempestuous, truly and absolutely unforgettable Christmas Eve.

Boisterous, charming, with everything the heart could wish for: the perfect Christmas present for all Sat fans.
| 7 +

Grusnick, Sebastian (Author) Möller, Thomas (Author) Renger, Nikolai (Illustrator)

Although Finn is in Year 4, he still can’t read properly. In order not to let anyone know - and particularly not his parents - he learns all the books off by heart which might be read out loud in class. But then he meets Yuki. Yuki says that he is a knight who is searching for the key to the gate which will give him entry to his people. During a school trip to a museum, Yuki finds this key. He grabs it, then grabs Finn, and they jump out of the museum window. They then embark on a rooftop adventure greater than anything Finn could ever have imagined…

- Addresses the topic of reading difficulties with sensitivity and a good dollop of humour.

- A neat mixture of fantasy and children’s everyday life.

- Thrilling cat and mouse game, lovingly and wittily illustrated by Nikolai Renger.
| 8 +

Scheller, Anne (Author) Heger, Lena (Illustrator)

And it isn’t just curious kids who will learn something here! In a whole variety of read-aloud stories, this entertaining book answers all the questions about Christmas. Why do we celebrate it? What’s Advent all about? Who was St Nicholas? This book, with its age-appropriate and entertaining tales, is guaranteed to get everyone in the mood for Christmas - and without the constraints of a 24-chapter “Advent calendar book”, it will continue to provide enjoyment once the festive season is over.

- The topic of Christmas, in the popular question-and-answer series (which includes “Warum ist die Banane krumm?” [“Why is the Banana Curved?”]
- Unique and successful concept: facts presented in a child-friendly way, through the medium of great read-aloud stories.
- With bright, colourful, modern illustrations.
| 4 +

Engelhardt, Michael (Author) Kruschak, Ronald (Author) Fritz, Miriam (Illustrator) Kuchinke-Hofer, Mario (Illustrator) Al-Zubaidi, Nesch´et (Illustrator) | further

Little dinosaur Fred bumps into Annegret, who has - without her Granny’s permission - set off in Granny’s time machine and has accidentally ended up travelling back to the Dinosaur Age. When Annegret’s conscience starts to prick her and she wants to return to her own time, they discover that a fully-grown Tyrannosaurus Rex has mistaken the time machine for an egg, and is busily trying to incubate it.

Fred and Annegret come up with a ruse to lure the T Rex away from the ‘egg’. As a result of a whole host of unfortunate events, though, it isn’t just Annegret who travels back to her own time but also Fred and - clamped by the tip of its tail - the T Rex. Cue much hilarity all round.

Laugh-out-loud funny, with brightly coloured wax crayon style illustrations .
Developed with and approved by children (test groups found it hilarious).
Includes ‘make your own dinosaur costume’ sewing instructions.

4 +

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

Alea Aquarius 7 - Under the Spell of an Oath\x0a\x0aLove, friendship, adventure - and longing for a reunion: it’s the seventh volume in the Alea Aquarius series! This time, Alea and Lennox set out overland to reach the Lorelei Rocks. They believe Alea’s twin sister Anthea to be there. Will the twins manage to meet up again? And will their meeting reactivate Alea’s mermaid capabilities?\x0a\x0a- The eagerly awaited new instalment of the number one best-selling series.\x0a\x0a- Compelling themes: protection of the environment, friendship, solidarity.\x0a | 10 +

Lund, Silja (Author)

Hit or miss? Real or fake? Leonie in love, and in chaos.

Leonie (14) is completely obsessed with her YouTube channel, “Glamourama”. Being styled to within an inch of her life is the most important thing ever. So Niklas, the boy she fancies, would be the perfect match for her. He’s incredibly good looking - but, unfortunately, already has a girlfriend, namely the perfect Laura. Leonie is going to change this, though. She turns shy new boy Frederic into a stunning heartbreaker. Will Laura take the bait and dump Niklas? And who has Leonie really got her eye on? Does personality matter more than looks, when it comes down to it?

The rollercoaster of puberty combined with glamour, friendship dramas and relationship issues.
YouTube influencers - hot topic for pre-teens.
Book comes with its own YouTube song.
| 11 +

Maar, Paul (Author)

A fairytale world, created by the great storyteller Paul Maar.

Little Troll Tojok lives with his parents in a house on the side of a mountain. Although their house looks a bit wild, it’s actually set up just like a human dwelling - only everything is much smaller. The sitting room sofas, for instance, are made of willow branches, with a tree-stump for a table. Tojok’s favourite thing is to play outside in the woods with his best friend the wildcat. Together they have endless little adventures.

Children will readily identify with Little Troll Tojok. Like them, he’s inquisitive and adventurous, and he sees the world through the eyes of a child.

Little Troll Tojok early reader now in an extended form. Includes completely new stories.
Lovingly and richly illustrated by Paul Maar.
The perfect read-aloud title by one of our house writers. | 5 +

Fox & Sheep (Author) Pietrowski, Karoline (Illustrator)

Fox and Sheep live on a farm in the Black Forest, where they produce all kinds of tasty treats. One day they receive an order for 127 jars of gherkins to be delivered to Helen Hippo for her party in the East African Serengeti. The pair immediately set off on their special train, and plunge straight into another adventure.

On their travels they don’t only see the Pyramids of Egypt, but also encounter a stowaway on their train, who gives them a huge shock.

Delightfully funny and cheerful adventure book for children, based on the successful children’s app characters Fox and Sheep. The second part of Migo’s Fox and Sheep book series.

Developed with and approved by children.
Based on the children’s app and the original Spotify® podcast .
Book comes with postcards and an Animals of the Serengeti poster. | 3 +

Lüftner, Kai (Author) matzilla.de (Illustrator)

They’ve completed their first mission successfully - so now they can finally move on to the Tesuto. But while Sam is still doubting whether he’ll actually be able to pass the feared and legendary entrance exam to the Ninja Academy, the kids have to overcome some very different obstacles: someone evidently wants to try to make sure they fail. On top of that, “The Bullet” - the super-Ninja in charge - suddenly sets everything in motion to make things as difficult as possible for them … It soon becomes clear that the young Ninjas will only be able to overcome all these challenges if they work together (though only one will remain!)

- The Ninja kids are true heroes!
- Action, adventure, challenges, friendship: all the ingredients for a bestseller.
- The action-packed sequel to the explosive “Ninja Academy” series by the successful children’s autor Kai Lüftner.

9 +

Taschinski, Stefanie (Author) Behl, Anne-Kathrin (Illustrator)

It’s unbelievably exciting when your wishes come true! Volume 3 of the much-loved children’s series featuring the Patchwork Family of Hotchpotch House.

Out of the blue Rebecca, the mother of Emma, Ben and Jojo, returns from Australia, and turns the lives of everyone at Number 11 upside down. Emma now has barely any time for her guinea pig project - but now that Mum’s home, Emma obviously wants her to stay there for ever … Meanwhile, it’s already holiday time and all the other children at Number 11 are already away - so Emma, Ben and Jojo are thrilled when their mum suggests a camping trip at the North Sea. Their holiday gets off to a great start - until Emma discovers that her mum has a secret. What on Earth should they do now?

By the best-selling author of the Dein Spiegel novels, Stefanie Taschinski.
Together, anything is possible - heart-warming stories about friendship, family, and sticking together.
A modern-day cross between Astrid Lindgren’s Bullerby Children and Kirsten Boie’s Möwenweg stories.

8 +

Lüftner, Kai (Author) matzilla.de (Illustrator)

There’s no rest for Sam, Svea, Momo, Bent und Li-Ho as they embark on their first year at the Academy, having managed against all the apparent odds - and evil traps set for them - to pass the TESUTO. Now they’re starting their Ashigaru training to become Level 1 Ninjas. This involves completing their initial training for the hit Shinobi show “Outback - the Last Trip”. Their course leader is a great outdoor specialist - but that doesn’t stop them from finding themselves in mortal danger. Is Kenn “The Bullet” Sonne behind it all? Or is there more to it than this?

It’s bad enough that the net is tightening ever more around the resistance fighters, the Goemons - but Momo is behaving increasingly oddly, too. To make matters worse: Sam’s father suddenly appears. And this meeting changes everything.

- Volume 3 of the fast-paced Ninja series - five extraordinary kids and non-stop action!

- Not your average school day - gripping stories for all boys and girls aged 9+

- By the hit children’s book author Kai Lüftner
| 9 +

Lüftner, Kai (Author) matzilla.de (Illustrator)

Five Ninja warriors-in-waiting on their first secret mission

Along with thousands of other kids across the globe, Sam, Bent, Svea, Li und Marta-Zofia dream of being accepted by one of the five Ninja Academies. In Berlin, on their first secret mission, the five are taken to the limits of their extraordinary abilities. For this very reason the kids have to stick together and trust one another, while everything they thought they knew about the international Ninja world is thrown into question. Who is good, and who is evil? Nothing is as it seems! Thus begins the real story…

The Mission is the start of a spectacular series of books by the cult author and martial artist Kai Lüftner for children aged 9+.

- Ninjas: a massive trend among kids, teens and adults - on TV, in clubs, gaming etc.
- The brilliant first novel in this thrilling action series by cult author and martial artist Kai Lüftner.
- Striking design; enhanced by trading cards and letters.

Watch the Trailer to the series here! | 9 +

Matthes, Silas (Author) Wegner, Stefanie (Illustrator) Müller-Wegner, Timo (Illustrator)

Watch out, YouTubers: here comes Ralf!

13-year-old Ralf dreams of becoming a famous YouTuber, and is desperate to impress Mia, the prettiest girl in the school, with his own videos. Oh, and he wouldn’t mind becoming rich and famous, either - or finally settling the argument with his arch-enemy Julian as to who’s the coolest of them all.

But what makes for a smash hit YouTube channel? Ralf - a creative newbie - makes his tentative entry into the World Wide Web, which is riddled with far more pitfalls than he could ever have imagined.

Silas Matthes’ “RalfTube” is a story of friendship, courage and dreaming big. Packed with boy-friendly comic-style illustrations, it’s designed to get them reading.

Your own YouTube channel: the dream comes true!
Modern, feisty and funny, this comic-style book is perfect for reluctant readers, too

10 +

Wich, Henriette (Author) Rath, Tessa (Illustrator)

Family fun from Monday to Sunday: a new adventure every day.

Forest ranger Andrea lives with her husband, their children, Granny and Lolli the dachshund in Seven Oaks Forest. There, the family has a new adventure every day of the week. On Monday, Lolli prevents a forest fire. On Tuesday, the children discover a fox’s lair. On Monday, the Forest Kindergarten comes to visit. On Thursday, a tree plays a central role. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, too, are packed with adventures. There’s no risk of boredom in Seven Oaks Forest!

An exciting new forest-based story for every day of the week.
Comes with a colour-your-own days of the week wheel.
Important read-aloud ritual reinforced by a compelling series of stories. | 4 +

Grimm, Sandra (Author) Korthues, Barbara (Illustrator)

Pirate power and jousting tournaments! Read-aloud fun for adventurous children.

The crafty knight Roastbeef and his hilarious donkey Remoulade win their
first jousting tournament. The feared female pirate Piranha searches for treasure and finds a green monster. The queen defeats the dangerously pongy farting pirates. Just three of the 20+ stories, all lasting 3-8 minutes, whose heroes and heroines are guaranteed to appeal to swashbuckling young pirates and brave knights alike.

A whole new look for the renowned read-aloud Minute Stories.
Knights and pirates: massively popular with girls and boys alike.
Fantastical sea adventures, with top-notch illustrations. | 3 +

von Klitzing, Maren (Author) Garanin, Melanie (Illustrator)

It’s always happy time with this big and cheerful read-aloud book.

By the seaside, in the car, in the garden, or snuggled up in bed at night… wherever you are, these warm-hearted stories about witches, wizards, fairies, pirates and knights are bound to bring a smile to the faces of adults and children alike. And best of all: children and their parents can choose whether they want to read for three, five or even eight minutes.


A whole new look for the much-loved Minute Stories.
Topics beloved of children: laughing, giggling, being silly!
Warm-hearted, true to life, and laugh-out-loud funny: even more amusement for all the family. | 3 +