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Prinz, Johanna (Author) Opheys, Caroline (Illustrator)

What’s the difference between an octopus and a squid? What do butterflies eat, and why don’t birds need to wee? Dr. Johanna Prinz, biologist and expert on living creatures, has the answers to all these questions. In this read-aloud book, she explains all the tricky little connections in a simple and entertaining manner, and solves mysteries in a way which makes even adults say “aha!” With its bold and cheerful illustrations, this book is bound to encourage children to discover and explore. | 5 +

Ley, Riccarda (Author) Kaiser, Nataša (Illustrator)

Maybe the route to happiness consists of taking care of oneself and having a positive attitude towards other people? Handwritten-style affirmations combined with beautifully illustrated read-aloud stories and small exercises invite children and their parents to become more aware of their families and surroundings. Includes a supplement with 32 sturdy tear-out cards with multiple uses: as aides memoires, to give away, or to hang on the wall. | 4 +

Schütze, Andrea (Author) Weinmann, Julia (Illustrator)

Simply shut your eyes and let an enchanted bird take you into a magical dream world bursting with Autumn colours and restorative energy. This imaginative book by Andrea Schütze invites you to pause and dream, and will help children to relax and go to sleep after a too-busy day. Gentle relaxation exercises help little ones to wind down, and Fanta the little Rainbow Bird takes them to places filled with strength, peace and safety.
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Orosz, Susanne (Author) Vogel, Heike (Illustrator)

Read-aloud answers to all the clever questions children ask

Why is it dark at night? Why do we sleep at night? Why are children fascinated by the night but at the same time frightened of the dark? And most importantly, what should we do when children bombard us with an unending stream of questions? This book answers the questions children ask most often about night-time and darkness in child-appropriate read-aloud stories from which older children can also learn.

Where is the Sun at Night? Read-aloud Stories for Inquisitive Children playfully packaged information in read-aloud stories, idea for children of four and over.
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Schmitt, Petra Maria (Author) Dreller, Christian (Author) Vogel, Heike (Illustrator) | further

Does a millipede really have 1,000 legs? Why doesn’t it hurt when you have your hair cut? How does rain get into the clouds? And how do you cope when children won’t stop asking questions? This book, with its child-friendly and delightfully illustrated read-aloud stories answers some of the questions most frequently asked by children.
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Orosz, Susanne (Author) Vogel, Heike (Illustrator)

Why does it get dark at night? How do animals sleep, and why do we need to sleep? Children are fascinated by night-time, but can also find the dark a bit scary. This book answers children’s most frequently asked questions about night-time and darkness in child-friendly, lavishly illustrated read-aloud stories - which will also teach adults a few new facts, too!
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Schmitt, Petra Maria (Author) Dreller, Christian (Author) Vogel, Heike (Illustrator) | further

Does a millipede really have a thousand feet? Why doesn’t it hurt when you have your hair cut? And how does the rain get into the clouds? This book playfully answers 19 questions children often ask. That’s because this is not a knowledge book as such, but a truly wonderful storybook that is sure to teach the adults who read them aloud one or two new things. A new book in the popular series: Fascinating facts woven into child-appropriate stories with beautiful illustrations by Heike Vogel. | 4 +

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

It’s devastating when your beloved cuddly toy goes missing. This is how Diego feels when his faithful companion goes missing without trace. His friends at the Forest School in Honeycake Forest help him to look, but the cuddly toy remains lost. It’s clearly a case for the Wild Forest Four, Mickel, Flora, Rufus and Poppy. The baby animal gang, who know the forest like the back of their paws and have its magic on their side, are Diego’s last hope! | 4 +

Gorny, Nicolas (Author) Nowothnig, Kristina (Illustrator)

Dad and the twins Malte and Greta are running late. So Dad decides to take a BRILLIANT shortcut to kindergarten - but ZAP! They’re sucked up into a UFO by the alien Blob. And when Dad randomly presses a button, they find themselves on a crazy journey through time: back to the ravenous dinosaurs, walking the plank on Captain Beardless’s dreaded pirate ship, and into a somewhat filthy future. Their only hopes rest with a chilli pepper, a sausage, a good helping of raisins and another button…

  • Ideal read aloud book for all dads and their children.
  • A skilful combination of daily life and adventure.
  • Bold, modern illustrations to make you smile.
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Matysiak, Mascha (Author) Bruder, Elli (Illustrator)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to visit the land where the Christmas presents come from? This wish comes true for little moose Riko and baby bird Pepe. Together with the other Forest School pupils, they are allowed to travel to Christmas Island, where they visit the sweet factory, the toy warehouse and the sleigh cave. There’s just one catch: the animals from the magical forest have to learn to fly in order to get there. In 24 short stories, this read-aloud book depicts whether they manage it - or whether they fall foul of Garlic the Gnome, wicked witch Luzille and the tree elf Ella who try to put endless obstacles in their way. The run-up to Christmas will simply fly by with this book!
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Schreiber, Chantal (Author) Hardt, Iris (Illustrator)

The big moment is drawing near! Fanndis and Jon are to meet Kappi and Skoppa, the heroes of Grandpa Valdis’ stories. But the waiting time offers too many opportunities for quarrels to break out - and before it finally happens, Grandpa Valdis has to tell them a particularly thrilling adventure, in which Kappi and Skoppa get to know Pen Guin and work together to solve the problem of humans and their litter. Grandpa’s anti-arguing medicine works its usual miracles, and before long, the siblings finally encounter Kappi and Skoppa. But which child belongs to which pony?
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Rahn, Sabine (Author) Gotha, Britta (Illustrator)

Bible stories for children. The most important and best-known stories from the Old and the New Testament, adapted for children and fascinatingly told. Children learn how God created the world, why the Great Flood took place and why Jonah was swallowed by a whale. The author writes vividly and in detail about the life of Jesus. Seventy-three bible stories to real aloud or for children to read to themselves with a detailed glossary of the difficult words. Developed by theologists. | 5 +

Rahn, Sabine (Author) Wilson, Henrike (Illustrator)

Beautiful illustrations and child-friendly texts characterise this fresh and accessible new take on the Children’s Bible, which teaches children the most important stories from the New and Old Testaments. Everything is included, from the Creation to Noah’s Ark, to the Exodus and the life and impact of Jesus Christ. Can be read aloud, or on your own. Ideal for kindergarten, pre-schools and primary schools, or as a Christening present.

  • High-end volume; the most important Bible stories told in a child-friendly manner.
  • With new illustrations and a glossary of unfamiliar terms.
  • Developed in collaboration with theologians, particularly intended to be read aloud.
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Schütze, Andrea (Author) Sieverding, Carola (Illustrator)

Spring has sprung in Honeycake Forest! And the new season coincides with a big party: it’s birthday time for twins Lasse and Bosse. But then the two of them discover an injured rambler in a dangerous part of the forest. Nobody believes them at first. However, the Wild Forest Four race to the rescue - and make a doubly surprising discovery! Team spirit: a gang of animals helps a group of Kindergarten children. Popular read-aloud topics: the forest, talking animals, and adventurous children. Individual characters impart their particular strengths to children. | 4 +

Schreiber, Chantal (Author) Hardt, Iris (Illustrator)

There’s one thing Fanndis knows for sure: there’s no such thing as ghosts! Her brother Jon is, however, slightly less convinced. When Fanndis starts teasing Jon and they start to quarrel, Grandpa Valdis remembers a story about a pair of foals Kappi and Skoppa: two Icelandic ponies who couldn’t be any different from one another but who still manage to be best friends. Grandpa Valdis describes how they found a little geyser, how they protected a little lamb from an Icelandic water ghost, and how Kappi was very brave … a thrilling and amusing adventure for all pony fans and squabbling siblings.

  • The must-read series for young pony fans aged 4+.
  • An adventure featuring cute Icelandic ponies, told with wit and warmth.
  • Written by Chantal Schreiber, the number one author of pony fiction.
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Schütze, Andrea (Author) Weinmann, Julia (Illustrator)

Children can sometimes find it really hard to sleep. When they are still fidgeting and their eyes simply don’t want to shut, this ‘dream travelogue’ will help them to relax and settle down. Fanta, the little Rainbow Bird, takes wakeful children on a journey through his magical springtime world, transporting them to places full of peace, power and reassurance. It’s so much easier to fall asleep when you’re feeling safe and sound.

  • The ideal book to help children relax and fall asleep.
  • Helps children to develop important qualities such as inner strength, tranquillity, relaxation and imagination.
  • On-trend themes of yoga and mindfulness.
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Schreiber, Chantal (Author) Pricken, Stephan (Illustrator)

A greedy dragon has gobbled up the entire contents of the royal orchard, which means: no stewed apples for Kurt. Furious, Kurt chases the fruit-eating dragon away with a good dose of water magic - but the dragon takes his revenge by abducting Kurt. Kurt awakens in a labyrinth on a lonely island. There he has to face his worst fears (mice!) - without his magical powers, which have stopped working. Fortunately help comes his way in the form of Princess Flea, Trill, Superhero Toodleoo (the most romantic unicorn ever) - and a whole host of little mice. Can they work together to tame the dragon?

  • Perennial favourite “dragon” theme will delight boys and girls alike.
  • A treat for readers big and small.
  • The fourth volume in the series based on Kurt the Reluctant Unicorn.
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Grimm, Sandra (Author) Grote, Anja (Illustrator)

The story of a small woodland brownie and his great love of animals

Fleakins is one of the brownies known as “Littels” and lives with his family in the wood. When Fleakins starts school, he has to discover his special talent. Is he good at practical things? Or music perhaps? But no matter what he attempts, Fleakins seems to have two left hands. He simply can’t do anything right! Then suddenly everyone in Littelwood is in uproar because the Lumini, the tiny light folk, have fallen ill and nobody knows how to make them better! Luckily, Fleakins has a brilliant idea. Is he destined to become Littelwood’s animal doctor?

A classic story book for the whole family to enjoy with the message that everyone has a talent. With a host of colour illustrations and chapters the perfect length to be read aloud.
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Schaudinn, Jasmin (Author) Gstalter, Angela (Illustrator)

Things have become serious. Tilly’s mum and dad are separating. This isn’t good. Not good at all. And Tilly cries a thousand tears - while Bruno erupts with fury. Times are hard for the little family which has to try to navigate its way through the new situation, with two different homes for Mum and Dad, a big move, and all the feelings that go with it. Thank goodness for Tilly’s Uncle “Midge”, who is able to distract the children and comfort them as necessary. Tilly describes this difficult time in which she feels somehow broken, like a cracked shell, with great feeling and in a child-friendly manner. Gradually, this new “someone’s always missing” life starts to feel less painful, and Tilly comes to realise that there are advantages to having two homes.
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Schaudinn, Jasmin (Author) Gstalter, Angela (Illustrator)

As Mum and Dad aren’t able to take as much time off work as they want, but Bruno is still on school holidays, Tilly and her brother are allowed to go to stay with Granny Jula and Grandpa Jockel. Tilly is thrilled, and sets about making some gifts to give to her grandparents. She also inspects the contents of the wardrobe with Granny, while Grandpa is trying on his new work belt. We discover why Granny and Grandpa’s house always smells of Granny and Grandpa, why going out to eat can be a real challenge for small children, and that it’s great to discover that you can dream of meeting Mum and Dad on a picnic blanket.
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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!

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

Schreiber, Chantal (Author) Hardt, Iris (Illustrator)

Siblings Fanndis and Jon are visiting Grandpa Valdis’s farm in Iceland … and they spend the whole time arguing about absolutely everything. But then Grandpa Valdis tells them about an adventure had by two very special friends: Kappi and Skoppa. Two Icelandic foals who couldn’t be any more different, but who are the best of friends. Their story is funny, moving, and thrilling. So thrilling that even Fanndis and Jon suddenly forget to argue.

- At last: a pony adventure for Kindergarten children aged 4+

- Written by Chantal Schreiber, THE author of pony fiction.

- A love-letter to Iceland and its ponies.
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Ameling, Anne (Author) Parciak, Monika (Illustrator)

There’s so much to see and do at Christmas: Julian can hardly believe that Mr Huber from next door will be spending Christmas Eve on his own. But he has already come up with an idea for a super Christmas surprise. And what about Paul? Well, he has almost given up hope of winning the toboggan race when Father Christmas suddenly lends him a hand.

The third book based on the successful 3-5-8-minute concept, in which it’s the reader , who decides how long the story should take.
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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.
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Ameling, Anne (Author) Parciak, Monika (Illustrator)

There are so many exciting things going on during Advent and Christmas: Julian can hardly believe that Herr Huber next door is going to be spending Christmas Eve on his own. But he has had an idea for a brilliant Christmas surprise. And Paul? He’s given up all hope of winning the sleigh race - when Father Christmas suddenly offers to lend a hand.


- Chilled stories to get all the family in the Christmas mood.

- Helps to create a cosy Advent bedtime routine.

- Christmas stories of varying lengths.
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