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An important subject: Being brave and helping others to overcome their fears. Here affectionately and sensitively illustrated, with pictures reflecting the children’s own lives.
| 3 +
Oh dear! The little dragon is supposed to be staying home alone for the very first time! But with Maluna’s help, he’s sure to manage it because the little fairy sends the little wizard and the little bear to keep him company. After all, everything is easier if you’ve got friends.
A magical Maluna Moonlight story about courage, friendship and being there for one another.
| 4 +
After solving the great time puzzle, Anton now has to deal with the timid bunny. What he really wants to do is finally show everyone that he's as brave as a lion! But to begin with, the lion hides away inside his timid bunny skin – and it’s no easy matter getting him out again. That’s because Anton is really only medium-sized, medium-old and medium-brave. And now he is having to spend three days at the youth hostel without his mummy! But if there’s one thing Anton and his friends do know, it’s that fear is as stupid as a metre of field track, get over it once and it’s much easier the next time. And real courage, as Anton knows full well, makes us even bigger. At least a couple of centimetres!
The second book about lovable little Anton: philosophical, humorous, warm-hearted. With lots of colour pictures, collages and speech bubbles.
| 6 +
Top ingredients for a book that’s sure to be a favourite: likeable characters, heart-warming illustrations and recipes to follow at home.
| 8 +
If only the warthog could be a hero. The trouble is that he’s really timid. Nevertheless, he doesn’t waste a second when the beaver needs his help one night. Making his way through the dark forest, the warthog is constantly frightened by eerie shadows. Luckily, they are just the shadows of harmless animals wishing to accompany him. In the end, the warthog arrives at the beaver’s house with a great following. The beaver had had a nightmare and is now happy to see that so many of his friends were worried about him. Together they have a big party.
Important topics for children: friendship, animals, fear of the dark and nightmares
With refreshingly fanciful rhymes and vividly coloured illustrations | 4 +
Slimy sludge and doggy poo! Fantastic fun for Oggly fans and beginning readers.
The Oggly kids are fart-blastingly bored with their pets. Firebottom is asleep, the rats are dozing and the flies are dropping dead to the floor. What a toad-slimy piece of luck that a dog turns up on the rubbish tip at the right moment. He can even do tricks and loves rolling in mud! Welcome to the Ogglies’ world, dear first-time beginning readers.
Over 100,000 Oggly copies sold in the beginning readers’ category alone
| 6 +
Jonah is terribly frightened of going down the big slide on his own, but when Mathew says he will go with him, he plucks up the courage to try. Eva is really brave and protects her sister from the big boys. Lotta goes shopping without her mummy and Leo goes to stay over with his friend Paula for the first time. The stories are all about fear, being brave and sometimes being a little too fearless – there’s a favourite story for every child here!
With an epilogue from Dr Anne Bischoff, child and adolescent psychiatrist. | 3 +
Which is worse? When your father suddenly brings a new woman home or when this new woman also has a daughter, and that daughter is such a cow as Anna, Cornelius asks himself. At least Anna is as unhappy about their parents’ relationship as he is. Together, the two simply must think of some way of splitting their parents up. A delightful, heartwarming book by the great Christine Nöstlinger, all about children’s worries and prejudices, and about good friends.
| 9 +
Eleven-year-old Tom lives alone with his mother. His father died before he was born – at least, that’s what Tom had always thought. Then suddenly an old circus ticket Tom finds at his grandparents’ home calls everything into question. Could Arthur Merlini, the famous circus artist, be his father? Tom sets out in search of his roots. In a world that’s full of magic and seems to have a false bottom, he is forced to face his greatest fears and finds himself catapulted into the adventure of his life!
Original characters, an exciting plot, amusing and at the same time, profound: a glimpse behind the circus scenes with Nina Weger!
| 10 +
In their search for her seafaring daddy, Nelly and her mother, Ava, travel all over the country in a brightly coloured bus. One day, a flying postman puts Nelly and Ava off course and leads them behind a wall of fog to the strangest place Nelly has ever been. Here, everything is padded and secure. There are thousands of prohibitive signs – and lots of frightened people. Then Ava suddenly disappears without trace, and Nelly discovers that her mother isn’t the first person to have gone missing here. Anyone who breaks the rules disappears. Just like that! But where do they go to?
A children’s book debut with an adorably inquisitive heroine
Fascinating narrative style: explodes the boundaries between reality and fantasy
Illustrated by the successful Joëlle Tourlonias (Bommel the Little Bumblebee)
| 10 +
The self-help book for life: political, provocative, informative and inspiring
Which prejudices are you secretly harbouring? Can boys be feminists too? And why is it sometimes so hard to say no?
You don’t just get your opinions from out of the blue. You have to form them yourself. Sounds like hard work? Well, it is. But it’s good fun too! The co-authors Ruth and Julia take you with them on a journey to find yourself and to engage with the hot topics of our times. So grab a pen and set off – this book can’t function without you!
For teenagers and young adults seeking a fun challenge | 12 +
Mr Cheetah is perfectly contented. But one day the other animals start to make comments about him. A cheetah without spots - what kind of a cheetah is that? On the hunt for his spots, Mr Cheetah is teased and taunted until he feels quite worthless. But then he discovers his strong point: he can run. Faster than anyone! Suddenly all the other animals are envying the fastest creature in the world. But Mr Cheetah doesn’t care about their opinions any more. Now he is confident and proud to be the way he is!
•\x09Confidence-building book, illustrated by Leonard Erlbruch.
•\x09A Book About discovering your own strengths.
| 4 +
When only drawing can save you.
Sixteen-year-old Zoe has absolutely no memories. Drawing is the only thing that helps her. But the pictures she draws as though one possessed usually depict her in grave danger. When Zoe falls in love with Elijah, everything becomes easier - until one day, after an argument, she does a sketch of Elijah’s face and then crosses it through in heavy pencil. A short time later, Elijah is in hospital with serious injuries to his face. Does Zoe see into the future with her pictures? Or could it be that she has a dangerous gift?
| 14 +
Princess Alva (who is not really a princess, but don’t tell anyone) rides to the forest in her unicorn-drawn coach, accompanied by her servants. When they are held up by a gang of robbers, the voice of the great fiery dragon terrifies all of them except Alva. The dragon wants to get rid of his cough, the robbers want to get rid of the dragon, their leader is in trouble, and Alva wants everyone including herself to be happy. So come to the forest and find out how Alva solves each and every problem, and how chocolate buttons can make all the difference.
- Strong girl character gives the lie to stereotypical perceptions of gender roles
- Antonia Michaelis uses a playful, childlike style of language in the telling of her highly imaginative story
- With cheerful illustrations by Laura Bednarski
| 4 +
The little bat is very unhappy because she’s too scared to attempt flying. Her mummy tries to encourage her and assures her that she will always be there to catch her if she falls. You can do it, little bat!
Popular author Susanne Lütje’s rhymes make Come On, Little Bat, You Can Do It not only a big morale booster, but also great fun.
Atmospheric, modern illustrations
A real book of encouragement
| 24 months +
Fresh, lively, Freda: a chirpy, cheerful and pretty encouraging little doll. A book for girls who already have or are still looking for a little courage.
| 6 +
Warm, encouraging message: You’re great just the way you are! | 24 months +
If only Martin Pocketbeer hadn’t taken the Sat and the Sat retrieval drops with him on his class trip! Because his teacher steals the drops and takes possession of the Sat. Not that that’s so easy to do as the Sat belongs to the Pocketbeer family. If anyone else asks him to grant them a wish, his wishes have unexpected side-effects. And the Sat himself feels worse and worse, too. So Martin and his friends Tina and Roland set out to rescue the Sat. But there are plenty of complications, mix-ups, Sat poems and first-rate suspense before they finally succeed! | 6 +
But he has lost Nuri.
In the fire, right at the end, he made her a promise: to get thirteen-year-old Jinan out of Syria. Casting common sense to the wind and disregarding all the rules, he sets out with Nuri’s brother, Kamal, for the country from which hundreds of people flee every day.
While Calvin’s former friend Pascal is trying to track down and do away with Nuri’s parents in Berlin, Calvin’s path takes him through devastated towns and winter mountains. He witnesses destruction and violence, torture and death, but time and again also experiences a hospitality he has never known before. When he falls into the hands of the IS, he is determined never to give up the search because only by finding and rescuing Jinan can he also, in his own way, find his way back to Nuri again.
In Winter so Far, Peer Martin continues the gripping story begun in "The Summer of Black Wings".
| 14 +
A new story for the very young, straight from the everyday life of a lovingly developed and perfectly created miniature world!
| 24 months +
-\x09A small hero for children who don’t like going to bed
-\x09Great adventures with a snuggle factor, perfect for goodnight rituals!
-\x09A wonderful adventure in chapters ideal for reading aloud
| 5 +
- Encourages readers to follow their dreams, recognise their own personal talent and to become independent
- Nina Dulleck’s penguin kids are bright, imaginative and stick together like glue
- Gloriously colourful, humorous pictures by popular illustrator Nina Dulleck | 4 +
Give it a try! Stories all about courage, with many creative suggestions for games, handicrafts and joining in.
| 4 +
The fourth book in the mermaid saga by bestselling author Tanya Stewner!
The environmental theme is perfect for the target audience.
| 10 +
Heroic sagas: an ever-popular subject with children and adults alike, reinterpreted here as read-aloud stories for children, with humorous illustrations by Katja Gehrmann.
| 5 +
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 +
- An appeal for people with dementia to be treated respectfully; told with warmth and affection
- Nora Alexander describes the magic in every kind of human difference without judging or moralising
- Much more than a book focused on a particular topic, this is an adventure story and a declaration of love | 8 +
Catastrophe! As if it weren’t bad enough to be moving away in the middle of the school year – but to the uncoolest city in the world, as well! It’s a nightmare for Maya because although she’s a member of the school orchestra, she’s also the life and soul of the party. In fact, she is the best saxophonist around – and a rising rock star. But then Maya meets Theo, the good-looking guitarist at the youth centre. Perhaps Munich isn’t as dull as Maya thought, after all?
She hasn’t just got butterflies in her tum, she’s got rhythm in her blood, too.
The adventure of a 13-year-old girl who rocks more than Munich with her courage and music.
| 12 +
The two magical creatures of Emmi’s bossy schoolmate, Antonia, and the grumpy Mr Bockel were accidentally switched, and now everyone is miserable. Which is why Unipig and Emmi volunteer to reverse the unfortunate exchange. Easier said than done! For Antonia to reclaim her beloved matchling, Mr Bockel must agree to take back his own magical creature, the dreaded spitworm. Which is how Unipig and Emmi discover the Bockel family’s long-kept secret … and the spitworm reveals some unexpected abilities!
Emmi and Unipig are simply adorable. Author Anna Böhm’s little heroes convey the wise message ’Be true to yourself!’ with great humour and charm.
“A turbulent, beautiful, true-to-life story, bursting with curious, clever, creative ideas, and the most wonderful illustrations – just the way a children’s book should be.”
Gelnhäuser Neue Zeitung
Being able to express your feelings, admitting that you are frightened and learning to stick to your own opinions – these are all part of growing up and make children self-confident people; people who help and accept help from others, who have the courage to apologize if they have hurt someone, and who can say: Come on, let’s be friends again! These stories show how children can learn to be strong.
Great read-aloud stories about the important subjects of self-confidence, dealing with feelings, fighting and making up again. For children of 4 and over.
| 4 +
She eventually confides in her grandmother, who gives her a hand-knitted brightly coloured jumper. When Mia puts it on, she can't believe her eyes and ears: "Pilou" can magically speak and understand Mia's problems. Thus begins a special and miraculous friendship. Will Pilou be able to help Mia solve her problems?
With her magical, speaking jumper, bestselling author Tatjana Strobel has created a friend and helpmate for every child. Pilou understands all children's fears and anxieties, and gives them the tools to deal independently with the situations that bother them, and to find solutions to them.
An I-can-do book by bestselling author Tatjana Strobel - sensitively handles difficult situations for children. | 5 +
Freda Fractious, ready for anything! Anna is seven and sometimes a little shy. When she receives an invitation to Marie’s birthday party, she isn’t sure whether or not to be pleased. Freda, Anna’s rag doll, on the other had, has absolutely no doubts that birthdays are super! You see, nothing intimidates Freda. She’s self-confident, rebellious and impudent, and so it’s sometimes quite good that only Anna can hear the kinds of things Freda comes out with all day long.
With its many colour illustrations, this top title from the successful COOLMAN duo is ideal for beginning readers!
The perfect female counterpart to COOLMAN – with ordinary life and a good pinch of anarchy making an ideal mix.
| 6 +