moses. Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Established in 1991, the publishing house initially focussed on children’s books. The founders were Gerd Herterich, who has been the publisher and managing director until 2017, as well as Jürgen Pankarz, who was given the nickname of Moses (the name traditionally given to the youngest crew member of a ship); it is interesting to note that he not only gave the publishing house its name but also illustrated the first book to be published by the young company.
In 2013 Nina Tebartz joined the management and today she manages the family business together with Björn Wandtke - still based in Kempen. Having started out as a two-man-publishing house, the company today boasts 75 employees and has extended its portfolio far beyond children’s books to include delightful games and toys for children. Moreover, the portfolio for adults is equally as strong, and includes high-quality gift ideas and exquisitely designed communication games.

Thinking out of the box, discovering new ideas and bringing them to life – this is the philosophy that our publishing house abides by. moses. one more idea!

Program

From the outset, moses. not only focussed on books in its portfolio, but complemented these with suitable extra items - what is the point in having a book about games that you can play with marbles when you don’t have any marbles to play with? It is this combination of books and toys that has remained the hallmark of the constantly expanding portfolio for children: original reference books and activity books that cover a whole world of fun and games, where experimentation and learning are all bound up together in our comprehensive portfolio - ranging from magnifying beakers to colourful stamp sets.

Nature and Experiments

One focus of the portfolio is nature and experiments. Getting toddlers involved in their very first adventures with nature is what the ›Krabbelkäfer‹ products have to offer; the range of books titled ›Expedition Natur‹ provides ideas for exciting journeys of discovery in the great outdoors; moreover, in collaboration with the German GEOlino magazine, moses. has created a collection of beautiful educational titles about nature for children from 8 years. Of course, moses. also provides all the equipment you might need for an adventure, including magnifying glasses up to underwater torches.

Fun and Games

Creative modelling clay sets, extraordinary colouring books, and a wide range of classic games and original card games such as »Fische versenken« or »Ohne Haufen, dumm gelaufen« will guarantee that boredom will become a thing of the past in the kid’s playroom. Our so-called ›50 cards sets‹ are not only small and compact, but are also full of tips: if you are a budding young gardener or magician, or if you like games, crafts or experiments - you’ll find a treasure trove of ideas for all occasions.

Our cult series ›black stories‹ offers a veritable goldmine of mystifying enigmas to solve and will guarantee goose bumps for both young and old, and it is available as a card and board game. This cult series is also available for youngsters, known as ›black stories junior‹. You’ll be sent on a funny and colourful treasure hunt, either on holiday or in the depths of space.

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The Best Children’s Games from Around the World

  • Nicola Berger
  • Illustrated by Ina Worms
  • Autumn 2015, 48 pages, 25 x 20.3 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold to South Korea, Turkey
  • Website

The best games of all often arise in situations when children get together and are given space for their ideas. The children’s games presented here can be played with little or no materials, they’re easy to understand and they’re explained step by step. These classic games from around the world originate in no fewer than 22 countries on five continents. A journey of play around the world can begin – beginning in Germany and landing in … Uganda maybe?

50 Super-Quick Handicraft Ideas

  • Nicola Berger
  • Illustrated by Nastja Holtfreter
  • Spring 2015, 50 cards, 8.7 x 12.6 cm
  • 50 cards, 8.7 x 12.6 cm
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom
  • Website

The ideas in this set of cards all have one thing in common: they’re easy and quick to do. Make decorations for a kid’s room, new games to play or a gift for Mother’s Day – all in a flash. On your scissors, get set, go …

The Forest Explorer Book

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Angelika Neiser, Arno Kolb, Thomas Müller, Axel Nicolai
  • Spring 2016, 96 pages, 17.9 x 22.6 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

With its majestic trees, plants and small and big animals the forest is always a place where there is much to discover. This colourful book is packed with information and facts on its flora and fauna. Moreover, it contains tips, ideas, tasks and experiments which help to discover this fascinating ecosystem.

Collecting Flowers and Leaves

  • Anke Küpper
  • Illustrated by Angelika Neiser, Johann Brandstetter, Arno Kolb, Sandra Kretzmann
  • Spring 2016, 64 pages, 22.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

With this herbarium kids can learn about ten trees and ten flowers and their leaves, fruits and blooms: the sweet scent of violets, the vibrant colour of bluebottles and poppies, mighty oaks and chestnuts, evergreen spruces and many more.

Collect their flowers and leaves from your garden or the playground, and put them into this book. Beautifully illustrated, this book contains useful information on the plants and leaves enough space for your own findings.

365 Sudoku Puzzles for Children

  • Illustrated by Dorothea Tust
  • Autumn 2015, 736 pages, 15 x 15 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Every day a little bit cleverer ...

This tear-off pad contains masses of fun sudokus for budding puzzlers in three different grades of difficulty and with detailed instructions to get you going. With 365 sudokus you can train your powers of logic every single day of the year.

Around the World in Eighty Puzzles

  • Andrea Köhrsen
  • Illustrated by Andrea Köhrsen
  • Autumn 2015, 80 cards, 10.2 x 14.3 cm
  • Cards in Tin Box
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain
  • Website

Speed around the world in eighty puzzles, experience adventures and meet pirates, space travellers, Indian chiefs, wild animals and subterranean beings. Shed light on darkness by questioning, guessing, and working things out. Whoever explores the forests, deserts, outer space and the world of water first wins!

The Penknife Carving Book

  • Sonja and Arne Schirdewahn
  • Illustrated by Arno Kolb, Thomas Müller
  • Autumn 2016, 96 pages, 17.3 x 22 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Pirate’s ship, slingshot, magic wand … This book from our successful Expedition Nature Series contains more than 30 sets of instructions at three levels of difficulty on how to make wonderful and useful things that children can carve and make using a woodcarving knife or penknife. Step by step, it shows how to carve a bow, build simple nesting aids for wild bees and make a mobile phone holder. It also has information about types of trees, woodland animals and tracking, encouraging readers to get out of doors.

My Very Own Knitting Spool

  • Ingrid Ickler
  • Illustrated by Yayo Kawamura
  • Autumn 2016, 48 pages, 20 x 16 cm
  • Metal box with booklet, wool and knitting spool
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

This classic game set helps kids make their own exciting things with a knitting spool. A 48-page booklet explains how to knit with the knitting spool, step by step. There are also more than 15 great new ideas about what you can make with it: how about an ornate cushion, crazy shoelaces, a colourful scarf or a trendy mobile phone sock?

Yoga for Kids

  • Tara Guber and Leah Kalish
  • Illustrated by Sophie Fatus
  • Spring 2017, 100 pages, 13.9 x 18.8 cm
  • Box with cards
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

This set of cards helps parents and children to learn 50 basic yoga exercises. Yoga is not only healthy and a perfect work-out for the whole body, it also improves our concentration. After a stressful day at work or school, yoga is the ideal way to relax body and mind.

50 Great Tips for Babysitters

  • Nicola Berger
  • Illustrated by Christine Thau
  • Spring 2017, 100 pages, 8.7 x 12.6 cm
  • Box with cards
  • Ages 12+
  • Serial rights sold to Czech Republic, Denmark, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Slovak Republic, The Netherlands
  • Website

A new and great title to the popular 50 Cards series!

How exactly do you become a babysitter? And what do you have to know when working with children? In this set of cards prospective babysitters can find all the information they need. Moreover, the cards contain advice on how to master difficult situations. Creative crafting and gaming ideas for children of different ages round up this guide to babysitting.

ghost stories

  • Andrea Köhrsen
  • Illustrated by Andrea Köhrsen
  • Autumn 2016, 200 pages, 10.2 x 14.3 cm
  • Metal box with cards
  • Ages 8+
  • Serial rights sold to Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Japan, Spain, Canada, France, Belgium
  • Website

Savage vampires, spectral apparitions, mysterious beings and dark creatures of the night send a shiver up your spine and guarantee goose-bumps. Surrounded by magic powers and dreadful secrets, who can break the spell and solve the puzzle? But garlic and magic won’t help … fearless ghost-hunters and savvy sleuths will only shed light on the darkness by asking, guessing and puzzling.

Gardening in Beds, Pods and Boxes

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Melanie Dahmen
  • Spring 2018, 96 pages, 17.3 x 22 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

You are curious about flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits? You are patient, like to care about others and are happy about a nice reward? Then you are the perfect gardener!

There is always something going on in your little garden and it doesn’t matter if it is a big bed, a pod or a box. You can grow a garden nearly everywhere and this book shows you how it works.

The Inventors Quiz

  • Jürgen Winzer
  • Illustrated by Götz Rohloff
  • Autumn 2017, 50 pages, 8.1 x 15 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Everyone knows dynamite. But do you know who invented it? Or do you know what Alexander Graham Bell is famous for?

With this quiz you can test and enlarge your knowledge about famous inventors playfully. All questions and facts are furnished with many pictures and colourful illustrations. Charming texts and answers make playing and learning funny and cheerful.

50 Indigenous Lake Animals and Plants

  • Carola von Kessel
  • Illustrated by Thomas Müller, Arno Kolb, Steffen Walentowitz
  • Autumn 2017, 50 cards pages, 8.7 x 12.6 cm
  • 50 boxed cards
  • 6+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Slovak Republic
  • Website

These 50 cards are the perfect companion to classify small animals, fish, amphibians, birds and plants at lakes and rivers.

Take it with you, when you go hiking and it will be the ideal assistant for anyone who loves nature.

Experiments with Water

  • Anita von Saan, Carola von Kessel
  • Illustrated by Lisa Apfelbacher
  • Autumn 2017, 25 cards pages, 9.5 x 12.8 cm
  • 25 cards in a tin box
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Experiments are boring? Not at all! This box contains 25 experiments with water. See for yourself how exciting science and experiments can be with everyday household items.

Try to make your own rainbow with items you can find in the bathroom and kitchen or see how tulips change their colour within some minutes. With these 25 experiments fun is guaranteed.

50 Brilliant Leisure Ideas for Children

  • Ingrid Ickler
  • Illustrated by Dorina Tessmann
  • Autumn 2017, 50 cards pages, 8.7 x 12.6 cm
  • 50 boxed cards
  • 8+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, Denmark, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, Belgium, Norway, Slowak Republic, The Netherlands
  • Website

Classwork, homework, projects, workgroups – a school day can involve an awful lot of work! This set of cards offers 50 ways of relaxing which children can use easily and playfully at home, alone or with others – and maybe even at school or with their parents.

Relaxation and fun are guaranteed.

My Little Fairy Tale Memo Box

  • Jürgen Heel
  • Illustrated by Monika Suska
  • Autumn 2017, 54 pages, 17 x 13.5 cm
  • Box with 1 fairy tale book and 36 memo cards
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

It’s fairy tale time!

Each of the three fairy tales in this game is split up into twelve scenes. They are placed face-down in the middle of the table and the player whose turn it is has to turn them over one by one. It sounds simple, but you’ll need a good memory because you can only win if you can turn over the twelve scenes in the exact right order. The little fairy tale box also contains the three most popular stories by the Brothers Grimm which you can read out while playing the fitting memo game: Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood.

Imagine You Were ... An Animal in the Forest

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Alexandra Helm
  • Spring 2019, 64 pages, 22 x 27 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

What is a fox’s daily routine? Do hedgehogs have friends? The new series ›Imagine You Were ...‹ invites children to experience the world from the point of view of animals – and does so in their favorite way: role-playing. Addressing young readers from the ‘you’-perspective, Bärbel Oftring uses her easy, engaging style to describe what it would be like to be an animal.

• 20 animals per book
• Combination of stunning
illustrations and photos

Vol. 1: »Imagine You Were ...
An Animal in the Forest«

Vol. 2: »Imagine You Were ...
An Animal in the Garden«

The Kids’ Book of Knots

  • Carola von Kessel
  • Illustrated by Dusan Senkerik, Sonja Egger
  • Autumn 2018, 68 pages, 17.3 x 22 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The knot book for children – leaves your hands free for tying knots!

30 knots, step by step, clearly explained with illustrations. This practical stand-up book leaves your hands free to tie knots, and you can get started right away with the enclosed strings.

Expedition Nature – The Big Outdoor Adventure Book

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Spring 2019, 256 pages, 13 x 18 cm
  • Paperback
  • 8+
  • Rights sold to: China
  • Website

On your marks, get set, go! Carving, building, playing or geocaching, spring, summer, autumn or winter – this book contains 120 ideas for a true outdoor adventure.

Bärbel Oftring is a qualified biologist. She has published over 140 titles for children and adults, all of them involving nature and animals.

50 Animals at the Zoo

  • Carola von Kessel
  • Illustrated by Arno Kolb
  • Spring 2019, 50 boxed cards pages, 9.4 x 13.3 cm
  • 6+
  • Rights sold to: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, The Netherlands
  • Website

From apes to zebras, this set of cards presents the 50 foremost zoo animals. It’s the perfect companion the next time you visit the zoo and contains lots of fascinating facts and quiz questions about different subjects.

• Entertaining quiz questions
• Detailed profiles
• Illustrations that children love

50 Fun Puzzles That Will Have You Laughing

  • Charlotte Wagner, Ari Plikat
  • Illustrated by Charlotte Wagner, Ari Plikat
  • Spring 2019, 50 boxed cards pages, 8.7 x 12.6 cm
  • 6+
  • Rights sold to Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, Russia, Slovak Republic, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • Website

Riddles, nonsense puzzles and crazy illustrations that will have you laughing out loud – the perfect combination for 6-year-old chatterboxes and anyone who would like to be one.

Rainbow Stories – 50 Fantastic Puzzles Full of Magic

  • Corinna Harder
  • Illustrated by Helmut Kollars
  • Spring 2019, 50 boxed cards pages, 9.4 x 13.3 cm
  • 8+
  • Rights sold to: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain
  • Website

Rainbow stories have a touch of magic: there are eager elves, fearless fairies and unique unicorns, but you’ll only work out their sparkling secrets by asking, guessing and puzzling.

How it’s played:
black stories Junior are fabulous mysteries on cards that you solve together. Only one person knows the right answer. By asking, guessing and puzzling, young detectives aged 8 and above can move step by step towards solving the mystery …

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moses. Verlag GmbH

Arnoldstraße 13 d
47906 Kempen

Germany

Phone +49 (0)21 522 098 50

info@moses-verlag.de
www.moses-verlag.de

Contact Person

Publisher Nina Tebartz, Björn Wandtke

Sales Till Zander zander@moses-verlag.de

Marketing and Public Relations Friederike Wehse
wehse@moses-verlag.de

Production Anja Trentepohl trentepohl@moses-verlag.de

Foreign Rights Ali Demirak demirak@moses-verlag.de

Program Management Andrea Günster