Boje Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

For decades, Boje Verlag, founded in Stuttgart in 1949, had been one of the leading publishing houses for children's books. Hence, it was home to many important writers. An example is James Krüss; a huge number of the products of his almost inexhaustible imagination – picture books, poems, and stories – are published by Boje.

In 1986, Boje founder Hanns-Jörg Fischer sold the publishing house to the Erlangen-based Pestalozzi Verlag. Since the fall of 2006, the concept behind Boje books is a completely new approach. The publishing house’s headquarters are located in Cologne, initially on the premises of VEMAG; since mid-2010, the publishing house is an imprint of Bastei Lübbe AG.

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Boje Verlag publishes picture books, children’s books than can be read aloud or read alone, as well as books for young adults. There are about 28 new releases every year. Boje Verlag wants to make books attractive for children by offering them a vivid, colorful, and reliable program. The stories want to entertain, accompany children with true-to-life subjects through everyday life or whisk them away into fantastic or even different worlds. Boje attaches great importance to the high quality of content, design, and production. Part of the list is the bestselling series „Petronella Apfelmus“ by Sabine Städing and SaBine Büchner, which was first published in 2014.

Authors and Illustrators

Boje publishes lots of books by German authors and illustrators as well as international authors and illustrators such as James Krüss, Dan Brown, Sabine Städing, Andrea Schütze, SaBine Büchner, Mara Andeck, Mona Herbst, Barbara Scholz, Heike Eva Schmidt, Nadine Reitz, Günther Jakobs, Dagmar Henze, Annette Swoboda, Petra Eimer, Jakob Martin Strid, Karsten Teich, Mathias Jeschke, Julia Bierkandt, Angela Gstalter, Michael Engler, Daniela Kunkel, Lydia Ruwe, Katharina Martin, Anne Wolff, Angela Glökler, Sarah Lark, Sven Maria Schröder and many more.

Current awards

  • Kalbacher Klapperschlange 2018 – Mara Andeck: Lilo auf Löwenstein - Ab ins Schloss

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Lilli and the Dragon Egg

  • Sandra Klocke
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Autumn 2015, 224 pages, 14.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Lilli’s favorite pastime is to spend hours and hours in Theo’s magic shop, but today, everything is different. In the woods nearby, Lilli discovers a huge egg. Before long, a real dragon hatches from the egg and Lilli is overjoyed: Finally she has a pet of her own – and what a special pet it is! For Igor is not only able to talk and fly, but he can also spit fire. But living with a dragon is not as easy as one might think, because only practice makes perfect, even when it comes to spitting fire!

When Life Gets on Your Nerves, Sprinkle It With Glitter

  • Mara Andeck
  • Autumn 2015, 224 pages, 14.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • Rights sold to France
  • Website

14-year-old Tess is a single child – and that’s exactly how she likes it. But her parents have other plans: They want to move in with Grandpa, Cousin, Uncle and Aunt and their four children so that they can all live under one roof. From one day to the next, Tess has to face up to the project family clan. Things are getting even more chaotic when they accept an exchange student from Finland. For the girl named Mia that they were expecting turns out to be Mika: tall, blonde, handsome, and clearly male.

Fiete – The Sunken Ship

  • Ahoiii
  • Autumn 2015, 40 pages, 21 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to China (simplified), Denmark
  • Website

The first picture book to the international best-selling App.

Fiete is a little sailor. His home is an island somewhere in the wide ocean. Fiete and his best friends, Hinnerk and Hein, have already shared many an adventure, for they are as thick as thieves. But will they be able to raise the sunken ship of Hansen, the lighthouse keeper?

They load their little boat with a full case of soda pop and three pairs of woolen socks to change and then they set course for the open sea. However, the rescue mission turns out to be more difficult than they expected. But then, Fiete has an ingenious idea…

Based on the successful ›Fiete‹ App, which was nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award and is available in over 155 countries!

Lilo at Lionstone

  • Mara Andeck
  • Illustrated by Eleni Livanios
  • Spring 2017, 224 pages, 14.8 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Lilo wants to write adventure novels, just like her big idol, Lavinia Stone. When the entire family moves into a real castle, Lilo can barely believe her luck. A place like this must be packed with treasures and secrets.
An enchanting “feel good” book for the summer to bury your nose in.
The kind of life children love – saving animals, forming gangs, hunting for treasures, and lighting campfires.

Petronella Applewitch – With a Book of Witchcraft and a Snooper

  • Sabine Städing
  • Illustrated by SaBine Büchner
  • Autumn 2017, 208 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Petronella is busy winterizing her garden, but then something incredible happens: the little apple men are gone! It doesn’t take Petronella long to realize that someone must have kidnapped the little guys. Together with the Cakeburner twins she spares no effort to find and free her friends.

Film rights sold: Animated TV series and feature film in preparation

Over 300,000 copies sold across the series

Petronella Applewitch – Surprise Party for Lucius

  • Sabine Städing
  • Illustrated by SaBine Büchner
  • Spring 2017, 64 pages, 14.8 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • Rights sold to Poland
  • Website

Stag beetle Lucius’ birthday is coming up. As he is Petronella Applesauce’s best friend, the little witch wants to celebrate the occasion and plans a surprise party for the beetle. Petronella writes the invitations to make sure that the little apple men and the twins, Lea and Luis, as well as all sorts of other friends will come into her garden to celebrate. Everything goes according to plan. But as Petronella is in the middle of conjuring a gift for Lucius, she gets her tongue in a twist and the incredible happens: all of a sudden she is a squirrel! Of course, the magic has to be reversed, by all means. But how?
Ideal for first readers – large font size and many full-color illustrations.

The Enchanting Ice Cream Parlor

  • Heike Eva Schmidt
  • Illustrated by Daniela Kunkel
  • Spring 2018, 196 pages, 196
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Start of a new book series: everyday life + ice cream + magic = magical realism that children will love!

11-year-old Elli finds out by happenstance that she has a very special talent: Like her grandpa, who owns an ice cream parlor, she is able to taste/sense emotions.

This means that she belongs to the small group of magical ice cream makers, who have the ability to manufacture ice cream flavors that do not only taste good but also alter feelings. Elli finds that so exciting – epic! – and immediately, she starts dreaming of a future as an epic magic ice cream maker. But first, though, she has to learn a lot – and become her grandfather’s apprentice.

Hector and Grandmamascha – The Tidy Up Day

  • Annette Roeder
  • Illustrated by Yayo Kawamura
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 25 x 25 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

For Hector, Tuesday is the most wonderful day of the week. Because on Tuesdays, Grandmamasha is on grandchild duty.
On this particular Tuesday, Hector’s parents want him to tidy up his room. On Grandmamasha-day of all days! But Grandmamasha likes the idea and she shows Hector that tidying up can be a lot of fun.

One Huge Hug

  • Sophie Schoenwald
  • Illustrated by Nadine Reitz
  • Autumn 2017, 26 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 2+
  • Rights sold to France, Romania, Taiwan
  • Website

The penguin family has begun their march to the south where they want to breed their chicks. The little ones are still sleeping peacefully in their eggs when, suddenly, one of the eggs wobbles away. This is where you come in: You have to come quickly and help finding it!

Enchanting adventure story that allows even the youngest kids to become helpers and rescuers

By knocking, blowing, stroking, and tickling they help the penguin chick into the world and find its family


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Schanzenstraße 6-20
51063 Köln


Phone +49 (0)221 82 00-0

Contact Person

Publisher Mathias Siebel

Program Director Linde Müller-Siepen

Editorial Department
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Sales Director
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