As early as 1835, when book printer Carl Bertelsmann founded a small publishing house in Gütersloh, children's and young adult books were part of his program. It remained so throughout the eventful history of the publishing house. The "C. Bertelsmann Jugendbuchverlag" was founded as an individual publishing house within the Bertelsmann publishing group in 1968. Since 2001, the Bertelsmann Group's book publishers have been known as the Random House publishing group. After various readjustments cbj publishes children’s and young adult literature in hardcover editions since January 2018, while cbt will publish paperback editions for children and young adults.
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cbj represents a wide range of high-quality books for children starting age three up to novels for adults. Our offer of hardcover books ranges from picture books and illustrated children’s books to books for reading out loud and thrilling children’s novels as well as young adult literature. A small, finely chosen range of non-fiction books rounds off our program.
cbj takes it upon itself to approach children’s books and young adult literature in a colorful, fresh, diverse, emotional and unique way. The publishing house picks up subjects that concern and affect kids and adolescents: friendship, fears, family, love, identity struggles as well as the coexistence of generations, including social and personal topics. The program mixes international and unique German titles in both our children’s and our youth program, serving all kinds of genres from fiction to non-fiction. That way, every child and adolescent finds a gem of a book, depending on their reading age, preferences and mood.
cbj strives to inspire and arise a love for reading. By publishing reading samples via ‘read’n’go’, cbj-books are just as mobile as their young target group (read-n-go.de). That way, young adults can access their readings anywhere at any time. It is especially the promotion of reading during the transition from primary to secondary school that is close to cbj’s heart: With its project “I’ll give you a book”, cbj donates over a million books to fourth and fifth graders in need every year, being supported in this charity act by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, the Deutsche Post and the ZDF.
Endearing children's figures whose adventures readers can follow in high-quality stand-alones as well as in series have always been at the heart of the cbj children's book.
cbj publishes both realistic and fantastic young adult books. It obtained an especially grand competence in regard to all age literature, which accompanies young adults from the age of 14 and is often appreciated by much older readers as well.
The extensive and carefully composed paperback program offers everything that children and young adults love to read.
Alfred the gnome, Aada the goose und Filly the snail have been eagerly waiting for the first snow. When thick, white flakes finally fall from the sky, they’re beside themselves with joy. But Christmas is quickly approaching, and – oh no! – they still have to bake biscuits, make presents for each other, get a Christmas tree, send out the invitations… will they manage to get everything ready in time for a merry Christmas at the gnome’s lake house? A warm-hearted story about friendship for the littlest readers.
• A hygge Christmas picture book featuring the gnome Alfred and his friends
• The festive sequel to the successful spring title
• With lovely and richly detailed watercolour illustrations by Outi Kaden
•A story of friendship, told with great warmth
When children are tired, they go to bed. But do you know where koalas sleep? How do elephants curl up when they’re tired? And what is the fat hippo’s favourite position to dream in? In witty rhymes, Sabine Ludwig tells us all about the sometimes surprising sleep habits of animals around the world. With Kerstin Schoene’s delightful pictures, it’s the ideal book to read together when it’s time for bed.
• An entertaining picture book about going to sleep: perfect bedtime reading
• A fresh surprise on every page: exotic animals and funny verses
Picandou is speechless: the Muscleteers and the Rat Pack have arranged a surprise birthday party for him on board the cruise ship Traviatia! The game of musical chairs turns out especially lively, with music from the ship’s mouse Vitello Tonnato, the ukulele virtuoso. But when the seaman Alfonso discovers the partying friends, the Muscleteers are in mortal danger: There’s nothing Alfonso hates more than greedy rodents! One after the other, he catches Gruyère, Picandou and Pomme de Terre in his mouse traps, and threatens to throw them into the sea. Luckily, Bertram the hamster manages to convince Alfonso that he urgently needs the Muscleteers’ help – because what Alfonso wants more than anything else is to get home to his family as quickly as possible. Will the Muscleteers come to the rescue?
A new pocket-sized adventure for little readers.
• Little rodents, big hearts: the Muscleteers help seaman Alfonso to get home to his family
• The author’s books have sold more than 500,000 copies at cbj
• Ute Krause is one of Germany’s top ten children’s authors
Fast-paced adventure story with surprising turns
The Muscleteers are having visitors! The rats have popped in again and as always it turns into a pretty boisterous get-together. What fun it could all be if it weren't for the tiresome baby rat that makes sure the Muscleteers are always on the go, keeps demanding "CAKE" and generally wants to be entertained the whole time. A unanimous sigh is to be heard when the whole rat gang at last moves on the next day. But what's that – wasn't it someone shouting "CAKE"?
Fast-paced adventure story with surprising turns
While goldhamster Bertram de Bottomville sits somewhat bored in his golden deluxe cage on the patio of an upscale penthouse apartment in Hamburg, two mice and a white rat tumble from the gutter into his home. When the three of them introduce themselves as Picandou C. Saint Albray, Pomme de Terre and Gruyère, the hamster is thrilled! The French names remind him of the stories he loves so much about the “Muscleteers”. And when hamster Bertram discovers that the white rat Gruyère has lost his memory and his family, he is determined to help his new friends and have all sorts of exciting Muscleteer adventures.
The Muscleteers on a Long Journey (Vol. 2)
Kenzie isn’t exactly happy to be doing her design school placement in the Scottish highlands. But during her very first assignment she meets the young heir to a luxury hotel chain, and everything changes. She’s instantly enchanted by handsome Lyall. But what secret is he hiding behind his cool exterior?
Lyall has just one summer to prove himself worthy of running his family’s ancestral home. If he fails, his whole future is at risk. When he meets the design student Kenzie, he begins to waver – he finds her irresistible, but knows better than anyone that a relationship will have fateful consequences for her.
• Two passionate souls and a forbidden love
• For fans of Mona Kasten and Laura Kneidl
• A story as romantic, stormy and unpredictable as the Scottish highlands
Now that Tornado FC has become a proper fellowship, Jonas and Kalil are content. But the Tornados slowly realise that there’s one more thing they need to make their happiness complete: a place in an official league. Without it, all they can do is play friendlies – but they all dream of lifting a proper cup some day! And when Jonas invites their classmate Elena to join them, it looks like it might be the end of Tornado FC. But then the local paper publishes a full-page report about the Tornados, and suddenly a world of opportunity opens up for Jonas and his team. Not least because Elena’s brilliant dribbling makes the opposition dizzy!
• A modern concept to encourage reading: includes comics by Timo Grubing
• A brilliant way to motivate children who are reluctant to read
• Deals with the topical issue of diversity, but without being didactic
Twelve-year-old Luis’s first go at ice hockey has resulted in one less tooth in his mouth. Instead, he now has a totally lunatic tooth fairy on his cheek, and he’s the only one who can see it – even though he doesn’t believe in any of that unscientific frippery! But the irate apprentice fairy has a problem: if she doesn’t get hold of Luis’s tooth, she’ll lose her licence for ever. But the Wild Boars have kept the gnasher as a trophy – and Luis really wants to join their gang. When his fellow pupil Lina comes to his aid, he dares to hope: will he manage to get rid of the embarrassing fairy, and be accepted by the Wild Boars?
• It’s every twelve-year-old’s nightmare: Luis is being pursued by an angry tooth fairy!
• A madcap story about a reluctant friendship, and what it means to stick together
• A Maths nerd meets a fairy whisperer: will things turn out all right?
• A new series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Miles & Niles and Fletcher aged 10+
Heirs of the Night is set in 1889 and tells the story of the five remaining vampire clans in Europe and their young ones, “the Heirs”. In their midst is fourteen-year-old Alisa who has the power to choose between eternal life as a vampire or for all vampires to become humans once again.
• A thrilling and romantic vampire saga for the whole family
• The vampires are in danger. Only one person can save them… or destroy them for ever
• Based on the Heirs of the Night books by Ulrike Schweikert – more than 180.000 copies sold
• TV series premiered on NDR/KiKa in late 2019
• Includes numerous colour stills from the series
Close encounter of the glibbery kind
Tom has made it: All the boys in class think he’s cool. Then, one day, a round flying object crashes in front of his feet. Out wobbles Frrk, a glibbery alien asking Tom to help him with repairing his spaceship. The needed nitric acid can be found in the school’s chemistry lab. Of course, Frrk can’t go there in his true form. So he transforms himself into an eleven-year old kid. But something goes terribly wrong… A madly funny story about boys, girls and other strange beings – and about what makes true friendship.
Crazy exciting, full of humour and rapid wit
Vol 2 out in September 2020
Adventurous vacations with Poppy Williams
When Pia learns that she is going to San Francisco this summer, she is determined to dislike the unknown city. But, thanks to Grandma Maple’s great biscuit shop and the crazy Villa Futura, the colourful metropolis unexpectedly grows on her. Yet, the biggest surprise is Poppy – the extraordinary girl who suddenly appears and drags Pia into the adventure of her life in no time at all.
Wonderfully unique, courageous and likeable: Poppy is the new Pippi Longstocking!
Vol 2 out in September 2020
Tricky picture book fun for clever kids and their parents
On every double page there is hidden an animal, within the pictures and the rhymes. The searching adventure leads Nele and her friends from her backyard through desert and jungle to the moon and back again. Only those who look closely will find the well-hidden animals in unexpected places.
Entertaining hide-and-seek game in pictures and words.
Great excitement in the Humming Forest!
A stranger has arrived: Benny is quite the shady character, Lola, Indigo and Maggy think. And Benny’s friend Radish seems rather sly as well. Nevertheless, Maggy invites the two newcomers to her birthday party. And what a day that turns out to be. For Benny and Radish bring along a gift that enchants them all!
As warm-hearted as Winnie-the-Pooh, as cheeky as the Peanuts
Vol. 2 out in September 2020
Oh joy – the gang of sleuths have the place to themselves! It’s a perfect opportunity to camp out in the garden. While Elsa is beside herself with joy, Theo is panicking: he can’t stand tents – especially not in Elsa’s jungle garden! And eccentric Aunt Trixie, who’s been roped in to look after the kids, can’t do anything to change that either. Fortunately, his hamster Mister Marple is a nocturnal animal, and can keep Theo company. But then a neighbour’s window suddenly shatters, and Mister Marple becomes the prime suspect. Can the gang of sleuths save his fur?
• "A hilarious crime story." Zeit Leo on Mister Marple and the Gang of Sleuths: Where Has Dachshund Bruno Gone?
• An exciting case for the gang of sleuths: hamster detective Mister Marple himself is a suspect
A new case for the Sleuth Gang
Turmoil in the zoo: The meerkats’ small pups have become the new attraction. Yet, almost every day one of the little ones disappears. The zoo director and the animal keepers are at a loss. Neither are there any signs of theft nor have the pups dug their way out. During a school trip, Theo and Elsa are able to see firsthand what’s been going on. And indeed, again one of the meerkat pups has disappeared over night. A clear-cut case for hamster investigator Mr Marple and his two assistants Theo and Elsa!
Vol 3 – “Caught Red-Pawed” out in October 2020
Friends always stick together. Don’t they?
Freddie and Mattis have been friends since kindergarten. Now both turn twelve and still Mattis drives most adults mad with his big mouth and stupid ideas Contrary to Mattis, Freddie doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. He just goes along with everything Mattis does – even if only to prevent the worst. In the end, Mattis owes it to Freddie that he doesn’t get kicked out of school. For friends are always there for one another. At least, that’s what Freddie thinks.
Intelligently, the book explores what friendship, truth and loyalty mean
Anke Stelling won the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2019
A magnificent adventure of growing up
Konrad Cat’s whiskers are standing on end – his sandwich has just spoken to him! His overprotective Mummy has again wanted to indulge him and given him a large organic mouse sandwich – but the mouse is by no means stonedead but seems to be fresh as a daisy. What’s more, she is called Marie-Antoinette and turns out to be particularly affectionate. No matter how hard he tries, Konrad just cannot get rid of the cheeky lady mouse – and before he knows what’s happening he has grown terribly fond of her.
A marvellous story told with witty humour and offbeat characters.
Coconut, Matilda and Oskar use the laserphaser to travel into the past. There, they visit their friend Cinquecento, who lives in Ancient Rome at the time of Emperor Trajan. Although Cinquecento’s very busy at his Institute for Back Exercises, he gladly shows the friends from Dragon Island around the most important buildings in Rome, and tells them all about everyday life in the city: What was it like to live in a Roman rental home? How did the city’s water supply work? What is a thermal bath? How did the Romans educate their children? In this book, Coconut fans will learn lots of useful facts!
• Ancient Rome is a great topic for children, both in and outside the classroom
• Includes exciting facts and the latest research findings
• A playful and easy way to acquire new knowledge
• With numerous interesting and fun illustrations
Children adore stories about little dragon Coconut. But they’re just as fascinated by the pictures, and love to copy them. How do you draw Coconut’s fat nose and leathery wings? And what about Oskar’s sharp teeth, and the dragon spikes on his back? When it comes to drawing Matilda, you have to pay special attention to her fluffy belly fur and her pointy needles. How can you make Coconut fly, Oscar hop and Matilda dance? Drawing fun for the whole family!
• A step-by-step guide to becoming a Coconut artist
• Fun for the whole family!
Fast-paced adventure story
Coconut, Matilda and Oskar are flabbergasted when a flying carpet lands in a clearing in Cliff Woods. There is a little conjurer sitting on it with a huge book of spells. Coconut first watches the newcomer with great caution, but the little conjurer seems to be harmless. He is desperately trying to learn his spells for the forthcoming test in "Fruit and Vegetables". But what is he doing on Dragon Island and what is his connection with the dangerous wizard Goat Beard?
A very different unicorn!
Unicorns? Aren't they those dainty magical creatures that look like horses and no longer exist? Wrong! Of course there are such creatures as unicorns! Lenja realises this when tiny little Möpp flies in on her. Unicorn Möpp, however, is anything but dainty. In fact, Möpp is more than a little plump. And he keeps on farting. That is because he definitely eats too many sweets. What's more, his magic tricks leave a lot to be desired. And this causes no end of chaos … Only if Möpp learns to conjure properly will he be able to go back to Golden Cloud Land and the other unicorns! Will Lenja be able to help him?
A little bear has a big wish
The little bear is sitting angrily on the paper: the man drawing it has only used a black pencil. The little bear would love to have some brown fur and be romping around in a meadow full of brightly coloured flowers! So that night it steals away from the book and goes to look for the colours. It finds a wonderful red at Ayers Rock in Australia; the best blue of all is by the sea; and the brightest yellow in the moon. The little bear happily goes back to the book, for now his illustrator can mix the three basic colours to make all the other colours …
The first volume of a little »Bear Trilogy«
Pink stinks? No way!!
Rosa is cheerful, cheek, and courageous, and climbs up the tallest trees. Instead of wearing the old trousers of her brothers she would like a pink frilly dress and a crown. But at her parents’ farm only the pigs are pink. Luckily Rosa has her donkey, and in reality he is a talking unicorn with lots of good ideas. Will they manage to make Rosa into a true princess after all?
Vol. 2 – »Rosa, the Robber Princess and the Cupcake Secret« out in March 2019
Welcome to Violet Valley!
The river elves and the fire fairies do not agree about everything, but they throw wild parties with the flower fairies and stone elves. They’ve always had to be especially careful with the sinister night elves … Or haven’t they?
Pebble and her friends, flower fairy Liliane and mini-monster Mino, try to find out what the night elves are really like.
Vol. 2 – »Riding Dragonflies for Beginners« out in July 2019
Two friends like monster spit and hydrangea juice
Legend has it that not far from the little town Oaksend there is a linkup between the human world and the monster world. Robin knows nothing about it until one evening a real live monster, is standing in the middle of his room!
As a budding protection monster it is Melvin’s job to protect his protégés from all manner of evil. And Robin is in urgent need of such help. With his magical express tunnel Melvin can get his friend to safety, because he is not the only monster in Oaksend – and not all monsters come with the best of intentions …
Vol. 2 – »The Monster Oracle« out in November 2019
Mia grew up in her parents' small chocolaterie shop – with all its wonderful recipes but also with the puzzling family photo showing a life-size chocolate rhinoceros and her great-grandfather Jakob with his teacher during his apprenticeship. The teacher is white, Jakob black. Mia certainly knew that her great-grandfather left what was then German South-West Africa. But why? And how? When Mia asks the ancestors of Jakob's teacher awkward questions she stirs up a hornets' nest. Love and betrayal – they are the red thread running through the generations, and when Mia finally understands who is trying to silence her it is almost too late …
More than 2.2 million of Gruber’s books sold
A relentless hunt round the globe
Terry West (14) grew up aboard the research submarine Kopernikus with her Uncle Simon, her nerdy cousin Ethan, ex-convict Johann, and the ferret Charlie. During a stopover in Miami Terry goes to see the house of her childhood for the first time since her mother’s mysterious death. But suddenly Terry is wanted by the police and her uncle is accused of murder. While fleeing via New York, the Niagara Falls and the Bermuda Triangle they realise that they are up against a powerful adversary who tracks them down wherever they are …
Vol. 2 – »They Will Hunt You« out in October 2019
Hope is stronger than hate, love is stronger than fear
18-year-old Ophelia Scale lives in England in the not too distant future, where the regent has decreed that technology is forbidden. The technophile Ophelia has joined the resistance and is elected to apply to the royal secret service. If she wins the tough competition she will, as one of the body guards, be in a position to assassinate the regent. But when she arrives at the palace she falls desperately in love with the charming Lucien – the regent’s brother. And now Ophelia has to decide between loyalty and betrayal, love and hate …
Vol. 2 of the trilogy out in
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