Loewe Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Loewe Verlag, based in Bindlach, is one of the best-known German publishers of children’s books and is for many inseparably linked to the brand »Leselöwen«. The first reading segment is still very close to the family business's heart today. Under the credo of publishing books that »children and young adults want to read« successful series such as »Das magische Baumhaus« »Tafiti« or Ursula Poznanski's successful thriller were born.

Loewe Verlag, founded in 1863 by Friedrich Loewe, had, by the beginning of the twentieth century, become one of the best-known German publishers of children’s books with titles such as »Hänschen im Blaubeerenwald« or »Der Struwwelpeter«. In 1965, the bookseller Adolf Gondrom bought Loewe Verlag and moved the publishing house to Bayreuth. Due to ill health, however, Gondrom was unable to run the business for more than a few months. That same year his son Volker Gondrom took over the management of the publishing house. Under his leadership, Loewe acquired its present identity and developed steadily into one of the leading publishers of children’s and young adult books in the German-speaking world. His son Christoph Gondrom joined the company in April 2012 as the third generation of the Gondrom family. Since 1. July 2016 he is in charge of the management of Loewe Verlag.

Program

In 1975 Loewe launched a differentiated reading promotion program with the aim of instilling a love of reading even in the youngest children. With this concept for encouraging children to learn to read – above all with the well-known »Leselöwen« series – Loewe not only became a trailblazer in first reading literature but, remains market leader in this category until today. In June 2017 Loewe has started a new concept for encouraging children to learn to read in three stages, adjusted to current reading behaviors and educational guidelines. Over 300 first reading titles are currently available. Besides the »Leselöwen« the warm-hearted tales about the smart meerkat Tafiti inspire children aged 5 years and older.

The main elements of the Loewe program include successful series such as ›Lola‹ by Isabel Abedi and »Die Vampirschwestern« (»The Vampire Sisters«) by Franziska Gehm, both of which have been made into films. »Das magische Baumhaus« (»The Magic Tree House«) delights both boys and girls, something just a few other children’s book series have achieved. Loewe’s children’s book program stands for originality, stirring plots and likeable characters such as Frauke Scheunemann’s »Winston«, Sonja Kaiblinger’s »Scary Harry« and Irmgard Kramer’s »Sunny Valentine«.

With Ursula Poznanski, Loewe has not only a German Children’s Literature Award winner in its program, but also one of the most successful writers of recent years. »Erebos«, »Aquila« and »Thalamus« are gripping thrillers, as many readers have testified. With »Erebos 2«, the sequel to the bestseller released in 2010, she surprised the crowd in 2019 and hit directly the 1st place on Spiegel bestseller list. A further »literary treat« (dpa) in Loewe’s program is Derek Landy’s »Skulduggery Pleasant« series with fans all over the world.

Authors and Illustrators

Isabel Abedi, Julia Boehme, Eoin Colfer, Cornelia Funke, Jana Frey, Franziska Gehm, Dagmar Geisler, Julia Ginsbach, Agnes Hammer, Sonja Kaiblinger, Irmgard Kramer, Derek Landy, Karl Olsberg, Mary Pope Osborne, Ursula Poznanski, Ava Reed, Margit Ruile, Arno Strobel, Frauke Scheunemann, Antje Szillat, Jochen Till, Vanessa Walder and many more.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – Sonja Kaiblinger: Vincent flattert ins Abenteuer
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – Ben Brooks: Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different - Vom Mut, anders zu sein
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Marie Lu: Warcross - Das Spiel ist eröffnet
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Magnus Weightman: Ein Biber reist um die Welt …und entdeckt, wie die Tiere wohnen
  • Moerser Jugendbuch-Jury 2019 – Ursula Poznanski: Thalamus
  • Österreichischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2019 – Irmgard Kramer: 17 Erkenntnisse über Leander Blum
  • Umweltpreis der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2019 – Karsten Brensing & Nikolai Renger: Wie Tiere denken und fühlen
  • Wissensbuch des Jahres - Perspektive - Das Sachkundigste Jugendbuch 2019 – Karsten Brensing & Nikolai Renger: Wie Tiere denken und fühlen
  • National Book Award - Children's Book of the Year 2018 – Ben Brooks: Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different

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Vincent – Off to New Adventures

  • Sonja Kaiblinger
  • Illustrated by Fréderic Bertrand
  • Spring 2020, 128 pages,
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available

Bat Vincent (a half ghost) resides in the attic and feels lonely. But he is not alone in his dusty residency. There is Polly, a noisy, shape-shifting ghost, known for always hiding in different furniture and this mean, chubby cat. Every time Vincent tries to enter the secret door (aka “the ghost realm”), the cat tries to catch him. Surely, the one thing that could help him succeed is a half ghost friend. Wanted! Together with Bowl, the owl, he puts up a lonely hearts ad. Half ghost bat looking for a buddy! Easier said than done … The hilarious search for a friend begins.

Cornibus & Co. – A House Demon Uncovers (Series)

  • Jochen Till
  • Illustrated by Raimund Frey
  • Spring 2020, 144 pages,
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

Eww! What the CEO of hell needs to be able to take …
An interesting TV show is coming up tonight. A hell scientist explains how house demons came into being. And the CEO’s house demon Cornibus helps him (being the best example)! But now, pay attention, we were absolutely wrong about the demon’s origin. And their magnificent skills! Believe it or not, demons are a scientific sensation. At the times of Noah and his ark, things have gone wrong. Animalic DNA arrived at hell. Well and then … You should have a look at the show yourself!

Bad Bugs – The No-Go Zone (Series)

  • Zapf
  • Illustrated by Zapf
  • Spring 2020, 160 pages,
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available

Steven Star and his best buddy Piet fall down to the no-go zone, deeeeeep under the city (by accident of course). The zone looks like a computer game and the boys are in a world full of bad bugs (moody and out of humour) or bad dudes. Steven and Piet are set on a mission to catch as many bugs as possible to earn money. Are they good bug hunters? Or will they rather become the hunted ones? Not only the bad bugs are chasing them. Some of the other hunters notice the boys at the same time. And there is one thing they really don’t need: competitors. In the end, Steve and Piet stand right in front of the port to the next level, but the other bug hunters are there as well...

Adele – Flings Her Arms Around the World (Series)

  • Sabine Bohlmann
  • Illustrated by Imke Sönnichsen
  • Autumn 2019, 192 pages,
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

When two special people kiss during a moonlit night under a special tree that turns 100 years in precisely that moment, you can be certain that their future children will have special abilities. And those special children are we: Henry, the twins Marlin and Marlene, Oscar, Daisy, Lu and I, Adele.

Saga of Silversea – King of the Crows

  • Katharina Hartwell
  • Spring 2020, 616 pages,
  • Ages 14+ / All Age
  • All rights available

“Katharina Hartwell looks for poetry in the fantasy genre and she finds words that give an utterly unique beauty to the worlds she created ” Kai Meyer

This story begins with the cold weeks, with fishermen who don’t trust the sea and the missing children of Colm.

Every year a child dissapears and no one looks for them. A black feather is the only thing that is left of Edda’s brother Tobin. The sea is the enemy with its magic creatures and dangers but Edda overcomes her fear and sets out into the realm of the islands. It is said that the mysterious king of the crows took the children away … A start of a new epic fantasy journey.

Erebos 2

  • Ursula Poznanski
  • Autumn 2019, 512 pages,
  • Ages 14+ / All Age
  • Rights sold: Dutch, Turkish

It’s been 10 years since Nick stopped Erebos. When he suddenly finds a familar red E on his screen, he has no idea where it has come from and soon discovers it cannot be deleted. Erebos soon controls all his digital devices and leaves him no choice but to play … Fans have been waiting – 150,000 copies ordered before publication!

1 in 11

  • Manfred Theisen
  • Spring 2018, 64 pages, 10.5 x 14.5 cm
  • 12+ / All age
  • All rights available
  • Website

Football is not only about sports. It is about becoming involved in a team and in society. About not giving up. About succeeding as a team.

Team sports have an integrative power that have no equal. Multiculturalism is common and widely accepted in our National Teams. This signal effect spreads into society and we can support that with publishing books that children want to read.

NO TO RACISM in 64 pages
(3.700 words)!

What’s happening inside my body?

  • Dr. med. Sibylle Mottl-Link
  • Illustrated by Fréderic Bertrand
  • Spring 2016, 14 pages, 24.0 x 26.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to China
  • Website

A stunning board book about interesting processes that happen inside the body.

Baby Bunny Bouncy

  • Susan Niessen
  • Illustrated by Steffi Wöhner
  • Spring 2016, 24 pages, 18.0 x 20.0 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

It’s okay to do things your way! The perfect Easter gift for little rabbit fans and friends.

Tafiti and the mysterious cuddly pillow thief

  • Julia Boehme
  • Illustrated by Julia Ginsbach
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 24.0 x 26.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to China
  • Website

First reading books of Tafiti’s adventures have sold more than 170.000 copies since 2013.

Now, a Picture book adresses to younger fans of the brave meerkat. Julia Boehme tells an atmospheric bedtime story set in the African steppe with participation elements. Can you help Tafiti find his favourite pillow?

Pepper, Mint and School

  • Irmgard Kramer
  • Illustrated by Petra Eimer
  • Spring 2016, 112 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Russia, Ukraine
  • Website

Pepper is skeptical about the end of summer – will school be as much fun as kindergarten? Also, his future teacher Lina Kaminzki is getting nervous: Will her first pupils be little monsters? And what has the butcher to do with all of this? The start of a new funny series!

Irmgard Kramer has worked as an elementary teacher for more than 15 years. She knows all too well about the worries before the first day in school, which will be a simple thing after reading this book within the family!

Chloé – Fully out of sorts!

  • Sonja Kaiblinger
  • Illustrated by Vera Schmidt
  • Spring 2016, 192 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Spies and schemes in school – exceptionally originial!

A Summer Without Us

  • Sabine Both
  • Spring 2016, 240 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 13+
  • Rights sold to Denmark
  • Website

Is there something like the one and only love? What if curiosity and desire are stronger than the reasons for being faithful?

A sensitive novel about an open relationship, which changes everything that was precious to Tom and Verena.

Layers

  • Ursula Poznanski
  • Autumn 2015, 448 pages,
  • Paperback
  • Ages 14+
  • Rights sold to Estonia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey
  • Website

A new Coup by Youth Literature Prize winner Ursula Poznanski!

Dorian has been living on the streets since running away from home. Then a stranger appears. He offers to help, and Dorian seizes the opportunity. But, nothing is for free in this life. He is expected to distribute mysterious gifts and soon finds himself being hunted by merciless pursuers.

Is it legit to harm individuals for the benefits of society? Which threats do ‘big data’ and the ‘glass human being’ hold for society?

• Spiegel Bestseller (70.000 cp.)
• Reviewed in ‘New Books in German’
• Guaranteed translation grant by Goethe Insitut

Who was it? 33 Personalities everyone should know

  • Christine Schulz-Reiss
  • Spring 2016, 304 pages,
  • Paperback
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A collection of thorough, easily understandable historical biographies.

Welcome to the Craftwork City!

  • Herr Pfeffer
  • Spring 2016, 128 pages, 19.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Upcycling with material no one needs to buy. You surely have all neccessary items at home – or you can find them in nature. Welcome to the Craftwork City!

Please ask for co-editions.

Red Panda Pai – On Silent Paws (Vol. 2)

  • Saskia Hula
  • Illustrated by Kerstin Schoene
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages,
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Russia
  • Website

A baby rabbit is missing, so Ruby Racoon and Panda Pai have to investigate!

Gloria Glow-worm – Enchanting Bedtime Stories

  • Susanne Weber, Kristen Vogel
  • Spring 2017, 128 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania
  • Website

Gloria is the first flying female glow-worm ever! Follow her on magical adventures.

Thank Goodness for Siblings!

  • Dagmar Geisler
  • Illustrated by Dagmar Geisler
  • Spring 2017, 36 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Korea, China, USA, Vietnam
  • Website

Getting a sibling is an exciting thing – but sometimes it also brings all kinds of different feelings along.

This title is part of a best selling series of educational picture books on Emotions and Prevention by Dagmar Geisler, which has sold more than 1 million copies in Germany. Translated into 15 languages world wide, the series is also internationally succesful and well-known.

Lucifer jr. – Too Good for Hell

  • Jochen Till
  • Illustrated by Raimund Frey
  • Spring 2017, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia
  • Website

Lucifer jr. is the devil’s son. He lives in Hell, and one day he has to take over the family business. The only problem, according to the devil, is that his son is still far too nice for the job. He decides to send him off to the land of the living – because where to learn better how to be evil than among humans? And so young Lucy is dispatched to the Saint Fidibus School for Boys, where the plan is for him to learn from the mean boy gang how to be truly mean and nasty.

Welcome to the Craftwork Forest!

  • Herr Pfeffer
  • Spring 2016, 128 pages,
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Upcyling with material no one needs to buy. You surely have all neccessary items at home – or you can find them in nature. Welcome to the Craftwork Forest!

The Vampire Sisters Black & Pink (Vol.1)

  • Nadja Fendrich
  • Illustrated by Dagmar Henze
  • Spring 2018, 176 pages,
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The twins Daka and Silvania move from Transylvania to a German suburb. This is not extraordinary except that their father is a vampire, which makes the girls half-vampires. This new

Vampire Sisters is a spin-off series for younger fans of the extremely successful cinema series. The new series tells the story of what happened before their relocation to the human world with their human mother and vampire father – illustrated in black & pink!

Bulli & Lina – A Pony Falls in Love (Vol. 1)

  • Frauke Scheunemann, Antje Szillat
  • Spring 2018, 152 pages,
  • 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Bulli is the world’s most clever pony by far. But unfortunately no one has realised that so far. Then Lina suddenly came out of the woodwork to the neighboring farm. Bulli is immediately completely giddy with excitement and wants her to become his best friend, But... Lina doesn’t dislike anything more than horses!

When Lina’s mum decides to spend the summer holidays in the countryside, the world collapses on the eleven-year-old from a big city. Then even an annoying pony appears that follows her literally everywhere. An entertaining, original story about an animal that most girls love combined with a case for Lina and Bulli, the new detectives in the countryside. An exciting story that makes reading really fun!

Aquila

  • Ursula Poznanski
  • Autumn 2017, 432 pages,
  • 14+/All Age
  • Rights sold into Dutch, French, Russian, Swedish
  • Website

LAST CHANCE. Nika looks in the mirror one Sunday morning, feeling rather hungover, to see this message daubed on the glass. Who wrote it? What does it mean? Where is her flatmate? And why does she feel so terrible this morning – surely she didn’t have that much to drink last night? And it’s not Sunday at all – it’s Tuesday. Two whole days have gone by, and she has no memory of them.

Author Ursula Poznanski (German Children’s Literature Award for her debut in 2011) has again produced a true psychological thriller. Written in reverse, the story keeps the reader on tenterhooks until the very last page. Not until the shocking twist at the end will anyone find out what really happened during Nika’s blackout...

Let’s Craft!

  • Norbert Pautner
  • Spring 2019, 36 pages,
  • 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Norbert Pautner makes arts & crafts so easy and fun – a simple and clear layout encourages even very young children to explore the world of colouring, cutting, and gluing for the first time.

My First Fairy Tale Colouring Book

  • Svenja Nick
  • Illustrated by Marina Krämer
  • Spring 2019, 48 pages,
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A fun and active way for kids to get to know the most common Fairy Tales Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel by colouring!

Push the Button, Sound of a Sudden!

  • Susanne Weber
  • Illustrated by Sabine Kraushaar/Katharina Wieker
  • Spring 2019, 14 pages,
  • 18 months +
  • All rights available
  • Website

What does the little dog do? How does the fire brigade sound? Toddlers learn about the sounds by pushing the button and listening. The short rhymes are just as much fun!

Genius Gaps

  • Jens Schumacher
  • Illustrated by Michael Dietrich
  • Spring 2019, 64 pages,
  • 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

An utterly hilarious game for everyone! Fill out a list with cool words and put them into the gaps – bada bing – your own story is created. Most fun when played within a group or in school!

The Hayloft Gang

  • Ann-Kathrin Heger
  • Illustrated by Dominik Rupp
  • Spring 2019, 80 pages,
  • 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A placid farmyard? Not at all! Wool Sheep and the smart chicken Wild Child founded a detective agency. Because there must be some mud between cabbages, cauliflowers and carrots, right? What a higgledy-piggledy!
The friends now have notepads, they read detective stories and already turned the cooling fan on. Wool does a lot of thinking and snoozes, Wild Child trains wing beats – she’s into Chick-Do, the martial art for chicken. To make a long story short: The Hayloft Gang is well prepared to take over the investigations in their first case! As luck would have it, the pigs saw a stranger sneaking through the farm this morning … long, gray fur – that can only be a wolf! Right away, they make plans to catch the intruder.

How Animals Think and Feel

  • Karsten Brensing
  • Illustrated by Nikolai Renger
  • Spring 2019, 128 pages,
  • 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Did you know that ants can identify themselves in mirrors and dolphins have names? That rats like to laugh together and orcas are true mummy’s boys?

Biologist Karsten Brensing tells amazing stories from the animal kingdom. Starting from bees to meerkats to monkeys and elephants, he explains that animals think and feel very similar to humans. Kids even get to know their pets like cats, dogs and hamsters in an entirely different and new way.

The approach is not only scientific, it’s a book for everyone who cares about animals: “As long as humans think that animals don’t feel, animals have the feeling that humans don’t think”.

Spy – Highspeed London

  • Arno Strobel
  • Spring 2019, 304 pages,
  • 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

“A crazy game” is what Nick thinks when he’s supposed to visit the secret school of the Federal Intelligence Service in Berlin. Yeah sure, secret agent! His father must have come up with that to surprise him. Nick’s father is ambassador and he barely gets to see him.

This school is everything but a funny birthday surprise though. He is there to become an agent for the foreign secret service. Nick also finds out that his father is missing! The danger for himself is way too big now to get back to normal life. Luckily, he benefits of a special talent: Adrenalin-mediated his ability to react increases a hundredfold. First, he needs to learn to control this talent but Nick is already right in the middle of his first mission! And he is in the dark about being chased as well …

The Ace Striker

  • Ocke Bandixen
  • Illustrated by Pascal Nöldner
  • Spring 2019, 224 pages,
  • 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Timo loves nothing more than football! But he’s actually not the best player around and prefers to gamble a Football App. Suddenly one of the football pros rings his doorbell. He only bought him on the App though, didn’t he? Now famous Sergio Mavalli wants to join his local team! They would really need some help … but how can they keep this a secret?

Nation X – We have the Power!

  • Carolin Wahl
  • Spring 2019, 320 pages,
  • 14+
  • All rights available
  • Website

For a project, students turn the school into a constitution – every student has a job within the regime or runs a business. As the project takes its course, it turns out that democracy is not that stable, and intrigues, envy, even violence soon prevail.

Nation X deals with faults of political systems, the machinery of authority and alludes to recent social topics such as freedom of press, populism, and the #MeToo debate.

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Contact

Loewe Verlag GmbH

Bühlstraße 4
95463 Bindlach

Germany

Phone +49 (0)9208 51-0

presse@loewe-verlag.de
www.loewe-verlag.de

Contact Person

Publisher Christoph Gondrom

Program Director Jeannette Hammerschmidt

Sales Alexander Weiß

Online Marketing / PR Steve Mancini

Foreign Rights Friederike Fuxen

Production Sebastian Runow