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.
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.
In 2020 Loewe once again showed up as a pioneer in children's literature with its innovative »Loewe Wow!« program. In response to changing reading habits and media competition, Loewe is now presenting books with a radical text and image design. Because: All children and young people love stories - they just need to be told and presented differently today.
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.
Kerrybrook is Jana’s favourite virtual escape. An idyllic fishing village with beautiful nature. She is a world designer and person in power. Best job so far. Until one day a dead body is found, in both, “Virtual Reality” and the real world. In times of climate change, VR is the only safe place for humankind. That’s why Jana needs to solve the crime and stop the destruction.
An action-packed series with lots of plot twists for teens by best-selling author Arno Strobel. As a secret agent, his travels bring Nick to exciting new places all around the world. London, Kinshasa, the Himalaya and now L.A. … His special talent: moving highspeed as soon as adrenaline rushes through his veins. An unbeatable weapon against his enemies.
What is actually a microorganism like a virus, a bacterium or a fungal? Why do some people get sick and others don’t? Microorganisms are a true mystery, but after all, we wouldn’t be able to survive without them. A best-selling scientist and a popular TV journalist open the doors to a fascinating World of Littlish Life that nearly none of us knew about and why microorganisms are important to virtually all processes on Earth. Terms like Virus, Infection, Vaccination and Immunity can be learned in a fun and easy way. Kids can experiment on their own and understand more about microbiology!
Mattis likes to build and invent things. So, finding a toolbox sitting in front of his house is a really lucky strike. But wait a sec, it is not just a normal box, it is a living toolbox and the Box loves creating new things too! A great blend of Everyday life, Adventure and Box Magic!
Stand up for what’s important to you: Brave and strong kids can make a difference!
A new detective series that offers just the right amount of suspense! Set in Brazil where street boy Pablo and European immigrant Ximena reveal that powerful people are about to destroy the rain forest. The young detectives get active about the imminent climate change!
Little Dream Sailor voyages through the big cloud sea, fishing for dreams. Dreams that bring kids into the worlds of animals, magic creatures and little adventurers, with enchanting big illustrations that open the doors to “Land of Dreams”.
If no one reads the stories, they would be lost forever... The guardians of the Magic Mansion are deeply worried – if they don’t find a child who loves books (with gusto!), the books will soon crumble into dust. A magical story, celebrating the printed word and, most of all, the love for books.
13-year-old Ruby lives with her grandmother on a windswept island off the Irish coast. As vets, they take care of not only injured animals but also magic creatures. Only Ruby and Nana know about all mythical creatures around.
But their small little world gets threatened when strangers show up on the island...
Bumbleblee Lane. That’s where Adele and her six siblings live. In the funniest house of the whole district. Adele’s life is a great adventure! A heartfelt story about the power of family bound, friendship, about daily adventure and believing in yourself. With just a little dash of magic … an absolute feelgood book!
Winner of 2020 Leipzig Reading Compass Award!
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.
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!
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...
“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.
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”.
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!
A stunning board book about interesting processes that happen inside the body.
It’s okay to do things your way! The perfect Easter gift for little rabbit fans and friends.
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 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!
Spies and schemes in school – exceptionally originial!
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.
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
A collection of thorough, easily understandable historical biographies.
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!
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A baby rabbit is missing, so Ruby Racoon and Panda Pai have to investigate!
Gloria is the first flying female glow-worm ever! Follow her on magical adventures.
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. 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.
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 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 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!
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...
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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?
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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