Ravensburger Buchverlag

The Publishing House and its History

Ravensburger Verlag is one of the leading publishers of children's and youth books in Germany. Ravensburger was founded in 1883 by the bookseller Otto Robert Maier. Managing Director Dr. Anuschka Albertz is responsible for the book program and all products of the interactive learning platform tiptoi®. The entire publishing house also offers games, puzzles, toys and creative products.

Ravensburger publishes books for children and young people of all ages. The blue triangle is the leading brand for picture books for the very little ones, ¬first reading books for school beginners, novels for children and young people as well as non-fiction books for children and young people. Ravensburger publishes about 400 books per year, a total of more than 1,900 titles are available. In 2018, sales amounted to 68.7 million euros.

Ravensburger stands for quality. Books by successful authors such as Gudrun Pausewang, Bianca Iosivoni, Rose Snow, ¬Morton Rhue¬ and Anthony Horowitz appear under the blue triangle, top illustrators such as Ali Mitgutsch, Helmut Spanner, Angela Weinhold, Doris Rübel, Wolfgang Metzger and Stefanie ¬Harjes draw for Ravensburger.

Ein Fremder ist ein Freund, den man noch nicht kennt.(Irisches Volksgut)

Illustration aus „Der schaurige Schusch“ von SaBine Büchner und Charlotte Habersack

Program

Children grow up with Ravensburger picture books: ministeps® for the very young, board picture books such as Edition Piepmatz and narrative picture books accompany them on their way into the world of books.

The non-fiction brand Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?® (means »Why?) invites children between the ages of two and twelve to discover the world in a playful way. With more than 35 million products sold, the brand is Germany's most successful children's non-fiction series.

Well-researched, richly illustrated encyclopedias and non-fiction books for children aged 7-13 cover all important topics. Guinness World Records books have been published by Ravensburger since 2018.

The in-house development tiptoi® is an innovative, audio-digital learning system. With the tiptoi® pen, children can interactivly bring Ravensburger’s books, games, puzzles and toy figures to life. You hear stories, noises, conversations as well as a lot of factual information and can even record your own dialogues and sounds with the recording function of tiptoi® create products and thus become a bookmaker.

The 'Leserabe' with three reading levels is standard for all reading beginners. In addition to novels by distinguished authors, the narrative program is characterized by series and serials, girls' books, crime novels, horseback riding books and special individual titles. The Ravensburg paperback program with around 350 available titles includes classics, such as »Die Wolke« (»The Cloud«) by Gudrun Pausewang and »Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl« (»When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit«) by Judith Kerr, as well as more recent books for children and young adults.

Current awards

  • Kalbacher Klapperschlange 2019 – Usch Luhn: Luna Wunderwald - Ein Schlüssel im Eulenschnabel
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Bernd Penners/Henning Löhlein (Ill.): Welches Tier ist anders hier? Mein allererstes Such-Buch
  • Preuschof-Preis für Kinderliteratur 2019 – Cally Stronk: Theo und der Mann im Ohr
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2018 – Heinz Janisch / Astrid Henn (Ill.): Der Riese Knurr
  • Hansjörg-Martin-Preis 2017 – Alexandra Fischer-Hunold: Lord Gordon. Ein Mops in königlicher Mission
  • Preuschof-Preis für Kinderliteratur 2017 – Michael Petrowitz: Kung-Fu im Turnschuh
  • Kalbacher Klapperschlange 2016 – Ingrid Uebe: Ferien in Beekbüll

Publications

  • tiptoi® Alles über die Musik

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  • Wieso?Weshalb?Warum? Profiwissen Umweltschutz

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  • Internat der bösen Tiere

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    Gina Mayer
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  • Guinness World Records 2020

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  • Gods of Ivy Hall - Cursed Kiss

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    Alana Falk
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Why? Why? Why? Nature Explorers: Garden

  • Daniela Prusse
  • Illustrated by Esther von Hacht
  • Spring 2016, 24 pages, 14.5 x 16.7 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • Ages 4–7
  • Rights sold: China
  • Website

Why? Why? Why? Nature Explorers: Birds

  • Angelika Lenz
  • Illustrated by Steffen Walentowitz
  • Spring 2016, 24 pages, 14.5 x 16.7 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • Ages 4–7
  • Rights sold: China, Russia
  • Website

8 titles available in the series. Over 100.000 copies sold since publication in 2015.

The Magical Flower Shop

  • Gina Mayer
  • Illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias
  • Autumn 2016, 144 pages, 15.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold: Denmark, Audio rights to Germany, Japan, Latin America, Poland, Romania, Spain (Spanish + Catalan), Korean (South Korea)
  • Website

NEW SERIES
For 9-year-old Violet, there is no better place than her Auntie Abigail’s flower shop in a small British town. Both of them share a special gift: With the aid of a book of ancient flower recipes that only Violet and her aunt can read, they use flowers to heal and help people. Over the course of the series, Violet is being introduced to the secret flower magic. In each self-contained volume, she solves a major problem, though of course not without a few hiccups. Her friends, twins Jaqueline and Zack, everyday life at school and cheeky animals play important roles as well.

Vol. 1: Secrets upon Secrets
Vol. 2: Jinxed Plans
Vol. 3: Magic is Not For the Fainthearted
Vol. 4: Journey to the Magic Berries

Series to be continued with 2 titles annually.

The Gruesome Gripsy

  • Charlotte Habersack
  • Illustrated by SaBine Büchner
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 21.5 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold: China, Denmark, Luxemburg, Sweden, Romanian (Romania)
  • Website

The animals of Mount Blockhead are in uproar: The Gripsy intends to move in with them! Admittedly, no one has ever seen him, but they all have a very clear conception of what he is like: Gruesome! A Gripsy smells like wet dog, poaches eggs and his favorite dish is roasted rabbit! Such a critter they don’t want to live with them. But too late! Moving boxes stand already in front of his house. He’s here! The animals bar their doors and of course nobody wants to come, when the Gripsy invites for a ‘real treat’ – a trap, obviously! Only one can’t resist: the Partyrabbit. Against all warnings he rings the doorbell of the Gripsy’s house. The animals agree: He won’t survive that!

Heart Slam

  • Jaromir Konecny
  • Autumn 2015, 384 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adult
  • All rights available
  • Website

Kids at regular secondary schools are dumb, have no class, and wear cheap, ugly clothes – according to Lea’s best friend, Sophie. Naturally both of them go to a university prep school. Project week is coming up soon, and Lea and Sophie sign up for a poetry slam course. They have no idea that other teenagers from another school will also be participating – from a regular secondary school. Two different worlds collide. Harsh words, insults and prejudices rain down like hail. But out of necessity they all have to pull themselves together. And in the process, Sophie falls head over heels in love. In the end, all that talk about preconceptions has vanished without a trace.

The Curse of Cliffmoore

  • Laura Foster
  • Autumn 2015, 384 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The first volume of this mystery trilogy tells the story of fourteen-year-old Lisa, who seems to magically attract bad luck. First her parents split up, then her English mother decides to move back to her home town of Cliffmoore in Yorkshire, taking Lisa along. After the old housekeeper next door tells her about a mysterious curse that Lisa’s family is supposedly under, Lisa is sure that she has finally lost her mind completely. Especially since she got into a fight with the super-jerk Ashley at school, her mother has found a new partner just as fast as her father, and Lisa gets no answers to her many questions. So Lisa decides that she’ll get to the bottom of the family secret – which seems to have something to do with feuding Scottish clans – on her own initiative. In the course of her investigations Lisa encounters not only ancient witches’ tales and talkative church sextons, but also finally finds a good friend, learns to believe in herself, and takes interest in a certain young man: Ben, who turns out to be related to Ashley and the awful neighbor, Edna...

The second and third volumes of this mystery trilogy will be published in 2016.

We Were Here

  • Nana Rademacher
  • Spring 2016, 352 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • Rights sold: Latin America, Spanish (worldwide)
  • Website

Berlin in the year 2039: the city lies in ruins, and any kind of orderly civic life has long since collapsed. The people who have survived are simply struggling for their existence. How are they supposed to endure the horror of each day, the hunger and the cold? In the midst of this is 15-year-old Anna, who is fighting for her life and for love – and for a world in which she might have a future, in spite of everything.

»... maybe there is someone, somewhere, who can read this. And sometimes I wonder how it would be if someone reads this in a hundred years or so. And I hope that someone is happy, and has a full belly, and says, ›Am I ever glad that dark time is over with and all people are free and have enough to eat.‹«

When Little Rabbits...

  • Katja Reider
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Autumn 2016, 16 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 18 months+
  • Rights sold: China, Hungarian (Hungary)
  • Website

Successfull series of 3 titles centering around a rabbit family.

Vol. 1: ...GO TO SLEEP
The Rabbit family wants to go to bed. But something is always missing: Mommy Rabbit, Hoppy Rabbit, Mousy Rabbit and Cuddly Rabbit. When finally the five little rabbits are in bed, they still can’t sleep. Then all of a sudden they know: a goodnight kiss is missing.

Vol. 2: ... HAVE A PICNIC
Vol. 3: ... ARE HUNGRY

The Paws Brigade

  • Usch Luhn
  • Illustrated by Carola Sieverding
  • Autumn 2016, 144 pages, 15.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold: Audio rights Germany, Romania
  • Website

NEW SERIES
The Paws Brigade – that’s Leni, Harry, Max and Paula, and don’t forget their dogs, the sweet golden retriever Lotta, the stubborn beagle Socks, the clever border collie Kiwi, and the Jack Russell terrier Mogli. The four children experience the most amazing adventures with their four-legged friends.

Vol. 1: Lotta Saves the Puppies
Vol. 2: Socks Makes a Scene
Vol. 3: Kiwi Celebrates Its Birthday
Vol. 4: Mogli Goes On A School Trip (Autumn 2017)

Series to be continued.

Escape From the Underworld (Vol. 1): The First Adventure of the Ghostly Gang

  • Kester Schlenz
  • Illustrated by Maximilian Meinzold
  • Autumn 2016, 192 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • Rights sold: Romania
  • Website

What was supposed to be a fun day at the annual fair for Till, Meck and Bea has ended in a catastrophe. The hot-tempered fortune-teller Madame Malus has banished them to another world, one crawling with moaning monsters, ghastly ghosts and even a vampire. Madame Malus looks into her crystal ball with satisfaction. She showed those three brats a thing or two, and they will never, ever find the way out of the underworld. But the friends identify some kindly spirits among all the others who may be able to help them.

Vol. 2: Hunt Across The Devil’s Sea

Viking Warriors (Vol. 1): The Spear of the Gods

  • Richard Dübell
  • Autumn 2016, 448 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A new adventure/fantasy trilogy inspired by Viking mythology.

A cunning plan of the treacherous god Loki propels Viggo back into the past to find his biological parents. In reality, the god of lies wants to use Viggo to prevent the approaching end of the world – the legendary Ragnorök. Viggo lands in the midst of the rugged world of the Vikings, where he is enslaved to a pirate captain and has to fight for his survival.

Vol. 2 and 3 to be published in 2017.

Between Two Worlds (trilogy)

  • Sara Oliver
  • Autumn 2016, 416 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adult
  • Rights sold: Poland
  • Website

NEW TRILOGY
Recommended by New Books in German (Autumn 2016)

16-year-old Vi is supposed to spend the holiday with her father. When she arrives in his castle in the Alps, there is no sign of him. She stumbles across some high tech device, activates it by mistake – and suddenly finds herself face-to-face with her doppelgänger, Nicky. Vi is in a parallel world. Also Nicky’s father has disappeared. Vi and Nicky have to join forces to find him.

Then she meets Finn. Sparks fly between them, but Vi is not sure if he can be trusted. Nicky is kidnapped and Vi has to make difficult decisions on her own. Her only chance to return to her world is to be braver than she ever dreamed possible, and maybe even sacrifice a great love...

Vol. 2 and 3 to be published in 2017.

Load Up and Drive Away

  • Susanne Gernhäuser
  • Illustrated by Wolfgang Metzger
  • Autumn 2017, 12 pages, 23.5 x 27 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • Rights sold: Czech (worldwide), Dutch (The Netherlands), Hungarian (Hungary), Chinese (worldwide except Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao)
  • Website

This large-format board book with lots of movable elements (flaps, sliders, etc.) invites children to move, load and unload a wide variety of vehicles found on farms, in cities, on construction sites and at a farmer’s market. They can drive a tractor into the barn, load a horse into a trailer, empty garbage cans into a garbage truck, take a damaged car off a tow truck, and much more. Short texts animate readers to get involved and name what they see, and children will have hours of fun exploring and playing with this spectacular book.

MY FIRST LIFT-THE-FLAP DICTIONARY

  • Illustrated by Martina Badstuber
  • Autumn 2017, 24 pages, 16 x 16 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • Rights sold: Norway, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Chinese (worldwide except Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao)
  • Website

Bright, vibrant images resting on a prominent, continuous line throughout each book distinguish this series of lift-the-flap board books. Many flaps of all sizes invite toddlers to interact with each scene and name and talk about what they see.

4 Topics: Vehicles, Animals, Construction Site, Farm

A Garden For Everybody

  • Ruth Rahlff
  • Illustrated by Laura Bednarski
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 21.5 x 30 cm
  • Picturebook
  • 3+
  • Rights sold: Romanian (Romania)
  • Website

The bear has been dreaming of a garden in the forest for a long time. Day after day he plants, digs and pours. But every time short after, his garden is completely devastated again: The salad is nibbled, the tomatoes are stolen and molehills can be found on the carefully laid out bed. That’s enough! The bear decides to find out who the wrongdoer is, and lies at night on the wait – in vain, because he falls asleep. Deeply sad, the bear withdraws. Only now the other animals realize that they have made their friend unhappy. It was not their intention. They apologize and work on a new garden altogether.

The Wild Uff

  • Michael Petrowitz
  • Illustrated by Benedikt Beck
  • Autumn 2017, 224 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • Rights sold: Spanish (worldwide)
  • Website

The wild Uff lay down for a short nap 66 million years ago, and just woke up again. Now it has all kinds of crazy ideas, and is creating all kinds of chaos for the Peppel family.

4 titles of the series available:

• The Wild Uff (Vol. 1):
The Wild Uff Looks for a Home

• The Wild Uff (Vol. 2): Vacation

• The Wild Uff (Vol. 3):
Treasure Hunt

• The Wild Uff (Vol. 4):
The Wild Uff Needs a Friend

Animal Heroes

  • THiLO
  • Illustrated by Jan Birck
  • Spring 2017, 192 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • Rights sold: Danish (worldwide), French (worldwide)
  • Website

The Animal Heroes are seemingly normal kids who become superheroes when they are with their magical animals, and take on the ability to swim like a ray, run like a cheetah, fly like a falcon, or climb like a gecko. Their enemies, the Beast Boys, will stop at nothing to get their hands on a sculpture the Animal Heroes have, which has the power to make any creature in the world magical. The elements of magic, animals and superheroes make the Animal Heroes series compelling and unforgettable.

• Animal Heroes (Vol. 1):
Falcon Wings

• Animal Heroes (Vol. 2):
Stingray

• Animal Heroes (Vol. 3):
Gecko Gaze

Soul Mates, Vol. 1: Whispering of the Light

  • Bianca Iosivoni
  • Autumn 2017, 480 pages, 14 x 21 cm
  • Paperback
  • Young Adults
  • All rights available
  • Website

Rayne lives in a small town near Chicago, blissfully unaware of the continual struggle between light and shadow souls going on all around her. They have special powers and live among humans, who sometimes fall victim to them. One night she is attacked by a shadow soul, and two men come to her aid and kill the attacker. In spite of her outrage about the killing, Rayne is intensely drawn to the younger of the two, who are light souls. Colt is handsome, mysterious, and irresistible – and he seeks out Rayne, too. Rayne finds herself caught up in the contest between the worlds of light and darkness. Colt and Rayne are soul partners, and Colt belongs to the light. Rayne isn’t sure where she stands, but she has to decide, and the connection between them could either save them or destroy them both.

• Soul Mates, Vol. 2:
Call from the Dark

My First Favorite Story (series)

  • Katja Reider
  • Illustrated by Sebastien Braun
  • Spring 2019, 20 pages, 17 x 20.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 18 months +
  • Rights sold: Hungary, Russian (worldwide), Dutch (worldwide), French (worldwide)
  • Website

You’ll Get a Sibling, Little Sparrow (spring 2019)
The little sparrow is so excited: There’s an egg in the nest! Will this be his sibling? He cannot wait! At last the hatchling takes its first breath, as the family now becomes four members. A loving story that shortens the waiting time for the sibling.

I Love You, Little Mouse (June 2018)
A testament to a mother’s love for her child.

Take Comfort, Little Bear (June 2018)
A testament to the power of empathy and caring.

Further titles in preparation.

Slide and Discover (series)

  • Sandra Grimm
  • Illustrated by Johanna Fritz
  • 12 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 18 months +
  • Rights sold: Chinese (worldwide except Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao)
  • Website

Large, sturdy sliding elements integrated into the interactive board books in this series invite toddlers to take an active role in discovering various aspects of their environment.

Titles available:
My Vehicles (January 2018)
Young Animals (January 2018)
At the Nursery School (January 2018)
On the Farm (January 2018)
At the Construction Site (December 2018)

The Gripsy and the Bear

  • Charlotte Habersack
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 21.5 x 30 cm
  • Picturebook
  • 3+
  • Rights sold: Luxembourgian (Luxembourg), Romanian (Romania), Spanish (Latin America and the Spanish speaking parts of the USA)
  • Website

The bear is suspicious: His neighbors must be wanting to steal all his money. For safety, he builds a wall with barbed wire around his cave. A story of tolerance and friendship that opens the eyes of young and old.

Previous and very successful title: The Gruesome Gripsy (January 2016)

A story about xenophobia and how it’s worth giving strangers a chance and getting to know them first. Because just like the gruesome Gripsy, strangers can turn out being very sweet and friendly fellows.

Rights sold: Simplified Chinese (worldwide except Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao), Danish (Denmark), Luxembourgian (Luxembourg), Swedesh (Sweden).

Lila and Scruff (series)

  • Gina Mayer
  • Illustrated by Marc-Alexander Schulze
  • 144 pages, 17.5 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Vol. 1: The Magical Pony Farm (June 2018)
Lila’s father owns a carousel, and Scruff is Lila’s favorite pony on it. She usually knows what Scruff is thinking. When her father decides Scruff is worn out and should be replaced, Lila runs away with the pony. After an adventure-filled search they find the magical pony farm, where all the horses have a special gift. At first Scruff doesn’t seem to fit in, but when Lila is in danger, he, too, discovers his magical talent. This enchanting read-aloud story will delight young horse fans and adventurers.

Vol. 2: A Pony in Danger (Spring 2019)
The beautiful mare Honey has disappeared from the pony carousel. This will be Zausel’s first mission, but he does not yet master his magical ability properly.

Further titles in preparation.

Luna Wunderwald (series)

  • Usch Luhn
  • Illustrated by Lisa Brenner
  • 192 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • Rights sold: German Audio Rights (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • Website

The Luna Wunderwald series takes place in a magnificent location: in the middle of the forest. The heroine Luna has been chosen to play a magical flute that allows her to communicate with the forest animals. She comes to their rescue when an animal is in danger or needs help. The stories combine magical realism with environmental themes for girls 8 and up.

Titles available:
• Vol. 1: A Key in an Owl’s Beak (February 2018)
• Vol. 2: A Mystery on Cat’s Paws (March 2018)
• Vol. 3: Raccoons in Search of a Home (August 2018)
• Vol. 4: The Magical Robin Redbreast (spring 2019)
• Vol. 5: A Lynx with Lovesickness (fall 2019)

Further titles in preparation.

A Moment for Eternity (trilogy)

  • Rose Snow
  • 416 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adults
  • Rights sold: German Audio Rights (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • Website

Romantic Urban Fantasy Trilogy.

The first book of The Truth of Lies (August 2018)
Never would June have imagined her year in England like this: A magnificent manor house on Cornwall’s wind-swept coast will be her new home, two very different brothers will magically attract her, and an age-old gift will awaken in her.

The second book of The Truth of Lies (spring 2019)
June does not believe in the mysterious curse that purportedly prohibits her from meeting Blake or Preston. She is looking for answers with her friend Lilly – and at the same time she senses that her gift of the truth of lies is becoming stronger and stronger.

The third book of The Truth of Lies will be available in fall 2019.

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Contact

Ravensburger Buchverlag

Robert-Bosch-Straße 1
88188 Ravensburg

Germany

Phone +49 (0)751 86-0

www.ravensburger.de

Contact Person

Managing Directors Dr. Anuschka Albertz (Publishing Managing Director)

Sales Michael Bartl, Sales Director DACH

Marketing Katrin Fürst (Manager)
katrin.fuerst@ravensburger.de

PR & Social Media Heike Herd-Reppner (-1271)
heike.herd-reppner@ravensburger.de

Foreign Rights Florence Roux

Cardboardbooks/ ministeps® Anna Heischkamp
Picture Book/ First Readers Friederike Eickhoff
Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? / Children's non-fiction Judith Witzel
tiptoi® Gudrun Holzheu
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Iris Praël