Magellan Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Magellan is a non-corporate company specializing in the publication of books for children and adolescents. Our aim is to present our readers with a new, innovative and irresistible style of book. We offer challenging works, which set us apart from the mainstream, optically as well as haptically. We launched our first titles in the autumn of 2014 – for all readers from 2 to 18.

Keynote Orientation

Our passion is for topics drawn from life for all ages to enjoy. Our aim is to speak to children and adolescents at their own level of language and experience. Exciting roadtrips, unusual family constellations, adventures great and small, fates that evoke empathy and everyday madness – our authors tell stories grounded in reality, but very special all the same. We challenge our readers and are confident that they will be able to deal with serious topics such as dementia, life on the streets or flight and displacement. At the same time, we use bizarre humour, extraordinary illustrations and eccentric characters to distinguish our style from the norm.

All this is guaranteed by a team of experienced and »brand new« authors and illustrators. We focus on German writers. Together, we develop innovative ideas and concepts, think in new directions and tackle topics as yet uncharted in the world of books for children and adolescents.

Sustainable and environmental friendly: Since our foundation, these maxims have been the main pillars of our green publishing philosophy. They form our label "Naturally Magellan", with which we stand for a mindful approach to our nature. With our nature-conscious thinking, we want to set specific impulses in the book industry and beyond. Our green publishing philosophy includes:

  • Production in Germany and, in exceptional cases, in nearby European countries
  • no use of plastic
  • plant oil-based inks and water-based printing varnishes
  • Glue without solvents
  • FSC®-certified paper from responsible sources
  • Membership of FSC®-Germany
  • Oeko-Tex® standard
  • Precise calculation of advertising material and the number of copies of books
  • Active protection of nature and species

Authors and Illustrators

Judith Allert, Rachel Bright, Chris Chatterton, Theresa Czerny, Nina Dulleck, Mario Fesler, Jim Field, Franziska Gehm, Sabine Giebken, Astrid Göpfrich, Yvonne Hergane, Nastja Holtfreter, Ute Krause, Suza Kolb, Barbara Korthues, Esther Kuhn, Antje Leser, Dorit Linke, Miriam Mann/Marikka Pfeiffer, Nina Müller, Sabine Praml, Ruth Rahlff, Katja Reider, Sibylle Rieckhoff, Christiane Rittershausen, Kristina Scharmacher-Schreiber, Christoph Scheuring, Nadine Schubert, Andreas Thamm, Susanne Weber and many more.

Current awards

  • Buchempfehlungen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2022 – Antje Leser: Auf der Tonnenseite des Lebens
  • Deutscher Gartenbuchpreis 2022 – Eliz Simon, Inka Vigh: Grüner Daumen - Hautnah und nachhaltig gärtnern
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Maren Hasenjäger: Ein kleiner blauer Punkt
  • Korbinian - Paul-Maar-Preis für junge Talente 2021 – Martin Dolejš: Im Land der weißen Schokolade
  • Leipziger Jugend-Literatur-Jury - Favoriten des Jahres 2021 – Christoph Scheuring: Sturm
  • White Ravens 2021 – Martin Dolejš: Im Land der weißen Schokolade

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My Colourful Quiz (4 vols. available)

  • Nastja Holtfreter
  • Illustrated by Nastja Holtfreter
  • Autumn 2022, 16 pages, 17.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to Denmark, the US
  • Website

A playful quiz concept imparting first factual info on the popular topics forest, farm, meadow, and ocean.

Mr. Lion Wears Colours Today / Little Toucan

  • Nastja Holtfreter
  • Autumn 2022, 32 pages, 24.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Denmark, South Korea, The Netherlands

Colourful picture books encouraging children to come to the realisation that everyone is best just the way one is.

Animal Children and Their Habitats (4 vols. tbc)

  • Kristina Scharmacher-Schreiber
  • Illustrated by Christine Faust
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 24.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Denmark

A non-fiction picture book series raising awareness for the importance of species and environment protection.

Leonard – A Tractor Seeks Adventure (Vol. 1)

  • Suza Kolb
  • Illustrated by Christine Faust
  • Spring 2022, 32 pages, 24.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available

A story with first information on agriculture and farm machines highlighting that everyone has their own strengths and talents.

Ragnar, Knight Dragonheart

  • Anette Thumser
  • Illustrated by Irina Avgustinovich
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 24.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

A story both adventurous and heartfelt about knights, trolls, and dragons and choosing friendship over power.

Anton Monster Hunter (1 vol. tbc)

  • Luisa Fuchs
  • Illustrated by Sabine Mielke
  • Autumn 2022, 192 pages, 15.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

A monstrously entertaining adventure series about a group of kids trying to protect their hometown from demons.


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Magellan GmbH & Co. KG

Laubanger 8
96052 Bamberg


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