moses. Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Established in 1991, the publishing house initially focussed on children’s books. The founders were Gerd Herterich, who has been the publisher and managing director until 2017, as well as Jürgen Pankarz, who was given the nickname of Moses (the name traditionally given to the youngest crew member of a ship); it is interesting to note that he not only gave the publishing house its name but also illustrated the first book to be published by the young company.
In 2013 Nina Tebartz joined the management and today she manages the family business together with Björn Wandtke - still based in Kempen. Having started out as a two-man-publishing house, the company today boasts about 100 employees and has extended its portfolio far beyond children’s books to include delightful games and toys for children. Moreover, the portfolio for adults is equally as strong, and includes high-quality gift ideas and exquisitely designed communication games.

Thinking out of the box, discovering new ideas and bringing them to life – this is the philosophy that our publishing house abides by. moses. one more idea!


From the outset, moses. not only focused on books in its portfolio, but also complemented these with suitable extra items - what is the point in having a book about games that you can play with marbles when you don’t have any marbles to play with? It is this combination of books and toys that has remained the hallmark of the constantly expanding portfolio for children: original reference books and activity books that cover a whole world of fun and games, where experimentation and learning are all bound up together in our comprehensive portfolio - ranging from magnifying beakers to colourful stamp sets.

Nature and Experiments

One focus of the portfolio is nature and experiments. Getting toddlers involved in their very first adventures with nature is what the ›Krabbelkäfer‹ products have to offer; the range of books titled ›Expedition Natur‹ provides ideas for exciting journeys of discovery in the great outdoors; moreover, in collaboration with the German GEOlino magazine, moses. has created a collection of beautiful educational titles about nature for children from 8 years. Of course, moses. also provides all the equipment you might need for an adventure, including magnifying glasses up to underwater torches. In 2020 moses. also launched the product line ›PhänoMINT‹ with a range of books and educating toys concerning the subjects mathematics, IT, natural sciences and engineering – playful education for young students.

Fun and Games

Creative modelling clay sets, extraordinary colouring books, and a wide range of classic games and original card games such as »Fische versenken« or »Ohne Haufen, dumm gelaufen« will guarantee that boredom will become a thing of the past in the kid’s playroom. Our so-called ›50 cards sets‹ are not only small and compact, but are also full of tips: if you are a budding young gardener or magician, or if you like games, crafts or experiments - you’ll find a treasure trove of ideas for all occasions.

Our cult series ›black stories‹ offers a veritable goldmine of mystifying enigmas to solve and will guarantee goose bumps for both young and old, and it is available as a card and board game. This cult series is also available for youngsters, known as ›black stories Junior‹. You’ll be sent on a funny and colourful treasure hunt, either on holiday or in the depths of space.

Current awards

  • JugendSachbuchPreis 2021 – Nicola Berger, Marc Schumann: Das Physik-Bastelbuch – Bastelnd Naturgesetze verstehen

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Your Mission: Save the Dragon!

  • Anja Dreier-Brückner
  • Illustrated by Folko Streese
  • Autumn 2022, 64 pages, 24 x 20.5 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available

The witch Simsala meets her best friend Bim for tea, as she does every Wednesday. She doesn’t notice that strange clouds are brewing ... Just when they are enjoying the cozy picnic, Bim suddenly disappears! With the reader’s help, can Simsala save the missing little dragon?Step by step, the reader must complete the story by solving puzzles or coloring objects on each page. All one needs are colored pencils and some glue. Enjoy puzzling through a story full of excitements and laughter, with surprising effects and lots of humour!

Expedition Nature Outdoor-Survival-Book

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Arno Kolb
  • Autumn 2022, 96 pages, 19.2 x 26.5 cm
  • Spiral binding
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

With the Outdoor Survival Book at hand, every outdoor fan is well prepared to go out into the wild! This book includes tips for building a protective shelter, making fire without a lighter, reading animal footprints, or finding food in nature – all these are only few examples of what a true adventurer would need. The indespensible knowledge for outdoor survival is demonstrated by easy instructions and colorful illustrations and photos. Kids can easily follow the tips and become outdoor experts!

PhänoMINT Physics Craft Book

  • Nicola Berger, Marc Schumann
  • Illustrated by Peter Zickermann
  • Autumn 2021, 48 pages, 21 x 29.7 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

Physics is easier than you think! You’ll barely need anything more than the paper templates from this book to perform many different experiments. A paper rocket explains the principle of aerodynamics, a dragon whirligig shows how warm air flows upwards, and a walking robot dog makes gravity visible. This activity book invites you to explore the phenomena behind physics.

The Superpowers of Plants

  • Anne Scheller
  • Illustrated by Annika Sauerborn
  • Spring 2022, 48 pages, 26 x 33 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available

Plants are the true superheroes! They can break rocks, burn like fire, render themselves (almost) invisible, or grow older than any other living creature on earth. This book introduces the craziest plant heroes and gives suggestions on how to harness some superpowers!

Expedition Nature 50 Baby Animals

  • Carola von Kessel
  • Illustrated by Arno Kolb
  • Autumn 2022, 50 Cards pages, 9.4 x 13.3 cm
  • Boxed Card Set
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold to Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic, The Netherland

50 illustrated cards present a wide variety of cubs and their special features. From super cute to highly fascinating: bee larvae, baby seahorses or fawns show how baby animals grow up. With numerous interesting facts and quizzes about the individual animal families.

50 Cool Tips for School Beginners

  • Carola von Kessel
  • Illustrated by Monika Suska
  • Spring 2022, 50 Cards pages, 9.4 x 13.3 cm
  • Boxed Card Set
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Slovak Republic, Spain, The Netherlands

Everything you need to know about pre-school and how to prepare for your first day at school is packed in this 50 Cool Tips for School Beginners. How to make your own school bag from scratch? What should you bring for lunch? You will find all kinds of ideas for the period before school and for the first school-year!


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moses. Verlag GmbH

Arnoldstraße 13 d
47906 Kempen


Phone +49 (0)21 522 098 50

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