Ravensburger Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Ravensburger Verlag is one of the leading publishers of children's and young adult books in Germany. The Ravensburger family business 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's range also includes games, puzzles, toys and creative products. In 2023, 2,414 employees worldwide generated a turnover of 669 million euros for the Ravensburger Group, which also includes the international brands BRIO and ThinkFun.

Ravensburger publishes books for children and young people of all ages. Picture books for the very young, first readers for school beginners, children's and young adult novels as well as children's and young adult non-fiction books are published under the blue triangle. Ravensburger publishes around 350 books a year, with a total of more than 1,900 titles available.
Ravensburger stands for quality. This also makes the publishing house interesting for its partners. Books by successful authors such as Gudrun Pausewang, Bianca Iosivoni, Stella Tack, Andreas Gruber and Morton Rhue are published by Ravensburger, and top illustrators such as Ali Mitgutsch, Helmut Spanner, Angela Weinhold, Doris Rübel and Wolfgang Metzger illustrate 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

Ravensburger picture books accompany children from the very beginning: ministeps® and new cloth books in the innovative “Mein Knuddel-Knautsch-Buch“ ("My Cuddle and Crumple Book“) series for the very youngest children are followed by a large selection of cardboard picture books, including the different versions of the successful “Sachen suchen” ("Finding Things“) series. This is followed by narrative picture books that children can explore together with their parents or on their own.

With the “Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?”-series (Why? Why? Why?), Ravensburger invites children between the ages of two and twelve to discover the world through play. And it has been doing so successfully for over 25 years: with more than 50 million products sold, the brand is Germany's most successful children's non-fiction series. In addition, a large selection of well-researched, richly illustrated encyclopaedias and non-fiction books for children aged 5 to 13 cover all important and interesting topics for this age group. The Guinness World Records yearbook has also been published by Ravensburger Verlag since 2018.

The in-house development tiptoi® is an innovative, audio-digital learning system. With the tiptoi® pen, children interactively bring books, games and puzzles to life. They hear stories and sounds as well as lots of factual information and thus interactively and independently immerse themselves in exciting worlds. This makes learning really fun!

With its three reading levels, 'Leserabe' has been one of the most popular and best-known first reading series with an educational concept in Germany for 20 years. In addition to novels by prominent authors, the storytelling program is characterized by series by current Ravensburger success authors such as Gina Mayer. Growing fans of fantasy and mythical creatures, detective stories or horse adventures will also find a large selection of books in the overall program. In addition to classics such as "Die Wolke" by Gudrun Pausewang and "Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl" by Judith Kerr, current children's literature titles and novels for young adults by successful authors such as Stella Tack, Andreas Gruber, Bianca Iosivoni, Rose Snow, Jennifer Benkau and Sarah Alderson round off the program. New young-adult and new-adult releases published by Ravensburger regularly make it onto the SPIEGEL bestseller lists.

Current awards

  • LovelyBooks Community Award 2023 – Stella Tack: Ever & After, Bd.1: Der schlafende Prinz
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – R. L. Ferguson: Catacombia. Abstieg in die Tiefe
  • Bookstar 2021 – Stella Tack: Night of Crowns - Spiel um dein Schicksal
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Steffen Gumpert: Schnapp den Dieb!
  • LovelyBooks Community Award 2021 – Stefanie Hasse: Matching Night: Küsst du den Feind? (Bd. 1)
  • SPELL - Siegener Preis für Erstleseliteratur 2021 – Judith Allert: Detektivgeschichten
  • Ulmer Unke 2021 – Maria Kuzniar: Aleja und die Piratinnen
  • Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres - Junior Wissensbücher 2021 – Nikola Kucharska, Katarzyna Gladysz und Joanna Wajs: Ausgestorben - Das Buch der verschwundenen Tiere
  • LovelyBooks Community Award 2020 – Stella Tack: Kiss Me Twice
  • Zürcher Kinderbuchpreis 2020 – Gina Mayer: Das Internat der bösen Tiere - Die Prüfung

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A Reason To Hope – Liverpool Book 2

  • Jennifer Benkau
  • Spring 2022, 512 pages, 14 x 21 cm
  • Paperback
  • Young Adults
  • All rights available
  • Website

Hanna is missing a year of her life. A year that she doesn’t discuss with anyone and that still overshadows her present. All her dreams seem impossible now: making a living with her voice and her guitar, travelling the world, living freely. When she meets Sawyer, a pub owner from Liverpool who invites her to perform there, she seizes the opportunity.

Vol. 1: A Reason to Stay

Flame & Arrow 2: Elf Warrior

  • Sandra Grauer
  • Spring 2022, 512 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adults
  • German Audio Rights sold
  • Website

After defeating Aiden, Kailey returns to Fairyland, where she is shocked to discover that the Fae queen is playing a double game. Kailey is set to be executed so that the queen can secretly continue to prepare for war with the dragons. Kailey wants to prevent the dragons’ extinction at all costs.

Vol.1: Flame & Arrow 1: Dragon Prince

The Midnight Cats 1: School of the Felidix

  • Barbara Laban
  • Illustrated by Jérôme Pélissier
  • Spring 2022, 320 pages, 15.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Nova and Henry have a special talent: they can talk to cats. But not only that! They are Felidix, cat guardians, and must stop a fur-raising crime: Penelope the Siamese has cat-napped the rightful cat queen of England and is holding her captive. Now she just has to get rid of all the midnight cats! For Nova and Henry an adventure begins that takes them all over London.

The Most Un-Secret Diary in the World! Volume 3: How My Annoying Brother Came Along on My School Trip …

  • Anja Fröhlich, Patrick Krause
  • Spring 2022, 224 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A school trip with Paul?! That means catastrophes are practically guaranteed. As if Karline wasn’t busy enough keeping self-appointed yoga king Noel out of her hair and secretly arranging a date with her crush Felix. The last thing she needs is her patchwork brother planning some wacky moves of his own to impress his adored Roberta!

Vol. 1: How my idiot brother became class president in my own class at school.
Vol 2: How My Embarrassing Brother Invited Himself to My Party ...

Why? Why? Why? Early Readers: Horses Vol. 6 / Our Planet Vol. 5

  • Carola von Kessel/ Sandra Noa
  • Illustrated by Silke Voigt/ Astrid Vowhwinkel
  • Spring 2022, 64 pages, 17.6 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available
  • Website
  • Simple texts for independent
  • Detailed illustrations and photos make it easier to understand the text
  • Features entertaining reading puzzles, a game and stickers

Thanks to simple texts and numerous images, early readers are able to find out for themselves. With reading puzzles and stickers.

Vol. 1: Dinosaurs
Vol. 2: Volcanoes
Vol. 3: Whales and Dolphins
Vol. 4: Space

1000 Dangers junior – The Secret of the Pirate Island

  • Fabian Lenk
  • Illustrated by Jan Saße
  • Spring 2022, 100 pages, 15.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The popular children’s book series “1000 Dangers. You decide!” is finally available for early readers! Every path takes you on a new adventure. You work in a tavern called the “Flying Fish” on a remote island – the perfect hideout for pirates. One day, a treasure map is stolen. Will you go look for it and find the treasure? Or will you set sail with Captain Perkin? Will you board the enemy’s pirate ship or will you end up getting stranded on a desert island?

Vol. 1: Evil at the Dino Park
Vol. 2: Turmoil at the Knights’ Castle

Edition Piepmatz: Which Animal Is Different?

  • Sandra Grimm
  • Illustrated by Kathrin Wessel
  • Spring 2022, 24 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 18 months +
  • All rights available
  • Website

With cheerful rhymes and images of things to find, this book provides first search-and-find fun for children 18 months and over. Like all Edition Piepmatz titles, its distinctive look and playful sense of humour sets this book apart.

Series Edition Piepmatz:
Parents and children alike will be enthusiastic about the appealing, simplified illustrations and charming texts of the series Edition Piepmatz. The concepts are loving and wellthought-out.

Who Will Feed Me?

  • Bernd Penners
  • Illustrated by Henning Löhlein
  • Spring 2022, 12 pages, 22.5 x 22.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold: English
  • Website

Cheerful rhymes encourage children to join in. Match the food chips to the appropriate animal, feed them into the slit at the top edge of the book and fill the animals’ visibly empty tummies.

Girls Can Be Anything

  • Illustrated by Nico Sternbaum
  • Spring 2022, 72 pages, 22 x 22 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

This anti-stereotype coloring book features a variety of motifs depicting fascinating professions as well as room for children’s own drawing ideas. It aims to encourage children to follow their own interests and believe in their dreams.

  • A coloring book that encourages children
  • Features many fascinating professions
  • Coloring in and getting creative

Boys Can Be Anything

  • Illustrated by Nico Sternbaum
  • Spring 2022, 72 pages, 22 x 22 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

This anti-stereotype coloring book features a variety of motifs depicting fascinating professions as well as room for children’s own drawing ideas. It aims to encourage children to follow their own interests and believe in their dreams.

  • A coloring book that encourages children
  • Features many fascinating professions
  • Coloring in and getting creative

Where Are You, Little Elephant (Chicken, Butterfly, Fox)

  • Klara Tünner
  • Illustrated by Federica Iossa
  • Autumn 2020, 12 pages, 13 x 13 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 12 month+
  • All rights available

Features 5 large and soft fabric flaps; Small and handy format to carry around; With short texts to read aloud and speak along to; More titles to come!

Lotta Discovers the World: At the Farm

  • Sandra Grimm
  • Illustrated by Katja Senner
  • Autumn 2020, 16 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 18 months+
  • Rights sold: Slovakian (Slovakia)

Lovely series with a new concept; The combination of photographs and illustrations offers many details to explore; On-trend topic Nature; More titles to come!

Lotta Discovers the World: In the Forest

  • Sandra Grimm
  • Illustrated by Katja Senner
  • Autumn 2020, 16 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 18 months+
  • Rights sold: Slovakian (Slovakia)

The Hunt for the Magic Detective Suitcase

  • Cally Stronk
  • Illustrated by Patrick Fix
  • Autumn 2020, 100 pages, 14,7 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available

Similar concept to the successful “Black Hand Gang”, but for beginner readers!

Bursting with amusing illustrations, hidden clues and fun protagonists

A mysterious suitcase takes centre stage in Cally Stronk’s new series for beginner readers. The suitcase contains everything a good detective needs: a magnifying glass, a map and much more besides. It soon turns out that the suitcase’s contents have magical powers! And there is a clumsy pair of villains who are trying to get their hands on it too...

Vol. 1: The Hunt Begins
Vol. 2: Look Out, Villains!
Vol. 3 to come in spring 2021

Kiss the Bodyguard (Vol.2): Kiss me twice

  • Stella Tack
  • Autumn 2020, 448 pages, 14 x 21 cm
  • Paperback
  • Young Adults
  • German audio book rights sold (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Over 100.000 copies sold in Germany of the KISS THE BODYGUARD-SERIES!

A humorous story about love, fighting againts preconceptions and new friendships.

Silver is one of the few female graduates of the Miami bodyguard academy. She is tough as nails and graduated top of her class, yet job opportunities are scarce. Until Silver receives an offer to work undercover as a security escort for Prince Prescot – none other than the heir to the throne of Nova Scotia. Silver usually has no time for pampered royals but Prescot turns out to be extremely charming. And she soon realises that she not only needs to protect Prescot from political enemies and paparazzi – she will also have to protect her heart from the irresistible prince.

Lilly’s Magical Shoes

  • Usch Luhn
  • Autumn 2020, 224 pages, 14,3 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • German audio book rights sold (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

This shoemaker’s workshop is full of magic! Here, you can buy shoes that make you faster, more courageous or more popular. But only children who are in real need of magical shoes can find Lilly Wonder’s workshop, the dragon Archibald and Mrs Wu, the wise turtle.

Vol. 1: The Secret Workshop
Vol. 2: The forbidden Boots
More titles to come!

The Last Goddess - A Fate Darker Than Love

  • Bianca Iosivoni
  • Autumn 2020, 352 pages, 14 x 21 cm
  • Paperback
  • Young Adults
  • All rights available

Action-filled romantic fantasy with a strong heroine about nordic myths.

More than 80,000 copies of Bianca Iosivoni’s books with Ravensburger sold in Germany!

Powerful, immortal and mysterious. Valkyries are the descendants of the Nordic gods and the only ones who can save humanity from final destruction. Their mission: to accompany souls of fallen heroes to Valhalla. Blair, who as the daughter of a Valkyrie has no powers of her own, has nothing to do with all this – until her mother dies in a car accident. But Blair is sure that it was no accident but murder. However, nobody wants to believe her, not even her best friend Ryan, for whom she has long felt more than friendship. On her own, Blair sets out on a search for the truth and soon realizes that her fate is intimately linked to that of the Valkyries – and to that of Ryan.

Vol. 2 is about to be published in Spring 2021

One True Queen (Vol. 1): Crowned by Stars

  • Jennifer Benkau
  • Autumn 2019, 512 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adult
  • Rights sold: German audiobook rights (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Bestseller!
An epic fantasy adventure in two volumes set in a destructive parallel world, featuring a captivating young heroine.

One True Queen (Vol. 2): Forged from Shadows

  • Jennifer Bennkau
  • Spring 2020,
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adults
  • 14.3 x 21.5 cm

Dragon Ninjas (Vol. 1): The Mountain Dragon

  • Michael Petrowitz
  • Illustrated by Marek Bláha
  • Spring 2020, 224 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

New series: A fantastic and humorful adventure for brave heroes ages 8 and up.

Boarding School for the Bad Animals, Vol. 1: The Test

  • Gina Mayer
  • Illustrated by Clara Vath
  • Spring 2020, 288 pages, 15.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

Situated on six islands in the middle of the raging sea is a secret boarding school for bad animals. Here only the best of their kind gain entrance: royal leopards, poisonous scorpions, and fierce sharks, but also special boys like Noël, if they pass the tough entrance test.

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!

Secret Game: Break the Rules, I'll Break Your Heart

  • Stefanie Hasse
  • Autumn 2019, 384 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Young Adult
  • All rights available
  • Website

College thriller with „Gossip Girl“-factor

The stars are aligning for seventeen-year-old Ivy. Thanks to her mother's new job, she's landed a scholarship for St. Mitchell, a high society private school. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make her dream of becoming a lawyer come true. Initially intimidated by her classmates, New York, and the life of the upper crust on the Upper East Side, in the first weeks Ivy relies on her new friend Kelly and especially Heath, another student at St. Mitchell. She and Heath experience a summer full of romance and heart-throb before their senior year begins – and everything changes.
With senior year begins The Game. Rumors about this St. Mitchell's tradition abound, and have frightened Ivy ever since she first heard about it. The Game means blackmail, lies, and intrigues – a time in which no one knows who they can trust. The winner knows the sins and secrets of everyone who plays, and anyone who gets caught is expelled.
Ivy, worried about her scholarship and her future, tries with all her might to stay clear of The Game. But when Heath suddenly starts giving her the cold shoulder and the leaders of the game exert more and more pressure on her, she is quickly caught up in a swirl of dares, love, and betrayal from which there is no turning back.

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.

Events

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Contact

Ravensburger Verlag GmbH

Robert-Bosch-Straße 1
88188 Ravensburg

Germany

Phone +49 (0)751 86-0

www.ravensburger.de

Contact Person

Publishing Managing Director Dr. Anuschka Albertz

Sales Yasin Ates, Sales Director DACH

Marketing Nele Boos (Manager)
neele.boos@ravensburger.de

PR Heidi Verbancic (-1812)
heidi.verbancic@ravensburger.de

Events/Readings Johanna Just (-1710)
johanna.just@ravensburger.de

Foreign Rights and Licences Florence Roux
florence.roux@ravensburger.de

Boardbooks Anna Heischkamp
Picture Book/ First Readers Heike Vetter
Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? / Children's non-fiction Katrin Fürst
tiptoi® Gudrun Holzheu
Children’s and youth literature Iris Praël