Our Publishing Houses
The Westermann Gruppe produces educational materials for all age groups, school types and subjects, as well as offering a range of products for learning outside the classroom. Our editors work closely with teachers, academics and educational specialists at every stage of product development. As a result, our educational materials combine the very latest teaching methods and research with a pragmatic approach to the classroom.
While our history begins with the founding of the Westermann Verlag in 1838, major educational publishers have joined forces over the years to form the Westermann Gruppe. These include Diesterweg, Schöningh, Schroedel and, of course, Westermann itself.
Our complete academic programme consists of over 16,000 titles, catering to all ages, school types, subjects and regional requirements. We offer a range of respected titles for mathematics and the sciences, pragmatic products for German, the humanities and all subjects of primary schools, as well as a comprehensive programme for foreign languages. Our acclaimed cartographic range includes the Diercke Atlas, a fixture in German classrooms since 1883.
The Westermann Gruppe is the market leader in e-learning, focusing on the development of digital applications such as educational apps and learning platforms. Our digital portfolio covers a broad spectrum. We offer Maths textbooks for primary schools on our ‘BiBox’ platform, a fully digitised edition of our Diercke Atlas and our long-running reading support platform, ‘Antolin’. We have also developed the successful ‘Online Diagnose’ platform, allowing teachers to monitor their students learning and development, as well as the learning platform ‘Kapiert.de’ for secondary school students.
Our comprehensive vocational programme, covering nearly all recognised professions, has established the Westermann Gruppe as the leading provider of vocational education materials. Our entire vocational portfolio is managed by our subsidiary, Westermann Berufliche Bildung GmbH, in Cologne.
Our vocational portfolio covers professions such as commerce, technical industries, nursing and social welfare. We offer a diverse range of educational materials tailored to both full-time vocational schools and individuals in further education and vocational training. Our titles are marketed under the trusted brands Westermann, Bildungsverlag EINS and Winklers, depending on the subject.
With the introduction of the 'GEORG' learning platform in 2018, Westermann has revolutionised vocational education, bringing the vocational curriculum into the digital age. With the help of the latest e-learning methods and principles, apprentices and trainees can gain and retain knowledge and skills relevant for their future career. On the 'GEORG' platform, mentors and teachers can track the performance of individual apprentices and work with them to realise their potential.
Beyond The Schoolbook
The publishing house Westermann Lernwelten develops innovative educational materials that go beyond the traditional school textbook. Our portfolio includes educational games, lab kits, workbooks, master copies, flash cards, teaching aids and mock exams.
Some of our most popular products include 'Nikitin' building blocks, number towers and dice, as well as the 'LÜK' learning platform, which offers children tasks and challenges to improve their concentration. For revision and exam preparation, look no further than the 'Finale' and 'Fit fürs Abi' series.
We also offer educational materials for teachers of Maths, German, English and General Studies. Our portfolio also includes titles for both speech therapy and occupational therapy for children.
Westermann Lernwelten is responsible for the Westermann, LÜK, SCHUBI and Spectra brands.
We also operate ‘Lernando’, an online shop for school books and educational materials.
The Arena publishing house, specialising in children's literature, is also part of the Westermann Gruppe.
Arena Verlag is one of the major publishing companies for children’s and young adult fiction in Germany. Founded in 1949, its place of business has been Würzburg from day one. Since 1979, Arena Verlag has been a part of the Westermann Gruppe. Ever since the company’s establishment, the name Arena has been standing for knowledge and entertainment, for sophisticated, informative, and simultaneously thrilling children’s and young adult fiction.
With about 2,000 available titles as hardcovers, paperbacks, board books, EVA books, brochures, audio books, mp3s and eBooks, Arena Verlag nowadays keeps a diverse range for infants, children, and young adults on hand. Bestselling German and international authors and illustrators are published by Arena, including Isabel Abedi, David Arnold, John August, Antje Babendererde, M.A. Bennett, Katja Brandis, Ina Brandt, David Briggs, Cassandra Clare, Cressida Cowell, Stefanie Dahle, Andreas Eschbach, Willi Fährmann, Neil Gaiman, KNISTER, Daniela Kohl, Mirjam Mous, Jo Nesbø, Alice Pantermüller, Anna Ruhe and Andreas H. Schmachtl. Our catalogue includes best-selling children's books series such as 'The Strawberry Fairy’, 'Tilda Appleseed', ‘My Life as Lotta’, ‘Owl Magic’, ‘Lilli the Witch’, ‘A Case for Kwiatkowski, ‘The Magical Pharmacy’ and 'Woodwalkers'.
Through our subsidiaries in Austria and Switzerland, the Westermann Gruppe is committed to developing educational materials that are tailor-made for local curricula and education systems. With their varied and extensive portfolios, our Viennese publishing houses, Westermann Dorner and Westermann Jugend & Volk, cater for most subjects, school forms and age groups. We also offer educational materials for the transition into school, for vocational training and for open learning. In addition, our portfolio includes peripheral materials for all of our existing textbooks and pedagogical titles.
Our Swiss subsidiary, Westermann Schulverlag Schweiz, was founded in Schaffhausen in 2017. We provide our Swiss customers with educational materials for nurseries and pre-schools, academic and vocational schools, and for all subjects and age groups. Our subsidiary SCHUBI Lernmedien, also based in Schaffhausen, has further products on offer, including materials for various forms of educational therapy.
The Westermann Gruppe is also active outside the German-speaking world. Blue Duck Education Ltd., based in London, has developed Mangahigh. Mangahigh is an innovative games-based learning platform to help teach maths and coding, used by 5,000 schools in over 50 countries. Many Westermann products have been licensed across Europe and beyond, with our learning platform 'LÜK' used by children in 35 countries.