Working WITH


  • ellermann Verlag

  • OETINGER Verlag

  • Arena Verlag

  • DBB Verlag

  • Argon Verlag

  • Friedrich Verlag

  • Gruner & Jahr

  • Fritz Verlag

  • Lernbiene


  • Die Freunde der Klarheit

  • Huth + Wenzel

  • Pahnke Markenmacherei GmbH
    & Co. KG

  • Avantgarde


  • Aachener Grundvermögen GmbH

  • Die Schwestern Manchot

  • Pilar GmbH

  • Kolpingwerke

  • Das Erzbistum Köln


Hello! My name is Anja Grote.

I’m a communicationdesigner and illustrator, living and working not far from cologne.
I love my small family, jazz, indie and classical music, art and the art of gardening.

I want to create books and products that make children wonder and that inspire them to explore more and ask questions. It’s important to me to be treating them on a level playing field. Especially through taking care of my 3 year old son I’m often facing the challenge of teaching him rules while getting him to understand that I’m listening to his standpoint and that I am taking his thoughts and needs seriously.

In my work I hope to raise awareness for the wonderful aspects of freedom and fantasy, community, nature and mindfulness. Not beating it into somebody, but with magical art and stories that kids and adults can engage with.

working in 3 different fields at the moment

  • Childrensbooks

  • Advertising

  • Independent Art

If you are interested in the book please check the list of PUBLICATIONS.
You'‘ll find a selection of my favorite works on PORTFOLIO.
If you like what I am doing independently, please follow the link to PATREON, where I am building an exclusive little community with exchange and tutorials.

Since last year I’m enjoying very much my new studio


My workspace with analogue and digital area. And workmate. wuff.



Antje Obertreis

Siralan Joshua

Marlit Kraus

Sarai Carmichael

Sybille Eyer

Ulla Grote

Heiko Kunz

Anja Krahl