Angela Sommer-Bodenburg was born in Reinbek near Hamburg, Germany. She graduated from the University of Hamburg in 1972 where she studied education, psychology, and sociology. She became a teacher of first through fourth graders at a school in Hamburg where she had been teaching for twelve years (1972-1984).
Since 1984, she has been a freelance writer and painter. To date, more than 40 books have been published which include poetry; picture books; novels; and the 20 volume book series "The Little Vampire.”
In 1992, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg moved to the United States. She now lives and works in New Mexico, with Burghardt Bodenburg, her husband and business manager, and their two Hungarian sheepdogs (Kuvasz).
Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. In the United States, her publishers include Dial Books/ Dutton; HarperCollins; Minstrel Books; Scholastic; and Simon & Schuster.
Many of her books have received numerous adaptations worldwide, which include movie, television, stage play, musical, and ballet productions; audio books; dramatized plays on audio cassettes; and books in Braille.
"The Little Vampire” book series in particular was turned into a movie and two television series´.
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