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´.
In 2000, the live-action feature film "The Little Vampire" produced by COMETSTONE Pictures, and directed by Uli Edel, was released by Warner Bros. in Germany, and by New Line Cinema in the United States.
“The Little Vampire” was awarded "Best German Children Picture of 2001" and won the "German Film Prize in Gold.”
Two major 13-part television series´ were produced in Canada and Germany. The first series was released in 1985, and the second series in 1993. Both television series´ have been broadcast throughout Europe and in Canada ever since.
As a painter, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg works with acrylics, and her paintings may best be described as "Poetry on Canvas.” Since 1992, she has created more than 100 artworks.
The painting "God's Littlest Angel" was chosen to be the cover illustration of her novel "Hanna, God's Littlest Angel" published by Thienemann Verlag, Germany.
Her painting entitled "You Never Know" was exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art as part of the "1995 All California Juried Exhibition.”
"California Rose" was shown at the "5th Annual Juried Exhibition 1996" at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California.
From June through December 1996, twenty-seven of Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's paintings were shown at the ARVEDA Studio and Gallery in La Jolla, California.
From 2001 through June of 2004, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg was a member of the Escondido Arts Partnership at the Municipal Gallery in Escondido, California, where many of her paintings were shown, and her painting “Vigilance” won Second Price.