Children’s and Young Adults’ Publishers
Arena Verlag, Würzburg
Arena Verlag was founded in 1949 and is one of the most important publishers of books for children and young adults in Germany. They publish a broad range of titles in their fiction and non-fiction lists, including titles for all age groups – from toddlers to young adults. Arena was the first German children’s book publisher to start a paperback programme in 1958. Arena books have won numerous awards and been translated into many languages. They are also the German home of such internationally renowned authors as Cassandra Clare, Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, Tove Jansson, Steve Augarde, Neil Gaiman and Jo Nesbo.
Atlantis Verlag, Zurich
Atlantis is an imprint of Orell Füssli Verlag. It publishes picture books, children’s books and books for young adults and has achieved a reputation for the literary and artistic qualities of its list, which ranges from classics to debuts.
Aufbau Verlag, Berlin
The original Aufbau Verlag was founded in 1945 and became the leading cultural and literary publishing house in East Germany. The lovingly produced children’s list includes works by Heinz Janisch, Aljoscha Blau, Martin Karau, Isabel Pin, Michael Sowa and Rotraut Susanne Berner. Aufbau is an imprint of Aufbau Verlag GmbH & Co. KG.
Contact: Inka Ihmels,
Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim
Beltz & Gelberg is the children's book division of the Beltz Verlagsgruppe, the publishing venture which was established by the printer Julius Beltz in 1868. Beltz & Gelberg was set up in 1971 by Hans-Joachim Gelberg and has offered a rich range of children's literature ever since. The Gulliver paperback imprint was founded in 1984. In 2002 Beltz took over the book rights of Middelhauve, and two years later initiated the paperback series MINIMAX.
Contact: Kerstin Michaelis,
Carlsen Verlag, Hamburg
Carlsen Verlag was founded in 1953 as a subsidiary of the Danish company Carlsen, Copenhagen, so that its series for younger children could be published in German translation. Carlsen Verlag Hamburg has been publishing its own titles since 1964, ranging from picture books for younger children to novels for young adults. Educational series include both fiction and non-fiction for kindergarten and primary school levels. Carlsen Comics were the first to introduce comic books to the German market.
CBJ Verlag, Munich
cbj Verlag was founded in 2004, although the Bertelsmann/Random House group of which it is part has been publishing children’s literature since 1835. cbj publishes high-quality books for children aged 4 and older. Their range includes picture books, stories for reading aloud and novels for children, as well as a non-fiction science series and several fantasy novels. Authors include Julian Press and Peter Freund, and cbj published the award-winning novel Die Bücherdiebin (2009) by Markus Zusak.
Friedrich Oetinger Verlag, Hamburg
Friedrich Oetinger Verlag was founded in 1946. In 1949 the company published its first book by Astrid Lindgred, Pippi Longstocking, and all her subsequent books were also published by Oetinger. In the following decades the publishing house paved the way for Scandinavian children's literature in Germany. The current programme - including Astrid Lindgren's complete works - features more than 600 picture books, children's and young adults' books, both fiction and non-fiction. Leading authors published by Oetinger include Paul Maar, Kirsten Boie, Christine Nöstlinger and Sven Nordqvist.
Contact: Renate Reichstein,
Jungbrunnen Verlag, Vienna
Jungbrunnen was established in 1923 with the aim of providing good literature to children and young people who had little access to books. The publisher’s emphasis still rests on quality, both of text and image, and on taking their young audience seriously. Many Jungbrunnen books have become classics and are already delighting a third generation of children, not least Mira Lobe’s Die Omama im Apfelbaum, which has been translated into 21 languages.
Contact: Martina Moosleitner,
Nilpferd im Residenz, St. Polten
Residenz Verlag was founded in 1956 in Salzburg. Early publishing lists concentrated on fine art and non-fiction titles. Since 2001 Residenz Verlag has been publishing literary and artistic picture books and fiction for young readers, too, in its ‘Nilpferd’ imprint.
Contact: Renate Anderle,
NordSüd Verlag, Zurich
NordSüd Verlag has been publishing children’s books from Switzerland since 1961, enriching the international book market with its witty and imaginative stories for little explorers from 0 to 8 years. Their list includes board, material and play books, illustrated story books, fairy tales and literary picture books. Both well-known and new illustrators and authors make up the wide range of authors at NordSüd, including Marcus Pfister’s world-renowned Rainbow Fish and Hans de Beer’s cuddly Little Polar Bear.
Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek nr. Hamburg
Rowohlt Verlag was founded by Ernst Rowohlt in 1908. This publishing house with its various divisions is part of the Holtzbrinck group. Rowohlt publishes literary fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. In 2008 Rowohlt celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Ueberreuter Verlag, Vienna
Carl Ueberreuter Verlag publishes fiction titles for the age range from seven to young adults. Novels and series for young readers, picture books, as well as fantasy for all ages, are at the heart of this programme. It now publishes adult fantasy with its latest imprint 'Otherworld'.
Contact: Julia Schülli,