Carl Hanser Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Since 1928, when it was founded by Dr. Carl Hanser, the correspondent Carl Hanser Verlag has been both publishing house for professional books and magazines as well as for literature. Today, both fields still play an important role. Hanser books can be found in every public library and on a lot of private book shelves: classic editions, poetry volumes, contemporary novels, current nonfiction books, ambitious and entertaining children’s literature, or comprehensive technical guidebooks.

In regards to the literary publishing house, many sophisticated authors of contemporary literature from all over the world – international and German-speaking countries – release their novels, anthologies of poetry, and essays in collaboration with Carl Hanser Verlag.

„Lesen heißt durch fremde Hand träumen.“

Fernando Pessoa

Paperbacks: dtv Reihe Hanser

Since 1999, Reihe Hanser, which is part of Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv), has been the preferred partner for publishing paperback editions of Hanser Kinderbuch. Additionally, Reihe Hanser releases original and German first editions.


In 1993, the Carl Hanser Verlag launched a new section especially for young readers: the Hanser Kinderbuch. With Jostein Gaarder’s »Sophie’s World« - which, today, is still one of the best-selling books of all times for young readers – the new segment has experienced its first big success already in the initial year of existence. Since then, more than 1000 titles have been published and a great amount of those books has been rewarded with literary prizes.

Right from the start, it was the aim of Carl Hanser Kinderbuch to keep up with the high standards of the adult fiction program. For this reason, books that are published by Hanser Kinderbuch, are very appealing for readers of all ages – of course, the focus is still lying on the preferential audience, children and adolescents.

In the upcoming years it will be the ambition of Hanser Kinderbuch to stay an essential and much valued provider of children’s literature. To reach this goal, the team of Hanser Kinderbuch will constantly surprise with new ideas and book projects in the future and will not be afraid of dealing with complex topics such as philosophy, death, and social diversity.

Authors and Illustrators

Amongst others, the following authors and illustrators characterize Hanser Kinderbuch: Jutta Bauer, Michael G. Bauer, Ali Benjamin, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Quint Buchholz, Gabriele Clima, Zoran Drvenkar, Eva Eland, Tobias Elsäßer, Mikael Engström, Per Olov Enquist, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Wolf Erlbruch, Amelie Fried, Jostein Gaarder, Jacky Gleich, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Susanne Göhlich, Alan Gratz, John Green, David Grossman, Jenny Han, Matt Haig, Nikolaus Heidelbach, Elke Heidenreich, Sybille Hein, Helme Heine, Finn-Ole Heinrich, Franz Hohler, Stian Hole, Charlotte Inden, Hanna Johansen, Lene Kaaberbol, Navid Kermani, Ole Könnecke, Rolf Lappert, Manfred Mai, Reinhard Michl, Bart Moeyaert, Hildegard Müller, Joyce Carol Oates, Amos Oz, Raquel J. Palacio, Timo Parvela, Annette Pehnt, Julya Rabinowich, Katja Reider, Jutta Richter, Johanna Schaible, Rafik Schami, Tom Schamp, Kathrin Schärer, Silke Schlichtmann, Peter Schössow, Claudia Schreiber, Neal Shusterman, Anu Stohner, Janne Teller, Hans Traxler, Henrike Wilson, Mats Wahl, Jan Weiler, Sabine Wilharm, Lauren Wolk, Dita Zipfel and Elisabeth Zöller.

Current awards

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2024 – Nominiert in der Kategorie Jugendbuch
    Sarah Crossan: Toffee. Wie Glücklichsein von außen aussieht
  • EMYS-Sachbuchpreis 2024 – Mai
    Martin Schäuble: Die Geschichte der Israelis und Palästinenser. Der Nahost-Konflikt aus Sicht derer, die ihn erleben
  • Jugendbuchpreis der Jury der jungen Leser_innen 2024 – Sarah Crossan: Toffee. Wie Glücklichsein von außen aussieht
  • Luchs 2024 – Luchs des Monats Februar
    Karen Köhler, Bea Davies: Himmelwärts
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – Winner
    Kathrin Köller, Irmela Schautz: Queergestreift. Alles über LGBTQIA+
  • Jugendbuchpreis der Jury der jungen Leser_innen 2023 – Julya Rabinowich: Dazwischen: Wir
  • LesePeter 2023 – Silke Schlichtmann, Jens Rassmus: Reißaus mit Krabbenbrötchen
  • Luchs 2023 – Luchs des Monats Januar
    Sarah Crossan: Toffee. Wie Glücklichsein von außen aussieht
  • Luchs 2023 – Luchs des Monats März
    Zoran Drvenkar: Kai zieht in den Krieg und kommt mit Opa zurück
  • Buchempfehlungen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2022 – Buch des Monats November 2022
    Silke Schlichtmann, Jens Rassmus: Reißaus mit Krabbenbrötchen
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2022 – Ali Benjamin: Die Suche nach Paulie Fink
    Übersetzung: Jessika Komina, Sandra Knuffinke
  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2022 – Dita Zipfel: Brummps - Sie nannten ihn Ameise
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Rotraut Susanne Berner: Karlchen und der Kapuzen-Klub
  • Schweizer Kinder- und Jugendmedienpreis 2022 – Johanna Schaible: Es war einmal und wird noch lange sein
  • Buxtehuder Bulle 2020 – Alan Gratz: Vor uns das Meer
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2020 – Dita Zipfel und Rán Flygenring: Wie der Wahnsinn mir die Welt erklärte

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Me: In-Between

  • Julya Rabinowich
  • Autumn 2016, 256 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Paperback
  • 14+
  • United Kingdom (Andersen Press), Italy (Besa Editrice/Salento Books), Japan (Iwanami), Macedonia (Az Buki Vedi Publishing)
  • Website

15-year old Madina shares her fate with many refugee children: All of them are building bridges between their families and their new lives in the western world.

Where is Madina from? That doesn’t matter. She’s from everywhere and nowhere. And now she’s finally arrived in a country that promises safety. To her, it feels a lot like future here. But it is not as easy to gain a foothold for everyone in her family. Her father withdraws, and her mother falls silent. So it’s upon Madina to take action and to mediate between her family in the refugee hostel and the unfamiliar life on the outside. Torn between her parents, who won’t let go, and her desire to be a normal and accepted teenager, Madina has to take charge of her family’s fate. In this endeavor she meets Laura with whom she feels at home in this foreign land.

Miss Cloudsy and the Scent of Chocolate

  • Jutta Richter
  • Illustrated by Günther Mattei
  • Autumn 2020, 160 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 9+
  • Italy (Beisler Editore), Slovenia (Sodobnost), Spain (Lóguez), Russia (Rosman)
  • Website

The siblings Merle and Moritz miss their father very much. It’s been almost a year since he left with his travelling bag in his hand. But he didn’t take his hat with him – his hat of all things, which is supposed to protect him! But Merle and Moritz are very sure that their father is coming back. And he will believe them when they tell him what they’ve experienced and that Miss Cloudsy has disappeared without a trace. Into the eerie night-time realm of Murkelania that begins on the other side of the door. Where the bug army is up to its mischief and the white treacherous cat smiles slyly. Where the hallways are red and blue and there’s a talking orphaned fox. Yes, with their father by their side, they’ll venture once more into Murkelania and finally solve the mystery of Miss Cloudsy!

Little Charlie and the Hoodie Club. A search-and-find picture book

  • Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Autumn 2021, 20 pages, special format
  • Hardcover
  • 2+
  • Croatia (Planet Zoe), Czech Republic (Paseka), Catalonia (Flamboyant), France (La Joie de Lire), Italy (Feltrinelli), Iran (The Institute for Research on the History of Children's Literature), Russia (Melik-Pashaev), Spain (Flamboyant)
  • Website

At last! A children’s search-and-find book with Little Charlie – including a game of ‘where is the baby chick?’ Now children can dive into Little Charlie’s world of puzzles, get to know where he lives and all his friends, as well as helping him find the baby chick. And there is so much more waiting to be discovered on every page – squirrels, bugs, storks and many other creatures. We set off from Little Charlie’s bedroom where his cuddly toys are tucked up in a handcart. But where is the baby chick? In the meadow? In the city? In the park? Or in the woods? Together with his cousin Kathy, Monika and tracker dog Bello, Ole on his scooter and Friedrich & Wilhelm on their skateboards, looking for baby chicks is so much fun. Until everyone arrives at Grandma’s house and there’s a surprise waiting.

How Madness Explained the World to Me

  • Dita Zipfel
  • Illustrated by Rán Flygenring
  • Autumn 2019, 208 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 12+
  • Catalonia (L'Altra), Croatia (Naklada Ljevak), Estonia (Päike ja Pilv), Iceland (Angústúra), Italy (Rizzoli), Latvia (Liels un Mazs), Slovenia (Mladinska knjiga), Sweden (Lilla Piratförlaget)
  • Website

Lucie believes has cracked the jackpot, when she discovers a posting for an extremely overpaid job as a dogwalker. As it turns out, the dog has long passed away and the posting seems like the scam of a crazy old man who is actually looking for a ghostwriter for his weird cookbook. Still, she concocts one or two of his recipes—the love potion for example. It’s not like she’s really into Marvin —like everybody else— but there’s no harm in trying, right?

Reading is Stupid

  • Nils Freytag, Silke Schlichtmann
  • Illustrated by Maja Bohn, Erhard Dietl, Julia Dürr, Cornelia Funke, Susanne Göhlich, Sybille Hein, Felicitas Horstschäfer, Ulf K., Regina Kehn, Ute Krause, Daniela Kulot, Paul Maar, Ulrike Möltgen, Kathrin Schärer, Axel Scheffler, Marei Schweitzer, Susanne Straßer, Julie Völk, Sabine Wilharm, Henrike Wilson
  • Spring 2023, 48 pages, special format
  • Hardcover
  • 6+
  • Denmark (Bogoo), Catalonia (Maeva), Italy (Salani), Spain (Maeva)
  • Website

“Reading is stupid because books don’t taste good…”

So, reading is stupid because it takes so long? Not if your snail sets the pace. Reading is stupid because it’s all made up? Not when the “Sams” jumps off the page and taps you on your shoulder. Reading is boring because you have to do it by yourself? Not if a magical creature reads with you. Reading is tiring? Then take the rabbit’s lead – he reads in his rocking chair! Silke Schlichtmann and Nils Freytag have collected a whole lot of prejudices and, with the help of 20 of the best German illustrators, proven them wrong. The result is a highly charming picture book for people of all ages – which will make you want to read all the more!

Being There. How do you feel?

  • Kathrin Schärer
  • Spring 2021, 64 pages, 17 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 3+
  • Denmark (Turbine), Italy (Il Castoro), Netherlands (Gottmer), Norway (IKO-Forlaget), (Slovakia (Perfekt), Spain (Lóguez), USA (Kane Miller Books)
  • Website

Every child knows feelings of fear, joy, anger and sadness. Kathrin Schärer gives a face to 30 emotions in expressive animal pictures: A meerkat stands resolutely on a diving board: he is courageous. An ermine jiggles nervously from one foot to the other in the queue: she is impatient. Two piglets stare at the ghost with their eyes open and their mouths open – they are terrified. A little bear shyly hides behind his mother. In an offended pose, a chameleon crosses its arms. Angrily the rabbit stomps his paw. – A treasure chest of emotions, in which even the smallest readers can discover and recognise, name and distinguish feelings.

Queer-striped. Everything You Need to Know About LGBTIQA+

  • Kathrin Köller, Irmela Schautz
  • Spring 2022, 288 pages, 17 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 11+
  • Website

No sooner have we come into the world than we are pigeonholed: it’s a boy! Or: it’s a girl! Why do we do this? And how do all the people who can’t identify with the gender mentioned on their birth certificate feel about it? How should you react if your best female friend’s crush isn’t male but female? This book sheds light on what LGBTIQA+ means, and who the people behind these letters are. It explores social, health-related and legal questions, gives people affected by these issues a voice, and introduces us to organisations that promote gender diversity. An activist, empowering book, respectful, topical, and artistically illustrated and designed.

Broommps. They Called Him Ant

  • Dita Zipfel
  • Illustrated by Bea Davies
  • Spring 2022, 136 pages, 16 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 6+
  • China (Daylight Publishing), Netherlands (Lannoo), Italy (Rizzoli)
  • Website

The new children’s book by YA literature prizewinner Dita Zipfel

The new children’s book by YA literature prizewinner Dita Zipfel: a firework of wit and imagination! Jonny Ant isn’t like other ants. However much he tries, the others are always better: they can carry more, smell and see better than him, and always fit through the tunnels in their anthill. When Jonny’s suspiciously large body starts to tremble and he is diagnosed with the contagious Broommps, he decides he’s had enough. Together with his friend Butz - the only ant in the world who doesn’t like to work - he runs away. Together they get caught up in an adventure in which Jonny’s weaknesses increasingly turn out to be strengths. Because thanks to Broommps, some things are suddenly possible that he would never have dreamt of…

Tomorrow’s classic children’s book - “Clever, witty and screamingly funny” - Finn-Ole Heinrich

How Can I Be Richer Than My Parents?

  • Tobias Klostermann
  • Illustrated by Claire Lenkova
  • Autumn 2022, 160 pages, special format
  • Paperback
  • 12+
  • China (China Youth Book), Estonia (Ajakirjad), Korea (Lime), Latvia (Janis Roze)
  • Website

The world of money – enjoyable, original and highly topical

You can plan how to get rich! How to go from your first 100 euros to your first million! Being good at saving pocket money isn’t witchcraft if you know what to do and what not. How rich would Jesus be today if his parents had invested a cent of seed capital when he was born? What’s the difference between a bull market and a market for bullshit? And why should everyone respect the first money they earn like Scrooge McDuck and his Lucky Dime No. 1? This book is a practical toolbox for anyone who wants to explore the world beyond their current account and savings book. It is also a guide to values: because only those who have their emotional and moral wealth in check, as well as their finances, can be successful.

Clear, easy to understand and practical

Featuring investor portraits of Elon Musk and Jacob Fugger, among others

An entertaining, helpful guide for boys and girls

Sounds Good. 50 Instruments and How They Sound

  • Ole Könnecke, Hans Könnecke
  • Illustrated by Ole Könnecke
  • Autumn 2022, 112 pages, special format
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Bulgaria (Prozoretz), China (Ginkgo), France (L' École des Loisirs), Italy (Beisler Editore), Korea (Green Spinach), Netherlands (Querido), Sweden (Alfabeta), UK/US (Gecko Press), Vietnam (Kim Dong Publishing House)
  • Website

The cello, triangle, digeridoo and many other quiet and loud instruments

How do an double bass, a bassoon and a sitar sound? Which instrument has only one note? And with which can you go from beginner to virtuoso in just 30 seconds? This amusing and instructive picture book introduces 50 instruments as the accordion and vibraphone to the balalaika and ukulele. Along the way, there are many interesting facts, practical tips and quirks to be learned about instruments and playing music. For example, that the violin has four strings and the piano 88 keys. Where the name saxophone comes from or that the tuba is made of 10 metres of brass. Illustrated beavers, ducks, goats and other animals set the tune. All 50 instruments can be heard via QR code in specially composed pieces.

Encourages children to play an instrument

With 50 audio examples, played by professionals

To discover, listen to, learn and laugh


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Children’s Books Publisher Saskia Heintz

Editorial Department for Children’s Books Stefanie Beck, Carolin Mandel, Ruth Nikolay, Beatrix Kunkel (Assistance)

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