The Publishing House and its History

Carlsen Publishing was founded in 1953 by Per Hjald Carlsen as a subsidiary of the Danish publishing company Illustrationsforlaget/PIB. In 1954 the first Pixi books were published in the now universally recognised 10x10 cm format. With a total circulation to date of more than 480 million copies, ›Pixi‹ is the most successful picture book series in history.

In 1967 Carlsen encouraged German social acceptance of comics with the introduction of the ›Tintin‹ series created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. In 1997 Carlsen published the first Manga series titled ›Dragon Ball‹ in the Japanese reading direction of right to left. This set the tone for the success of Manga in the German market. Since 1998 Carlsen has published the ›Harry Potter‹ series, written by the British author Joanne K. Rowling. This release triggered an unprecedented worldwide reading phenomenon.

Surprising Stories!

Board books, activity books, picture books and nonfiction, narrative kids and young adult literature represent the spectrum of the Carlsen children and young adult list. Besides ›Pixi‹, ›Meine Freundin Conni‹ and ›Lesemaus‹ are highly popular brands for children aged from three to eight years.

The multiple award-winning list combines narrative literature of both German and internationally renowned authors and constantly surprises with successful debuts. Classics like ›Tintin‹, ›Gaston‹ and ›Spirou‹ still characterize the profile of Carlsen Comics, with the addition of an important and growing range of graphic novels. Increasingly, original editions by renowned German artists as e.g. Reinhard Kleist, Isabel Kreitz and Flix are being published. Carlsen Manga! presents amongst others the successful Japanese series ›One Piece‹ and ›Naruto‹ along with popular in-house productions by German designers as e.g. Melanie Schober and Martina Peters. The list of humorous titles is published under the label of Lappan and presents famous German cartoonists as Uli Stein and Ralph Ruthe alongside Martin Holtschulte and many others.

Apps, E-Books, interactive picture books and the digital romantasy label »Impress« reflect the diversity of the Carlsen publishing program.

Current awards

  • Katholischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2023 – Andreas Steinhöfel und Grafikerin Melanie Garanin: Völlig meschugge?!
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2023 – Josefine Sonneson: Stolpertage
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2022 – Rebecca Elbs: Leo und Lucy. Die Sache mit dem dritten L
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Tobias Goldfarb: Fonk
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Maria Kling: Freddy + Flo gruseln sich vor gar nix!
  • SPELL - Siegener Preis für Erstleseliteratur 2022 – Margit Auer: Der Flötenschreck
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2021 – Ayşe Bosse: Pembo - Halb und halb macht doppelt glücklich!
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – James Ponti: City Spies 1: Gefährlicher Autrag
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Margit Auer: Die Schule der magischen Tiere ermittelt - Der grüne Glibberbrief
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Silke Schellhammer: School of Talents 1: Erste Stunde: Tierisch laut!
  • Der Lese-Kicker 2020 – Julian Voloj und Marcin Podolec: Ein Leben für den Fußball. Die Geschichte von Oskar Rohr
  • Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Preis 2020 – Susan Kreller: Elektrische Fische
  • Friedrich-Glauser-Preis 2020 – Charlotte Habersack: Bitte nicht öffnen, feurig!
  • Katholischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2020 – Susan Kreller: Elektrische Fische
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Yaroslava Black: Zug der Fische
    Illustratorin: Ulrike Jänichen
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Anna Woltz:Haifischzähne
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Prof. Dr. Michael Schulte- Markwort, Nina Grützmacher: Seelenleben: Einblick in die Jugendliche Psyche
    Illustratorin: Katharina J. Haines
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Ayse Bosse: Pembo – Halb und halb macht doppelt glücklich!
    Illustratorin: Ceylan Beyoglu
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Michael Sieben: Das Jahr in der Box
  • Leipziger Jugend-Literatur-Jury - Favoriten des Jahres 2020 – Susan Kreller: Elektrische Fische
  • Lesekünstler des Jahres 2020 – Martin Muser
  • Luchs 2020 – Andreas Steinhöfel: Rico, Oskar und das Mistverständnis
  • Buch des Jahres Preis der Literatur-Couch 2019 – Mark-Uwe Kling: Das Nein-Horn
  • Saarländischer Kinder- und Jugendliteraturpreis 2019 – Anca Sturm: Der Welten-Express
  • Der goldene Bücherpirat 2018 – Anca Sturm: Der Welten-Express

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Mom’s Closing Time

  • Madlen Ottenschläger
  • Illustrated by Marta Balmaseda
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 22.2 x 28.8 cm
  • Picturebook
  • ab 2
  • All rights available
  • Website

Like every evening, Mom is asking Anton to go to bed so she can call it a day. But what is that anyway – closing time? Anton will reveal this secret tonight! So he gets up again and is amazed: Mom isn’t alone at the end of the day. Together with stuffed elephant Rosi she is eating chocolate biscuits, singing pirate songs and playing tag… Anton can hardly believe it. Is he dreaming?

Funny and imaginative bedtime story, in which dream and reality blur.

Elephant’s Don’t Cry

  • Gesa Neitzel
  • Illustrated by Julian Meyer
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 22.6 x 27.8 cm
  • Picturebook
  • ab 3
  • All rights available
  • Website

Join Matti, the little mongoose, and Elias, the sad old elephant, on an exciting tour through the savannah. There Elias learns that it is better to let your feelings run free – like the lion that is anxious, the hippopotamus that is grazing during the day or the leopardess taking care of a baby monkey.

A story that encourages children to accept and allow feelings.


  • Saša Stanišić
  • Illustrated by Regina Kehn
  • Spring 2023, 160 pages, 15.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • ab 11
  • All rights available
  • Website

At summer camp, Kemi is part of a diverse group of youngsters. And he meets Jörg, who is quite special, but whom Kemi is very interested in. He watches closely what the others are doing with Jörg and how everything is slowly escalating. How far? In his dreams, Kemi encounters a wolf, his own fear. He learns to live with the wolf and to be brave.

A book about friendship and empathy, grandiosely told by the award-winning bestselling author Saša Stanišić.

SWITCH YOU: Completely SnAPPed!

  • Mario Fesler
  • Illustrated by Nikolai Renger
  • Spring 2023, 167 pages, 14.8 x 21.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • ab 10
  • All rights available
  • Website

Fred finally gets a smartphone for his birthday, but why on earth does it only have one app? Quickly Fred realizes that with a single click he can beam himself in and out of his brother’s body. What is funny at first soon becomes quite uncomfortable. What does his brother have to do with the gangsters who stole from Fred’s best friend Svetlana? Fred only has four tries and 24 hours to save his brother from this mess.

Many funny illustrations and the focus of the story make it a perfect read especially for boys.


  • Martin Muser
  • Spring 2023, 128 pages, 13.8 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • ab 14
  • All rights available
  • Website

Five teenagers in a house in the country. Manuel tried to mediate. Selin tried to fight back. Knut tried to correct the error. Philip tried to get help. Esther tried to escape. To no purpose. A perfidious game about power, violence and fear … Martin Muser’s thrilling debut for young adults, gloomy and oppressive!

Above the Rooftops of Jerusalem

  • Anja Reumschüssel
  • Spring 2023, 368 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • ab 14
  • All rights available
  • Website

75 years of Israel: The conflict of Jews and Palestinians well researched and touchingly described from two perspectives. Novel & Non fiction in one.

In her first novel the renowned journalist Anja Reumschüssel succeeds in telling the complex story of Israel and its two peoples in an exciting and knowledgeable way. Set in the present and yet with flashbacks to the time of the founding of the state, a differentiated picture of the Middle East conflict emerges here that promotes understanding and gives rise to hope.


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Publishers Renate Herre, Joachim F. Kaufmann

Editorial Department Anne Bender, Frank Kühne, Klaus Schikowski, Kai-Steffen Schwarz

Sales Carsten Hiller

Marketing Ricarda Witte-Masuhr

Public Relations Ulrike Dick, Katrin Hogrebe, Claudia Jerusalem-Groenewald, Hilke Schenck

Foreign Rights Daniela Steiner