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 500 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

  • Deutsch-Französischer Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – Benjamin Gottwald: Spinne spielt Klavier
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – Gewinnertitel Kategorie "Bilderbuch"
    Benjamin Gottwald: Spinne spielt Klavier
  • Gustav-Heinemann-Peace Award for Children's and YA-Books 2023 – Anna Woltz und Andrea Kluitmann (Übers.): Nächte im Tunnel
  • 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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  • Almut Schnerring
  • Illustrated by Jennifer Coulmann
  • Autumn 2023, 32 pages, 22.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Denmark, Hungary
  • Website

Fluffy hasn’t found an animal to play with yet. The others don’t know what to make of Fluffy because it looks so different. So Fluffy invites them all to a big party. And all of them come. But the question of what Fluffy is won’t let them go. Fortunately, by the end they understand: Sometimes Fluffy can be like this, and other times like that.

An empowering picture book for more tolerance and self-confidence with wonderful illustrations by Jennifer Coulmann, who also hits a nerve abroad with her versatile style.

Rico and the Streetlight Scarf

  • Andreas Steinhöfel
  • Illustrated by Lena Winkel
  • Autumn 2023, 64 pages, 15.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold to Italy, Turkey
  • Website

Rico thinks differently from other kids. Slower, around the corners. Then he gets lost in a labyrinth of thoughts. And sometimes he gets lost, too, when he’s out walking around. So what will happen when he starts going to school? And is there even a school for Rico?

Prequel to the successful "Rico & Oscar" series (translated into 30 languages), but perfectly suited as a stand-alone.

Henry Kolonko and the Deal with Finding Things

  • Maja Konrad
  • Illustrated by Stefanie Jeschke
  • Autumn 2023, 128 pages, 14.8 x 21.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

9-year-old Henry has a very unusual hobby: he collects lost things and looks for their owners. One day, however, Henry doesn't find an object, but Pippa - a new friend perhaps?

A touching children's book about loss, a special, unexpected friendship and the courage to find trust in yourself.

The Secret of Nox: Light, Shadow – Flying Rats!

  • Claudia Scharf
  • Illustrated by Lisa Forsch
  • Autumn 2023, 304 pages, 14.8 x 21.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

By day, Fill lives a perfectly ordinary Dayling life. He goes to school, plays sunball with his friends, and helps his dad in the quash garden. But then Fill’s magic pancake explodes, his cat runs off – and all at once Fill is traipsing through Nox, the Land of Night. Here, there are bloodthirsty flying rats and many other legendary creatures. Together with Issa, a Nightling girl, Fill experiences adventures that the daytime world can only dream of.

A wonderful read with charming illustrations that immerses the reader in a magical fantasy world.
Vol. 2 will be published in November 2024.

HUMAN! Time-traveling Through Our Evolution

  • Susan Schädlich/Michael Stang
  • Illustrated by Bea Davies
  • Autumn 2023, 80 pages, 19.8 x 26.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • Rights sold to South Korea, Poland, Denmark, Russia, Italy, The Netherlands
  • Website

This non-fiction book reflects the current state of science on the evolution of humans. It is simultaneously a graphic novel, making it especially good for young readers. By time-traveling through the history of mankind, the world’s most exciting story is told – the history of all of us.

The story of humankind in a comic-book style – with exceptional illustrations by a prize-winning illustrator.

Fate of the Witch Queen. Lost Magic

  • Verena Bachmann
  • Spring 2024,, 368 pages,
  • Paperback
  • Ages 16+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Since becoming the Witch Queen, Enju has wielded the greatest power in Lapis Lazuli. Things are finally falling into place with Kayneth, the leader of the beasts, and everything could be perfect. But then something evil returns to conquer the magical world. She must gather all her strength to save her homeland from destruction. Enju runs the risk of losing Kayneth forever in this fight...

Final volume of the trilogy with lots of action, strong protagonists, magic and passion: a crackling urban fantasy full of humor, bittersweet love and female power!

We sold over 50,000 copies of volumes 1 and 2.


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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

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