Founded in 1947 Freies Geistesleben works in close cooperation with the Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) Schools and is the major publisher world wide of literature on Steiner education and Anthroposophy. A spiritual understanding of human development provides the major impetus for picture books, biographical narratives, fiction and non-fiction.
Myths, legends, and folk tales play a major role in our children’s publications. Their imaginative language gives archetypal expression to human development in which environment children can grow healthily to meet the world. So books have ranged from classical legends, such as those of ancient India or Greece, to German and other European folk tales. Emphasis is also given to imaginative historical fiction and fantasy literature through the publication of books by David Almond, Rodney Bennett, Peter Carter, Tonke Dragt, Dagmar Fink, Alan Garner, Mordicai Gerstein, Ben Guterson, Frances Hardinge, Iain Lawrence, Christiane Lesch, Kate Milford, Benjamin J. Myers, Inge Ott, Bettina Stietencron, Jakob Streit, Rosemary Sutcliff and Ruth White.
Our books have been translated into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portugese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish. Paperback editions have been published by dtv, Arena, Beltz & Gelberg and Fischer Taschenbuch.
Jef Aerts, David Almond, Isabelle Arsenault, Rodney Bennett, Quentin Blake, Marta Abad Blay, Silvia Borando, Tamara Bos, Claudia Burmeister, Dave Cousins, Charlotte Dematons, Linda Dielemans, Nathalie Dion, Tonke Dragt, Michael Dudok de Wit, Sarah Ellis, Dagmar Fink, Diane & Christyan Fox, Graham Gardner, Sally Gardner, Alan Garner, Katja Gehrmann, Mordicai Gerstein, Ben Guterson, Rick de Haas, Annemarie van Haeringen, Iris Hannema, Frances Hardinge, Leo Hoffmann, Michaela Holzinger, Polly Horvath, Eva Jöckel, Jean Jullien, Angela Kočonda, Iain Lawrence, Jan de Leeuw, Mattias De Leeuw, John Lennon, Christiane Lesch, Martijn van der Linden, Elisabeth Longridge, Christa Ludwig, Ross MacKenzie, Birte Müller, Kate Milford, Jochem Myjer, Benjamin J. Myers, Zazu Navarro, G. Neri, Claire A. Nivola, Inge Ott, Jean E. Pendziwol, Milja Praagman, Anthony Read, Werner Rohner, Michael Rosen, Gareth Ryans, Erna Sassen, Marie-Thérèse Schins, Janneke Schotveld, Bettina Stietencron, Lauren St John, Harmen van Straaten, Jakob Streit, Rosemary Sutcliff, Sandra Theumert, Marit Törnqvist, Max Velthuijs, Kaatje Vermeire, Dolf Verroen, Marco Viale, Nancy Vo, Brigitte Werner, Bette Westera, Sylvia Weve, Linda Wolfsgruber and many others.
It can’t go on like this. No one pays attention to it – and besides, everyone quarrels and is only interested in themselves. The little yellow house therefore decides to leave its family and find a new home as a house. But in its search for the best of all locations, it does not immediately make the right decisions. A reason to give up? No! Because every place it settles in has something good as well as something bad. It courageously continues its search, always open to new things. It gets to know different landscapes and the animals living there. And at the end of an adventurous journey, it finally finds its place. Would you like to know where it is ...?
"The Little Yellow House” is a playful children’s book about conflicts and solutions, courage and gentleness, which is imaginatively complemented and expanded by Claudia Burmeister’s expressive pictures.
Where would we all be without our good friends? And what would this world be without all the wonderful animals on the different continents and with all their special features?
The atmospheric pictures by Eva Jöckel and the appealing graphics by Sandra Theumert are combined with the entertaining and informative texts by the two authors to create an artfully designed friendship book. In this way, children learn interesting facts about endangered animal species and how to protect them. Furthermore, the children can fill in the fun questionnaire, write a little bit about themselves and share their interests.
When Grumpy the wizard rages and rages, all the animals in the forest hold their breath and hide; even the trees tremble with fear. Only a small, carefree, dishevelled rabbit is not deterred and lands unexpectedly right in front of the wizard’s house.
Will he manage to resist the dark magician and counter his raging madness?
A story about intense, elemental feelings of fear, anger, loneliness, trust and tenderness, told with a lot of humour and an almost inexhaustible delight in the poetic and pictorial possibilities of language, together with wonderful illustrations by Birte Müller.
A bestseller in the programme of Verlag Freies Geistesleben with over 60,000 copies sold!
When Molly woke up that early morning she knew it would be a very special day. A super duper day! She may be a little chubby. But Molly wasn’t going to let that spoil her day. And besides Mummy had given her five magic carrots to see her through her day. A super duper day! And indeed she had no fears of that growling, barking Hercules. Not even of that bully boy Freddy! This was her day A super duper day!
Brigitte Werner and Claudia Burmeister tell a glowing tale of finding confidence in the face of adversity A super duper tale!
Little Fox is very sad. Grandfather Fox has died and Little Fox misses him very badly. But Father Fox lets him know that in the Big Blue Sky Grandfather Fox is being very well looked after by GreatBigFox. Then Little Fox meets Squirrel and feeling rather sad again Squirrel reassures him that in the Big Blue Sky Grandfather Fox is being very well looked after by GreatBigSquirrel. Oh, that is a surprise! And with each encounter with Snail, Woodpecker, Frog and Owl Little Fox hears about how in the Big Blue Sky GreatBigSnail, GreatBigWoodpecker, GreatBigFrog and GreatBigOwl are all looking after Grandfather Fox!
One day Bobblebob the Elephant hears a knock on his front door and opens it to discover Snout the Rat seeking asylum from a horde of cats. It takes quite some time for the two to become acquainted with each other as both begin to learn about each other’s fears and longings. And then, when Snout makes a brave outing into the wild wide world and suddenly disappears Bobblebob has to summon all his courage and ingenuity to find and save his friend. – This is a charming, dramatic tale of two very unlikely friends!
A tale about a special friendship, the discovery and the delight of being different, and many astonishing wonders.
»New tenants move into Klara’s house: Denni, toy rabbit Rübe, and Denni’s dad. Denni, who has Down syndrome, and Klara quickly become friends and turn the house upside down … Told in a laid-back manner the story deals with the topic of otherness and describes a wonderful friendship.« White Ravens 2012
One fine day Benedict doesn’t want to be Daddy’s “Benny” anymore, nor Granny’s “Little Ben”, and certainly not Mummy’s “Bunny Ben”! So he decides to change his name. Every day of the week he wants to be somebody else, someone new, someone nobody has met before: On Monday Grumpy Green, on Tuesday Smelly Spleen,
on Wednesday Creepy Crawly … an so on. Every day of the week Benedict chooses a new name for himself until … until, come Sunday he’s quite quite tired of being someone else every day and decides to be Benedict again!
»Little Ben« is a charming picture book about a little boy’s wish to change and yet remain himself.
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