Kindermann Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Kindermann Verlag has been founded in 1994 by Swiss author and publisher Barbara Kindermann (1955-2020) in Berlin. That was long before everybody talked about the PISA study and the boom in literary canon. And even today her publishing company occupies a unique niche: With her unmatched series »World Literature for Children« Kindermann realizes her dream to arouse the interest of youngsters – six years and older – in classical literature. Her concept is both easy and gripping: She uses kid adequate language and tells thrilling stories which the young readers absorb and remember for the rest of their lives. Goethe’s »Faust« or Schiller’s »Wilhelm Tell« are among the favorites.

Encouraged by the success, more and more series were created to give children a first access to poetry, art or famous personalities.

In January 2020, the founder of the publishing house, Barbara Kindermann, had retired from the daily office routine and handed over the management of the publishing house to her daughter Anna Kindermann. After Barbara Kindermann's unexpected death in June 2020, she will always be remembered as an inspiring personality and a great author. Her publishing work continues to have an impact in the numerous, renowned children's books. The young publishing team proudly continues Barbara Kindermann's life's work.

The Program

Today, »World Literature for Children« (7+) includes child-friendly retellings of popular classics – from Goethe’s »Faust« to Schiller’s »The Robbers« or Shakespeare’s »Romeo and Juliet«. All volumes are half-linen bindings of high quality and illustrated by well-known artists – at times magical-dramatic fairytale-like or even really funny, but always gripping and full of wisdom. Since spring 2022, Anna Kindermann has continued the series as author with her retelling of »The Sandman« after E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Meanwhile, the series »Poetry for Children« (4+) has grown to more than 20 fascinating volumes, lovely illustrated by renowned artists – including Fontane’s »John Maynard«, Goethe’s »Erl-King« or Rilke’s »The Panther«. Since spring of 2023, the series is enriched by the first wonderful poetry collection with »It’s Him – The Most Beautiful Spring Poems«.

And the series »Children Discover Art« (6+) gives insight views on the life and work of such artistes like Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse or Wassily Kandinsky.

In 2018 the series »Children Discover Famous People« started with great success. The author is the journalist Christine Schulz-Reiss. She describes in an exciting way the lives of famous personalities who changed the world. Since fall of 2022, the series is supplemented by a volume on the famous scientist »Marie Curie«.

In the »Legends for Children« (+6) series, Anna Kindermann introduces children to the world of goddesses and gods. In the first volume, »The Twelve Heroic Deeds of Hercules« (after Gustav Schwab), the ever-popular demigod experiences twelve unforgettable adventures. The book was nominated for the »Korbinian – Paul Maar-Preis« in April 2021. In fall of 2023, "Siegfried, the Dragon Slayer" will be published, an exciting retelling of the famous Nibelungen saga for the whole family.

For the first time – far from the classic literature –, the new series »What are you dreaming about?« (3+) features a bedtime story with animal protagonists: »The Eager Dung Beetle and the Dreams of Others« kicks off the series, the second volume »The clumsy Giraffe and the lost Dream« followed in spring 2022. A loving story about empathy, self-confidence and courage.

In the »BIG LOVE« (4+) series launched in 2021, Martin Baltscheit retells the world's greatest love stories for children, starting with what is probably the oldest romantic couple, »Adam and Eve«.

Outside the established series, special picture books on important current topics are also published. With »The Day I Became Meaner than the Wolf« (4+), the Belgian artist duo Amélie Javaux and Annick Masson present a sensitive book that approaches the serious topic of bullying from a child's perspective. Since spring 2023, »My Digital Family« has been about a more mindful approach to digital media - lovingly portrayed from the point of view of Krümel, the little dog. In fall of 2023, »Strange« will be published. A cheeky story by the famous Spanish artist Canizales about the uniqueness in all of us.

The Authors and Illustrators

Martin Baltscheit, Britta Benke, Bruno Blume, Anna Kindermann, Barbara Kindermann, Julia Nüsch, Joachim Rönneper, Meike Roth-Beck, Christine Schulz-Reiss, Andrea Weisbrod, Folker Banik, Amélie Javaux, Canizales

Regina Kehn, Klaus Ensikat, Sabine Wilharm, Paolo Friz, Dorota Wünsch, Sonja Wimmer, Jacky Gleich, Jenny Brosinski, Silke Leffler, Isabel Pin, Aljoscha Blau, Reinhard Michl, Tobias Krejtschi, Sybille Hein, Almud Kunert, Christa Unzner, Willi Glasauer, Annick Masson, Günther Jakobs, Lena Winkel, Canizales, and many more.

Current awards

  • Deutscher Verlagspreis 2023 – Winner German Publishing Award 2023
  • Deutscher Verlagspreis 2022 – Winner German Publishing Award 2022
  • Volkacher Taler 2019 – Dr. Barbara Kindermann und der Kindermann Verlag

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Frida Kahlo – the Colors of a Strong Woman

  • Christine Schulz-Reiss
  • Illustrated by Tine Schulz
  • Spring 2024, 48 pages, 18 x 25 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

In the fifth volume of the series, the author shows both young and old readers the story of an inspiring woman. Illustrator Tine Schulz captures this exciting life in a unique style.

Siegurd The Dragon Slayer

  • Anna Kindermann
  • Illustrated by Lena Winkel
  • Autumn 2023, 40 pages,
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Netherlands
  • Website

Siegfried travels fearlessly through the world. One day he meets a dragon in a linden forest and kills it in battle. He covers his body with the dragon’s blood, which makes him invincible. When he learns that the princess Kriemhild has been kidnapped by a dragon, he embarks on an adventurous quest.

The Emperors New Clothes

  • Folker Banik
  • Illustrated by Almud Kunert
  • Spring 2023, 40 pages, 21 x 28 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

For the Emperor of Youkali, every day is like a dream, he has got everything. Only real friends are missing! One day, two tailors come to town and make him a promising offer he can’t refuse … Folker Banik retells this classic fairytale with lots of humour about the search of a deeper meaning behind all the superficialities of this world.

Marie Curie – a Woman Changes the World

  • Christine Schulz-Reiss
  • Illustrated by Regina Kehn
  • Autumn 2022, 48 pages, 21 x 26 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 8+
  • Available Rights: France
  • Website

A captivating tale of the moving life story of the greatest woman scientist of all time! This book reports informatively and vividly on Marie Curie’s incredible life.


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Kindermann Verlag

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