Klett Kinderbuch was founded in Leipzig in 2008, as a small subsidiary of the big Stuttgart-based Klett Group. Since 2015 it's an independent publishing house. We produce seven to ten titles every season, for children between 2 and 12 years and their adults.
We want to offer mainly pre-school and primary-school children authentic stories in which they can recognize their own lives. It’s fine if they’re sometimes rough, rude and unconventional, because luckily enough, children’s lives are often just that way, too.
We don’t mind children learning something from our books, but if they do then it has to be fun and take the royal road of good stories.
We want to make books that get people excited and provoke arguments. Books that leave a mark on everyday life and get readers talking.
We want to make books that are spirited, catchy and true, but never dumb or boring. Books that automatically make children rush to get reading.
Board books featuring familiar items, fun rhymes and exciting stories – our list for children from age two and up contains things they know but don’t often find in books: real life with ALL its aspects. Things in our stories may be wild and chaotic as in »Die Böckchen-Bande» (»The Billy Goats Gruff»), but we also allow room for serious matters, such as the story of a refugee family in »Bestimmt wird alles gut« (»Everything Will Be Alright«). Many of our books are not easy to categorize; for instance, our nonsense books like »Was sitzt im Wald und winkt?« (»What Sits in the Forest and Waves?«) and »Alle Kinder« (»All the children«) are popular among readers of all ages.
Unusual books such as our ›Elephant & Piggie‹-series and »Fünf Gramm Glück« (»Half a Pound of Happiness – Life of a Lunchbox«) make for an exciting start into children’s lives as readers. More advanced readers find suspense and fun in titles such as »Pullerpause im Tal der Ahnungslosen« (»A Comfort Break in the Valley of the Clueless«).
Our non-fiction books focus on the joy of discovery, and cover the really relevant subjects in children’s everyday lives. They inspire readers to join in and think along – for example the word treasure chest »Einfach alles!« (»Everything! Todo! Alles!«), the non-fiction picture book »Alle da!« (»All of Us, Together!«) about multicultural mixing and matching, or the wittily illustrated collection of children’s questions on love, sex and the body »Klär mich auf« (»Tell Me the Facts of Life«).
The majority of Klett Kinderbuch’s books are being developed in conjunction with German-speaking authors and illustrators. These include both exciting emerging talents and well-known greats such as Rotraut Susanne Berner, Kirsten Boie, Franziska Gehm, Werner Holzwarth, Anke Kuhl, Jörg Mühle, Eva Muszynski, Anja Tuckermann, Moni Port and Philip Waechter. License titles, for instance by Pernilla Stalfelt and Mo Willems, complete our list.
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Klett Kinderbuch Verlag GmbH
Phone +49 (0)341 350 59 65
Managing Director Monika Osberghaus
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