Klett Kinderbuch

The Publishing House and its History

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.

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What’s Important to us

Everyday Adventures

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.

Craving for Knowledge

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.

Books with Bite

We want to make books that get people excited and provoke arguments. Books that leave a mark on everyday life and get readers talking.

Ready, Steady, Read!

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.


Picture Books and More

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.

Children’s Stories

Unusual books such as our ›Elephant & Piggie‹-series and »Hugo & Hassan« 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«) and our »Mira« series.

Everyday Knowledge

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«).

Authors and Illustrators

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.

Current awards

  • Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres - Junior Wissensbücher 2024 – Shortlist
    Katharina von der Gathen: Radieschen von unten
    Illustration: Anke Kuhl
  • White Ravens 2023 – Empfehlungliste 2023
    Birk Grüling: Am Arsch der Welt
    Illustratorin: Tine Schulz
  • EMYS-Sachbuchpreis 2023 – November
    Katharina von der Gathen: Radieschen von unten
    Illustration: Anke Kuhl
  • Buch des Monats 2023 – November
    Katharina von der Gathen: Radieschen von unten
    Illustration: Anke Kuhl
  • Buch des Monats 2023 – Oktober
    Anna Maria Praßler: Rettet Omas Boas
    Illustration: Felicitas Horstschäfer
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – nominiert in der Kategorie Kinderbuch:
    Katja Ludwig: Ellie & Oleg
    Illustration: Heike Herold
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – nominiert in der Kategorie Kinderbuch:
    Bjørn F. Rørvik: Fuchs & Ferkel
    Illustration: Claudia Weikert
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – nominiert in der Kategorie Sachbuch:
    Alea Horst: Manchmal male ich ein Haus für uns
    Illustration: Mehrdad Zaeri
  • Deutschlandfunk – Die besten 7 2023 – Monat Juli
    Frauke Angel: Vorsicht, frisch geschieden!
  • Luchs 2023 – Luchs des Monats Juni
    Pija Lindenbaum: Der erste Schritt


All events in German language!

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Klett Kinderbuch Verlag GmbH

Richard-Lehmann-Straße 14
04275 Leipzig


Phone +49 (0)341 350 59 65


Contact Person

Managing Director Monika Osberghaus

Publisher Monika Osberghaus

Editorial Department Petra Buck

Assistance Sandra Wiegmann

Marketing Corina Vierkorn

Public Relations / Events Franziska Hauffe

Sales dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
+49 (0)89 381 67 300

Foreign Rights dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Andrea Seibert
+49 (0)89 381 67 124