The Publishing House and its History

Most people are familiar with KOSMOS science kits or such famous brands and award-winning products as ›Was blüht denn da?‹, ›Was fliegt denn da?‹, ›CATAN‹, ›EXIT®‹, ›Die drei ???‹ or ›Sternenschweif‹. Success creates commitment and motivation. Therefore, more than 700 authors develop our wide range of innovative products. It was a long way until KOSMOS became today’s modern media corporation. More than 200 years ago, in 1822, Johann Friedrich Franckh founded the Franckh’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. About 100 years later, the first books and science kits for children were published.

Today KOSMOS issues more than 1.500 books about nature, gardening, horse riding, pets, astronomy, fishing and hunting as well as over 350 board games and science kits. In Children’s and YA Fiction about 100 new books are published every year and there is something to suit everyone’s taste: suspenseful whodunits, magical fantasy as well as competent and inspiring non-fiction and educational books.


A taboo in Children’s Fiction in the 1960s, they are now the distinctive feature of the brand: The black covers of the series ›Die drei ???‹ illustrated by Aiga Rasch, Silvia Christoph and Andreas Ruch. For over 50 years Justus, Peter and Bob have been solving crimes and inspiring long-time as well as new fans with a mixture of suspense, mystery and humor. Thus, ›Die drei ???‹ is the oldest and most successful YA-detective series in the German-speaking countries.

Over the past 20 years, ›Die drei ??? Kids‹ have developed their own devoted fan base: illustrated in a perky comic-style, aficionados from age eight and up are delighted. Equally successful are the good noses Kim, Franzi and Marie. As ›Die drei !!!‹ they took their readers by storm.

Since 2018 the popular detectives Tim, Karl, Klößchen and Gaby, TKKG in short, solve thrilling crimes at KOSMOS. What‘s special: As ›TKKG Junior‹ the four friends experience whole new exciting adventures for younger fans of the big city detectives. After all, their formula for success – friendship, action and adventure – still holds true more than 40 years after the release of the first stories.

In addition, the popular series ›Sternenschweif‹ has many enthusiastic admirers. The fans are whisked away into magical realms full of fairylike creatures by the protagonists Laura and her unicorn Sternenschweif.

The non-fiction program has a lot to offer for those who are curious about nature and eager to learn more. Which bird is nesting in that tree over there? What flower is in bloom on this field? Which star is sparkling in the sky and how did dinosaurs live? KOSMOS non-fiction books for children – including the successful series ›Kindernaturführer‹ – have all the answers. In 2022 this ›Kindernaturführer‹ series will be relaunched including a freshened up layout. In addition it will be produced with the certified cradle-to-cradle-method which is the most sustainable way to manufacture books.

Current awards

  • Deutscher Gartenbuchpreis 2022 – Bärbel Oftring: Was lebt im Garten?
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Véro Mischitz: Fiese Viecher? Warum Ratte, Wespe & Co. viel cooler sind, als du denkst

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Martin Rütter’s Look and Find Dog Book

  • Martin Rütter
  • Illustrated by Jannes Weber
  • Autumn 2022, 20 pages, 33.16 x 23.9 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Preschool
  • All rights available
  • Website

Dogs are everywhere in the city – big, small, heavy, skinny – and all of them experience funny adventures with their human companions every day. Searching and finding things in the funny and quirky scenes is fun and makes you feel like you are in the middle of the action. Martin Rütter’s knowledge about dogs makes this hidden picture book something very special.

Funny hidden picture book with scenes in a big format. A book on the bestselling author Martin Rütter. Inquire for co-edition.

Lina Knut – Pupil. Gamer. Saviour of the World.

  • Franz Zwerschina
  • Illustrated by Sandra Pavlovski
  • Autumn 2022, 176 pages, 21.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The 14 year old Lina is entirely in her element when she is gaming at her PC. Her Let’s Play videos about the game “Aarona” are awaited by her loyal online community. But Lina’s virtual career leaves her no time for her best friend Mia. Lina has to realize that true friendship is not a game ... A comic novel, developed together with Let’s Players and Gamers about the gaming trend “Let’s Play”.

Volume 2 March 2023. A “Let’s Play” adventure. Gaming as the second highest interest among 8–11 year-old girls.

The Crew: The Return to Planet 9

  • Andreas Ulich
  • Illustrated by Folko Streese
  • Autumn 2022, 320 pages, 21.6 x 15.4 cm
  • Paperback
  • Ages 9+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, The Netherlands. Game sold to over 24 countries
  • Website

A space adventure narrated in two books, each from a different perspective: two readers can either complete the mission together or one reader can solve it alone. An exciting journey: a distress call from the Mars colony, risky field missions, rival astronauts. The success of the mission is in the hands of the players as they take the roles of the two commanders...

The award-winning game “The Crew” – now as a cooperative book.


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Managing Director Michael Fleissner (-300)

Publishing Director Book Birgitta Barlet (-214)

Editorial Department for Children’s Books Teresa Baethmann, Juliane Voorgang, Annemarie Chiappetta, Susanne Stegbauer, Verena Tingler, Anne Pagel, Lea Hille, Leyla Navarro, Stefanie Kern, Veronika Lang, Nadja Fendrich, Reni Nürnberger, Jana Vorderwülbecke, Sandra Grund, Julia Hiller, Ines Glindemann, Svenja Wulff, Nina Seitz

Sales Mariella Becherer (-347)

Marketing Birgit Tappe (-418), Maria Ferreiro (-380)

Public Relations Vanessa Ludwig (-341)

Events Katharina Weinbrenner (-492)

Entertainment: Kirstin Kreppel (-342)