kunstanstifter. verlag für illustration

The Publishing House and its history

Kunstanstifter Publishing House was founded in 2006 by Suse and Niklas Thierfelder in Mannheim. Together, we decided on a daring venture – publishing illustrated books apart from the mainstream, art that charts new frontiers, fresh and provoking, smart and masterly crafted. Our vision grew into an award-winning, independent publishing house.

Special picture books – timeless and sustainable.


Kunstanstifter titles are hybrids of literature and art, for children and grown-up readers alike, often beyond established categories. We publish collector-quality books with the highest artistic standards. While we privilege the art of illustration, we do not compromise literary quality. At their best, text and image enhance each other for an aesthetic unity.

Kunstanstifter’s list is characterized by a novel blend of young talents, innovative voices, classical and contemporary authors of diverse cultural backgrounds. We publish eight to ten titles per year, and choose from all genres including short stories, tales, cooking and travel books.

The illustrations and distinctive book features are an essential. We work with FSC-certified printers in the region and produce climate-neutrally using eco-friendly colors, paper, and processing.

In the last few years, numerous and prestigious awards have confirmed our strategy – the German Design Award, the Joseph-Binder-Award in Gold, the German-French Youth Literature Prize, The Beauty and the Book Award, a nomination for the Serafina – a young talent award, and last but not least, the award of the German Youth Literature Prize. Our regular presence at the largest bookfairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig demonstrates that quality + selection equals success.

Current awards

  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2023 – Kategorie Kinder- und Jugendbücher: Longlist
    Renate Wacker: Morgens früh um 6
  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2023 – Preisträger Kategorie Kinder- und Jugendbücher
    Reto Crameri: Alula – Garten/ Urwald
  • Korbinian - Paul-Maar-Preis für junge Talente 2023 – nominiert:
    Sarah Knausenberger: Die Wildmohnfrau
  • Österreichischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2023 – Leseempfehlung der Jury des Osterreichischen Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreises 2023
    Leonora Leitl: Kaiserschmarrn – Mein Genialer Sommer mit Ziege
  • Buchempfehlungen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2022 – Bilderbuch des Monats Mai 2022 – Cynthia Häflinger: Fremde Blicke
  • Buchempfehlungen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2022 – Kinderbuch des Monats Juni 2022 – Leonora Leitl: Kaiserschmarrn – Mein Genialer Sommer mit Ziege
  • Buchempfehlungen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2022 – Einar Turkowski (Text & Ill.): Die Geheimnisse von Pinewood Hill
  • Der Rote Elefant 2022 – Malin Widén: Auf der Insel
  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2022 – Kategorie Kinder- und Jugendbücher: Longlist
    SAID & Chistina Röckl: AR-AR UND BOBO
  • Serafina - Nachwuchspreis Illustration 2022 – Cynthia Häflinger: Strange Looks
  • White Ravens 2022 – Leonora Leitl: Kaiserschmarrn – Kaiserschmarrn - My amazing summer with a goat
  • World Illustration Awards 2022 – Shortlist
    Einar Turkowski: Die Geheimnisse von Pinewood Hill
  • Österreichischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2021 – Linda Wolfgruber: Die kleine Waldfibel
  • Buchempfehlungen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2020 – Till Penzek & Julia Neuhhaus: Die Klimaschweine
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Till Penzek: Die Klimaschweine
  • Serafina - Nachwuchspreis Illustration 2020 – Nominiert – Judith Auer: Ein Stück Käse
  • White Ravens 2020 – Judith Auer: Ein Stück Käse

Preview Catalogues

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Alberta’s Shop of Dreams

  • Martina Walther
  • Illustrated by Martina Walther
  • Spring 2023, 44 pages, 20.3. x 29 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Business is quiet at Alberta’s secondhand shop in a little seaside town. One day, however, a man desperately searching for a parking space triggers gossip that there is something extra-special about Alberta’s shop. People come flooding in, each with their own particular request: a chair with a long back and short legs, a grumpy cloud, more pepper in their life, an inflatable dumbbell ... Alberta darts eagerly back and forth among the crowded shelves, looking for a fitting item – and she always comes up with the right answer.Then one day Alberta’s loyalest customer, Pepe the fisherman, comes to town again and asks her the question that changes everything.

The Secrets of Pinewood Hill

  • Einar Turkowski
  • Illustrated by Einar Turkowski
  • Autumn 2022, 40 pages, 30.5. x 19.3 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

I remember how it all began.Lost in thought, I wandered the hills, up one road, down another, following more or less beaten tracks that gradually coalesced into a net of pulsating veins I needed to be able to breathe freely. Clutching my bike’s golden handlebars tightly, I pushed it through the tougher sections in the usual manner.The narrator remembers his childhood days when he went on exploratory bike rides along the winding local roads around his new home in Pinewood Hills.

Alula. The Garden/The Jungle

  • Reto Crameri
  • Illustrated by Reto Crameri
  • Spring 2023, 56 pages, 18.4 x 24.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Children’s games open a door into a fantastic world we will call Alula, a place full of adventures and surprises, danger and exotic creatures. Alula is also a special kind of word – a palindrome. Read it backwards and see!Two children are tracking a cat – or is it an exotic butterfly they’re following? In this reversible book without words, Reto Crameri gives two different versions of a daring expedition.

Oh Louise!

  • Jürgen Banscherus
  • Illustrated by Franziska Neubert
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 20.7 x 29 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Louise is a very normal child – apart from the fact that everything she does goes hopelessly wrong. She even manages to leave a trail of devastation as a baby in her pram. As a young girl she accidentally lets a herd of horses run wild through the city and drains all the water from the sea. At each new gaffe the grownups exclaim “Oh Louise!”.It is therefore entirely foreseeable that a visit to a rocket launchpad winds up with Louise being shot into space. On an alien planet she runs into a boy called Louis, who is in the same situation. The two children join forces to show what you can achieve with a little cunning and a lot of self-confidence.

Mr Momo’s Morning Stroll

  • Luca Tortolini
  • Illustrated by Judith Auer
  • Autumn 2022, 32 pages, 20.7 x 27.3 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Do you know Mr Momo?He lives on the top floor of the big palace by the park. Every morning he comes down and goes out for a long walk. Every day, no matter the weather. He never misses his stroll.Mr Momo is a man of habit who has lots of adventures on his daily walk. He says hello to everyone (even statues), sometimes makes new friends, picks flowers and if he doesn’t happen to find any, he’ll buy a particularly fragrant specimen at the florist’s. Every day he ends his stroll with a trip to the park museum where he has a very special job, a secret job that makes his heart sing.

Fish Village

  • Daniel Fehr
  • Illustrated by Pei-Yu Chang
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 22 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Joan, his sister and their parents are setting off on holiday. The female first-person narrator has to sit in the back with her father, who is bugging her with questions about school and marks. All of a sudden, Joan claims he has spotted a church tower in a lake. At first his sister is sceptical, but she really sits up and takes notice when their mother says she can see it too.What is a church tower doing in the water, and what else might be hiding under the surface? Could there even be a fish vicar or a school for fish children down there? Joan and his sister come up with all kinds of imaginative ideas about what this underwater world might look like.


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