NordSüd Verlag

© From: »Rumi«

The Publishing House and its History

From North to South – The Swiss publishing house has been creating books for children everywhere for over 60 years. With around 40 new titles per year we offer a wide range of high-quality illustrated books and stories for children aged 2 - 8. Working with the best illustrators and authors from around the globe and always on the lookout for new talent. Through our imprint NorthSouth Books we are also well established in the US. Regardless of which side of the Atlantic: An eye for detail, a high level of originality and passion for picture books shapes the way we work.

We make books with our hearts and our brains. See for yourself!

Herwig Bitsche

Program

Among our most successful books are »The Rainbow Fish« by Marcus Pfister and »The Little Polar Bear« by Hans de Beer. Our list represents a wide range of authors and illustrators, most of them with numerous titles. Many of our books have been in stock throughout and available for decades. Most recently, the mouse adventures by Torben Kuhlmann have become a significant part of our program. We pride ourselves in promoting young talents and have published quite a few successful debuts in the last couple of years. Our focus is on printed picture books rather than e-books.

Authors and Illustrators

Established and upcoming illustrators and authors rub shoulders on our list. It’s this colorful mixture that distinguishes NordSüd.

To name but a few: Lena Anlauf, Ixtzel Arreola, Isabelle Arsenault, Dayeon Auh, Mac Barnett, Hans de Beer, Bernadette, Käthi Bhend, Hannes Binder, Sophie Blackall, Andrew Bond, Nelly Buchet, Pei-Yu Chang, Sonja Danowski, Mariachiara Di Giorgio, Maja Dusíková, Daniel Fehr, Hans Fischer, Aurélia Fronty, GOLDEN COSMOS, Žiga X Gombač, Philippe Goossens, Valeri Gorbachev, Rebecca Gugger & Simon Röthlisberger, Bruno Hächler, Carla Haslbauer, Kerstin Hau, Peter Horn, Kazuo Iwamura, Amélie Jackowski, Heinz Janisch, Oliver Jeffers, Sean Julian, Maja Kastelic, Rachel Katstaller, Christa Kempter, Jon Klassen, Vitali Konstantinov, Ernst Kreidolf, Torben Kuhlmann, Donna Lambo-Weidner, Taltal Levi, Martina Liebig, Kai Lüftner, Sebastian Meschenmoser, Jessica Meserve, Thomas Meyer, Lisa Moroni, Erwin Moser, Jürg Obrist, Josef Palecek, Baptiste Paul, Lorenz Pauli, Marcus Pfister, Rose Pflock, Barbara Piatti, Celestino Piatti, Anne-Christin Plate, Willy Puchner, Rashin, Wiebke Rauers, Carol Roth, Frenci Sanna, Antonie Schneider, Noemi Schneider, Binette Schroeder, Linda Schwalbe, Alain Serres, Sid Sharp, Selda Marlin Soganci, Eve Tharlet, Max Velthuijs, Julie Völk, Jule Wellerdiek, Sophia Weinmann, Brigitte Weninger, Udo Weigelt, Brendan Wenzel, Józef Wilkon, Linda Wolfsgruber, Lisbeth Zwerger and many, many more.

Current awards

  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2024 – Torben Kuhlmann: Die graue Stadt
  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2024 – Lena Anlauf & Vitali Konstantinov: Geniale Ohren
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2024 – Nominiert in der Kategorie Bilderbuch
    Donna Lambo-Weidner & Carla Haslbauer: Es gibt keine Drachen in diesem Buch
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2024 – Nominiert in der Kategorie Kinderbuch
    Sid Sharp: Der Wolfspelz
  • Luchs 2024 – Anne-Christin Plate: Die Blumenfrau
  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2023 – Noemi Schneider und GOLDEN COSMOS: Ludwig und das Nashorn
  • Serafina - Nachwuchspreis Illustration 2023 – Carla Haslbauer: Es gibt keine Drachen in diesem Buch

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Earhart

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Fall 2024, 128 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold: Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, World English

Epic illustrations, a narrative cleverly interwoven with human history and a surprising plot - these are the ingredients of Torben Kuhlmann's mouse adventures. In the fifth volume, he pays tribute to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Against all odds, she campaigned to free women from their role corsets, which is why she remains an icon of the women's rights movement to this day.

The Best Daddy of All

  • Peter Horn
  • Illustrated by Jessica Meserve
  • Fall 2024, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: French, Italian, Romanian, World English

Every dad is different, but they're all great! Sebastian the tortoise and his dad spend a day together. They meet other animals and Sebastian gets to guess which dad does what. At the end of the golden fall day, the two of them snuggle up in a pile of leaves. Because cuddling is what Sebastian's dad does best of all!

The Magic Cube

  • Daniel Fehr
  • Illustrated by Golden Cosmos
  • Fall 2024, 48 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, World English

Everyone knows the Magic Cube. Fascinated, you start to turn it. Soon all the color fields are mixed up. How can the cube be put back in order? And how does it even work? In this book, a child and two friends set out to find the answers.

The Three-Year Tumble

  • Dayeon Auh
  • Illustrated by Dayeon Auh
  • Fall 2024, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Spanish (North America)

The grandfather has to cross a mountain regularly. Legend has it that if you fall on this mountain, you only have three years to live. One day, disaster strikes: the grandfather falls! Shortly before the three years are up, his granddaughter helps change his perspective. All of a sudden, the mountain takes on a whole new meaning.

Wish You Were Here: Postcards from Franz Kafka

  • Bernadette
  • Illustrated by Bernadette
  • Fall 2024, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Romanian, World English

This anecdote about Franz Kafka writing postcards from a doll’s perspective to cheer up a little girl has already inspired several stories, but Bernadette has found her very own approach to it.

The Song of the Angels

  • Kerstin Hau
  • Illustrated by Selda Marlin Soganci
  • Fall 2024, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Romanian, World English

A tender, touching Christmas story about a little angel finding his purpose. Painted with gouache and pencils on spruce wood, giving the illustrations a very special effect and warmth.

The Gray City

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Fall 2023, 64 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, World English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

Robin moves to the city with her parents. Everything there is gray—house facades, people, even flowers. She sets out in search of color and uncovers a plot behind all the gray by the faceless Gray Company Inc. A strong example for colourfulness and diversity.

Bruno – Happy Easter

  • Serena Romanelli
  • Illustrated by Hans de Beer
  • Spring 2024, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Dutch, World English

Easter is just around the corner and for Bruno and his friends, that means painting Easter eggs. Mama Bear has an idea: she will hide the Easter eggs. For every egg found, there is a funny story.

The Word Treasure

  • Rebecca Gugger, Simon Röthlisberger
  • Illustrated by Rebecca Gugger, Simon Röthlisberger
  • Spring 2024, 48 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Dutch, World English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Turkish

Language is something sensual and full of relish, and it has great power. Little Oscar learns this when he finds a treasure chest full of words. With subtlety and humor, Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger tell of the conscious use of language.

Worm’s Lost and Found

  • Jule Wellerdiek
  • Illustrated by Jule Wellerdiek
  • Spring 2024, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Catalan, World English, Spanish

Worm’s Lost and Found is one of the best in the world. But then the unthinkable happens: the thoroughly reliable worm can’t find his hat!

Picture Day at Dino Play

  • Sean Julian
  • Illustrated by Sean Julian
  • Spring 2024, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Turkish

Frida wears her favorite hat for picture day. When it disappears, she is distraught. But in the end, she learns that generosity can make you happy - and simply makes new colourful hats with all her friends.

Big Sister, Long Coat

  • Nelly Buchet
  • Illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
  • Spring 2024, 40 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, World English

Two girls spend a day together in the big city. Nothing works out as planned, but in the end, everything turns out ... better!

Caterpillar Chryzzle

  • Andrew Bond
  • Illustrated by Julie Völk
  • Spring 2024, 32 pages, 18.5 x 28.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

In this humorous and profound story, we (literally!) expand our view with every turn of the page. We meet friends caterpillar and earthworm. One day, the caterpillar suddenly starts spinning. The earthworm thinks this very strange, but she is simply following her intuition, leading her to turn into a butterfly in the end.

Rumi

  • Rashin
  • Illustrated by Rashin
  • Fall 2023, 40 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover with gold foil
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold: Simplified Chinese

Even the most eminent poet was once a child - the life story of the famous persian scholar and poet Rumi. Beautifully illustrated by Rashin.

There Are No Dragons in this Book

  • Donna Lambo-Weidner
  • Illustrated by Carla Haslbauer
  • Fall 2023, 32 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover with pantone colours
  • Ages 4+

There are no dragons in this book! Wait, is that really true? There was one, right here, wasn’t it? A cheeky book that speaks directly to children and invites them to participate.

Wacky Witches and their Peculiar Familiars

  • April Suddendorf
  • Illustrated by April Suddendorf
  • Fall 2023, 48 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+

Every witch needs a pet by her side. The animal companions are just as original as their modern and versatile witches. The clever rhymes give a glimpse into their everyday lives.

We Are All Penguins

  • Marcus Pfister
  • Illustrated by Marcus Pfister
  • Fall 2023, 32 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Dutch

At first glance all penguins look the same, but a closer look reveals that every penguin is different. Theo is the smartest, Felix has short stubby wings, and Lena is attracted to Ida. Each penguin has their own worries and fears, their own strengths and dreams. And yet, together they form a community.

The Little Christmas Tree

  • Thomas Meyer
  • Illustrated by Philippe Goossens
  • Fall 2023, 32 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover with glitter effect
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Taiwan (Chinese complex)

Alexis the smallest fir tree in the nursery for Christmas trees. When the animal families come to choose their fir tree, Alex is not noticed at first. But then Selma, a rabbit child discovers him and his potential to be a fantastic Christmas tree - because it’s not the size that matters.

Avocado Magic

  • Taltal Levi
  • Illustrated by Taltal Levi
  • Spring 2023, 48 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, French, Italian

Ellie is sulking – she celebrated her birthday yesterday, but she’s not even a little bit taller today! Dad tells Ellie a secret. It’s like the pit of an avocado – small and full of magic. Together they put the seed in a glass of water and we watch both Ellie and her avocado plant grow.

Don’t Be A Bully Little Tiger

  • Carol Roth
  • Illustrated by Rashin
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: China (Chinese simplified), Taiwan (Chinese complex)

A bully discovers small changes can make a big difference. For small tigers or anyone whose temperament runs away with them from time to time.

Let’s Build A Dam

  • Daniel Fehr
  • Illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages pages, 28 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: China (Chinese simplified), Catalan, Danish, World English, French, Italian, Spanish

Three siblings decide to build a dam. Soon, fishermen, pirates and even the King and his fleet get involved - showing us that children’s imaginations know no bounds.

Ludwig and the Rhinoceros

  • Noemi Schneider
  • Illustrated by GOLDEN COSMOS
  • Spring 2023, 40 pages pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover with three pantone colours
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Basque, China (Chinese simplified), World English, Italian, Spanish, Turkish

Do things only exist if you can see them? Little Ludwig contests this claim by arguing there is a rhinoceros in his bedroom. Perfect for little philosophers!

Genius Noses

  • Lena Anlauf
  • Illustrated by Vitali Konstantinov
  • Spring 2023, 64 pages pages, 23.3 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold: Danish, World English, Korean, Russian

An extraordinary non-fiction book full of curiosities from the animal kingdom. Beautiful illustrations show us the wonderful world of noses.

Adam and his Tuba

  • Žiga X Gombač
  • Illustrated by Maja Kastelic
  • Fall 2022, 32 pages, 251,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, World English, French, Slovenian

Two of the most famous Slovenian children’s book artists take us into the world of the circus. Meet Adam, who in a family of circus artists has the courage to follow his own path.

The Rainbow fish doesn't believe everything

  • Marcus Pfister
  • Illustrated by Marcus Pfister
  • Fall 2022, 32 pages, 21,5 x 28,7 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Please enquire about rights availability

A new Rainbow Fish story by Marcus Pfister. The little fish with sparkly scales is back with a timely reminder about telling tall tales.

Marie Beetle

  • Kai Lüftner
  • Illustrated by Wiebke Rauers
  • Spring 2022, 32 pages, 24,6 x 24,4 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

Ladybugs are cute, small and hum so nicely - not so Marie Jitter Bug! Her heart beats for Rock’n’Roll. A reminder to be who you are - there’s always a band waiting for you somewhere.

Sherlock Holmes

  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Illustrated by Hannes Binder
  • Spring 2022, 56 pages, 17,8 x 25 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold: World English

Join the most famous detective of all times on his final adventure in picturesque Switzerland. An exciting graphic novel for beginners.

A Garden for Us

  • Zoë Tucker
  • Illustrated by Julianna Swaney
  • Spring 2022, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Korean, Turkish

To everything there is a season in this beautiful story about gardening, loss and treasured memories.

The Clown said No

  • Mischa Damjan
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Fall 2021, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • World English, Dutch
  • Website

One day Clown Petronius decides that he no longer wishes to play the fool and starts his own circus to tell stories for children and poets alike.

My Mother’s Delightful Deaths

  • Carla Haslbauer
  • Illustrated by Carla Haslbauer
  • Spring 2021, 48 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold: World English

Mother is a glamorous opera star. As such she fascinates her audience with various death scenes.

In the Garden with Flori

  • Sonja Danowski
  • Illustrated by Sonja Danowski
  • Spring 2021, 56 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold: Chinese Simplified, World English, Russian, Romanian, Turkish

With the help of Flori the dog Linn takes care of grandfather’s garden.

Chick Chat

  • Janie Bynum
  • Illustrated by Janie Bynum
  • Spring 2021, 40 pages, 21,5 x 25,8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

Everyone in Chick’s family is too busy to chat with her. But when chatty baby Chick adopts a large egg—she finally finds a friend who is a good listener.

Badger's in a Bad Mood!

  • Moritz Petz
  • Illustrated by Amélie Jackowski
  • Fall 2004, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • World English, Chinese simplified, Chinese complex, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Rhaeto-Romanic, Slovenian, Thai
  • Website

A bad mood can be contagious!

Little Polar Bear Lars and the Panda Bears

  • Hans de Beer
  • Illustrated by Hans de Beer
  • Autumn 2020, 32 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

While investigating a delicious smell, little polar bear Lars accidently lands on a ship heading to China where he meets two lovely pandas. Can these new friends help him find his way home?

The Rainbow Fish

  • Marcus Pfister
  • Illustrated by Marcus Pfister
  • Autumn 1992, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Please inquire about rights availability

Nothing is more fun than sharing and giving Meet the Rainbow Fish, an international bestseller for more than 25 years.

Peace

  • Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul
  • Illustrated by Estelí Meza
  • Spring 2021, 40 pages, 21,5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Spanish

From a hello and pronouncing your friend’s name correctly to giving more than you take and saying I’m sorry, this simple concept book explores definitions of peace and actions small and big that foster it.

Hans Christian Andersen. The Journey of His Life

  • Heinz Janisch
  • Illustrated by Maja Kastelic
  • Spring 2020, 56 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

A carriage is driving towards Copenhagen. Inside are a little girl named Elsa, her mother and another passenger, who introduces himself only as Mr Andersen. Over the course of the journey the inquisitive Elsa asks the man a series of questions and he tells her how the son of a cobbler became an acclaimed writer of the “Fairy Tale of his life”.

Heinz Janisch tells the story of the great Danish writer’s life, weaving in elements of his most famous fairy tales along the way. Maja Kastelic mixes picture book and graphic novel techniques and uses different colour schemes to create a multi-layerd masterpiece.

Ida Pfeiffer and the World Beyond Mount Kaiserzipf

  • Linda Schwalbe
  • Illustrated by Linda Schwalbe
  • Spring 2020, 64 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to: World English

Ida has always had a mind of her own. Though living at a time when girls were still expected to be mothers and housewives, Ida dreams of being an explorer and going on expeditions. She bravely sets off on her first trip around the world, an adventurous journey over land and sea, discovering faraway lands and exotic people along the way. A wild, exuberant debut which pays homage to the explorer Ida Pfeiffer (1797 – 1858).

The Mountain

  • Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger
  • Illustrated by Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger
  • Spring 2021, 48 pages, 21.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Chinese Simplified, Croatian, Danish, World English, Farsi, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish

Every animal knows exactly what the mountain looks like – but apparently it looks different to everyone. How can that be? Could everyone be right in this light-hearted story about different perspectives?

Einstein – The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Autumn 2020, 128 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold: World English, Czech, Dutch, Farsi, French, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Russian

Instead of travelling back just one day in time to attend a missed cheese festival, the little mouse travels back eighty years. Will Albert Einstein be able to help him go back to his own time?

Ida and The Flying Whale

  • Rebecca Gugger
  • Illustrated by Simon Röthlisberger
  • Autumn 2018, 32 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Chinese Simplified, Croatian, Czech, World English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Korean, Romanian

What lies behind the sun, the moon, and the stars? Ida can’t stop thinking about these and other very important questions. Then one night, a flying whale wakes her and takes her on an amazing journey – where some of her questions are answered and even more created. This gentle, philosophical tale is a visual treat sure to fill curious little readers with wonder.

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Publisher and Managing Director Herwig Bitsche

Managing Director and Head of Marketing and Communication Nina Grünberger

Head of Administration Janine Moor

Data and Project Management Annika Kirsch

Public Relations and Events Jacqueline Frei

Social Media and Blogger Relations Anna Freytag

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