The Publishing House and its History

Rotfuchs is one of the first and most renowned children's and YA book programmes in the German-speaking world. Founded in 1972 by Uwe Wandrey, the eye-catching white paperbacks with the fox comic on the back stood for committed, contemporary literature that children and young people loved to read. Many titles found their way into school reading, including "Wir warten auf den Gurkenkönig" by Christine Nöstlinger or "Papa, was ist ein Fremder" by Tahar Ben Jelloun. In its now 50-year history, Rotfuchs has published a large number of bestsellers and award-winning titles. Our best-known brands include "Bobo Siebenschläfer" by Markus Osterwalder and "Der kleine Vampir" by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.


Today, Rotfuchs offers a cheerful and colourful list of children's books as well as ambitious, engaging YA books, ranging from cardboard picture books to high literature.

Authors and Illustrators

Our authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Rüdiger Bertram, Simon Farnaby, Franziska Gehm, Kerstin Gulden, Sarah Jäger, Philip Kerr, Sabine Ludwig, Holly-Jane Rahlens and David Walliams. Our Illustrators include Dorothée Böhlke, Julia Christians, Nina Dulleck, Anke Faust, Amelie Glienke, Anke Kuhl, Marine Ludin, Lea Melcher, Tony Ross, Annabelle von Sperber and Miriam Zedelius.

Current awards

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2023 – Nominiert
    Holly-Jane Rahlens: Future Fairy Tales – Geschichten aus einer anderen Welt
  • EMYS-Sachbuchpreis 2023 – Februar
    Beatrix Mannel mit Illustrationen von Karolina Benz: Wer schläft, wer wacht in der Nacht von
  • Goldene Leslie 2023 – Shortlist des rheinland-pfälzischen Jugendbuchpreises
    Sarah Jägers: Schnabeltier Deluxe
  • Bookstar 2022 – Nominiert
    Kerstin Gulden: Fair Play
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2022 – Nominiert
    Sarah Jäger: Die Nacht so groß wie wir
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Lev Grossman: Der Silberpfeil
  • Manfred-Mai-Preis für Kinderliteratur 2022 – Katja Reiders: Cool in 10 Tagen
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2021 – Sarah Jäger: Nach vorn, nach Süden
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Linn Skåber: Being young - Uns gehört die Welt
  • Oldenburger Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2021 – Kerstin Gulden:Fair Play
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Sarah Jäger: Nach vorn, nach Süden
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Linn Skåber: Being Young: Uns gehört die Welt

Foreign Rights Highlights

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The Secret of Darmnoor Hall

  • Nina Scheweling
  • Illustrated by Cornelia Haas
  • Spring 2023, 384 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The three friends Kate, Billy and Gus stumble by chance upon a treasure hunt that should have taken place a hundred years ago. But no one seems to have found the legendary Amulet of the Winds yet. The friends decide to recover the treasure despite the dangers that this search entails. They have to find out what happened in Darkmoor-on-Sea one hundred years ago. What were the smugglers doing in the disused mine? Why did a ship wreck on the rocks of Lighthouse Island? Who was buried in the anonymous grave in the cemetery? And why did Gus’ great-grandfather hold such a grudge against his aristocratic family that he sent them on a treasure hunt, but in truth did not want them to find the treasure at all?

Who Sleeps Who Wakes in The Forest?

  • Beatrix Mannel
  • Illustrated by Karolina Benz
  • Autumn 2022, 64 pages, 21.0 x 28.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to The Netherlands
  • Website

Let’s head out into the night! Which animals are nocturnal and use unusual hunting strategies in the darkness?A beautifully designed work of non-fiction with 28 atmospheric oil paintings that depict the night not only as dark but in all its facets.Exciting and surprising facts about the sleep behaviour of 14 domestic and exotic animals.

Search and find: Construction sites

  • Fiete Koch
  • Illustrated by Fiete Koch
  • Spring 2023, 16 pages, 24 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

There is a lot to see in the city: new pipes are being laid and the asphalt is being renewed. The big apartment building is scaffolded and gets a roof. In a garden, a tree house is being built for the children and a blackbird works on its nest, too! At the airport, the terminal is being extended. Then it’s out of town – the motorway is being renewed and a wind turbine park is being developed. A bridge is being built and ants are working on their ant hill at the edge of the forest. Construction sites are everywhere!


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Rotfuchs in der S. Fischer Verlag GmbH

Hedderichstraße 114
60596 Frankfurt am Main


Phone +49 (0)69 60 62-0

Contact Person

Publishers Meike Knops, Susanne Krebs

Program Director Meike Knops

Public RelationsAlexandra Strohmeier

Events Stefanie Kisser

Marketing Steve Mancini

Sales Esther Hoffmann

Domestic Ilka Wesche

Foreign Ulrike Blank, Esther Mallm, Ilka Wesche

Audio Stefanie von Lieven