Annette Betz Verlag

© Britta Teckentrup, »Felix Frosch«, Annette Betz 2019

The Publishing House and its History

Annette Betz was founded in Munich in 1962 and added to the Ueberreuter publishing house in 1966. Since January 2014, Ueberreuter Kinder- und Jugendbuchverlag and Annette Betz Verlag share a joint management with G&G Verlag in Vienna, but remain situated in Berlin.

Program

Annette Betz publishes picture books, combining high literary and artistic quality. The publishing house is known for its true classics, such as the »Brambly Hedge«-series by Jill Barklem or »Badger’s Parting Gifts« by Susan Varley, as well as picture books by rising new talents. Well known are e.g. Michael Engler and Joëlle Tourlonias, whose »Elefantastic«-series has become a favorite with parents and children alike, or the inventive picture books by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel or Isabel Pin.

Especially popular are the beautifully illustrated musical picture books, that give young children a gentle introduction into the world of classical and modern music. A CD, included in the book, allows children to enjoy the pieces of music while reading and observing the storyline. Thanks to the age-appropriate form, even pre-school children can enjoy operas such as »The Magic Flute«, or classical pieces like »The Moonlight Sonata«. In November 2014, »The Magic Flute« was awarded a gold record in the category »Kids Award« for more than 100.000 copies sold in Germany, in 2016 Austria followed. With the new series »My first musical picture book« Annette Betz introduces even the youngest book lovers – up from 3 years of age – to the world of classical music.

Titles available: about 220

Authors and Illustrators

Authors

Kristina Dumas, Jonathan Emmett, Michael Engler, Guido van Genechten, Susa Hämmerle, Rudolf Herfurtner, Heinz Janisch, Johanna Lindemann, Paul Maar, Susanne Riha, Barbara Rose, Marko Simsa, Emma Thompson, Brigitte Weninger u.a.

Illustrators

Birgit Antoni, Helga Bansch, Éric Battut, Maren Briswalter, Anette Bley, Doris Eisenburger, Barbara Firth, Annegert Fuchshuber, Katharina Grossmann-Hensel, Ina Hattenhauer, Silke Leffler, Isabel Pin, Caroline Ronnefeldt, Katharina Sieg, Susanne Straßer, Britta Teckentrup, Joëlle Tourlonias, Christa Unzner, Sam Usher, Ina Worms u.a.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2018 – Britta Teckentrup: Weck bloß Tiger nicht auf!

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Carnival of the Animals

  • Marko Simsa
  • Illustrated by Birgit Antoni
  • Spring 2016, 40 minutes, 24 pages, 24 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to China, Korea
  • Website

Lions, Elephants, Chickens, and Donkeys—all are here to celebrate the Carnival of the Animals as it leads off with dancing, singing, music, and even playful tricks. Would you also like to join in, roaring like a Lion through the arena or trying to stomp like the Elephants? If only! Young audiences will experience the music of Camille Saint-Saens through a colorful story by bestselling author, Marko Simsa, with wonderful illustrations by Birgit Antoni.

Musical picture book for the youngest audience from age 3 up.

Anna, Anton, Sweetheart

  • Kristina Dumas
  • Illustrated by Ina Worms
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Our name is very special, we hear it every day, we shorten it or we dream about one we might like better. Where does a name come from? The author presents fascinating facts about names from different cultures. Inuits often take the name of a best friend and also become a relative. Indians receive a new name as teenagers. Our parents name us after heroes, relatives, famous stars, athletes. The first “Name Book” for children. Map with names from the entire world.

Elephantastic Journey – Onward to India

  • Michael Engler
  • Illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to China, Turkey
  • Website

Elephant Timbo is sad. It’s his cousin’s birthday, but he can’t be there because India is too far away! But no problem, his friends Anton and Louise believe in showing up, so they strike out on their own. The big Splash-Birthday-Party awaits their arrival in India and indeed, they have way-too-much-fun plashing together in the Indian Ocean....in their Imagination.

My Mum is a Superhero

  • Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • Illustrated by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to China, Estonia, Taiwan, Vietnam
  • Website

“My mum is good at everything”, said Marta. “Oh really? At what for example?” asked Paul. And that’s how it all began… Paul and Marta start bragging at nursery school about all of the fantastic things their mothers can do. Their mothers are incredibly great and the kids get louder and louder until both finally exclaim, “My mum is a SUPERHERO!” When Marta’s and Paul’s mothers come to pick them up, it is finally time to end the dispute. But wait. Marta has one more question for Paul: “And your dad?”

Tidying up for Beginners

  • Kristina Dumas
  • Illustrated by Ina Worms
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Romania
  • Website

“What’s this mess?” Mama scolds. “Clean this room right now!” Tom and Marie have to tidy up their room again! But it is not that bad! There are a lot of things you can learn about cleaning up, such as how birds keep their nests tidy or how nomad children keep their tents in order. Tom and Marie’s friend, Lazybones, does not like all these stories about tidiness and cheekily puts his oar in. But the children continue tidying up because there is so much to discover.

Hans and Hare

  • Isabel Pin
  • Illustrated by Isabel Pin
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

I don’t like pet names! Hans is old enough. He can spread jam on a slice of bread all on his own and it really annoys him that his parents still call him “Hare”. But they just won’t listen! So Hans decides to leave and discover the world – well, the back garden. There he meets a real hare, who turns his entire world upside down. After seeing how badly behaved hares really are, Hans’s parents realize that their own Hans is a thousand times better!

When I Was Your Age

  • Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • Illustrated by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to Denmark, Vietnam
  • Website

INCREDIBLE! – BUT TRUE?

“When I was your age, I was always well behaved!”, says Granny. “When I was your age, I built airplanes!”, says Pierre. “When I was your age, I could speak to animals!”, says Mama. Mr Werner from next door says nothing. I’m sure he was never a child anyway. Were all adults children once upon a time? And can you really believe everything they tell you about when they were young? When grown-ups talk about being little ...Great ideas for conversations with Dad, Grandma and any other grown-ups in your life. With humour and warmth, Katharina Grossmann-Hensel presents stories from “everyday” family life.

Götz von Grützwurst and the Bravest of Them All

  • Barbara Rose
  • Illustrated by Sascha Morawetz
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

An adventure book for any boy or girl with a passion for knights with a lovely message: Sometimes, the greatest of courage is shown by the smallest of us all. A mysterious messenger races into the city and shoots a message at the church door with his bow and arrow. Wanted: A noble squire for the even nobler knight, Götz von Grützwurst. When: Right now and not a moment later. Where: On Tin Can Mountain. Rudi thinks he’d be perfect for the job, but the other wannabe squires are no lightweights! It’s a good job that Rudi’s little rat, Karlchen, is on hand to help him. This is sure to be their greatest adventure yet!

Falling Asleep for Beginners

  • Kristina Dumas
  • Illustrated by Ina Worms
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

“But I’m not even tired!” Anna is a night owl, but Emil is more of an early bird. And the sheep is interested in everything to do with sleeping. The three have lots to learn – about animals and people that sleep all day or fall asleep in the oddest places. Who would have thought that there was so much to find out about sleeping? For instance: about sleepyheads and early risers, about fairy tales and figures of speech, about sleepwalking, snoring, beds, and so much more …This is the first non-fiction picture book to explore the topic of “falling asleep”. The book uses humour to present curious facts from the animal world, other countries and world-famous fairy tales. Includes a host of tips and tricks on falling asleep – from children, for children.

I Like Grandmapa

  • Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • Illustrated by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Grandmapa are the best!
‘This is Grandmapa. They like to travel a lot, but sometimes they’re at home. And then I visit them!’ This is how a little girl introduces her grandparents. After all, the visits to her grandparents are very special: they enthusiastically play hide and seek, even if Grandma is the worst at hiding in the world and grandpa is the worst at lying … but maybe that’s what makes it so fun? Katharina Grossmann-Hensel dedicates this picture book to the particularly unique relationship between grandchildren and grandparents.

Includes a finding game: who can find the dog and the owl on every page?

Manners for Beginners

  • Kristina Dumas
  • Illustrated by Ina Worms
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to Romania
  • Website

A book about slurping and spilling.

The pigdog behaves itself pretty badly. What do you even need manners for? – Exactly this question and many others are answered in ‘Manners for beginners’ – what are table manners? Where did they come from? What does ‘being well-mannered’ mean in other cultures? There is a lot to discover about this topic! For example: Table manners for the Greeks, the Romans and in the middle ages, kissing and hand shaking, the famous curtsey and lots more … well-mannered?... is dead easy with this book!

Curious information funnily presented for children.

Peter and the Wolf – The Musical Fairy Tale by Sergej Prokofjew

  • Illustrated by Susanne Smajic
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 21.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The instruments of the orchestra tell a story …
Peter opens the garden gate and goes to the big field early in the morning. His Grandpa, however, gets annoyed as he left the gate open. ‘That’s dangerous. What if the wolf comes out of the forest, huh?’. But Peter isn’t afraid. Along with his friends, the little bird, the cat and the duck, he once and for all takes it up with the wolf! In the famous musical fairy tale by Sergej Prokofjew the instruments of an orchestra are tunefully introduced.

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Contact

Annette Betz Verlag in der Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

Prinzenstraße 85 D
10969 Berlin

Germany

Phone +49 (0)30 652 16 23-10

office@ueberreuter.de
www.annettebetz.de

Contact Person

Managing Director/Publisher Georg Glöckler

Editorial Department Kim Laura Franzke, Christiane Lawall

Marketing Matthias Engel (-31)

Public Relations & Events Gunde Dorner (-33)

Foreign Rights Julia Balogh (-25)

Sales Armin Kolb (-11)