The Publishing House and its History

Carlsen Publishing was founded in 1953 by Per Hjald Carlsen as a subsidiary of the Danish publishing company Illustrationsforlaget/PIB. 1954 saw the first Pixi books published in the now universally recognised 10x10 cm format. With a total circulation to date of more than 460 million copies, ›Pixi‹ is the most successful picture book series in history.

In 1967 Carlsen encouraged German social acceptance of comics with the introduction of the ›Tintin‹ series created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. In 1997 Carlsen published the first Manga series titled ›Dragon Ball‹ in the Japanese reading direction of right to left. This set the tone for the success of Manga in the German market. Since 1998 Carlsen has published the ›Harry Potter‹ series, written by the British author Joanne K. Rowling. This release triggered an unprecedented worldwide reading phenomenon.

Apps, E-Books, interactive picture books and the digital fantasy labels »Impress« and »Dark Diamonds« reflect the diversity of the Carlsen publishing program.

Stories that Surprise!

Board books, activity books, picture books and nonfiction, narrative kids and young adult literature represent the spectrum of the Carlsen children and young adult list. Besides ›Pixi‹, ›Meine Freundin Conni‹, ›Lesemaus‹ and ›Ritter Rost‹ are highly popular brands for children aged from three to eight years.

The multiple award-winning list combines narrative literature of both German and internationally renowned authors and constantly surprises with successful debuts. Classics like ›Tintin‹, ›Gaston‹ and ›Spirou‹ still characterize the profile of Carlsen Comics, with the addition of an important and growing range of graphic novels. Increasingly, original editions by renowned German artists as e.g. Reinhard Kleist, Isabel Kreitz and Flix are being published. Carlsen Manga! presents amongst others the successful Japanese series ›One Piece‹ and ›Naruto‹ along with popular in-house productions by German designers as e.g. Melanie Schober and Martina Peters. The list of humorous titles is published under the label of Lappan and presents famous German cartoonists as Joscha Sauer and Ralph Ruthe alongside Uli Stein and many others.

Current awards

  • Jury der jungen Leser 2018 – Robin Roe: Der Koffer
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2018 – Dunja Schnabel: Hase, Fuchs und Reh fahren ... LKW!
  • Niedersächsisches Literaturstipendium für Kinder- und Jugendliteraturautoren 2018 – Kirsten Reinhardt
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2017 – Becky Albertalli: Nur drei Worte
  • Die Silberne Feder des Deutschen Ärztinnenbundes 2017 – Autorin: Anna Woltz, Übersetzerin: Andrea Kluitmann: Gips oder wie ich an einem einzigen Tag die Welt reparierte
  • Katholischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2017 – Autorin: Anna Woltz, Übersetzerin: Andrea Kluitmann: Gips oder Wie ich an einem einzigen Tag die Welt reparierte
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2017 – Michael Sieben: Ponderosa
  • Gustav-Heinemann-Peace Award for Children's and YA-Books 2016 – Reinhard Kleist: Der Traum von Olympia
  • Buxtehuder Bulle 2015 – Victoria Aveyard: Die rote Königin

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Theo knows what he wants

  • Franziska Seyboldt
  • Illustrated by Antje Drescher
  • 32 pages, 25.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Learning to say No is an important part of growing up.
Theo and Mr. No help kids to develop self-confidence and self-respect. Theo’s story encourages and explains playfully how important it is to say no, and to set boundaries.
A wonderful picture book about being strong.
Sample translation available.

Schlinkepütz, the Monster who was late

  • Susan Kreller
  • Illustrated by SaBine Büchner
  • 96 pages, 20 x 22.9 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to Romania, Hungary, Ukraine
  • Website

Schlinkepütz has simply got too much to do: making pizza, spring cleaning, delivering mail, taking triangle lessons – and now babysitting too! No wonder he’s constantly running late, things always go wrong for him and everything is completely chaotic! But when you’ve got such monstrously good monster friends as he does, every tale still has a happy ending!
Sample translation available.

LeYo! series: The Airport

  • Spring 2016, 16 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4–7
  • Rights sold to Taiwan and GB
  • Website

LeYo! is discovery fun with book and app! LeYo! connects analog and digital worlds.

Available Topics: Airport, Trains, Birds, Forest, Dinosaurs, Knights, Pirats, Learning English, Music, Scarry Stories, Fairy Tales and many more...

School of Magical Animals: Holidays at Last (vol. 1)

  • Margit Auer
  • Illustrated by Nina Dulleck
  • Spring 2016, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Over 400,000 ›School of Magical Animals‹ books already sold and translations in 12 languages: the time has come to let the magical animals and their children off for the holidays.

A spin-off full of new holiday adventures from the series that everyone loves, and which has already become a children’s book classic.

The Firecracker Gang (vol. 1)

  • Sandra Grimm
  • Illustrated by Meike Haberstock
  • Spring 2016, 128 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A new series for wild boys: turbulent, hilarious and exciting. What do the boys of the Firecracker Gang want? An adventure of course! And that adventure arrives sooner than they think: someone disappears from the area and electronic equipment starts turning up in the woods...

Earl of Chewing-Gums

  • Kirsten Reinhardt
  • Illustrated by Marie Geißler
  • Spring 2017, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

At first, the old earl doesn’t know how to react when he meets the runaway Eli: What about his daily routines? But then, against all expectations, they become friends. Eli is even allowed to look at his secret collection of chewed chewing gums. Each one has a story. But Eli, too. At the end, not only Eli finds a new home, but also the chewed chewing gums…
Kirsten Reinhardt is incomparable – previous books have been translated into English, Turkish, Spanish and Catalan.

Please don’t open – Vicious!

  • Charlotte Habersack
  • Illustrated by Fréderic Bertrand
  • 240 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to Korea, Romania, Turkey
  • Website

“Please don’t open!” is written on the mysterious package which Nemo receives one day. Obviously Nemo opens it ... and then three things happen:

  1. a greedy yeti knight jumps out,
  2. it starts to snow outside – even though it’s the middle of summer, and
  3. the yeti starts to grow. Really tall! Two and a half metres tall!
    While Nemo’s home town descends into snowy chaos, Nemo and his friends are faced with a bit of a problem: how on earth do you hide a yeti? A turbulent race against time ensues ...

In the Year of the Monkey

  • Que Du Luu
  • Spring 2016, 288 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Mini is a banana: yellow on the outside, white on the inside. Her father however is through and through yellow: he can only speak broken German and runs a Chinese restaurant. When Mini’s tradition-conscious uncle comes to visit, he brings new life to her father’s restaurant – but Mini suddenly realises that she comes from a completely different culture. What’s more, her uncle forces them to confront their past again: their previous life in Vietnam and their escape to Europe.

Conni is angry

  • Liane Schneider
  • Illustrated by Janina Görrissen
  • Autumn 2017, 32 pages, 20 x 26.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 3+
  • Rights sold to Albania, China, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Website

CONNI is Germany’s best-known role model – growing up with the children. There are books for children age 3 and up, novels for the age groups 7+, 10+ and 12+.

We have just celebrated 25 years of CONNI at Carlsen, and would love to share our publishing experiences and success with you.

Content picture book:

Sometimes everyhing goes wrong: Conni experiences the feeling of anger and the need to give vent to it.

Little Sea of Childhood Dreams

  • Tamara Bach
  • Spring 2018, 144 pages, 14 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 14+
  • Website

Only this weekend. Just one more time staying in Grandpa’s old house in the middle of nowhere, where everything always was fine. That’s everything Ben – who just came of age and is stuck in school, family and life – wants. Getting out, if only for a few days. Together with his older sister Annika, who always was the more reasonable of both. A walk, an Easter bonfire, a toppled table and its consequences – nothing is the same in the end.

Starry Dreams

  • Sofie Cramer
  • Spring 2018, 288 pages, 15 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 11+
  • Website

Three girls, three wishes, one App that makes dreams come true. Leni wants to be Nick’s girlfriend. Amelie doesn’t want her parents to divorce, and Paula could have been a star by now, but her parents won’t allow her to go to drama school. If a mysterious App can help them, wouldn’t it be worth trying?

A story of friendship, love and family. The App connects the three girls, also in real life.


  • Jan Birck
  • Illustrated by Jan Birck
  • Spring 2018, 128 pages, 17.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 6+
  • Right sold to The Netherlands
  • Website

Storm is the most cheeky boy you can imagine, that’s why his parents make him attend a convent school. But, all Storm really wants is to become a warrior … When one day, Storm and his dog are kidnapped by a viking, he sees the chance of a lifetime: finally he can prove that he is a dab hand at being brave and wild! That’s easier said than done, but then Storm makes an epoch-making invention: Football!

Start of a new series by bestselling author Jan Birck!

Wild Animals in the City

  • Katalina Brause
  • Illustrated by Wiebke Rauers
  • Spring 2018, 144 pages, 17.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Website

A group of desert animal friends (desert Fox, a dromedary, a grumpy chameleon and a belligerent termite) live peacefully in the desert of Sandara. When in the neighbouring City “Turboland” a motor racing is about to take place, they decide to participate, everyone for their own reason, fighting the “Big Three”, their obnoxious counterparts... Start of a new series!

Daddy can do (nearly) everything

  • Günther Jakobs
  • Illustrated by Günther Jakobs
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 25 x 25 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Website

A sensitive and warmhearted story about what children love about their father and what makes him their hero: and it’s not only that he can drive a car and knows how to repair toys ... there is so much more!

Looking for a new home!

  • John Chambers
  • Illustrated by Henrike Wilson
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 25.55 x 27.6 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Website

A penguin family goes on a risky journey to reach a place of safety after their home is endangered by war, in order to start a new life there.

Facing the inhabitants of the unknown land, the little penguin hopes for new friends and takes the first step towards them. A story about courage, friendship and empathy – and about finding a new home!


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Publishers Renate Herre, Joachim F. Kaufmann

Editorial Department Anne Bender, Frank Kühne, Klaus Schikowski, Kai-Steffen Schwarz

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