Annette Betz Verlag

© Birgit Antoni, »Herr Beethoven macht Musik«, Annette Betz 2020

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. In autumn 2019 Annette Betz is proud to publish music legend Sir Paul McCartney’s first picture book: »Hey Grandude!«.

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 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. The new series »Classics & Classical Music« combines world-famous children’s stories, such as »A Christmas Carol« and »Alice in Wonderland«, with newly composed symphonic music. Composer Henrik Albrecht, the renowned Radio Symphony Orchestra of the NDR and imaginative illustrators let beloved children’s book characters come to life!

Titles available: about 220

Authors and Illustrators

Authors

Henrik Albrecht, Kristina Dumas, Doris Eisenburger, Michael Engler, Guido van Genechten, Katharina Grossmann-Hensel, Susa Hämmerle, Rudolf Herfurtner, Jörg Hilbert, Laura Knowles, Johanna Lindemann, Paul McCartney, Stephanie Polák, Barbara Rose, Marko Simsa, Britta Teckentrup, Brigitte Weninger and others.

Illustrators

Birgit Antoni, Laura Bednarski, Doris Eisenburger, Katharina Grossmann-Hensel, Kathryn Durst, Felix Janosa, Barbara Korthues, Anna-Lena Kühler, Larisa Lauber, Josephine Pauluth, Stephan Pricken, Katharina Sieg, Susanne Smajić, Joëlle Tourlonias, Christa Unzner, Elisa Vavouri, Jann Wienekamp and others.

Current awards

Foreign Rights Highlights

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The Nutcracker

  • Heinz Janisch
  • Illustrated by Birgit Antoni
  • 24 pages,
  • age 3+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, Russia

Marie and her brother Fritz are waiting for their uncle Drosselmeier to come around with the Christmas presents. When he finally arrives, Marie gets a special gift: a Nutcracker. After having gone to bed, Marie dreams of the Nutcracker. Reality and dream mix and suddenly they fight together against the evil mice king.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Marko Simsa
  • Illustrated by Doris Eisenburger
  • 32 pages,
  • age 5+
  • Rights sold to Bulgaria, China, Russia

Puck, the cheeky goblin, leads us through this summer night full of magic, confusion and love. Who loves whom? Who is enchanted?
This written account of Shakespeare’s comedy is accompanied by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s music.

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.

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.

Elefantastic

  • Michael Engler
  • Illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias
  • 32 pages,
  • age 4+
  • Rights sold to Belgium, Romania, Russia, USA

A big parcel arrives – how exciting! And then there’s a talking stuffed elephant inside it. Anton can hardly believe his luck and sets off on an adventurous expedition with his new friend. Together, they climb Mount Kilimanjaro, meet lions in the steppes and swing from vine to vine in the jungle.
It’s a very exciting afternoon – until Anton’s mum interrupts. The parcel was actually meant for Luise next door…

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.

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.

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.

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?”

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.

Eltern richtig erziehen

  • Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
  • 32 pages,
  • age 4+
  • Rights sold to China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Denmark, Estland, Spain (+Catalan)

Everyone knows that parents aren’t perfect! So when a child first learns to talk, it’s time to pass on some kid rules. Whether it’s choosing what to wear or controlling phone etiquette, it is always important to keep parents in tow. The feisty little heroine in Katharina Grossmann- Hensel’s humorous and witty new picture book shares all of the steps required for effective Parent-Raising. In the end, she decides not be too demanding, even to give her parents a hug and kiss. And when a tiny sibling is born, the fun will begin all over again! Zany episodes from „normal“ family life enhanced by wacky illustrations.
The perfect gift for stressed-out parents, too!

Ich habe eine kleines Problem, sagte der Bär

  • Heinz Janisch
  • Illustrated by Silke Leffler
  • 32 pages,
  • age 4+
  • Rights sold to USA, Brazil, China, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Korea

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Contact

Annette Betz Verlag in der Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

Adalbertstr. 37-38
10179 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 Christiane Lawall, Kim Laura Franzke

Marketing Sandra Liedtke (-31)

Public Relations & Events Gunde Dorner (-33)

Foreign Rights Julia Balogh (-25)

Sales Armin Kolb (-11)