ATRIUM Children's Books, Arctis, WooW Books

Atrium Books Publishing House and History

Atrium is a trade publisher focused on fiction. It was founded in 1935 in Switzerland and its initial purpose was to protect the work of Erich Kästner from the Nazis. Up to this day, Erich Kästner is one of the most popular and most successful children’s books authors and Atrium holds the world rights to all of his works.

Atrium Children’s Books
“Don’t allow your childhood to be driven out!” is one of Erich Kästners most salient sentences. To Atrium, this profound statement is also an obligation, an obligation to continue publishing children’s books in his spirit.

Arctis was founded 2016. It publishes a well selected, top-class programme of realistic and fantastic young adult titles, consisting national as well as international authors. From epic Fantasy to realistic contemporary themes to historical novels, there is something for almost every taste.

WooW Books
WooW Books is an imprint of Atrium Verlag and was founded in 2016. As the name suggests, the programme stands for special and surprising children´s literature which conjures a »wow-feeling« while reading.

Don’t allow your childhood to be driven out!

Erich Kästner


Atrium children's Books

“Don’t allow your childhood to be driven out!” – Books in the spirit of Erich Kästner

Alongside the popular classics of Erich Kästner, Atrium children’s books publishes a mixture of rediscovered children’s books classics and books by contemporary authors for children between 4 and 12 years of age.

Our classics are timeless and therefore appeal to a new generation of young readers who can discover books their parents and grandparents may have read as children. As such, our classics are directed at both children and their parents who love to travel back to their own pasts (and refuse to let their childhoods be driven out). Atrium has published the following classics: “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott,” “The little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein and “Anne of Green Gables” adapted by Kallie George.

Our books by contemporary authors take children and their problems seriously. Just as the books of Kästner, they tell stories that deal with important topics young readers are confronted with in their modern daily lives. Outstanding examples of this are “The Boy at the back of the class” by Onjali Q. Raúf, “Willkommen in der Villa Bernstein” by Antje Bones and “Die Hafenpiraten” by Ortwin Ramadan.

Imprint Arctis

The Arctis program is aimed at young people and young adults aged 14 and over who are enthusiastic about unforgettable stories. There are about five new releases every six months. Arctis is characterized above all by a well thought-out program selection. You can find something special in every of our genres.
Epic fantasy does not always have to come from North America, as the bestseller series “The Raven Rings” by the Norwegian author Siri Pettersen proves. In the realistic contemporary world, we look at LGBTQ love stories with the author duo Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera and, with titles such as “Words on bathroom walls” and “Sicherheit ist eine verdammt fiese Illusion”, we also successfully tackle disease issues and raise awareness of them. Other titles such as “MOXIE” and “My eyes are up here” show that feminist literature is not only important, but also extremely entertaining.
The Arctis program is completed by our small library of memories with the titles “Almost Autumn” and “The Last Paper Crane”. Both illuminate historical events from completely new perspectives and in a literary way.

Our program includes established bestselling authors such as Benjamin Lebert, Roshani Chokshi, Mats Strandberg and Claire McFall, but also new voices with great potential for the future, such as those from Kyra Groh, Rosaria Munda, Julia Walton or Laura Zimmermann.

Anyone who holds an Arctis book in their hands knows that we not only focus on something special
in terms of content, but that we also give the look and haptic of our books something impressive, for
example through special finishes, color cuts or linen bindings.

Imprint WooW Books

The programme is aimed at children aged 5 to 12 and stands for a varied, colourful mix of books.
Besides exciting adventures with a pinch of magic, such as the internationally acclaimed fantasy book “The Wild Folk” by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, you can also find special illustrated stories to read aloud to children. The characters are often funny – for example the lovable Stinky Dog, as well as Loranga, the best dad in the world, who always runs around with a coffee pot cosy on his head. The list is complemented by realistic novels about topics on everyday life of children. “South is always somewhere” by the award-winning Norwegian author Marianne Kaurin chronicles child poverty and bullying at school.
Narrative non-fiction books add the final touch to the list. So far, WooW Books has published a biography about the famous children´s books writer Astrid Lindgren and the opulently illustrated volumes about Nordic mythology by the Swedish bestselling illustrator Johan Egerkrans.
Apart from Marianne Kaurin and Johan Egerkrans, many other acclaimed Scandinavian authors and illustrators found a home at WooW Books publishing house: Barbro Lindgren, Ole Lund Kirkegaard, Klaus Hagerup and Lisa Aisato.

Current awards

  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Shel Silverstein: Der Baum, der immer glücklich war
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera: Was ist mit uns
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Adam Silvera: Was mir von dir bleibt
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Stephan Christ, Tim Köhler (Ill.): In 0,8 Sekunden um die Welt

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The Mark of The Eight

  • Benjamin Lebert
  • March 2020, 324 pages, 13,8 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 14+
  • All rights available

With his uniquely masterful style star author Benjamin Lebert tells a story full of dark secrets, myths and menace set against the backdrop of the Black Forest. A portal has opened in the depths of the woods. Two creatures from a long-forgotten time have come into our world. Once they were humans, knowing each other well. Their paths have crossed time and again, but now they are messengers in search of six remaining companions to fight the final battle. In the end there have to be five Messengers of Doom against the three Messengers of Safeguarding. And only one person will survive in order to determine our future ...

• The author's novel "Crazy" has been sold in Germany more than 1.2 million times and was translated into 33 languages
• A thrilling, dark and fantastic all age novel
• "Since many years Benjamin Lebert belongs to the most interesting literary voices in Germany" (Joachim Scholl, Deutschlandradio Kultur)

Safety is Just a Mean Illusion

  • Kyra Groh
  • March 2020, 464 pages, 13,8 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 14+
  • All rights available

Sometimes Mia imagines her disease to be an enviable superpower. In reality, it is actually quite problematic if you're not able to feel pain and are prone to constantly harm yourself without recognizing. Mia knows this ever since that one night when she lost her mother. The tormenting memories are her biggest secret. At least until she meets Jake who fights his own sorrows in the gym owned by Mia's father. He is the only one she can confide, and he tells her about the dark parts of his life, too. Though they are as different as can be, Mia for the first time has the feeling that safety might actually be more than a mean illusion.

• An authentic young adult voice hitting a funny, vibrant tone
• Including a link to the Spotify playlist covering the songs from the book

Danger is our Business

  • Illustrated by Uwe Heidschötter, black and white illustrations
  • October 2019, 192 pages, 15,0 x 20,0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 10+
  • All rights available

Harald fits in with the little town at the NorthSea like chilli pepper on a chocolate cake. He dreams of being a private investigator, but unfortunately nothing ever happens behind the dikes. Then, a sheep from the eighbouring farm disappears and Harald sees his chance to investigate his first case!
Wiebke, the nighbour girl, joins him and their search leads them into the bleak urban jungle. There, they encounter clever female detective Sam and their Detective Agency Thunderclap is complete. The case turns out to be way more complicated than expected and only together they can look into the eyes of danger.

This title is the start of a series with the following case published in Spring 2020 and the next book
coming up in Autumn 2020.

• Even Sherlock Holmes could take a leaf out of this book
• Including rules how to become a master detective

Jakob, Tilda and the Mind Pirates

  • Andreas Coordes
  • Illustrated by Jan Birck, coloured illustrations
  • August 2019, 192 pages, 15,0 x 20,0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 9+
  • All rights available

Jakob has two proper pirate friends: Bonny, a bold helmswoman with a parrot on her shoulder, and Smut - a witty ship's cook with a large belly and an eye patch. But only Jakob can see them because they are living in his imagination. After his father's death the pirates found their way into his head. With them Jakob makes his life into an exciting pirate adventure where he is the captain of his own ship! He doesn't need other friends - not even the very realistic neighbour girl Tilda. But she is not shaken off easily. Together with Tilda and the Mind Pirates Jakob hurls himself into a fantastic treasure hunt. Though finally, Jakob realizes that real friendship is the greatest treasure you can ever find.

• A touching story about real friendship, dealing with loss and the power of imagination
• Motion picture is planned

Time for Christmas Elves

  • Kristina Kreuzer
  • Illustrated by Kai Würbs, coloured illustrations
  • September 2018, 144 pages, 15,0 x 20,0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 7+
  • Rights sold to USA

When a new family moves in with the farm near the forest, the gnome Nisse is very happy. At last he can tend the farm animals once again, as it is tradition among the Swedish gnomes. But then things take a different direction than expected. Nisse learns that Santa Clause's head quarter needs little helpers as he is especially busy at the time. But in order to become a Christmas Elf Nisse must undergo a retraining: making gifts, baking cookies and many more tasks. Luckily, the farm animals are willing to help him achieving his goal. Will Nisse really accompany Santa Clause on Christmas Eve in his slide?

A Fabulous Christmas book with 24 chapters

The Grandma Adoption

  • Maren von Klitzing
  • Illustrated by Nina Hammerle, coloured illustrations
  • October 2017, 190 pages, 15,0 x 20,0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • Rights sold to France

Emma and her brother Elias would like nothing more than having a real grandma, baking them pies, knitting them woollen socks and reading to them! But you can’t choose your family – or can you? When the kids start searching in a retirement home, they get to know cheerful Greta and are instantly becoming close. There is just one little snag: Greta is not acting like a normal granny at all. Instead she is packed full of surprises ...

Summer on Bumblebee Island

  • Svenja Stein
  • Illustrated by Naeko Walter, coloured illustrations
  • March 2020, 160 pages, 21,5 x 25,8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 7+
  • All rights available

Summer is nowhere as beautiful as on Bumblebee Island! Selma and her best friend Maja totally agree: Whether they roam through the forest on a treasure hunt or celebrate midsummer's eve - the island offers an endless number of adventures waiting for them. This summer they will go on a very special mission: Searching the Dike Bumblebee which is in danger of extinction. Together with Bumblebee Researcher Johan and his son Marre they follow the tracks of this rare insect and learn how to build a bug hotel.

• A must-read summer story for nature lovers!
• Containing interactive pages for researchers, explorers and fans of handicrafts

The Cat With a Hat

  • Deesi und Simon Ruge
  • Illustrated by Reinhard Michl, coloured illustrations
  • October 2019, 208 pages, 16,5 x 23,2 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 7+
  • All rights available

Since the Augsburger Puppenkiste made The Cat With a Hat into a movie, the book has reached a cult status. Now this timeless classic reappears with new fantastic illustrations by Reinhard Michl.
Originally, the Cat with a Hat wanted to travel to Hamburg. But then the train terminates in Stackeln an der Kruke. Because she likes this place, the Cat rents a house in Prune Alley which belongs to Director Mouthwipe and has remained empty for a long time. This is because Mister Mouthwipe had an unhappy childhood there which still lingers in its walls. Luckily, the Cat with a Hat agrees to bring a lot of joy with her when moving in. But this doesn't work when you're alone. Step by step other homeless creatures join her: a chicken, a lama, a centipede, a dog who sailed the seas as captain and many more. Together they turn the house upside down until nothing of the unhappy childhood remains.

• A children’s classic with new illustrations
• More than 90,000 copies sold in the past

Welcome to Amber Manor

  • Antje Bones
  • Illustrated by Miryam Specht, black and white illustrations
  • July 2019, 208 pages, 15,0 x 20,0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • All rights available

Welcome to Amber Manor: Here Ava, Joshua and Laerke spend their summertime. Together they overcome their homesickness, become friends and make the acquaintance of Korl, who leads a different life than the other adults. A big adventure and a plea for less prejudices and more tolerance. Ava always had difficulties breathing. Thus, she is sent to Amber Manor at the German Baltic Sea for the next six weeks. She feels queasy being away from her parents for such a long time. Luckily, there are others: Laerke, Joshua and the loner Korl. He lives solitary in a hut near the forest, which is why many villagers don't like him. But you can learn so much from him. For example, where to find amber. When the beloved dog of a local villager disappears, Korl is the first one to get the blame. Ava, Joshua and Laerke though are certain that Korl never would harm a fly. They decide to prove his innocence ...

The Little Man and the Little Miss

  • Erich Kästner
  • Illustrated by Kai Würbs, coloured illustrations
  • June 2019, 208 pages, 21,5 x 25,8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • All rights available

This Erich Kästner classic comes with new illustrations and in a bigger format for parents to read together with their children. Rediscover the story of a cheeky two-inch-tall boy called Maxie Pichelsteiner who sleeps in a matchbox! In this new adventure Maxie is made the subject of a film and a television series and will meet another tiny person that might change his whole life …


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