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, which currently consists of well-known authors like Siri Pettersen, Roshani Chokshi, Adam Silvera, Mats Strandberg, Jennifer Mathieu and Claire Legrand. Furthermore, there will be first original editions of German authors in Spring 2020.

WooW Books
The small boutique of children´s books was founded in 2016, in Hamburg, as an imprint of the Atrium Verlag. It is located in the heart of the city, in a red brick building, a stone’s throw away from the Goldbek canal.

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: “The little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, “Katze mit Hut” by Simon and Desi Ruge and “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

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 “Willkommen in der Villa Bernstein” by Antje Bones, “The Boy at the back of the class” by Onjali Q. Raúf and “Die Hafenpiraten” by Ortwin Ramadan.

Imprint Arctis

In addition to extraordinary fantasy books, there are special contemporary novels with strong and current issues. The programme is composed of young and exciting authors and award-winning books and addresses young people between 14 and 18 years, who want to be thrilled and inspired by unforgettable stories!

The current bestseller series is “Raven Rings”, the highly acclaimed trilogy by the Norwegian “Fantasy Queen” Siri Pettersen, while the literary historical YA novel “Almost Autumn” by Marianne Kaurin won two awards in her home country Norway. Others like Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera address their readers in an authentic youthful language, and with their presence on their social media channels. With bestseller author Benjamin Lebert und Kyra Groh there are also German voices on the Arctis list.

Imprint WooW Books

WooW Books publishes children books for readers aged between 5 and 12. The programme is an exciting mix of timeless, classic books and humorous, sometimes even a little eccentric stories. The common characteristics of all the publications: They are special, memorable and imaginative – and conjure a “WooW-Feeling” while reading.

Current awards

  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2018 – Jennifer Mathieu: Moxie. Zeit zurückzuschlagen


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ATRIUM Verlag AG, Imprint Arctis, Imprint WooW Books

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22303 Hamburg


Phone +49 40 607 706 600

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