Edition bi:libri is one of the very first publishing house in Germany to specialize exclusively in multilingual children’s books. The company was founded in 2004 with the expressed goal of supporting bilingual children in both of their languages with children’s fiction. Our books provide linguistically inspiring designs and a wide range of illustration styles to appeal to every child’s taste. We select universal themes, such as friendship, tolerance, finding courage, facing fears, etc., to insure that our stories are understandable and interesting for native speakers of all of our target languages.
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More than 55 original titles have been produced by bi:libri since the company opened its doors, each in up to eleven different language versions.
Particularly successful is our series bilibrini – the little bilinguals for children from 2 years of age. Each softcover title provides its readers with the basic vocabulary for a particular topic (colors, clothes, zoo animals, etc.) in short, simple sentences. A word-picture strip at the bottom of each page supports the new vocabulary acquisition.
Our first readers series billi – I can read bilingually is appropriate for children from 6 years of age who can already read in two languages or who want to learn how.
An additional 15 titles have been published in the series NordSüd / bi:libri. These titles are the result of a cooperation with NordSüd Verlag, begun in 2008, that has allowed us to add famous characters such as The Rainbow Fish, The Little Polar Bear and Mats to our program and make them available in bilingual editions for our readers.
Our titles are currently being produced in the following languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish, each in combination with German. Several titles are also available in Kurdish/Kurmancî, Persian/Farsi and Tigrinya.
The flamingos have a wonderful life. But perhaps the sun, moon and stars shine brighter somewhere else? Aluna and Viviano want to find out, even if they have to fly to the other end of the world. What they do find on the way are new friends.
Stop peeping! Stop jumping! Stop dreaming! – But why? Let ’s just do it together… how nice! A picture book designed by language development experts to encourage reflection and suggest alternative solutions.
Chicken has ordered something in a big box and Rabbit is wondering what it could be. Surely something that would be useful on their island … but what?
A trunk-tying contest is just the thing for a boring afternoon! The quietest elephant can’t play; his trunk is too short. What bad luck! Or is it good luck after all?
Amazing what one can do with a box of nothing!
Sometimes bravery comes in very small packages.
“Everyone is talented,” Miss Waldmann says, but what about Pia? She can’t ride horses or do magic tricks. She doesn’t know how to play any instruments and she’s not very good at sports. But Miss Waldmann is right, and with the help of a new friend, Pia finds her special talent.
The adventure continues… In the second story, Arthur and Anthony and the other rat kids are looking for something to do. That’s when they notice a bottle floating in the water with a message in it! The message is cryptic and the kids first have to figure out what it means, before they can help the sender. Luckily, lots of really interesting characters in the neighborhood can help.
There are lots of things Tall Bird can do. Small Bird can do a few things too. A fun and silly tale of sibling rivalry.
There’s a lot to do and experience on a farm. In this book, you can learn about farm life from Hannah and her family.
One bear, two bears, three bears… Phew! It’s getting tight! This tenderly illustrated story is perfect for introducing young children to numbers and basic colors.
Ben wants to be like his dad today. But being just like Dad is not so easy. In the spirit of “mimicry is the best form of flattery,” Ben imagines his school day as if he were his father going to work. A sweet tribute to working dads.
Mark gets to go to the zoo with his grandma today – and comes out a hero!
Kurt is unhappy. The other kids at school never notice him, even though he keeps trying to do things to impress them. But then one day, when he‘s doing his own thing, he‘s suddenly the center of attention… Jessica Störmer brings us this sweet story that all children can relate to with imaginative illustrations that reflect how Kurt is feeling at each moment.
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