Carl Hanser Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Since 1928, when it was founded by Dr. Carl Hanser, the correspondent Carl Hanser Verlag has been both publishing house for professional books and magazines as well as for literature. Today, both fields still play an important role. Hanser books can be found in every public library and on a lot of private book shelves: classic editions, poetry volumes, contemporary novels, current nonfiction books, ambitious and entertaining children’s literature, or comprehensive technical guidebooks.

In regards to the literary publishing house, many sophisticated authors of contemporary literature from all over the world – international and German-speaking countries – release their novels, anthologies of poetry, and essays in collaboration with Carl Hanser Verlag.

„Lesen heißt durch fremde Hand träumen.“

Fernando Pessoa

Paperbacks: dtv Reihe Hanser

Since 1999, Reihe Hanser, which is part of Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv), has been the preferred partner for publishing paperback editions of Hanser Kinderbuch. Additionally, Reihe Hanser releases original and German first editions.

Program

In 1993, the Carl Hanser Verlag launched a new section especially for young readers: the Hanser Kinderbuch. With Jostein Gaarder’s »Sophie’s World« - which, today, is still one of the best-selling books of all times for young readers – the new segment has experienced its first big success already in the initial year of existence. Since then, more than 800 titles have been published and a great amount of those books has been rewarded with literary prizes.

Right from the start, it was the aim of Carl Hanser Kinderbuch to keep up with the high standards of the adult fiction program. For this reason, books that are published by Hanser Kinderbuch, are very appealing for readers of all ages – of course, the focus is still lying on the preferential audience, children and adolescents.

In the upcoming years it will be the ambition of Hanser Kinderbuch to stay an essential and much valued provider of children’s literature. To reach this goal, the team of Hanser Kinderbuch will constantly surprise with new ideas and book projects in the future and will not be afraid of dealing with complex topics such as philosophy, death, and social diversity.

Authors and Illustrators

Amongst others, the following authors and illustrators characterize Hanser Kinderbuch: Jutta Bauer, Michael G. Bauer, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Quint Buchholz, Antje Damm, Mikael Engström, Per Olov Enquist, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Wolf Erlbruch, Amelie Freid, Jostein Gaarder, Jacky Gleich, John Green, David Grossmann, Jenny Han, Daniel Handler, Nikolaus Heidelbach, Elke Heidenreich, Sybille Hein, Helme Heine, Finn-Ole Heinrich, Franz Hohler, Stian Hole, Charlotte Inden, Hanna Johansen, Lene Kaaberbøl, Ole Könnecke, Rolf Lappert, Kilian Leypold, Manfred Mai, Reinhard Michl, Bart Moeyaert, Hildegard Müller, Joyce Carol Oates, Amos Oz, Raquel J. Palacio, Timo Parvela, Annette Pehnt, Jutta Richter, Rafik Schami, Tom Schamp, Karla Schneider, Peter Schössow, Claudia Schreiber, Anu Stohner, Janne Teller, Hans Traxler, Henrike Wilson, Mats Wahl, Elisabeth Zöller und Peter Zolling.

Current awards

  • Astrid-Lindgren-Gedächtnis-Preis 2019 – Bart Moeyaert
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Mathilda Masters/Louize Perdieus(Ill.): 321 Dinge, die du unbedingt wissen musst
  • Lesekünstler des Jahres 2019 – Silke Schlichtmann
  • Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Preis 2018 – Julya Rabinowich: Dazwischen: Ich
  • Katholischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2018 – Autorin: Lauren Wolk, Übersetzerin: Birgitt Kollmann: Das Jahr, in dem ich lügen lernte
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2018 – Martin Schäuble: Endland
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2018 – Ole Könnecke: Sport ist herrlich
  • Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres - Junior Wissensbücher 2018 – Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  • Illustrationspreis für Kinder- und Jugendbücher 2016 – Stian Hole: Morkels Alphabet

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Elvis and the Man with the Red Coat

  • Ole Könnecke
  • Autumn 2016, 32 pages, 19 x 19 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to France, Russia
  • Website

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! Music is playing and finally one can relax with a cup of coffee. Unless, a man with a red coat is standing at the door – in need of help! A hilarious Christmas story.

Where is Granny?

  • Peter Schössow
  • Illustrated by Peter Schössow
  • Autumn 2016, 64 pages, 25 x 26 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to UK/US
  • Website

Henry’s visit to his granny at the hospital turns into a little odyssey – but it’s fun, because there is so much to discover!
But the hospital is hu-mongous! People are everywhere. The normal ones must be visitors. The people in green, blue, and white coats must be working there. And the ones in plaster or with eyepatches, those are the patients. In their rooms, the patients are in their beds, but you can’t go in everywhere. How is Henry supposed to find his granny like this? Is there anybody who can help him? Of course there is...

I’m Luisa, Queen of the Whole Wide World

  • Claudia Schreiber
  • Illustrated by Yayo Kawamura
  • Autumn 2015, 48 pages, Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to Denmark
  • Website

What little girl hasn’t dreamed of being queen of the whole world? Luisa knows exactly what she would do: stay up late, watch whatever she wants on the TV and stuff herself silly with ice cream.

But though she loves being chaffeured in the open-top limousine and cheered by her loyal subjects. Children all over her kingdom are free to jump around in muddy puddles or bounce on gigantic trampolines. Luisa also regularly invites her best friends, her favourite celebrities and the president to glitzy parties and firework displays. And she lets all the friendly criminals go free. It really is a shame when her mother comes home and puts an end to all the fun Luisa is having in front of the mirror!

Little Charlie – My Friends in Kindergarten

  • Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Autumn 2016, 64 pages, 16 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Little Charlie has a lot of friends, especially in kindergarten. That is why this friendship book is apt to be used even by the youngest to leave a print in their friend’s life. Collecting precious memories of your playmates from kindergarten is so valuable.

On each double-page spreads can discover similarities and differences and make creative memories by painting, writing, and crafting.

The Everyday Charlie

  • Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Autumn 2015, 128 pages, 17 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Russia
  • Website

This richly illustrated collection offers stories, poems, songs, recipes, ideas for games, magic tricks, craft projects, gardening tips and interesting facts about plants and animals. Indoors and out, with mum or dad, grandparents, siblings or friends — there’s an idea for every occasion here! There are similar suggestions for every season and all weathers, and Little Charlie’s here for anyone who wants to join in the sing-songs and the fun.

Sofie and the Alphorn

  • Hans Traxler
  • Autumn 2015, 32 pages, 24 x 32 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Sofie’s life is not an easy one. All her family are talented flautists, but as the youngest member she only ever gets to play the mini-flute. Yet in truth Sofie is more talented than the lot of them. A child prodigy, they called her, but still no one would give her a bigger flute. Then one day when she’s on holiday in the mountains, Sofie discovers the biggest flute of all. The story of how Sophie manages to play the alphorn is as surprising and fascinating as it is funny.

Lotto has her own Head

  • Annika Reich
  • Illustrated by Regina Kehn
  • Autumn 2016, 88 pages, 17 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Brushing teeth-rules, bathing days, trash chores, and going to bed? Only adults can invent these things! Lotto has to come up with plenty of maneuvers to make her day an adventure: In the morning she launches white-green toothpaste arcs over the sink with her ingenious bristle catapult. That’s how brushing your teeth is fun! Or how about pouring milk in the bathtub to bathe like Cleopatra, only in a bubbling crater lake? And taking out the trash is only possible when Lotto imagines a mysterious mini-stag lives in the bin. Of course, she’s not telling anybody – adults just wouldn’t understand...

We all live under the same Sky

  • Manfred Mai
  • Illustrated by Marine Ludin
  • Autumn 2016, 160 pages, 17 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • Rights sold to Korea
  • Website

How does a Jewish family live? Since when does Christianity exist? What is a Mosque? Why do Hindus not eat cows? And who was Buddha? An important and current book.

Within a religious community, people not only share similar views about the evolution of the world, the meaning of human existence, and what happens after death but also agree on the rules by which to live. Manfred Mai gives a general overview of the five world religions for children from the age of ten by describing them in a concise and objective manner. He vividly narrates the beginnings of religious communities and their rituals, feasts, and symbols and thus contributes to a better understanding of different values and morals.

Just So Stories

  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Illustrated by Kathrin Schärer
  • Autumn 2016, 223 pages, 16 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • ILLUSTRATION RIGHTS ONLY!
  • Website

After 100 years Kipling’s original creation story is still a wonderful discovery for children and adults alike – a fireworks of imagination and humor!

In a child-friendly way, the famous author of The Jungle Book explains in a fantastic and wondrous way how the world, humans, animals, and even our alphabet have developed: Actually, the elephant is a small-nosed animal that only got a long trunk because he was looking at the crocodile’s jaws too curiously. And the lazy camel that we “see at the zoo”, got his hump because it has “too little to do”. 13 marvelous and hilarious stories guaranteed to make you smile.

Pernilla – or How the Beatles Saved my Entire Extended Family

  • Silke Schlichtmann
  • Illustrated by Susanne Göhlich
  • Spring 2015, 240 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The news that Mum is pregnant – again! – is enough to bring Pernilla out in a cold sweat. She’s already got two brothers! It should be obvious that having a family of six isn’t going to do their social standing any good: Clearly, the only solution is to throw a huge party herself — without bothering Mum and Dad, because the very idea of rustling up enough drinks, a huge buffet and a band would be sure to make their heads spin. And anyway, Pernilla has a great idea how she can make money by cashing in on Ole’s gift for language, the family piano and the kitchen cabinet …

F.E.A.R.

  • Elisabeth Zöller
  • Autumn 2015, 350 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available
  • Website

How she came to fall in love with Joonas is something Clara doesn’t really know for sure. He was just there one day at the right moment, taking an interest in her. He was goodlooking and confident, obviously the sort no one would mess with. What’s more his worldview was perfect for shocking her hypocritical mother – though it shocked her too, if she was honest.

She didn’t realise how serious he was about this new Finnish army of his. And now here she is, trapped in Finland, trying to explain to the police what kind of group it is that’s roaming the woods with hunting rifles, burning down houses. Clara needs to play for time and keep this sinister policeman off her back until Joonas comes to rescue her like he promised.

Adolf H. – the Life and Times of a Dictator

  • Thomas Sandkühler
  • Spring 2015, 380 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A cutting-edge report based on the latest research – suitable for readers without historical expertise.

He was an outsider as a child and teenager. A soldier in World War I like millions of others, he went on to be a failed art student — so how did he manage to rise to power as a politician, embodying the hopes and dreams of so many? And what was the everyday life of the Führer, the warlord, the mass murderer like? What about his private life — did he even have one? How did he rule? Who were the people he surrounded himself with, whom did he trust? The portrait of a dictator who saw his very existence as a higher calling.

Rising High

  • Tom Schamp
  • Autumn 2017, 8 pages, 21.3 x 33.5 cm
  • Leporello Book
  • 3+
  • Rights sold to Netherlands, Italy, Poland
  • Website

Who doesn’t want to peek into the different apartments of a high-rising building? Tom Schamp satisfies our curiosity with his teeming leporello book.

On the ground floor there’s a store with many hats and all kinds of headdresses. On the first floor lives a lion, who loves fast cars; on the second a sailor, in whose bathtub a mermaid is taking a bath; and on the third floor an interesting couple who is playing chess. Just when you think it doesn’t go any higher, this is where an old lady lives with an impressive library. Finally, everybody meets on the roof for a joyful party and a potluck. Tom Schamp tells innumerous stories about the people living in this house – without any words.

SPORT

  • Ole Könnecke
  • Autumn 2017, 52 pages, 26 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 3+
  • Rights sold to UK/US, Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, China, Korea, Denmark, Mongolia
  • Website

Exercise is important. Playing is fun. Sport is amazing! Ole Könnecke presents the most wonderful types of sport – oftentimes laconically, sometimes instructively, yet always witty.

This is an original and funny picture book that will make you want go out there and be active.

Otto wasn’t Amused

  • Jutta Richter
  • Illustrated by Jacky Gleich
  • Autumn 2017, 32 pages, 28.5 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Otto needs a vacation. Preferably close to the sea so that his sniffles will finally go away. But an entire summer without his parents? Unthinkable!

Otto is not amused!

Playing ball, swimming in the sea, and eating an entire fish: Otto is slowly getting into it. A camp dance and a treasure hunt actually sound like fun! Otto would’ve never thought that vacation without his parents could be over so soon.

Pelle and Pinguiny: No Problem, says Papa Polar Bea

  • Henning Callsen
  • Illustrated by Sabine Wilharm
  • Autumn 2017, 120 pages, 16 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A little polar bear and a penguin girl become friends for life – the beginning of a warmhearted and humorous book series.

Little polar bear Pelle is lying in his snow cave and doesn’t want to do anything. The Wise Walrus advises Pelle’s papa to get a singing bird from the South. “Not a problem,” says Papa Polar Bear. He travels to Iceland, Africa, and as far as the South Pole. Finally, he meets the orphan girl Penguiny. Back home at the North Pole Penguiny’s lack of singing talent is not a problem whatsoever: Pelle wasn’t in need of a bird that sings but a friend to play with.

The Child and the Cat

  • Ingrid Bachér
  • Illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 15.8 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to Italy, France, China, Arabic
  • Website

Children don’t like to be alone in the dark. The night can turn somber and scary. This exceptional bedtime story shows how fantasy is able to empower children and can help them to tackle their biggest fears—admirably illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner.

Do You Remember When

  • Zoran Drvenkar
  • Illustrated by Jutta Bauer
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 22 x 26 cm Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to France, Italy, Spain, China, Korea
  • Website

Do You Remember When is an extraordinary tribute to what it means to be a child. This book captures the unique moments in which you consciously see, smell, feel, do, or experience something for the very first time. It’s a book for children and adults.

Safe Travels, Little Charlie!

  • Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Autumn 2018, 18 pages, 15 x 21 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Every summer Charlie, Mom and Dad go on vacation, favorably by Train. This time Charlie brings his best friend Monica. He really wants to show her everything: the locomotive, the bike compartment, the dining car, the bathroom.... Until suddenly his wallet is gone.... Luckily, nothing really gets lost on the train!

Popinga Goes Swimming

  • Peter Schössow
  • Spring 2018, 22 pages, 15 x 22 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

The hero of this board book series for the youngest readers is the sympathetic Popinga. With him, children experience many great adventures for the first time: When the sun is shining and it’s really hot, Popinga does what everybody else loves to do: Going to the beach!

My Other-Grandpa

  • Rolf Barth
  • Illustrated by Daniela Bunge
  • Autumn 2018, 24 pages, 24.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to Spain
  • Website

Grandpa is Nele’s best friend and a real gentleman. Until the day when Nele encounters grandpa unshaved in his pajamas – in the middle of the afternoon! Something’s not right: Grandpa starts forgetting things, sometimes even Nele’s name. What’s wrong? And what can Nele do?

A grandfather’s dementia from the perspective of his granddaughter

Everything You Need. The 20 Most Important Things in Life

  • Christoph Hein
  • Illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Spring 2019, 64 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

What is truly important in life? This book offers a charming view on the 20 things every child needs and shouldn’t do without. Christoph Hein shows why discoveries and inventions need their place in each child’s life and why good stories, tears, and being in love are necessary for being perfectly happy

All Adventures of Henry Pawk

  • John Saxby
  • Illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch
  • Autumn 2018, 256 pages, 16 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 8+
  • Rights sold to China, Korea
  • Website

29 stories about Henry Pawk, the most amazing pig in the world

Henry Pawk lives on the Bucket farm as the sole specimen of his race: he is the smartest, prettiest and most significant pig ever – according to himself. And he fails in the most hilarious ways you can imagine!

The Goat on the Moon or Living in the Moment

  • Stefan Beuse
  • Illustrated by Sophie Greve
  • Autumn 2018, 72 pages, 14.5 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • For all ages
  • Rights sold to Turkey
  • Website

This is a philosophical adventure for children and grown-ups who have not forgotten how to wonder

The goat lives on the moon – alone, but happy. Every day new and curious things land on the moon and the goat has named them all. With these things the goat builds her life. Until something big lands on the moon crater, it makes noises and seems to be alive....

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Contact

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Vilshofener Straße 10
81679 München

Germany

Phone +49 (0)89 998 30-100

www.hanser-literaturverlage.de

Contact Person

Children’s Books Publisher Saskia Heintz

Editorial Department for Children’s Books Ruth Nikolay, Christiane Schwabbaur, Beatrix Kunkel (Assistance)

Marketing Director Sabine Lohmüller, Bettina Schubert

Advertising Sabine Lohmüller, Birgit Schweizer, Verena Pichler

Sales Bettina Schubert

Public Relations/Events Katja Desaga, Jacqueline Dammers (trainee)

Production Stefanie Schelleis

Rights
Domestic: Viktoria Grandt
Foreign: Anne Brans

Program Director dtv Reihe Hanser Gabriele Leja