Carlsen Publishing was founded in 1953 by Per Hjald Carlsen as a subsidiary of the Danish publishing company Illustrationsforlaget/PIB. In 1954 the first Pixi books were published in the now universally recognised 10x10 cm format. With a total circulation to date of more than 480 million copies, ›Pixi‹ is the most successful picture book series in history.
In 1967 Carlsen encouraged German social acceptance of comics with the introduction of the ›Tintin‹ series created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. In 1997 Carlsen published the first Manga series titled ›Dragon Ball‹ in the Japanese reading direction of right to left. This set the tone for the success of Manga in the German market. Since 1998 Carlsen has published the ›Harry Potter‹ series, written by the British author Joanne K. Rowling. This release triggered an unprecedented worldwide reading phenomenon.
Apps, E-Books, interactive picture books and the digital fantasy labels »Impress« and »Dark Diamonds« reflect the diversity of the Carlsen publishing program.
Board books, activity books, picture books and nonfiction, narrative kids and young adult literature represent the spectrum of the Carlsen children and young adult list. Besides ›Pixi‹, ›Meine Freundin Conni‹ and ›Lesemaus‹ are highly popular brands for children aged from three to eight years.
The multiple award-winning list combines narrative literature of both German and internationally renowned authors and constantly surprises with successful debuts. Classics like ›Tintin‹, ›Gaston‹ and ›Spirou‹ still characterize the profile of Carlsen Comics, with the addition of an important and growing range of graphic novels. Increasingly, original editions by renowned German artists as e.g. Reinhard Kleist, Isabel Kreitz and Flix are being published. Carlsen Manga! presents amongst others the successful Japanese series ›One Piece‹ and ›Naruto‹ along with popular in-house productions by German designers as e.g. Melanie Schober and Martina Peters. The list of humorous titles is published under the label of Lappan and presents famous German cartoonists as Uli Stein and Ralph Ruthe alongside Martin Holtschulte and many others.
Experiencing a childhood with "absent" parents - a reality for many children (not only) in Eastern Europe.
The book focuses poetically on the situation that many children have to get along with: due to hopeless economic circumstances parents have left their families and children in order to work somewhere else.
In THE MIGRATION OF FISH the girl Marika has to live without her parents in a remote Ukrainian village and the most precious things that she owns are the letters from her mother, who is one of the nameless migrant workers of the world. The story is completed with an afterword depicting the dimension of migrant workers world wide, but especially in Eastern Europe.
Mopsa puts everything she has into making her dream a reality – even when others try to stop her. Mopsa the mouse wants to become an actress.
She makes her way to a funfair, lives in a doll’s house, meets monkeys, bats and budgies and even learns to fly before finally realising her dream of standing on a big stage...
A story with a clear message: follow your dreams and never give up on them!
Grandma doesn't understand how the internet works and Grandpa's getting more forgetful.
Not cool, and pretty sad, too.
In spite of that, it becomes clear that this situation presents an opportunity for the whole family: after all, it's still possible to do things the way people used to...
• stories that bring kids closer to the lives of grandparents and that are fun for the whole family
• „The Day Grandma Broke the Internet“: #1 bestseller that sold more than 140,000 copies!
• ideal for reading aloud, but kids can also read it by themselves
Volume 3 to be published in April 2021
A story of siblings and an animal adventure – to read aloud or on one’s own
Siblings always stick together.
But what do Tara and Lup do when a strange wolf claims they aren’t really brother and sister? They flee and stick together even as runaways. Together, they realise that it would be better to work with the big wolves to find a solution that works for everyone.
Each volume begins with a package that's actually not supposed to be opened. Actually... But Nemo and his friends do whatever they think needs doing anyway. That's why the mysterious packages don't stay unopened for long.
The best thing about the series: everybody can't wait to see what sort of creature will be sent next in one of these packages that isn't supposed to be opened… This one is the fifth package, and it contains something that starts with a U- and ends on –Nicorn….
Paul and his mother move away. If only Paul could leave everything behind him - but it's not that easy.
Because there's this box, this box full of memories.
Because what he's hidden there - the superhero story, the stupid condoms, the knife - only brings back the events of the last year. The hard year in which so much happened, the utterly unbelievable.
Paul realizes that he can't look away, and bit by bit, faces the past.
• hard-hitting; stirs up emotions while managing to remain objective
• first love confronts bullying and a tragic death
• “Brilliantly constructed and authentically told”, reader‘s feedback on Michael Sieben‘s previous book „Ponderosa“
Nothing in Mila’s life is as it used to be.
When her world is left uninhabitable by natural disasters, she has to leave it behind. But even far from home, there still doesn’t seem to be any hope. When a young man enters her life one day, everything changes. Unfortunately, she finds out that he is not who he claims to be. As fate would have it, she is forced to acknowledge that it is only the two of them who can save the world – and one another other.
Lenni the bear is fascinated by the way people celebrate Christmas and wants to bring ‘human Christmas’ home to
his cave in the snowy winter forest. Albeit in an especially cosy, bear-like way, with lots of dear friends by his side.
An activity book, puzzle book, non-fiction book and picture book all in one!
In ‘The Little Red Bus’, children can learn about history and culture and experience a funny, detailed and interactive story as they explore and discover new things on every page.
Little Fox is allowed to help with the shopping. Dad drew a shopping list for him and so it‘s time to start! Which food does Little Fox see on the shelves? And which ones does the Fox family really need? Better consult the shopping list once more!
The little readers accompany the Little Fox through the supermarkt and compare, discover, and choose: cucumbers, cauliflower or carrots? Butter, milk or yoghurt? Apple, banana or lemon? What is in the shopping cart, and what is really on the shopping list?
• promotes concentration, perception, everyday competencies and language development
• detailed illustrations
• wry humor makes it fun for parents, too
Being the youngest and smallest of the family can be hard. No one knows that better than Teeny. He watches his brothers and sisters get bigger and bigger. But he is still the teeny-weeny sausage dog he always was. No wonder he feels overlooked when Mom and Dad show them all the important things in life. But one day Teeny can show them: that the smallest dog is the bravest of them all! And adventure can wait behind every corner …
Emma has to move from Dublin to rural Germany. She misses everything about Ireland. Even the Baltic Sea is no consolation. Emma wants only one thing: to return home as soon as possible. Levin, a boy in her new class offers to help her. But after a while, it seems he doesn’t really want her to leave Emma, too, gradually begins to doubt the merits of her escape plan… Susan Kreller has written a heart warming novel about homesickness and the myriad ways of being a stranger.
The book for the most important debate of our time by “German Children’s Literature Award” winner Anja Reumschüssel: How do dying bees effect our environment and why do electronic devices break just after a few years? With clarity and insight Anja Reumschüssel takes readers on a journey through the most important aspects of climate change and how to protect our environment.
7 children on a quest to find the 7 ingredients of magical cocoa: Everyday, Amanda, Oskar, and their friends work their fingers to the bone in the orphanage run by nasty Agatha Stinkwort. Until one day they find a peculiar container with mysterious writing: the recipe for the legendary happiness cocoa! A feverish search for the seven ingredients begins… And the children find friendship, courage and happiness on the biggest adventure of their lives.
The tree-spirit Tomti is looking for a new home. He’s mistakenly found his way into Maja’s apartment, but he knows what he needs: a new tree to live in. And that’s not so easy, because trees everywhere – city, countryside, and forest – already have the strangest occupants in them. And so an action-packed search begins…
Jove was on his way to get milk when he accidentally finds himself in Elevator 3 – or otherwise known as the Elevator of Death! But even worse, he can’t get out. With the tools left in the cabin he tries to pry open the doors and opens the portal to strange worlds. On every floor there’s a new world waiting to be discovered … and first stop: the Wild West.
Learning to say No is an important part of growing up.
Theo and Mr. No help kids to develop self-confidence and self-respect. Theo’s story encourages and explains playfully how important it is to say no, and to set boundaries.
A wonderful picture book about being strong.
Sample translation available.
Schlinkepütz has simply got too much to do: making pizza, spring cleaning, delivering mail, taking triangle lessons – and now babysitting too! No wonder he’s constantly running late, things always go wrong for him and everything is completely chaotic! But when you’ve got such monstrously good monster friends as he does, every tale still has a happy ending!
Sample translation available.
LeYo! is discovery fun with book and app! LeYo! connects analog and digital worlds.
Available Topics: Airport, Trains, Birds, Forest, Dinosaurs, Knights, Pirats, Learning English, Music, Scarry Stories, Fairy Tales and many more...
Over 400,000 ›School of Magical Animals‹ books already sold and translations in 12 languages: the time has come to let the magical animals and their children off for the holidays.
A spin-off full of new holiday adventures from the series that everyone loves, and which has already become a children’s book classic.
A new series for wild boys: turbulent, hilarious and exciting. What do the boys of the Firecracker Gang want? An adventure of course! And that adventure arrives sooner than they think: someone disappears from the area and electronic equipment starts turning up in the woods...
At first, the old earl doesn’t know how to react when he meets the runaway Eli: What about his daily routines? But then, against all expectations, they become friends. Eli is even allowed to look at his secret collection of chewed chewing gums. Each one has a story. But Eli, too. At the end, not only Eli finds a new home, but also the chewed chewing gums…
Kirsten Reinhardt is incomparable – previous books have been translated into English, Turkish, Spanish and Catalan.
“Please don’t open!” is written on the mysterious package which Nemo receives one day. Obviously Nemo opens it ... and then three things happen:
Mini is a banana: yellow on the outside, white on the inside. Her father however is through and through yellow: he can only speak broken German and runs a Chinese restaurant. When Mini’s tradition-conscious uncle comes to visit, he brings new life to her father’s restaurant – but Mini suddenly realises that she comes from a completely different culture. What’s more, her uncle forces them to confront their past again: their previous life in Vietnam and their escape to Europe.
CONNI is Germany’s best-known role model – growing up with the children. There are books for children age 3 and up, novels for the age groups 7+, 10+ and 12+.
We have just celebrated 25 years of CONNI at Carlsen, and would love to share our publishing experiences and success with you.
Content picture book:
Sometimes everyhing goes wrong: Conni experiences the feeling of anger and the need to give vent to it.
Only this weekend. Just one more time staying in Grandpa’s old house in the middle of nowhere, where everything always was fine. That’s everything Ben – who just came of age and is stuck in school, family and life – wants. Getting out, if only for a few days. Together with his older sister Annika, who always was the more reasonable of both. A walk, an Easter bonfire, a toppled table and its consequences – nothing is the same in the end.
Three girls, three wishes, one App that makes dreams come true. Leni wants to be Nick’s girlfriend. Amelie doesn’t want her parents to divorce, and Paula could have been a star by now, but her parents won’t allow her to go to drama school. If a mysterious App can help them, wouldn’t it be worth trying?
A story of friendship, love and family. The App connects the three girls, also in real life.
Storm is the most cheeky boy you can imagine, that’s why his parents make him attend a convent school. But, all Storm really wants is to become a warrior … When one day, Storm and his dog are kidnapped by a viking, he sees the chance of a lifetime: finally he can prove that he is a dab hand at being brave and wild! That’s easier said than done, but then Storm makes an epoch-making invention: Football!
Start of a new series by bestselling author Jan Birck!
A group of desert animal friends (desert Fox, a dromedary, a grumpy chameleon and a belligerent termite) live peacefully in the desert of Sandara. When in the neighbouring City “Turboland” a motor racing is about to take place, they decide to participate, everyone for their own reason, fighting the “Big Three”, their obnoxious counterparts... Start of a new series!
A sensitive and warmhearted story about what children love about their father and what makes him their hero: and it’s not only that he can drive a car and knows how to repair toys ... there is so much more!
A penguin family goes on a risky journey to reach a place of safety after their home is endangered by war, in order to start a new life there.
Facing the inhabitants of the unknown land, the little penguin hopes for new friends and takes the first step towards them. A story about courage, friendship and empathy – and about finding a new home!
»Feely« is a colourful journey into the universe of feelings. Children get the opportunity to learn and talk about their feelings, even feelings that are not easy to accept.
This book is a perfect companion also for teachers.
Seven sheep searching for Jesus’ crib – here’s (finally!) a slightly different Christmas story.
Shrewd, witty and funny!
The new book by bestselling author Ulrich Hub, with colored illustrations by Jörg Mühle.
Peaceful coexistence of the most diverse beings is possible.
The animals of the tree get along and it’s fun to join them!
Toothbrush, fleece jacket, Lego bricks, yogurt cups ... Our everyday life is full of plastic.
Can we change it? YES, try to avoid it!
The book offers a lot of information about plastic and ideas to reduce our plastic consumption.
A book that speaks from the soul of young people!
Spine-chiller and school story in one: Rebecca has to go to England, doing a language trip to a quiet coastal town. While every other student gets wonderful host parents, Rebecca comes to Mrs Lydia. She is the owner of Blackhill Castle and this old castle is supposed to be cursed. Even more scary is that Rebecca exactly looks like the victims of the curse.
Rebecca decides to reveal more secrets that Blackhill Castle hides ...
Naturally sloth Kipper prefers to sleep – all day long! But then moth Mimi turns his life inside out.
Adventurous series for boys and girls, completed in three volumes.
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