FISCHER Sauerländer

The Publishing House and its History

FISCHER Sauerländer is synonymous with extraordinary picture books, a discerning programme of stories for children and young adults, as well as exceptional non-fiction books. Established German-speaking and international authors find a home here alongside new talents.

Program

Sauerländer’s picture books include a number of major classics, such as Weißt du eigentlich wie lieb ich dich hab? (Guess How Much I Love You), the story of a big and a little hare, the cheerful books featuring the famous postal cow Lieselotte, and legendary Hidden Picture Books Wo ist Walter? (Where is Waldo?) There are also a number of new talents who make this programme special.

The children’s and young adult fiction list features numerous classics such as Die rote Zora (The Outsiders of Uskoken Castle), Die schwarzen Brüder (The Black Brothers), Mein Esel Benjamin (My Donkey Benjamin), and Das Apfelmäuschen (The Little Apple Mouse). The list also features many books by new German-speaking authors and illustrators as well as works by international writers, such as Neal Shusterman and Chris Colfer.

Authors and Illustrators

The current publishing programmes include such illustrators as Emilia Dziubak, Daniel Napp, Jörg Mühle, Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton, Dirk Hennig, Anita Jeram, Wiebke Rauers, Barbara Scholz, Alexander Steffensmeier and Inka Vigh.

Among the many and varied authors are Cornelia Funke, Uticha Marmon, Kai Meyer, Christine Nöstlinger, Lara Schützsack and Kathrin Tordasi, plus international authors like Kiera Cass, Chris Colfer, Amie Kaufman, Judith Kerr, Sam McBratney, Sara Pennypacker and Neal Shusterman.

Current awards

  • DELIA-Jugendliteraturpreis 2021 – Sabine Schoder: Immer ist ein verdammt langes Wort
  • Leipziger Jugend-Literatur-Jury - Favoriten des Jahres 2020 – Steve Tasane: Junge ohne Namen
  • Carl-Buch-Preis 2019 – Einar Turkowski (Ill.): Die Mitternachtstür
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Julie Fogliano, Lane Smith (Ill.): Das Haus, das ein Zuhause war
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Steve Tasane: Junge ohne Namen
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Lara Schützsack: Sonne, Moon und Sterne
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Sarah Crossan: We Will Fall
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Katherine Halligan, Sarah Walsh (Ill.): Herstory
  • Korbinian - Paul-Maar-Preis für junge Talente 2019 – Lara Schützsack: Sonne, Moon und Sterne
  • Umweltpreis der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2019 – Stefan Casta und Maj Fagerberg: Auf der Hummelwiese - Das große Herbarium
  • Zürcher Kinderbuchpreis 2019 – Lara Schützsack: Sonne, Moon und Sterne

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Rosie Mariposy Wants to Fly

  • Stefanie Hahn
  • Illustrated by Wiebke Rauers
  • Spring 2021, 32 pages, 23 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

Rosie Mariposy has a dream: she wants to fly, from tree to tree! With help from her friend Bo the butterfly and a little magic her wish becomes true…

Blackberry Fox

  • Kathrin Tordasi
  • Autumn 2020, 384 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

“There was a time when humans and fairies could travel back and forth between their different worlds with the greatest of ease.”

But times have since changed, and the dangers have been forgotten. Two children, the worldly Portia and the shy Ben, are tricked by Robin Goodfellow (a shapeshifter who can take the form of a fox) into opening a door to the fairy tale world for him – just to get trapped there themselves.

A magical story reminiscent of “The Neverending Story” or the Narnia books – at the same time, a true original with a diverse cast of characters and a unique narrative voice.

The Silent House

  • Uticha Marmon
  • Spring 2021, 224 pages, 14 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available

The apartment building where twins Nikosch and Nini live is home to many families, which means there are lots of other children to play with: it’s a close-knit community. But suddenly all the doors remain closed and nobody is supposed to go out –
because of this virus. School takes place online and it’s both boring and stressful with the family at home all the time. But then the siblings notice a light flashing in the building opposite: S.O.S., night after night after night ...

Winner of the Hamburger Literatur-Award 2020.

When We Became Eagles

  • Uticha Marmon
  • Spring 2020, 192 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available

Jannik and Loni are best friends and have lots of adventures with the other children from their street. The ruler of their gang is Bo, Janniks older brother: he picks the stories for their games and sets the rules. Then comes a day when he invents a new rule… it means that Loni is different; just because her mother is from Kenya. Jannik has to make an important decision: to play along with the game or to stick by his friend… but then events start to spiral out of control… An important and timely story about what can happen if we define ourselves by our differences rather than the things we have in common. Set to become an important piece of children’s literature!

The Stories of the Story of a Penguin

  • Christine Nöstlinger
  • Illustrated by Barbara Jung
  • Spring 2020, 160 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to China

A classic tale by Christine Nöstlinger (which received a nomination for the German Youth Literature Prize in 1979!) with fresh and new illustrations.
Eight-year-old Emmanuel gets to raise a baby penguin: the story of the little bird that turns everything upside down is supplemented by stories of love, jealousy and loneliness of the people surrounding Emmanuel.

Miracle of Metamorphosis

  • Hans-Christian Schmidt
  • Illustrated by Andreas Német
  • Spring 2020, 12 pages, 20.0 x 20.0 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • All rights available

Wonders of nature for the smallest! Rainbow, dandelion & caterpillar/butterfly: interactive book with slides, pop-ups and a turning wheel.

How Toadstool Henri Learned to Walk to save a Tree

  • Daniel Napp
  • Illustrated by Daniel Napp
  • Spring 2020, 144 pages, 17.0 x 24.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available

Uh-oh! Henri the toadstool’s roots receive an emergency call from Jonathan, a tree from the city. He is to be cut down because a firm wants to build a shopping centre where he stands. In order to help, Henri has to learn to walk to go to town himself – and set in motion a successful plan to save the tree…

Bo’s Moving Out

  • Bernd Kohlhepp
  • Illustrated by Catharina Westphal
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 28.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Bo is ANGRY! He tore his shoelace, one of his action figures got broken and now there is broccoli for lunch. That’s it! Bo is moving out. But can one get rid of one’s family...? --

A convincing story of a little hero on his way to growing up!

Why? Asks Mrs Caulifly

  • Barbara van den Speulhof
  • Illustrated by Annette Swoboda
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 28.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

“Why?” is the best question in the world, believes Mrs. Caulifly. Why has she ever stopped asking it? There is so much to find out. So she sets off, always eager to find out more of the world’s riddles. Not everybody takes kindly to her, but then she meets a little boy who is just as curious as herself...

For all curious children – and their parents!

Theo Wants Cherries

  • Steffi Wöhner
  • Spring 2017, 16 pages, 13.0 x 13.0 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Theo is a pig, and little red robin Dickie is his best friend. Today, they want cherries. How can they get to them? Dickie tries, and then is annoyed with Theo for gobbling up the one cherry Dickie throws down to him all by himself. But thankfully, Theo is not only always calm, but also very clever! He comes up with the perfect idea.
Absolutely charming book!

Further title available.

Zarah and Shaggy

  • Jan Birck
  • Spring 2017, 64 pages, 17.0 x 24.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Zarah has just moved into a new apartment. Mum is either busy or sleeping, and the other children don’t want to let her play with them (she looks like an Indian, they tell her – and is this a wonder, with her Dad being one?) Well, Zarah needs a friend. Or even better – a pony! (Albeit one that fits into the lift.) Being Zarah, she soon has an idea where to get one – and in rides Shaggy!
Hilarious story about a four-legged friend who is actually a dog – the shaggiest one imaginable.

More titles planned!
English translation available.

Luna Purple

  • Anu & Friedbert Stohner
  • Illustrated by Pe Grigo
  • Spring 2016, 176 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Luna-Lila has tons of crazy ideas, is not afraid of anything and is – despite her allergy to pink – a true princess. The absolute best about Luna-Lila is: She lives in Wilma’s room! That no one except Wilma can see her, well … that does not mean she is »imaginary«, oh no...

Next Time You Go Away

  • Annette Herzog
  • Illustrated by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 23 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 3+
  • Rights sold to the Netherlands
  • Website

A wonderful picture book for all little heroes whose parents have to go away on a trip.

Good Night? Sleep Tight!

  • Nastja Holtfreter
  • Spring 2019, 12 pages, 17 x 17 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

All animals are turning in for the night – but by pulling the slide, at least one of them wakes up again.
Board book with a slide on every page.

Girls! / Boys! What Cool Girls / Boys Need to Know

  • Ilona Einwohlt
  • Illustrated by Bianca Schaalburg
  • Spring 2019, 96 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Two individual non-fiction guides through puberty, for boys and girls.
With modern illustrations and photographs.

Events

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Contact

FISCHER Sauerländer in der S. Fischer Verlag GmbH

Hedderichstr. 114
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

Phone +49 (0)69 60 62-0

kinderundjugendbuch@fischerverlage.de
www.fischerverlage.de

Contact Person

Publisher Meike Knops

Program Director Sabine Hildebrandt

Public Relations Alexandra Strohmeier

Events Stefanie Kisser

Marketing Viola Diehl

Sales Esther Hoffmann

Rights
Domestic: Ilka Wesche
Foreign: Ulrike Blank, Esther Mallm, Ilka Wesche
Audio: Stefanie von Lieven