Freies Geistesleben

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The Publishing House and its History

Founded in 1947 Freies Geistesleben works in close cooperation with the Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) Schools and is the major publisher world wide of literature on Steiner education and Anthroposophy. A spiritual understanding of human development provides the major impetus for picture books, biographical narratives, fiction and non-fiction.


Myths, legends, and folk tales play a major role in our children’s publications. Their imaginative language gives archetypal expression to human development in which environment children can grow healthily to meet the world. So books have ranged from classical legends, such as those of ancient India or Greece, to German and other European folk tales. Emphasis is also given to imaginative historical fiction and fantasy literature through the publication of books by Rodney Bennett, Peter Carter, Tonke Dragt, Dagmar Fink, Alan Garner, Mordicai Gerstein, Frances Hardinge, Iain Lawrence, Christiane Lesch, Kate Milford, Benjamin J. Myers, Inge Ott, Bettina Stietencron, Jakob Streit, Rosemary Sutcliff and Ruth White.

Our books have been translated into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portugese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish. Paperback editions have been published by dtv, Arena, Beltz & Gelberg and Fischer Taschenbuch.

Authors and Illustrators

Jef Aerts, Isabelle Arsenault, Rodney Bennett, Quentin Blake, Silvia Borando, Tamara Bos, Jesse Browner, Claudia Burmeister, Dave Cousins, Charlotte Dematons, Lari Don, Tonke Dragt, Michael Dudok de Wit, Dagmar Fink, Diane & Christyan Fox, Graham Gardner, Alan Garner, Katja Gehrmann, Mordicai Gerstein, Chris Grabenstein, Ben Guterson, Rick de Haas, Annemarie van Haeringen, Frances Hardinge, Michaela Holzinger, Jean Jullien, David Klass, Jon Klassen, Angela Kočonda, Iain Lawrence, Jan de Leeuw, John Lennon, Christiane Lesch, Martijn van der Linden, Christa Ludwig, George MacDonald, Ross MacKenzie, Birte Müller, Kate Milford, Jochem Myjer, Benjamin J. Myers, G. Neri, Claire A. Nivola, Inge Ott, Jean E. Pendziwol, Anthony Read, Michael Rosen, Barb Rosenstock, Erna Sassen, Marie-Thérèse Schins, Bettina Stietencron, Lauren St John, Harmen van Straaten, Jakob Streit, Rosemary Sutcliff, Joost Swarte, Marit Törnqvist, Max Velthuijs, Kaatje Vermeire, Dolf Verroen, Nancy Vo, Stephen Walton, Brigitte Werner, Bette Westera, Sylvia Weve, Ruth White, Emiel de Wild, Linda Wolfsgruber and many others.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Jugend-Literatur-Jury - Favoriten des Jahres 2019 – Jan de Leeuw: Babel

Preview Catalogues

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Little Fox and the Big Blue Sky

  • Brigitte Werner
  • Illustrated by Claudia Burmeister
  • Autumn 2015, 48 pages, 21 x 27 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Little Fox is very sad. Grandfather Fox has died and Little Fox misses him very badly. But Father Fox lets him know that in the Big Blue Sky Grandfather Fox is being very well looked after by GreatBigFox. Then Little Fox meets Squirrel and feeling rather sad again Squirrel reassures him that in the Big Blue Sky Grandfather Fox is being very well looked after by GreatBigSquirrel. Oh, that is a surprise! And with each encounter with Snail, Woodpecker, Frog and Owl Little Fox hears about how in the Big Blue Sky GreatBigSnail, GreatBigWoodpecker, GreatBigFrog and GreatBigOwl are all looking after Grandfather Fox!

Bobblebob and Snout

  • Brigitte Werner
  • Illustrated by Claudia Burmeister
  • Spring 2016, 80 pages, 17 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

One day Bobblebob the Elephant hears a knock on his front door and opens it to discover Snout the Rat seeking asylum from a horde of cats. It takes quite some time for the two to become acquainted with each other as both begin to learn about each other’s fears and longings. And then, when Snout makes a brave outing into the wild wide world and suddenly disappears Bobblebob has to summon all his courage and ingenuity to find and save his friend. – This is a charming, dramatic tale of two very unlikely friends!

Denni, Klara, and the House No. 5

  • Brigitte Werner
  • Illustrated by Birte Müller
  • Spring 2011, 149 pages, 17 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • Rights sold to South Korea, Armenia
  • Website

A tale about a special friendship, the discovery and the delight of being different, and many astonishing wonders.

»New tenants move into Klara’s house: Denni, toy rabbit Rübe, and Denni’s dad. Denni, who has Down syndrome, and Klara quickly become friends and turn the house upside down … Told in a laid-back manner the story deals with the topic of otherness and describes a wonderful friendship.« White Ravens 2012

Little Ben

  • Brigitte Werner
  • Illustrated by Claudia Burmeister
  • Autumn 2017, 32 pages, 30 x 22 cm
  • Picturebook
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

One fine day Benedict doesn’t want to be Daddy’s “Benny” anymore, nor Granny’s “Little Ben”, and certainly not Mummy’s “Bunny Ben”! So he decides to change his name. Every day of the week he wants to be somebody else, someone new, someone nobody has met before: On Monday Grumpy Green, on Tuesday Smelly Spleen,
on Wednesday Creepy Crawly … an so on. Every day of the week Benedict chooses a new name for himself until … until, come Sunday he’s quite quite tired of being someone else every day and decides to be Benedict again!

»Little Ben« is a charming picture book about a little boy’s wish to change and yet remain himself.


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70190 Stuttgart


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Contact Person

Publisher Jean-Claude Lin (-21)

Editorial Department
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Foreign Rights Dagmar Seiler (-26)

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