Gerstenberg Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Established in St. Petersburg in 1792, today Gerstenberg is one of Germany’s oldest publishing houses. A family business, the publishing house moved to new headquarters in Hildesheim in 1796. Since the 1980s, Gerstenberg Verlag’s program has placed a particular emphasis on books for children and young people. Gerstenberg publishes picture books, narrative books for children and young people, and nonfiction books. The selection for adults is comprised of illustrated books, cookbooks, cultural history titles, garden art books and stationery items.

Today, the Gerstenberg name stands for sophisticated, aesthetically appealing and innovative books that are successful in the international market.

Ich kann meine Flügel – meine Talente – auch ausbreiten und in die Welt fliegen

Eric Carle

Program

The publications of Eric Carle’s »Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt« and Rotraut Susanne Berner’s ›Wimmelbücher‹ helped turn Gerstenberg into one of the most renowned publishing houses for children’s books. The successful, award-winning program of picture books and children’s nonfiction books is known for its creative, imaginative illustrations. Among these are a number of titles created by Gerstenberg, including Thomas Müller’s bird series, Bärbel Oftring’s nature books, Daniela Kulot’s board books, and the debut titles by Julie Völk and Anke Bär as well as the licensed editions by Bibi Dumon Tak, Floor Rieder, Piotr Socha, and Stephen Biesty.

The children’s and young-adult narrative books for children and young people by German and international authors such as Frida Nilsson, Silke Lambeck, Joke van Leeuwen, Lilli Thal, Dirk Reinhardt, Heinrich Hannover, Johannes Herwig, Timothée de Fombelle and Jakob Wegelius are entertaining and literary.

In 1999, the poetry collection »Dunkel war’s, der Mond schien helle« became the first of the Gerstenberg “familybook” collection, which has since developed into an important section of the publishing company’s program.

The children’s book series ›Abenteuer! Maja Nielsen erzählt‹ is accompanied by non-fiction picture books of the highest aesthetic and textual caliber that teach about nature, technology, and cultural history. Also beloved are the creative books by Sabine Lohf, Antje von Stemm, and Anke Leitzgen, and a popular non-book program has developed around creations by heroes Eric Carle and Rotraut Susanne Berner.

Authors and Illustrators

Gerstenberg books are designed and illustrated by a host of renowned artists, including Anke Bär, Aaron Becker, Jutta Bauer, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Stephen Biesty, Benjamin Chaud, Janine Czichy, Antje Damm, Mattias De Leeuw, Julia Dürr, Klaus Ensikat, Susanne Göhlich, Martin Haake, Annemarie van Haeringen, Ina Hattenhauer, Roberto Innocenti, Stefanie Jeschke, Barbara Jung, Miriam Koch, Ole Könnecke, Vitali Konstantinov, Thilo Krapp, Anke Kuhl, Torben Kuhlmann, Daniela Kulot, Claudia Lieb, Sabine Lohf, Norman Messenger, Reinhard Michl, Ulrike Möltgen, Eva Muszinsky, Isabel Müller, Thomas Müller, Daniel Napp, Floor Rieder, Lena Schaffer, Tom Schamp, Sophie Schmid, Peter Sìs, Ingrid Sissung, Piotr Socha, Antje von Stemm, Olivier Tallec, Karsten Teich, Øyvind Torseter, Einar Turkowski, Julie Völk, Jana Walczyk, Henrike Wilson, and Linda Wolfsgruber. Eric Carle’s entire works are published in Gerstenberg.

Anke Bär, Judith Burger, Kristina Dunker, Timothée de Fombelle, Cornelia Franz, Wilma Geldof, Herbert Günther, Heinrich Hannover, Martha Heesen, Rudolf Herfurtner, Jan De Leeuw, Joke van Leeuwen, Gunnel Linde, Maja Nielsen, Frida Nilsson, Gudrun Pausewang, Stepha Quitterer, Gerda Raith, Dirk Reinhardt, Gideon Samson, Jens Sparschuh, Lilli Thal, Toon Tellegen, Edward van de Vendel, Jakob Wegelius, Sigrid Zeevaert and Floortje Zwigtman are just some of the many authors, who contribute to Gerstenberg’s fiction program.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – Enne Koens: Ich bin Vincent und ich habe keine Angst
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – Claudia Rueda und Anja Malich: Hase hat Hunger
  • Friedolin 2019 – Maja Nielsen: Tatort Eden 1919
  • Gustav-Heinemann-Peace Award for Children's and YA-Books 2019 – Judith Burger: Gertrude grenzenlos
  • James Krüss Preis für internationale Kinder- und Jugendliteratur 2019 – Frida Nilsson
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Dirk Reinhardt: Über die Berge und über das Meer
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Enne Koens, Maartje Kuiper (Ill.): Ich bin Vincent und ich habe keine Angst
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Silke Lambeck/Barbara Jung (Ill.): Mein Freund Otto, das wilde Leben und ich
  • Luchs 2019 – Frida Nilsson: Sasja und das Reich jenseits des Meeres
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2018 – Øyvind Torseter: Der siebente Bruder oder Das Herz im Marmeladenglas

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The Big Rivers of the World

  • Volker Mehnert
  • Illustrated by Martin Haake
  • 40 fully illustrated pages, 27,7 x 37 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • USA (English world rights), China and Korea
  • Website

Which river is the world’s longest, the Nile or the Amazon? Is the Beautiful Blue Danube really blue? How did the untamed Colorado make its way through the rocky Grand Canyon? And what makes the Nile the lifeline of Egypt?

Rivers have always had a special importance for humanity – whether as political or cultural boundary, trade route or religious symbol. This richly illustrated compendium, created in a modern collage style, introduces 18 legendary rivers from all five continents. It shows the rivers’ outstanding features and their diverse flora and fauna, and highlights historical events and personalities associated with each waterway.

There is much to discover – including astonishing facts and important dates– in this masterful and
stimulating assemblage of text and image.

Features a four page gatefold: The Nile from the Pharaohs until Today

Table of Contents
Amazon • Colorado • Danube • Ganges • Yangtze • Congo • Lena • Mekong • Mississippi • Murray • Nile • Orinoco • Parana • Rhine • Rio Grande • St. Lawrence • Thames • Volga

A Year with the Cranes

  • Thomas Müller
  • Illustrated by Thomas Müller
  • 40 fully coloured pages, 25,5 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

What’s making that loud noise in the sky above? It’s the cranes migrating to their winter home. How thrilling it is when thousands of these birds pass through in the fall, and we have a chance to study them while they gather the strength to fly further south.

In this book we take a close look at the “good luck” birds, and we follow a family of cranes throughout the year – their elaborate courtship dances, how they raise their young, and their first journey together as a family: the great Crane Migration.

An appendix offers further information about the life cycle of the Common Crane (Grus grus). The
meticulous illustrations in the books of Thomas Müller make birdwatchers out of even young readers!

Mr. Flowers

  • Silke Lambeck
  • Illustrated by Karsten Teich
  • black and white illustrations, 128 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • Rights sold to Russia, France, Turkey, Korea, Spain and Catalonia
  • Website

Ever since Mo moved to the new city with his family, things have been pretty messed up at home and at school. Then Mo meets Mr. Flowers in the apartment stairway. Right away Mo senses something different about the friendly older man with the gray ponytail. It turns out that he bakes awesome cookies, knows where to find tucked-away umbrellas, tames tigers at the zoo – and can make the most unbelievable things come true . . .

This charming story is told with compassion and good humor, and will warm the hearts of children – of all ages!

Heroes of the Shard

  • Johannes Herwig
  • 272 pages, 14 x 21,5cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 14+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Leipzig, 1995: The city is in an upheaval. Nino lives alone with his father and has the usual headaches of a fifteen-year-old: stress in school, a first love. One day he and his best friend Max are caught shoplifting, then he’s beaten up by a group of punks that one day will claim him as their own. Then comes more aggravation: conflict with his father, feelings for a girl who carries a dark secret, and daily threats from neo-Nazis that seem to be everywhere. What’s more, Nino is determined to find out why his mother left him and his father behind just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Johannes Herwig (“Until the Stars Tremble”) has set against the background of German unification this raw and emotional portrait of youth in the grip of change and aimlessness. This is a story of hope.

The Santa Project

  • Silke Lambeck
  • Illustrated by Barbara Jung
  • black and white illustrations, 208 pages, 15,7 x 20 cm
  • Hardcover
  • All rights available
  • Website

This year will be different, Paul’s mother declares: we’re going to have a quiet Christmas without the relatives! Grandma is appalled, and Paul’s little sister Frida is furious. As if that weren’t enough, Frida’s teacher says there’s no Santa! Paul can’t bear to see Frida disappointed – he’s determined to prove that there really is a Santa.
On top of that, somehow he’s got to pull his family together and make sure they have a real Christmas. But that’s easier said than done . . .
Funny, spirited and original, here’s a Christmas story for reading – and reading aloud – for the whole family.

The Wonderful World of Oak Trees

  • Thomas Müller
  • Illustrated by Thomas Müller
  • 80 fully coloured pages, 24,5 x 33 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • Sold to Korea
  • Website

A mature oak tree is majestic, huge and full of life. Let’s see what we can find! From root to crown – everywhere there are species that make the oak tree their home, or use it for shelter or a source of food.

In this large format, carefully illustrated picture book we’ll get to know the often hidden life forms found here: from the tiniest beetle to imposing raptors like hawks, eagles and kites. What all the oak tree residents have in common is that they rely on these great trees for their survival.

Where does a Flea Pee?

  • Daniela Kulot
  • Illustrated by Daniela Kulot
  • 22 fully coloured pages, 22 x 15,5cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 2+
  • Rights sold to Italy
  • Website

When Tina’s gotta go, no problem: Mommy takes her to the potty and then to her bath. But how does it work for animals? Where do fleas go when they’ve gotta pee? And cats? And dogs, and cows and little fish? Everyone does it in their own way – even if once in a while they do it in their pants!

An important topic for young children, presented with humor and with brightly colored, sometimes surprising, illustrations by Daniela Kulot.

Spring, Spring, Here at Last!

  • Sabine Lohf
  • 80 fully coloured pages,
  • Flexcover
  • 22 x 29 cm
  • All rights available
  • Website

The snow is melting, the first crocuses are peeking out of the ground, and once again, butterflies are roaming the fields: it’s time to greet the spring!
In this new activity book, creative artist Sabine Lohf has collected games, songs and drawing tips to make spring even more enjoyable.
Whether the activity is creating collages from the first spring flowers, making a bouquet from tart tins and egg crates, or building a course for a friendly race of rabbits and hedgehogs, this book shows children how to savor the spring and stay active both indoors and out. (622 illustrations).

Time for Singing, Playing and Coloring!
• Flower-themed multiplication tables
• The prettiest springtime songs with notes
• Fun games with friends
• Handicrafts with natural materials
• Creating with spring flowers
• Easter handicrafts
• Gift ideas for family and friends

My Friend Otto, the Wilde Life and I

  • Silke Lambeck
  • Illustrated by Barbara Jung
  • 184 pages, 16 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • Rights sold to Russia
  • Website

Otto once said that our lives are far too tame and since then I've been thinking about the wild life. Maybe he was right. But if he was right, then what should we do?

Matti and Otto have known each other their whole lives, except for the first three weeks. They live in a place where everyone goes on vacation: downtown Berlin. They go to yoga and play the piano. Matti laughs all the time and Otto can't sing. So everything's pretty normal – too normal??? One day at school they discover a video of Brotha Berlin rapping on YouTube and decide that something's got to change!
The only question is how ... A big-city story for the children of today. It's a tale about friendship, oddball teachers and weirdo neighbors, real estate sharks and dangerous gangsters, mothers and fathers – in other words, the wild life!

Nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2019

Discovering the the Wadden Sea

  • Ilka Sokolowski
  • Illustrated by Janine Czichy
  • 64 fully coloured pages, 22 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 6+
  • All rights available
  • Website

With a seemingly endless horizon, the rhythmic roar of breaking waves, fresh sea breezes and tangy salt air, it’s no wonder that the Wadden Sea – part of the North Sea – is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. On shore and under water, on the tidal wash, on the dunes and in the air, there is a teeming diversity of life everywhere.

With vivid and lifelike illustrations this nature book introduces readers to the wide variety of Wadden
Sea lifeforms and their respective habitats: the tiny North Sea shrimp, the swift Arctic tern, the nimble harbor seal, and countless others.

Many of these creatures can be spotted during a shore hike or while wading in the Wadden. The
book tells where and how to look for them.

It Is Written

  • Vitali Konstantinov
  • Autumn 2019, 80 pages, 24.5 x 33 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • Rights sold to France, the Netherlands/ Belgium, Russia, China, Korea

The Lights of Paris. Émile at the World Fair

  • Thilo Krapp
  • Spring 2020, 40 pages, 33 x 27 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

Five Nuts, Squirreled Away

  • Henrike Wilson
  • Autumn 2019, 32 pages, 25 x 27 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

Tracking Wolves

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Theresa Schwietzer
  • Spring 2020, 64 pages, 20.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • All rights available

Out of the Shadows Stepped a Fox

  • Einar Turkowski
  • Spring 2019, 40 pages, 28 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

How I Saved Einstein’s Life

  • Cornelia Franz
  • Illustrated by Petra Baan
  • Spring 2020, 192 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

The World of Seals

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Jana Walczyk
  • Spring 2020, 40 pages, 25 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

Paul and Grandpa Go for a Bike Ride

  • Karsten Teich
  • Spring 2019, 40 pages, 25 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Same Here!

  • Daniela Kulot
  • Spring 2019, 28 pages, 22 x 15.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Sleep, Kitty, sleep!

  • Antje damm
  • Spring 2017, 26 pages, 15 x 15 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to: Spain, China
  • Website

Night-WordWimmelbook

  • Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Spring 2019, 14 pages, 17 x 27.5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Deliciously Deadly

  • Markus Bennemann
  • Illustrated by Janine Czichy
  • Spring 2019, 64 pages, 20.5 x 28 cm
  • Boardbook with flaps
  • Website

Where Does Love come From?

  • Daniela Kulot
  • Spring 2017, 32 pages, 29.5 x 20 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to: Denmark, Israel, Italy, Turkey, China, Mongolia
  • Website

Together!

  • Daniela Kulot
  • Spring 2016, 24 pages, 22 x 16 cm
  • Cardboard
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to: Czech Republic, China, Brasil, Spain
  • Website

How to Make a Book

  • Daniel Napp
  • Spring 2016, 40 pages, 25 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to Korea, China, Belgium, Brasil
  • Website

Until the Stars Tremble

  • Johannes Herwig
  • Autumn 2017, 256 pages, 14 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Over the Mountains and Over the Sea

  • Dirk Reinhardt
  • Spring 2019, 320 pages, 14 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 13+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Good Morning, Little Tram!

  • Julie Völk
  • Autumn 2016, 32 pages, 29 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Animals in the Snow

  • Thomas Müller
  • Autumn 2017, 64 pages, 24.5 x 33 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold to: China, Belgium/Netherlands, Czech Republic
  • Website

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Editorial Department adult books Isabelle Fuchs

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