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

  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2021 – Volker Mehnert, Martin Haake: Die großen Flüsse der Welt
  • Gustav-Heinemann-Peace Award for Children's and YA-Books 2021 – Wilma Geldof & Verena Kiefer: Reden ist Verrat
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Olivier Tallec: Das ist mein Baum
  • 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
  • Luchs 2019 – Frida Nilsson: Sasja und das Reich jenseits des Meeres

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Curls, Bangs and Ponytails

  • Daniela Kulot
  • Spring 2021, 24 pages, 22 x 15,5 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • All rights available

I Build You a House, Little Wild Bee

  • Bärbel Oftring
  • Illustrated by Jana Walczyk
  • Spring 2021, 40 pages, 25 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available

The Big Rivers of the World

  • Volker Mehnert
  • Illustrated by Martin Haake
  • Autumn 2020, 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

What Does Our Tomcat Do, While I’m Asleep?

  • Silke Lambeck
  • Illustrated by Karsten Teich
  • Spring 2021, 128 pages, 17 x 23,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

A Year with the Cranes

  • Thomas Müller
  • Illustrated by Thomas Müller
  • Spring 2021, 40 fully coloured pages, 25,5 x 22 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • Rights sold to Spain
  • 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!

Nora and the Great Bear

  • Ute Krause
  • Autumn 2021, 32 pages, 24 x 30
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available

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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Contact

Gerstenberg Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Rathausstraße 18-20
31134 Hildesheim

Germany

Phone +49 (0)5121 106-0

verlag@gerstenberg-verlag.de
www.gerstenberg-verlag.de

Contact Person

General Manager Daniela Filthaut

Sales and Marketing Hajo Schwabe

Editorial Department adult books Isabelle Fuchs

Editorial Department children's books Birgit Göckritz, Kathrin Jockusch, Birgit Lockheimer, Dagmar Schemske, Claudia Steinke

Public Relations Andrea Deyerling-Baier, Katrin Schaper, Martina Kurpiela

Production Susanne Reeh

Foreign Rights Ulrike Bastong