HERDER Verlags GmbH

The Publishing House and its History

Founded in 1801, Verlag Herder has been one of the great German family companies for 200 years. Today, it is run by the sixth generation of the Herder family. Since its founding, the publisher has continually included children’s books in its range of publications, both religious and secular. In 1997, the independent KeRLE publishing house, originally founded by Herder in Vienna in 1995, was transferred to the Herder headquarters in Freiburg. At KeRLE, you will find classics like »The Happy Lion«, »My wonderful fairy tale world«, »The Little King Kalle Wirsch«, and »Herder’s Big Picture Dictionary«.


Strong Books – Strong Kids

That’s the tagline KeRLE uses to promote its programme. KeRLE takes children seriously and publishes books that children, parents and booksellers enjoy reading. Children can identify with the books, and parents can see that KeRLE books make reading fun and teach their children things without being in any way educational.

With its high-profile authors and expressive illustrators, the publishing house offers a modern and well-conceived programme of picture books, read-aloud books and books for children up to 11 years old. The Herder and KeRLE publishing houses have always placed particular emphasis on fostering and establishing German-language authors of children’s books.

The Herder publishing provide opportunities for children to discover the world of human values for themselves and deal with topics such as society, religion and faith. Various editions of the Bible, prayer books for different age groups, communion and confirmation publications, as well as non-fiction works on religious themes all featuring high-quality texts and illustrations stand for a strong programme and for Herder’s close affinity with the Christian tradition.

Authors and Illustrators

Authors KeRLE

Andrea Behnke, Annette Langen, Christine Merz, Tilde Michels, Käthe Recheis, Katja Reider, Barbara Rose, Lucy Scharenberg, Ursel Scheffler, Sylvia Schopf, Patricia Schröder, Iris Schürmann-Mock u. a.

Authors Herder

Albert Biesinger, Max Bollinger, Anselm Grün, Frank Hartmann, Luise Holthausen, Franz Hübner, Erich Jooß, Margot Käßmann, Julia Knop, Annette Langen, Marcus C. Leitschuh, Ursel Scheffler, Georg Schwikart, Stephan Sigg, Ingrid Uebe, Sabine Zett u. a.


Barbara Bedrischka-Bös, Fréderic Bertrand, Elisabeth Bruder, Jane Chapman, Giuliano Ferri, Ciara Flood, Betina Gotzen-Beek, Susanne Göhlich, Carolin Görtler, Franziska Harvey, Dagmar Henze, Yvonne Hoppe-Engbring, Stefanie Reich, Thorsten Saleina, Stefanie Scharnberg, Edda Skibbe, Annette Swoboda, Ute Thönissen, Tim Warners, Frauke Weldin, ZAPF u. a.


  • Auf die Piste - fertig - los!

    Felix Neureuther & Bastain Schweinsteiger
    Sabine Straub
  • Die Bibel für Kinder

    Margot Käßmann
  • Meine schönsten Kindergebete

    Irmi Riedl
  • Purzelbäume für den lieben Gott

    Franz Hübner
  • Der glückliche Löwe

    Louise Fatio
    Roger Duvoisin


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Verlag Herder GmbH

Hermann-Herder-Str. 4
79104 Freiburg


Phone +49 (0)761 2717300


Contact Person

Managing Director Manuel Herder

Program Jochen Fähndrich

Children’s book editors Annemarie Boudart, Dagmar Eßlinger-Hödl, Raphaela Kern, Nadja Juckel

Rights and Licences Francesca Bressan

Distribution Koch, Neff und Oetinger (Germany, Austria), Buchzentrum AG (Switzerland)