Kindermann Verlag has been founded in 1994 by Swiss author and publisher Barbara Kindermann (1955-2020) in Berlin. That was long before everybody talked about the PISA study and the boom in literary canon. And even today her publishing company occupies a unique niche: With her unmatched series »World Literature for Children« Kindermann realizes her dream to arouse the interest of youngsters – six years and older – in classical literature. Her concept is both easy and gripping: She uses kid adequate language and tells thrilling stories which the young readers absorb and remember for the rest of their lives. Goethe’s »Faust« or Schiller’s »Wilhelm Tell« are among the favorites.
Encouraged by the success, more and more series were created to give children a first access to poetry, art or famous personalities. From 2019, selected titles can also be experienced as animated e-books in the app »Klassiker für Kinder« (classics für children).
In January 2020, the founder of the publishing house, Barbara Kindermann, had retired from the daily office routine and handed over the management of the publishing house to her daughter Anna Kindermann. However, the publishing house suffered a heavy blow in June 2020: Barbara Kindermann unfortunately passed away entirely unexpectedly. She will always be remembered by the publishing house as an inspiring personality and a great author. Her publishing work will continue to have an impact in the numerous, renowned children's books. The young publishing team proudly continues Barbara Kindermann's life's work.
Today, »World Literature for Children« includes 16 volumes from Goethe’s »Goetz from Berlichingen« to Schiller’s »The Robbers« or Shakespeare’s »Romeo and Juliet«. All volumes are half-linen bindings of high quality and illustrated by well-known artists – at times magical-dramatic fairytale-like or even really funny, but always gripping and full of wisdom.
Meanwhile, the series »Poetry for Children« has grown to 15 fascinating volumes, lovely illustrated by renowned artists – including Schiller’s »The Cranes of Ibycus«, Goethe’s »Erl-King« or Rilke’s »The Panther«. In spring 2020, Theodor Fontane's gripping ballad »The Bridge of the Tay« added another wonderful volume to the series.
The series »World Musicals for Children« features so far »Anatevka« (»The Fiddler on the Roof«) and »My Fair Lady«.
And the series »Children Discover Art« gives insight views on the life and work of such artistes like Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse or Wassily Kandinsky.
In 2018 the series »Children Discover Famous People« started with great success. On the occasion of the Magellan anniversary in April 2021 (500th anniversary of his death on April 27, 2021), the third volume was published: »Fernando Magellan - once around the world«. The author is the journalist Christine Schulz-Reiss. She describes in an exciting way the lives of famous personalities who changed the world.
In 2021, Kindermann Verlag is launching two new series:
In the »Legends for Children« series, Anna Kindermann introduces children aged 6 and up to the world of goddesses and gods. In the first volume, »The Twelve Heroic Deeds of Hercules« (after Gustav Schwab), the ever-popular demigod experiences twelve unforgettable adventures.
For the first time – far from the classic literature –, the new series »What are you dreaming about?« features a bedtime story with animal protagonists: »The Eager Dung Beetle and the Dreams of Others« kicks off the series. A dreamlike story by illustrator and author Julia Nüsch about dreaming and the power of friendship.
Outside the series appeared »From Martin Luthers Wittenberger Theses« – a book that tells the exciting story of Luther's life. Especially for the 500th anniversary of the German Bible translation in 2021/2022 more relevant than ever!
Klaus Ensikat, Sabine Wilharm, Paolo Friz, Dorota Wünsch, Sonja Wimmer, Jacky Gleich, Jenny Brosinski, Silke Leffler, Isabel Pin, Aljoscha Blau, Reinhard Michl, Tobias Krejtschi, Sybille Hein, Almud Kunert, Christa Unzner, Willi Glasauer and many more.
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