Kindermann Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Kindermann Verlag has been founded in 1994 by Swiss author and publisher Barbara Kindermann 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).

Anna Kindermann took over the management of the company on 1 January 2020. Barbara
Kindermann has retired from everyday office life, but she continues to work as an author and
remains closely associated with the publishing house.

The Program

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« will add another wonderful band 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. In autumn 2020,
the third volume »Fernando Magellan and the first Circumnavigation of the World« will be added
to the series in view of Magellan's 500th anniversary of death in 2021. The author is the journalist Christine Schulz-Reiss. She describes in an exciting way the lives of famous personalities who changed the world.

Outside the series appeared »From Martin Luthers Wittenberger Theses« – a book that tells the exciting story of Luther's life. Also »Aesop's Fables« appeared in 2018. The book is a collection of some of Aesop's most beautiful fables, which playfully and magically illustrates the fabulous world of animals to young readers.

The Illustrators

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.

Current awards

  • Volkacher Taler 2019 – Dr. Barbara Kindermann und der Kindermann Verlag


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Kindermann Verlag

Am Lokdepot 12
10965 Berlin


Phone +49 (0)30 897 571 11

Contact Person

Publisher/Foreign Rights/Marketing/Graphic Design Anna Kindermann

Public Relations/Editorial Department/Events Sophie Tertel