Kindermann Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

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.

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. After Barbara Kindermann's unexpected death in June 2020, she will always be remembered as an inspiring personality and a great author. Her publishing work continues to have an impact in the numerous, renowned children's books. The young publishing team proudly continues Barbara Kindermann's life's work.

The Program

Today, »World Literature for Children« (7+) includes child-friendly retellings of popular classics – from Goethe’s »Faust« 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. Since spring 2022, Anna Kindermann has continued the series as author with her retelling of »The Sandman« after E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Meanwhile, the series »Poetry for Children« (4+) has grown to 20 fascinating volumes, lovely illustrated by renowned artists – including Schiller’s »The Cranes of Ibycus«, Goethe’s »Erl-King« or Rilke’s »The Panther«. In fall 2021, Joseph von Eichendorff's contemplative poem »Christmas« will ad another wonderful volume to the series.

The series »World Musicals for Children« (7+) features so far »Anatevka« (»The Fiddler on the Roof«) and »My Fair Lady«.

And the series »Children Discover Art« (6+) 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. The author is the journalist Christine Schulz-Reiss. She describes in an exciting way the lives of famous personalities who changed the world.

In the »Legends for Children« (+6) series, Anna Kindermann introduces children 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. The book was nominated for the »Korbinian – Paul Maar-Preis« in April 2021.

For the first time – far from the classic literature –, the new series »What are you dreaming about?« (3+) features a bedtime story with animal protagonists: »The Eager Dung Beetle and the Dreams of Others« kicks off the series, the second volume »The clumsy Giraffe and the lost Dream« will follow in spring 2022. A loving story about empathy, self-confidence and courage.

In the »BIG LOVE« (4+) series launched in 2021, Martin Baltscheit retells the world's greatest love stories for children, starting with what is probably the oldest romantic couple, »Adam and Eve«.

Outside the series, »Jeanne Antoinette de Pompadour« (6+) is published to mark the 300th birthday of the famous princess on December 29, 2021. The picture book »L for Love« (5+) will also be published in spring 2022 as a special title in which Martin Baltscheit narrates about the many facets of love and the various family constellations.

The Authors and Illustrators

Martin Baltscheit, Britta Benke, Bruno Blume, Anna Kindermann, Barbara Kindermann, Julia Nüsch, Joachim Rönneper, Meike Roth-Beck, Christine Schulz-Reiss, Andrea Weisbrod

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, Rights and Licenses Anna Kindermann

Public Relations and Events Sophie Tertel

Sales Management Lena Renold

Sales and Social Media Karolin Kolbe