Kindermann Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

Kindermann Verlag celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019, because it's 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).

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«. On the occasion of the publishing house's anniversary in 2019, a title with special relevance for the Kindermann Verlag is published: Shakespeare's »The Tempest« – It's the title that inspired Barbara Kindermann to found the Kindermann Verlag 25 years ago. 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«.

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 da Vinci year 2019 the second volume is published: »The mysterious World of Leonardo da Vinci«. 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, 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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Kindermann Verlag

Am Lokdepot 12
10965 Berlin


Phone +49 (0)30 897 571 11

Contact Person

Publisher Dr. Barbara Kindermann

Foreign Rights/Marketing/Graphic Design Anna Kindermann

Public Relations/Editorial Department Sophie Tertel