Moritz Verlag

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The Publishing House and Its History

Moritz Verlag was founded as a subsidiary of the Paris-based leading French children's book publisher l'école des loisirs in Frankfurt on the Main in 1994 with Markus Weber as the publishing director. The publishing house quickly made its mark with picture books that had a strong appeal thanks to their unusual vigour and colourfulness.

As early as 1995 Yvan Pommaux received the German Children's Literature Award for »Detective John Chatterton« as the best picture book of the year. This was followed by Grégoire Solotareff for »Du groß, und ich klein« (»You Big And Me Small«) in 1997 and by Chen Jianghong's »Han Gan und das Wunderpferd« (»Han Gan and the Magic Horse«) in 2005 and by Claude K. Dubois for »Akim rennt« (»Akim Runs«) in 2014. Lastly it was Megumi Iwasa and Jörg Mühle, who received this coveted award, for which many titles by Moritz Verlag have been nominated over the years, for »Viele Grüße, Deine Giraffe« (»Yours Sincerely, Giraffe) in 2018.

In 2010 Moritz Verlag began to publish books for first-readers, themed ›for all those who already enjoy reading by themselves‹. Non-fiction books also make for a considerable share of the publishing list. As regards sales and distribution, Moritz Verlag is co-operating with the Beltz Publishing Group in Weinheim. Moritz publishes approx. 20 new books per year, of which four titles are usually children's literature.


Our picture books are committed to becoming children's favourite books. They want to tell fascinating and meaningful stories that are compellingly illustrated. It turned out that those books that are told and illustrated by the same person are usually the most impressive. Moritz publishes board books and picture books from around the world as well as non-fiction picture books and a first-readers' collection. Amongst the biggest successes are »Das kleine Museum« (»The Little Museum«, 1994), »Steinsuppe« (»Stone Soup«, 2000) by Anaïs Vaugelade, »Frag mich!« (»Ask Me!«, 2002) by Antje Damm, »Ich bin der Stärkste im ganzen Land« (»I am the Strongest«, 2003) by Mario Ramos, »Die besten Beerdigungen der Welt« (»All the Dear Little Animals«, 2006) by Ulf Nilsson and Eva Eriksson, »Die Torte ist weg!« (»The Birthday Cake Mystery«, 2006) by Thé Tjong-Khing, »Gute Nacht, Gorilla« (»Good Night Gorilla«, 2006) by Peggy Rathman, »Piep piep piep« (»The Noisy Book«, 2009) by Soledad Bravi, »Bitte anstellen!« (»Line up, Please!«, 2012) by Tomoko Ohmura, »Alle Welt. Das Landkartenbuch« (»Maps,« 2013) by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinscy, »Nur noch kurz die Ohren kraulen« (»Tickle My Ears«, 2015) by Jörg Mühle and »Viele Grüße, Deine Giraffe« (»Yours Sincerely, Giraffe«, 2017) by Megumi Iwasa and Jörg Mühle.

Authors, Illustrators and Translators

Kristina Andres, Jutta Bauer, Stephanie Blake, Chen Jianghong, Antje Damm, Claude K.Dubois, Eva Eriksson, Katja Gehrmann, Patrick George, Susanne Göhlich, Ursula Gräfe (T), Annette Herzog, Satomi Ichikawa, Birgitta Kicherer (T), Ole Könnecke (T), Angelika Kutsch (T), Sabine Lohf, Jörg Mühle, Gerda Muller, Thomas Müller, Rose Lagercrantz, Kerstin Meyer, Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinscy, Andreas Német, Ulf Nilsson, Yvan Pommaux, Tomoko Ohmura, Markus Orths, Christian Oster, Mario Ramos, Peggy Rathmann, Andreas Röckener, Komako Sakai, Tobias Scheffel (T), Hans-Christian Schmidt, Grégoire Solotareff, Gitte Spee, Pernilla Stalfelt, Julia Süßbrich (T), Thé Tjong-Khing, Catharina Valckx, Thomas Weiler (T).

Current awards

  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2020 – Antje Damm: Jeder Tag ist Ida-Tag (Gestaltung: Antje Damm, b3k design / Max Bartholl)
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – Antje Damm: Der Wolf und die Fliege
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – John Hare: Ausflug zum Mond
  • Rattenfänger-Literaturpreis 2020 – John Hare: Ausflug zum Mond
  • Kinderbuchpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen 2019 – Katja Gehrmann: Stadtbär
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Ulf Nilsson/Heike Herold (Ill.): Mein Papa und ich
  • Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year 2018 – Antje Damm: The Visitor (Der Besuch)
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2018 – Megumi Iwasa/ Jörg Mühle (Ill.) : Viele Grüße, Deine Giraffe

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The Visitor

  • Antje Damm
  • 2015, 40 pages, 194 x 256 mm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • Rights sold: Afrikaans, Catalan, Chinese (complex & simplified), Danish, English, French, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Website

Elise is lonely and fearful. She never leaves her flat. But one day, a strange object flies in through the open window. And the following day, Elise has an unexpected visitor. This is to be a visit that will change everything …

A beautiful, gentle and sympathetic story about how an inquisitive and self-confident child unwittingly breaks through a woman’s isolation– gradually bringing light and colour back into her life.

Antje Damm’s ingenious depiction through extraordinary photographs of the three-dimensional setting that she illustrated, cut out and built, succeeds in capturing and mesmerising the reader in a unique manner.

Awards: New York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book Award 2018, Leipziger Lesekompass 2015, Nimmerland Bilderbuchpreis 2015, Troisdorfer Bilderbuchpreis (2. Platz) 2017

Seahorses are Sold Out

  • Constanze Spengler
  • Illustrated by Katja Gehrmann
  • July 2020, 48 pages, 212 x 280 mm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 5+
  • Rights sold: English, Slovenian
  • Website

Mika’s dad works at home, but he’s very busy with work. The promised visit to the quarry pond seems to be a long way off! To get Mika off his back, he allows Mika to buy a pet…

This is the beginning of a wonderfully turbulent story in which one animal after another populates the apartment without the stressed dad noticing! The mouse is followed by a dog, the dog by a seal, the seal by a penguin, the penguin by a parrot, until finally a small but very musical elephant moves into the apartment …

Two for Me, One for You

  • Jörg Mühle
  • 2018, 36 pages, 175 x 245 mm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • Rights sold: Catalan, Chinese (complex & simplified), Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
  • Website

Bear finds three tasty mushrooms on her way home through the woods. Her friend Weasel cooks them up in the frying pan. But the friends have a problem: how to share three between two?

Bear and Weasel come up with one argument after another for why they should have more. Bear needs more because she’s big; Weasel needs more because he’s small and needs to grow. Weasel cooked them, but with Bear’s recipe …

Until the fox comes around the corner and snatches a mushroom. That solves the problem. They eat the two mushrooms and it’s time for dessert. Here comes Weasel with the scrumptious wild strawberries, three of them to share…

Awards: White Raven 2018, Leipziger Lesekompass 2018, nominated for Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2019

A Friend in Spring

  • Annette Herzog
  • Illustrated by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
  • Spring 2017, 80 pages, 19 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rigths sold to the Netherlands
  • Website

When Mumpf wakes from his winter sleep this year, everything is different: The snowy owl awaits him; she’s been his friend since Christmas. Mumpf is very happy. The snowy owl is very young and full of nonsense like sledging down the hill in a bathtub, taking a shower under an icicle and finally organising a Spring party!

Good Night, Sleep Tight!

  • Kristina Andres
  • Autumn 2016, 64 pages, 19 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to China, New Zealand (world English language), Netherlands nad Russia
  • Website

Mr. Smith is a Cook

  • Thomas Müller
  • Spring 2017, 34 pages, 21.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Sweden
  • Website

What a vast amount of different professions! The joys and difficulties in the lives of dentists, waiters, pilots etc.

Dry My Tears

  • Jörg Mühle
  • Spring 2017, 22 pages, 17 x 17 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to Korea, Spain (Catalan and Spanish), Taiwan (complex Chinese), China (simplified Chinese), Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand (world English language), France, Italy, Ireland (Irish-Gaelic), Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine
  • Website

Little Rabbit has hurt his arm. It even bleeds! So we put a plaster on, comfort him, wipe his nose ...

Tickle My Ears

  • Jörg Mühle
  • Illustrated by .
  • Spring 2015, 22 pages, 17 x 17 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, New Zealand (world English language), Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, Spain (Catalan and Spanish), China (simplified Chinese), Denmark, Ireland (Irish-Gaelic), Israel, Italy, Russia and Ukraine
  • Website



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Moritz Verlag GmbH

Kantstraße 12
60316 Frankfurt am Main


Phone +49 (0)69 430 5084

Contact Person

Managing Director Markus Weber

Assistance / Social Media Susanne Plath

Marketing Franziska Neuhaus

Distribution Verlagsgruppe Beltz, Weinheim

Public Relations
Henrike Blum, Vienna (Austria and Switzerland)

Foreign Rights Anja Mundt, mundt agency, Düsseldorf