NordSüd Verlag

© From: »Ein Nashorn namens Clara« by Katrin Hirt and Laura Fuchs

The Publishing House and its History

From North to South – The Swiss publising house has been creating books for children everywhere for over 50 years. With around 40 new titles per year we offer a wide range of high-quality illustrated books and stories for children aged 2 - 8. Working with the best illustrators and authors from around the globe and always on the lookout for new talent. Through our imprint NorthSouth Books we are also well established in the US. Regardless of which side of the Atlantic: An eye for detail, a high level of orginality and passion for picture books shapes the way we work.

We make books with our hearts and our brains. See for yourself!

Herwig Bitsche

Program

Picture Books

Among our most successful books are »The Rainbow Fish« by Marcus Pfister and »The Little Polar Bear« by Hans de Beer. Both have been translated into over 30 languages worldwide. Recent successes include Torben Kuhlmann’s debut »Lindbergh« which was nominated for the German Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Fairy Tales and Classics

Fairy Tales have been a constant companion across our publishing history. Illustrators like Bernadette Watts, Maja Dusíková, Binette Schroeder or Lisbeth Zwerger are pillars of the NordSud list. In Autumn 2015 NordSud launched a new series of unabridged children’s classics, inlcuding »The Jungle Book«, »The Wizard of Oz« or »Heidi« each one richly illustrated.

Authors and Illustrators

Established and upcoming illustrators and authors rub shoulders on our list. It’s this colourful mixture that distinguishes NordSüd.

To name but a few: Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marcus Pfister, Hans de Beer, Torben Kuhlmann, Sebastian Meschenmoser, Eve Tharlet, Frauke Weldin, Brigitte Weninger, Paul Friester, Lisbeth Zwerger, Aljoscha Blau, Philippe Goossens, Kazuo Iwamura, Zachariah OHora, William Grill, Bernadette Watts, Maja ­Dusíková, Binette Schroeder, Mac Barnett, Annette Langen, Sebastian Loth, Jürg Amann, Käthi Bhend, Erwin Moser and many, many more.

Current awards

  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Brendan Wenzel, Thomas Bodner (Übers.): Alle sehen eine Katze
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Jacqueline Alcántra, Baptiste Paul: Das Spiel
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët: Malalas magischer Stift
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Oliver Jeffers: Hier sind wir. Anleitung zum Leben auf der Erde
  • Jury der jungen Leser 2018 – Sonja Danowski: Smon Smon
  • Klaus-Flugge-Preis 2017 – Francesca Sanna: Die Flucht
  • Troisdorfer Bilderbuch-Preis 2017 – Sonja Danowski: Kleine Nachtkatze
  • Kinderbuchpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen 2016 – Torben Kuhlmann: Lindbergh - die abenteuerliche Geschichte einer fliegenden Maus

Preview Catalogues

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Armstrong. A Mouse On the Moon

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Autumn 2016, 112 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to CA, CN, CZ, ES, FR, HU, I, JP, KR, NL, NO, PL, RO, RU, SE, TW, UA, UK, US
  • Website

From the acclaimed author illustrator of »Lindbergh. The Tale of a Flying Mouse«, a new tale of ingenuity and daring!

In the 1950’s a small grey mouse discovers a telescope pointing directly at the night sky in her attic dwelling. Drawn to the moon and its waxing and waning, from shiny crescent to a full and bright moon, the little mouse sets out to solve the riddle of the moon and whether, as the other mice believe, it really is made of cheese. A mysterious letter from a famous museum leads her on to greater mysteries and a wise old mouse convinces her that nothing is impossible, not even a mouse setting foot on the moon.

As Time Goes By

  • José Sanabria
  • Spring 2016, 48 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Excluding: Spanish (World), Italy, Portuguese (Brazil); Rights sold to US/ UK, CN
  • Website

The spirit of reinvention and the value we place on things are beautifully expressed in José Sanabria’s visually evocative story about a steamship that makes a journey over time from luxury and exclusion to stewardship and inclusion as we see the changing functions and faces of the people who cherish it most of all.

The Green Umbrella

  • Jackie Azua Kramer
  • Illustrated by Maral Sassouni
  • Autumn 2016, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: CN, SI, US/ UK
  • Website

Things aren’t always what they seem in this humorous book about imagination, umbrellas, and sharing.

Elephant is enjoying his walk in the rain until he is interrupted by a hedgehog, a cat, a bear, and a rabbit – each politely accusing him of having their »boat«, »tent«, »flying machine«, and »balancing pole« while recounting the adventures they had with Elephant’s green »umbrella.« The imagination of each character and the hilarious dialogue will tickle little listeners and the ending will delight.

The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep

  • Caroline Nastro
  • Illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva
  • Autumn 2016, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to CN, US/ UK
  • Website

There’s no place like home when it’s time for bed!

When Bear can’t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City – a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it’s called the city that never sleeps. What’s a bear to do?

Caroline Nastro’s gentle adventure and Vanya Nastanlieva’s engaging illustrations are sure to comfort and delight!

Surf’s Up

  • Kwame Alexander
  • Illustrated by Daniel Miyares
  • Spring 2016, 32 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to Danish, English (World), Korean, Swedish, BR, CN, ES
  • Website

»Surf’s up!«
»Not yet, Dude!«
»Books are boring!«
»Not this one!«

Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend a day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer while he reads his book, Dude can’t help getting pulled in – literally. Before you can shout “Surf’s up!” both frogs are sharing the same adventure – that is, until they get to the beach.

Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and acclaimed illustrator Daniel Miyares join forces to give readers a wild ride in this playful romp celebrating the joys of summer and reading.

A Little Night Cat

  • Sonja Danowski
  • Autumn 2016, 48 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to CA, CN, ES, GL, TR
  • Website

Tony loves animals, especially cats. After a visit to the Pet Rescue Center, his heart hurts for the lonely animals, and he donates his collection of cuddly toys to keep them company. Later that night, he feels all alone. Who will comfort him and help him sleep? Fortunately Tony’s Mum has her own childhood friend, a cuddly cat named Paul and the two become inseparable. Will Tony’s dream of having a real cat to care for and look after soon become a reality?

Mr. Benjamin’s Suitcase of Secret’s

  • Pei-Yu Chang
  • Illustrated by Pei-Yu Chang
  • Spring 2017, 48 pages, 26 x 30.2 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to UK/ US
  • Website

Mr. Benjamin is a philosopher with extraordinary ideas. But when his country begins punishing people for being different, he must escape. Over hills and valleys he trudges with a heavy suitcase. What could he be carrying? Mr. Benjamin and his suitcase disappear without a trace but the mystery of what it contained lives on. A compelling and true story about the importance of personal freedom and the distances we go to protect it.

“Pei Yu-Chang is a huge new talent.”
Prof. Felix Scheinberger, FH Münster

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

  • Monica Brown
  • Illustrated by John Parra
  • Autumn 2017, 40 pages, 21.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to UK/ US
  • Website

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos is based on the life of one of the world’s most beloved artists and the animals that inspired her art and life. Brown’s story recounts Frida’s pets—two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn— and playfully considers how she embodied many wonderful characteristics of each animal.

• Pua Belpré Illustrator Honor
Book 2018
• ALA Notable Children’s Book
2018
• New York Times/New York
Public Library Best Illustrated
Children’s Book 2017
• Nami Concours Island Award
2019, Shortlist

The Many Silly Walks of Mr. Teabag

  • David Merveille
  • Illustrated by David Merveille
  • Autumn 2017, 64 pages, 16.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold to UK/ US
  • Website

Inspired by the famous “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch, Belgian illustrator David Merveille has created this hilarious picture book. Perfectly capturing the fun and absurdity of Monty Python this book is sure to delight fans of that series as well as tickle children new to Mr Teabag and his adventures.

A Time to Act – John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech

  • Shana Corey
  • Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Spring 2017, 56 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to UK/ US
  • Website

John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago. As America’s 35th president, he often took bold actions. But on civil rights he didn’t act quickly. It took the urging and the example of other courageous people, like Martin Luther King Jr., to help him realize that the time to act was NOW. On June 11, 1963, Kennedy’s “big speech” was a game changer, and his efforts laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A thought-provoking and sensitive look at a transformative time in history.

“Christie . . . takes readers on a visual journey.”
Publishers Weekly on Freedom in Congo Square

Wind in the Willows

  • Kenneth Grahame
  • Illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  • Autumn 2017, 200 pages, 21.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to UK/ US
  • Website

Kenneth Graham’s classic tale of the riverbank with it’s memorable cast of characters, including wise old Badger and the ostentatious Toad of Toad Hall, reinvented by the very talented German illustrator Sebastian Meschenmoser. His mixture of pencil vignettes and full page oil illustrations bring something new to this unabridged version.

Hans in Luck and Other Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm

  • Brothers Grimm
  • Illustrated by Felix Hoffmann
  • Spring 2017, 224 pages, 22 x 27 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to UK/ US
  • Website

Along with Hans Fischer and Alois Cariget, Felix Hoffmann was one of the great Swiss illustrators of the 20th century. He achieved international renown with his innovative interpretations of the familiar fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. With atmospheric landscapes and a keen eye for detail he made a point of giving children new things to find in his art, every time they looked at his books.

“The lithographic lines and colours of Felix Hoffmann are very harmonious. Through his picture books I have learned, how pictures can cohesively tell a story from page to page.”
Kazuo Iwamura

Edison. The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Autumn 2018, 128 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to China, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, English World tbc
  • Website

From the creator of Lindbergh and Armstrong, comes Edison.

Long ago a mouse learned to fly. Then another landed on the moon! This story of what happened next is an equally amazing adventure with a dramatic twist.

Pete is a curious little mouse who hears of sunken mouse treasure. With the help of a wise mouse professor they set out to retrieve it and make a big discovery which will forever enlighten mouse- and mankind.

“A shooting star in the firmament of children’s literature with cult potential.” Buch und Maus, Christine Lötscher, on Torben Kuhlmann

Pages in the Wind

  • María Laura Díaz Domínguez
  • Illustrated by José Sanabria
  • Autumn 2018, 48 pages, 24 x 27 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to IT, US/ UK
  • Website

The last little newspaper on a newsstand wonders what its life will be like until a gust of wind sends its individual pages flying. Each page travels to a different place and experiences a vastly different life – from being used to clean a mirror and line the cage of a pet to being folded into a boat by a child or sheltering
a homeless person from the
cold – until, at last, the final page finds it’s true calling. Sanabria’s expressive art and thoughtful story reflect many ways our lives can be touched.

Smon Smon

  • Sonja Danowski
  • Illustrated by Sonja Danowski
  • Spring 2018, 48 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to IT, KR, US/ UK,
  • Website

The Smon Smon lives on the planet Gon Gon. In the morning the Smon Smon hangs its last ron ron next to its won won on a lon lon and floats away in a ton ton. But when the Smon Smon falls into a zon zon . . . what happens next is what makes any world worth being in. A finely woven story.

Batchelder Honor Book Award recipient Sonja Danowski takes us on a journey to a beautiful, mysterious world where cooperation and generosity save the day and friendships make it wonderful.

“There are picture books which make your heart beat a little faster when you open them.” BuchKultur, Andrea Wedan, on Little Night Cat

Ida and The Flying Whale

  • Rebecca Gugger
  • Illustrated by Simon Röthlisberger
  • Autumn 2018, 32 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to Croatia, Greece, English World
  • Website

What lies behind the sun, the moon, and the stars? Ida can’t stop thinking about these and other very important questions. Then one night, a flying whale wakes her and takes her on an amazing journey – where some of her questions are answered and even more created. This gentle, philosophical tale is a visual treat sure to fill curious little readers with wonder.

Chilly Da Vinci

  • Jarrett Rutland
  • Illustrated by Jarrett Rutland
  • Autumn 2018, 48 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to US/ UK
  • Website

While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci – self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work… yet!

When Chilly’s latest invention “Good Bird” crashes into the penguins’ iceberg home, a chunk of ice separates and sends them drifting out to sea. Can he invent a way to get them home?

Sloppy Takes the Plunge

  • Sean Julian
  • Illustrated by Sean Julian
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 21.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to RU, US/ UK
  • Website

Sloppy the tree dragon doesn’t want to take a bath. “Being mucky is what a tree dragon is all about.” But Dewdrop refuses to give him a hug until he’s clean, so Sloppy reconsiders. Could it be that getting clean is nearly as much fun as getting dirty?

“A heart-warming picture book with a wide read-aloud audience. It’s even more fun with each reading.” Eselsohr, Sylvia Mucke, on Sloppy Wants a Hug

“Funny, lovable and thoroughly educational!” Stiftung Lesen, on Sloppy Wants a Hug

Ada, the Number Crunching Machine

  • Zoë Tucker
  • Illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
  • Autumn 2019, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to English World
  • Website

There once was a little girl named Ada. She looked ordinary, but she was anything but. Ada loved solving problems – big problems, little problems, and tricky complicated problems. She invented crazy contraptions, solved big sums, and read all the books in the library. The truth is she changed the world. Zoe Tucker and Rachel Katstaller tell the amazing story of a little girl who didn’t go to school, but grew up to create the world’s first computer program.

A pioneer not just in mathematics but also for women in science.

The Dark and the Light

  • Kerstin Hau
  • Illustrated by Julie Völk
  • Autumn 2019, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to English World
  • Website

A shaggy but lovable creature is pining away because it has lost his home and has lived in the darkness ever since. One day curiosity get’s the better of it and it ventures out to the edge of the darkness. On the other side, bathed in sunlight and bright colours, lives a very different, gentle creature. The two tentatively get to know one another, until they finally become friends.

A quietly poetic story which gives hope and courage in difficult times, sensitively told by Kerstin Hau. With contrasting imagery provided by Julie Völk, this book shows that life is light, dark and every shade in between.

The Field

  • Baptiste Paul
  • Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • Rights sold to English World
  • Website

“Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community – family, friends, and the local fruit vendor – for a pickup football (futbol) match. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running – bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport. “Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?

The world’s most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited, poetic, and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul’s debut picture book.

• Horn Book Fanfare 2018
• Kirkus Best Books 2018
• School Library Journal
Best Books 2018
• Shelf Awareness
Best Books 2018

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Contact Person

Publisher and Managing Director Herwig Bitsche

Assistant Publisher Andrew Rushton

Assistance to the Management Florian Hinterseer

Public Relations Anne-Cathérine Schürmann

Foreign Rights Louise Münzer

Assistance Foreign Rights, Events Laetitia Oertle

Editorial Department Hanna Lang, Andrea Naasan, Elena Rittinghausen

Graphics Department Fabienne Heeb

Account Staff Sonja Wennemer

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