NordSüd Verlag

© From: „Marie Käferchen“

The Publishing House and its History

From North to South – The Swiss publishing house has been creating books for children everywhere for over 60 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 originality 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

Among our most successful books are »The Rainbow Fish« by Marcus Pfister and »The Little Polar Bear« by Hans de Beer. Our list represents a wide range of authors and illustrators, most of them with numerous titles. Many of our books have been in stock throughout and available for decades. Most recently, the mouse adventures by Torben Kuhlmann have become a significant part of our program. We pride ourselves in promoting young talents and have published quite a few successful debuts in the last couple of years. Our focus is on printed picture books rather than e-books.

Authors and Illustrators

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

To name but a few: Kwame Alexander, Isabelle Arsenault, Mac Barnett, Hans de Beer, Anne-Kathrin Behl, Bernadette, Käthi Bhend, Hannes Binder, Sophie Blackall, Aljoscha Blau, Nele Brönner, Janie Bynum, Pei-Yu Chang, Sonja Danowski, Laura D’Arcangelo, Maja Dusíková, Carson Ellis, Hans Fischer, Philippe Goossens, Valeri Gorbachev, William Grill, Rebecca Gugger & Simon Röthlisberger, Bruno Hächler, Carla Haslbauer, Kazuo Iwamura, Amélie Jackowski, Heinz Janisch, Oliver Jeffers, Sean Julian, Maja Kastelic, Christa Kempter, Jon Klassen, Torben Kuhlmann, Taltal Levi, Kai Lüftner, Sebastian Meschenmoser, Esteli Meza, Erwin Moser, Jürg Obrist, Josef Palecek, Baptiste Paul, Marcus Pfister, Barbara Piatti, Celestino Piatti, Willy Puchner, Rashin, Wiebke Rauers, Johanna Ries, Yvonne Rogenmoser, Carol Roth, Anna Russelmann, Francesca Sanna, Antonie Schneider, Binette Schroeder, Linda Schwalbe, Eve Tharlet, Max Velthuijs, Julie Völk, Brigitte Weninger, Udo Weigelt, Brendan Wenzel, Józef Wilkon, Linda Wolfsgruber, Lisbeth Zwerger and many, many more.

Current awards

  • White Ravens 2021 – Rebecca Gugger und Simon Röthlisberger: Der Berg
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2020 – Mac Barnett und Jon Klassen: Dreieck Quadrat Kreis
  • Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2020 – Oliver Jeffers: Die Fabel von Fausto (Gestaltung: Rory Jeffers, David Pearson)
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Sophie Blackall: Lieber Besucher aus dem All
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Oliver Jeffers: Die Fabel von Fausto
  • Serafina - Nachwuchspreis Illustration 2020 – Linda Schwalbe: Ida und die Welt hinterm Kaiserzipf
  • Die Silberne Feder des Deutschen Ärztinnenbundes 2019 – Gro Dahle & Svein Nyhus: Bösemann

Preview Catalogues

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The Clown said No

  • Mischa Damjan
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Fall 2021, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • World English, Dutch
  • Website

One day Clown Petronius decides that he no longer wishes to play the fool and starts his own circus to tell stories for children and poets alike.

Bruno

  • Serena Romanelli
  • Illustrated by Hans de Beer
  • Fall 2021, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • World English, Dutch
  • Website

It’s time for hibernation. Mama Bear tells little Bruno nine funny stories to give him something to dream about.

My Mother’s Delightful Deaths

  • Carla Haslbauer
  • Illustrated by Carla Haslbauer
  • Spring 2021, 48 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold: World English

Mother is a glamorous opera star. As such she fascinates her audience with various death scenes.

In the Garden with Flori

  • Sonja Danowski
  • Illustrated by Sonja Danowski
  • Spring 2021, 56 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold: World English

With the help of Flori the dog Linn takes care of grandfather’s garden.

Chick Chat

  • Janie Bynum
  • Illustrated by Janie Bynum
  • Spring 2021, 40 pages, 21,5 x 25,8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

Peep, peep, peep! Baby Chick has a lot to say!

There Was a Turkey on the Farm

  • Valeri Gorbachev
  • Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Spring 2021, 40 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

Everyone on the farm is happy except for Turkey. He does not make friends easily because of his pickiness...

Badger's in a Bad Mood!

  • Moritz Petz
  • Illustrated by Amélie Jackowski
  • Fall 2004, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • World English, Chinese simplified, Chinese complex, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Rhaeto-Romanic, Slovenian, Thai
  • Website

A bad mood can be contagious!

Little Polar Bear Lars and the Panda Bears

  • Hans de Beer
  • Illustrated by Hans de Beer
  • Autumn 2020, 32 pages, 21,5 x 25,8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Chinese

Lars goes East!

The Rainbow Fish

  • Marcus Pfister
  • Illustrated by Marcus Pfister
  • Autumn 1992, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Please inquire about rights availability

Nothing is more fun than sharing and giving Meet the Rainbow Fish, an international bestseller for more than 25 years.

Peace

  • Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul
  • Illustrated by Estelí Meza
  • Spring 2021, 40 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English, Spanish

Peace is on purpose. Peace is a choice. Peace lets the smallest of us have a voice.
An inspiring look at things we can all do to bring peace into our lives and world.

Hans Christian Andersen. The Journey of His Life

  • Heinz Janisch
  • Illustrated by Maja Kastelic
  • Spring 2020, 56 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

A carriage is driving towards Copenhagen. Inside are a little girl named Elsa, her mother and another passenger, who introduces himself only as Mr Andersen. Over the course of the journey the inquisitive Elsa asks the man a series of questions and he tells her how the son of a cobbler became an acclaimed writer of the “Fairy Tale of his life”.

Heinz Janisch tells the story of the great Danish writer’s life, weaving in elements of his most famous fairy tales along the way. Maja Kastelic mixes picture book and graphic novel techniques and uses different colour schemes to create a multi-layerd masterpiece.

Ida Pfeiffer and the World Beyond Mount Kaiserzipf

  • Linda Schwalbe
  • Illustrated by Linda Schwalbe
  • Spring 2020, 64 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to: World English

Ida has always had a mind of her own. Though living at a time when girls were still expected to be mothers and housewives, Ida dreams of being an explorer and going on expeditions. She bravely sets off on her first trip around the world, an adventurous journey over land and sea, discovering faraway lands and exotic people along the way. A wild, exuberant debut which pays homage to the explorer Ida Pfeiffer (1797 – 1858).

The Mountain

  • Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger
  • Illustrated by Rebecca Gugger and Simon Röthlisberger
  • Spring 2021, 48 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

Bear knows exactly what the mountain looks like. It is green and there are lots of trees. Sheep knows it too. It’s a pasture. A book about diversity of opinion.

Where you can find me

  • Taltal Levi
  • Illustrated by Taltal Levi
  • Fall 2020, 32 pages, 28 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • World English, French (Canada)
  • Website

When a spunky little girl finds that her parents are too busy to play, she decides to visit her favorite place on her own.

In my dream I can fly

  • Eveline Hasler
  • Illustrated by Käthi Bhend
  • Fall 2020, 32 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 4+
  • World English, Chinese, Korean, Romanian
  • Website

Below the ground, five friends—a grub, a beetle, two worms, and a caterpillar—are settling in for the winter.

A Little Courage

  • Taltal Levi
  • Illustrated by Taltal Levi
  • Autumn 2019, 48 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: Italian, Korean, World English

A little one conquers the world: potted plants are a wonderful climbing park and a water glass is the perfect swimming pool. But there is a mysterious shadow lurking beyond the books and paper clips. The little girl gathers her courage and prepares to defend herself. But wait, could this fluffy, purring creature be a friend?
An inventive story about courage and friendship.

Doctor Mouse

  • Christa Kempter
  • Illustrated by Amélie Jackowski
  • Spring 2020, 32 pages, 21.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: World English

Friendly Doctor Mouse is happy to help all of his patients, but he can only see them one at a time. When the dog, hen, owl and fox start talking to each other in the waiting room, they start to solve problems themselves. Will Mr Dog find a new friend? Will Ms Hen lose her fear? Will Ms Owl get a new pair of glasses? This humorous story will tickle your funny bone!

Going to the doctor has never been so fun!

Einstein – The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Autumn 2020, 128 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 6+
  • Rights sold: World English, Czech, Dutch, Farsi, French, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Russian

Instead of travelling back just one day in time to attend a missed cheese festival, the little mouse travels back eighty years. Will Albert Einstein be able to help him go back to his own time?

Lindbergh. The Adventurous Tale of a Flying Mouse

  • Torben Kuhlmann
  • Illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
  • Spring 2014, 96 pages, 21.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to BG, CA, CN, CZ, DK, ES, FA, FR, FY, GA, GR, HE, HR, HU, HY, I, JP, KR, LT, MN, NL, PL, RO, RU, SE, SL, TR, TW, UA, English world
  • Website

In Hamburg there lives an extraordinary mouse. One day she is struck by how dangerous it has become close to home. There are mousetraps and cats everywhere. One by one her mouse-friends vanish. But where are they fleeing to? America? The tiny mouse decides she too will undertake the journey over the Atlantic. Every night she tinkers with her very own flying machine. A wild adventure is about to begin!

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, ES, FR, GR, HR, HU, I, JP, KR, NL, NO, PL, RO, RU, SE, TW, UA, English world
  • 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+
  • Rights sold to CN, English world
  • 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 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, English world
  • 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!

A Little Night Cat

  • Sonja Danowski
  • Autumn 2016, 48 pages, 24 x 31 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold to CA, CN, CZ, ES, GL, GR, RO, TR, English world
  • 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 CN, CZ, PT, TW, English world
  • 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 CA, CN, ES, FR, HR, KR, PT (Brazil), SE, TR, TW, English world
  • 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

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 CN, CZ, FI, GR, I, JP, KR, NL, RO, RU, SL, ES, SE, English world
  • 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

A Page in the Wind

  • María Laura Díaz Domínguez
  • Illustrated by José Sanabria
  • Autumn 2018, 48 pages, 24 x 27 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • Rights sold to CN, KR, English world
  • 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, JP, KR, RO, English world
  • 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 GR, HR, 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 CN, ES, English world
  • 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 DK, NL, RU, English world
  • 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 CN, DK, SE, 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.

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Contact

NordSüd Verlag AG

Franklinstrasse 23
8050 Zürich

Switzerland

Phone +41 (0)44 936 68 68

info@nord-sued.com
www.nord-sued.com

Contact Person

Publisher and Managing Director Herwig Bitsche

Associate Publisher Andrew Rushton

Head of Administration Janine Moor

Head of Marketing & Communication Nina Grünberger

Public Relations Julia Ann Stüssi

Assistance Public Relations, Events Jacqueline Frei

Foreign Rights Hanna Lang, Louise Münzer, Laetitia Hasler, Sindhya Bergamin

Editorial Department Andrea Naasan, Elena Rittinghausen, Naomi Wolter

Graphics Department Theresa Gamper, Sophie Stahlberger

Account Staff Sibylle Berweger