Prestel Junior

The Publishing House and its History

Art, architecture, photography, lifestyle and high-quality children’s books: Prestel ranks among the world’s leading publishers – both in German and English – in all of these fields.

Prestel Publishing was founded in 1924 and has its headquarters in Munich, along with offices in New York and London and an international sales network. Since 2008, Prestel belongs to the publishing group Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH.

Crucial for Prestel is that quality reigns throughout everything it publishes. It’s not for nothing that the publisher has received more than a hundred national and international awards for the content and design of its books.

Prestel is a publisher for both young and old – for all those with an eye for beauty and a passion for visual culture.

We love art and illustrations. We connect gripping topics with magnificent pictures. We make books for all the senses.

Our program

At Prestel Junior, we publish children's art books, enchantingly illustrated non-fiction books and special picture books in German and English. All our publications are made to the highest production standards.

Since 1995, Prestel Junior has received acclaim for its wide-ranging children’s books on art and architecture. Other features of our program include books on music, nature and technology, as well as artistic picture books and pop-up books. German and international illustration art plays an important role in many of our titles. These include the series Eintritt frei!, illustrated by Katie Scott and Chris Wormell, as well as illustrated books by Britta Teckentrup, Olaf Hajek, Irmela Schautz, Annika Siems, Marc Martin, Katja Spitzer, Annabelle von Sperber, Joanne Liu, Pablo Salvaje, Page Tsou, Judith Drews, Mikel Casal, Robert Hunter, Carnovsky and many others.

Current awards

  • Deutscher Gartenbuchpreis 2019 – Gilles Clément/Vincent Gravé: Ein großer Garten
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Charlotte Guillain/Yuval Zommer: Unter meinen Füßen. Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Erde
  • JugendSachbuchPreis 2018 – Raman Prinja & Chris Wormell: Das Planetarium
  • JugendSachbuchPreis 2018 – Charlotte Guillain & Yuval Zommer: Unter meinen Füßen. Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt der Erde
  • JugendSachbuchPreis 2017 – Kate Davies & Carnovsky: Der menschliche Körper. Eine Entdeckungsreise mit der Röntgenlupe

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The Little Seedling that Didn’t Want to Grow

  • Britta Teckentrup
  • March 2020 in Germany, UK and USA, 48 pages, 23 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • All rights available except English and German (both Prestel)
  • Website

A story about growing up and about the courage to find your own way in life

It is spring and all the seeds In the earth get ready to grow. One after the other breaks through the earth stretching towards the sun to unfold Its shoots and leaves and to grow skywards. But there Is one seedling that needs a bit more time. Once It Is ready, It has to tediously find its way through all the big plants. On its way up it meets many animals that become its friends. When the little seedling finally reaches the light, it has become the most beautiful, strongest and most resilient plant of all - and the happiest one, for it can give a home to many animals.

Britta Teckentrup's marvellous nature illustrations form the perfect scenery for this empathetic story
which celebrates uniqueness and subtly teaches children about the life cycle of plants.

• The new picture book by Britta Teckentrup tells of growing up
• Everyone needs his time to grow and even little plants will eventually grow up strong.
• Colourful, happy and with a message: Don't be misled and find your own way!

Flower Power. The Magic of Nature’s Healers

  • Christine Paxmann
  • Illustrated by Olaf Hajek
  • March 2020 in UK and Germany, April 2020 in USA, 40 pages, 26 x 35 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • All rights available except English and German (both Prestel)
  • Website

The magic power of healing plants

In his new children's book, Olaf Hajek introduces young readers to the world of flowers and healing plants. Hajek's pictures, drawn in a folk art style, are full of life, populated by insects, birds, fruits and fairy tale figures, illuminating the uniqueness of nature.

The pictures are accompanied by interesting texts that underline the cultural and medicinal aspects of the plants as well as their use for healing. Thus, children learn which petals in the garden belong to which flower, how iris root can be used as teething aid with babies, and that the seed capsules of poppies led to the invention of the salt grinder. From roses to gillyflowers and marigold to ginger, artichokes and passion flower: Children will see the local and exotic plants in a whole new light and enjoy these wonderful botanical illustrations.

• A non-fiction art title for all ages for children and fans of Olaf Hajek
• The folk art inspired and minutely detailed flower pictures kindle the interest of the children and tell little stories.
• Interesting and informative texts on the healing power of flowers and plants

The Book of Time

  • Kathrin Köller
  • Illustrated by Irmela Schautz
  • November 2019 in Germany, March 2020 in USA and UK, 112 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 8+
  • All rights available except Italian, English and German (both Prestel)
  • Website

Unravel the mysteries of time

In this thought provoking book, curious readers will discover all kinds of fascinating information about how and why we think about time. Chapters on mythology discuss Chronos, Janus, and the legend of the Phoenix. Others look at how different cultures perceive time—as a straight line or in circles? Young readers will learn how animals and plants tell time, how the study of longitude and latitude is related to clocks, and why an hour used to last one hundred minutes. Along the way, they'll encounter historic time pieces such as sundials, chronometers, and Al-Jazari's famous 12th century elephant clock.

The book also invites readers to ponder important questions about what time means to us today: can you actually save time? Can you run out of it? And is it really better to accomplish more in less time? These concepts are introduced in accessible chapters and illustrated with vibrant drawings.

• Absorbing and world-enlarging
• Explores a challenging concept in an engaging way that encourages discussion and further learning

All About Hair: An Illustrated Cultural History

  • Katja Spitzer
  • May 2021, 40 pages, 24 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 7+
  • All rights available except German
  • Website

What do fringe, ponytail, monkey swing and earphones have in common? Exactly, they are all hairstyles! In her book, printed in unusual colours, Katja Spitzer tells us everything about hair: that hairstyles have been important to people since the Stone Age, from the hip-length hair of Empress Sisi to the tower hairstyles of the Baroque and the punk hairstyles of the 70s.
We learn which beauty recipes the Ancient Egyptians had for their hair, to whom Indians sacrifice their hair and why many African Americans wear their Afro-look with great pride, what the bobblehead has to do with emancipation, why our hair turns grey and what it consists of at all. We see plaits, curls, blonde, black, ginger hair, short or long hair, ladies-beard and beard hairstyles and learn many idioms related to hair. Quite hairy, this book!

• All about hair and hairstyles - from the past to now
• Extraordinary illustrations, printed in special colours
• Hairy fascination - from tower hair and monkey swing to Mohican

Into the Deep. An Exploration of Our Oceans

  • Wolfgang Dreyer
  • Illustrated by Annika Siems
  • August 2019 in Germany, September 2019 in USA and UK, 96 pages, 29 x 32 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 7+
  • All rights available except German, English and Chinese Simplified
  • Website

Immerse yourself in a beautiful journey from the beach to the depths of the ocean floor

Beneath the surface of the ocean lies a mysterious and astounding world that few people ever get to see. This book merges breathtaking art with the latest scientific research to take readers on a fantastic voyage on the submarine Marine Snow, where they meet blue whales, vampire squid, viper fish, and a giant sea spider. They’ll learn about bioluminescence, Radiolaria, and coral reefs, and discover incredible facts about the marine world. Annika Siems’s illustrations vibrate with color and detail, even as they convey the mystery of a place with scant natural light. From the smallest plankton magnified by thousands, to the most enormous whale, captured on a single page, the sea’s denizens are recreated with spectacular precision and artistry. Annika Siems' and Marine biologist Wolfgang Dreyer’s texts bring the ocean to life—whether they’re describe a transparent jellyfish or the way colors disappear from view as you descend to the ocean floor.

• A feast for the eye and the mind, this stunning book helps us comprehend a massive, mostly unfamiliar part of our world — one that flourishes with life and beauty.

My Museum

  • Joanne Liu
  • September 2017, 32 pages, 19.5 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 3+
  • All rights available except German, English, Spanish, Catalan, Korean, Chinese Simplified
  • Website

Another way to discover an art museum

We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum. It was hard to see, let alone appreciate the art. It got tiring. And there was so much else to look at! That’s the lesson of this ingeniously simple yet profound book about art. It is everywhere—from another visitor’s elaborate tattoos to the way the sun makes patterns of light on the floor. While other visitors are busy trying to find their way through the museum’s galleries, or fighting for room to view a masterpiece, our hero examines the gallery upside down from a bench, plays with his shadow, and makes friends with the custodian.

• With a wink and a nod to serious museum-goers everywhere, Joanne Liu’s whimsical illustrations remind us that sometimes the best kind of art is the kind you make yourself.
• Honoured by the 2018 Bologna Ragazzi Book Award

My City

  • Joanne Liu
  • April 2019, 32 pages, 19.5 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 3+
  • All rights available except German, English, Korean, Chinese Complex
  • Website

A young boy discovers the excitement of exploring his city—and so will readers of this vibrant picture book

Max is asked to mail a letter for his mother. As he walks through his neighborhood in search of a mailbox, he encounters all sorts of interesting things like falling leaves dancing in the wind, skyscrapers towering in the distance, and junk being piled into a garbage truck. All around him adults hurry on their various errands, too busy to appreciate these wondrous details. His walk through the city leads Max to discover that the mailbox is actually right next door to his own house.

• Children will enjoy following Max on his adventure and seeing things from his perspective as they explore Joanne Liu’s colorful celebration of everyday life in a busy city.

The Egg

  • Britta Teckentrup
  • March 2017, 96 pages, 19 x 26 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 6+
  • All rights available except German, English, Chinese Simplified, Dutch, Italian, Polish
  • Website

A lovely meditation on the diversity of eggs

Is there anything as simple as an egg? Is there anything as complex? In this gorgeous picture book, Britta Teckentrup portrays eggs through the eyes of an artist. From hummingbirds to the extinct elephant bird, illustrations of the avian world’s smallest and largest eggs demonstrate the variety present in nature. Pastel studies explore the rainbow of soft colors and intricate patterns that make eggs of common birds seem incredibly striking. In Teckentrup’s hands, a scattering of broken egg shells become abstract art; a nest of unhatched eggs suggest the possibility and promise of life. Her studies of songbirds and nests are themselves beautifully composed works of color and line.

• This magnificent book offers hours of lingering pleasure, and becomes fertile ground for conversation and imagination.

Birds and Their Feathers

  • Britta Teckentrup
  • March 2018, 96 pages, 19 x 26 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 6+
  • All rights available except German, English, Chinese Simplified
  • Website

A wondrous, charming, and informative examination of feathers

Britta Teckentrup’s "The Egg" introduced children to one of nature’s most perfect creations. Now, employing the same earth-tone coloring and delicate illustrations that have made her an enormously popular children’s author, Teckentrup turns her gaze to the endlessly fascinating feather. What are they made of? Why do birds have so many of them? How do they help birds fly? And what other purpose do they serve? By providing accessible answers to these and other questions, this delightful book introduces young readers to the wonders of “plumology,” while also drawing them in with enchanting illustrations.

• An exquisitely rendered fusion of art and science, this marvelous book satisfies young readers’ natural curiosity about the world around them.

Where’s the Architect?

  • Susanne Rebscher
  • Illustrated by Annabelle von Sperber
  • October 2018, 32 pages, 28.5 x 39.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • All rights available except German, English, Chinese Simplified
  • Website

A wonderfully illustrated and captivating introduction to the wonders of architecture

From the top of China’s Great Wall to the base of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, this journey through the world of architecture stops in nearly every continent and travels through centuries. Annabelle von Sperber populates her dynamic and intricate double-page spreads with many details and a hidden architect or important figure on every page that kids will have fun trying to locate. Along the way they’ll learn about the iron workers who built the Empire State building, how many bulbs it takes to light the Eiffel Tower, where the royal jewels are kept at the Tower of London, and why there is so much red and yellow in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

• Young readers will find themselves fully immersed in this large format book while learning about the incredible architectural wonders that continue to amaze us today.

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