Urachhaus

© From »Die blauen Flügel« (Illustration Martijn van der Linden)

The Publishing House and its History

Verlag Urachhaus was founded in 1925 – back then with a different name. After it has been banned under the regime of the Nazis a new name was found in 1946. And since the company was based in Urach Street in Stuttgart the CEOs decided for Urachhaus.

In the last three decades the children’s and YA literature became more and more important for the company. Besides our range of books from toddlers up to YA we publish books for adults such as fiction, different sorts of guide books, cultural history, religion, child education and biographies.

Our motto is: “Building Bridges – Connecting People!” With our books we want to present new perspectives to our readers to show alternatives to the real world “behind the curtain of the obvious”.

Program

In our list we place value on offering literature to our young readers which is more than just “easy reading”. We like to offer platforms to German speaking authors and illustrators. To provide our readers with the width of the world(-literature) of course we also do cooperate with many foreign publishing companies and agencies. We focus on literature from Belgium and the Netherlands as much as books from Scandinavia and the English speaking world.

The style of illustrations in our books for young readers reflect our ideas regarding aesthetic (and pedagogic) ideas about what children need in a certain age. The gentle and detailed illustrations by Daniela Drescher are to be mentioned as the most loved and successful ones we have in our list. Also we do like Inga Moore’s illustrated classics very much. Meaningful and amusing are the works by the Lithuanian artist Kęstutis Kasparavičius. With titles by authors such as Elsa Beskow, Dick Laan (the “Dutch Michael Ende”) we do care for classic texts for children which are worth to be conserved.

For our more experienced readers we offer literature which might be helpful in certain situations in the family, in friendship, at school etc. Here we want to emphasize our authors Kristien Dieltiens, Astrid Frank, Katarina Genar, Sara Kadefors, Gerlinde Kurz, Maja Lunde, Ulf Stark and Annika Thor.

Authors and Illustrators

Jef Aerts, Hans Christian Andersen, John Bauer, Elsa Beskow, Paul Biegel, Yaroslava Black, Freya Blackwood, Inga Borg, Maren Briswalter, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charlotte Dematons, Kristien Dieltiens, Daniela Drescher, Sanne Dufft, Linde Faas, Astrid Frank, Paul Gallico, Katarina Genar, Mireille Geus, Kenneth Grahame, Mies van Hout, Michelle Houts, Ulrike Jänichen, Hervé Jaouen, Sara Kadefors, Jan Kaiser, Ylva Karlsson, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Regina Kehn, Bärbel Kempf-Luley, Anke Klaaßen, Gerlinde Kurz, Dick Laan, Hans Lafrenz, Karin Lindermann, Maja Lunde, Hector Malot, Inga Moore, Christian Morgenstern, Kathrine Nedrejord, Beatrijs Oerlemans, Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann, Alf Prøysen, Allison Rushby, Aline Sax, Richard Scrimger, Monika Speck, Ulf Stark, Harmen van Straaten, Jan Terlouw, Marit Törnqvist, Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur, Annika Thor, Arne Ulbricht, Nikolai Ustinov, Denys Watkins-Pitchford, Hilde Vandermeeren, Bettina Werchan and many others

Current awards

  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Astrid Frank, Regina Kehn (Ill.): Uli Unsichtbar
  • Bad Harzburger Jugendliteraturpreis 2018 – Astrid Frank: Unsichtbare Wunden
  • Zürcher Kinderbuchpreis 2017 – Astrid Frank: Enno Anders - Löwenzahn im Asphalt

Preview Catalogues

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Pippa and Pelle

  • Daniela Drescher
  • Illustrated by Daniela Drescher
  • Autumn 2014, 12 pages, 12 x 16 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to UK, US, The Netherlands, Romania, Norway
  • Website

Pippa and Pelle are two little dwarves who love to spend their time in nature and exploring their surroundings. A delightful board book including lovey child-oriented rhymes for the youngest children. Drescher’s unique style brings life to this colourful board book. This is volume one of a series covering the four seasons.

The Search for the Beast

  • Daniela Drescher
  • Illustrated by Daniela Drescher
  • Autumn 2015, 144 pages, 17 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Three friends, one forest, one adventure! Piff the squirrel can’t find his hidden nuts. He’s sure that a giant monster took them away. So he asks his friends Edward the mole and Tock the dwarf to help him. A fantastic adventure starts in which they meet many animals and finally find the thief. The monster turns out to be a boar which needs their help to find its way home! A wonderful story about friendship and hospitality, enchantingly illustrated!

Invisible Scars

  • Astrid Frank
  • Spring 2016, 288 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 13+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Anna is a pretty, smart and cheerful teenager. On her 13th birthday she gets a diary from her father. »For your secrets«, he says. But Anna doesn’t have any – until her best friend Manuela turns away from her when a new girl enters their class.

Suddenly an unstoppable spiral of bullying begins, starting with ignoring Anna at school and out of school. When Manuela begins to get jealous because their classmate Paul seems to be more interested in Anna than in herself things get worse and lead to a catastrophy.

Realistically and psychologically clever and moving acclaimed author Astrid Frank represents bullying as a dynamic process with its dramatic consequences.

Highly recommended by MobbingHelpDesk®.

Pippa and Pelle in Spring

  • Daniela Drescher
  • Illustrated by Daniela Drescher
  • Spring 2017, 12 pages, 12 x 16 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to UK, US, The Netherlands, Romania
  • Website

Pippa and Pelle are two little dwarves who love to spend their time in nature and exploring their surroundings. A delightful board book including lovey child-oriented rhymes for the youngest children. Drescher’s unique style brings life to this colourful board book. This is the spring title of a series covering the four seasons. Further available: »Pippa and Pelle in the Snow«, »Pippa and Pelle in the Whirling Wind«, »Pippa and Pelle on a Trip«.

Giesbert in the Water Budd

  • Daniela Drescher
  • Illustrated by Daniela Drescher
  • Autumn 2016, 112 pages, 17 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • Rights sold to UK, US, China, Russia
  • Website

Giesbert is a friendly dwarf, thirsty for adventures. He explores a new garden and makes himself a home in a water budd. Being a really kind guy he makes friend with all the animals around him. Enchantingly told and illustrated by international acclaimed author and illustrator Daniela Drescher.

Hase Hartmann

  • Jan Kaiser
  • Illustrated by Hans Lafrenz
  • Spring 2018, 32 pages, 24 x 18 cm
  • Picturebook
  • 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Mats Hartmann desperately wants to have a rabbit. When he finally gets one he calls him Hase Hartmann. But soon he is losing interest. Luckily he has a good idea what to do with his new friend.

A funny story about friendship and freedom – wittily illustrated and humorously written.

Enno Anders. Dandelion in the Asphalt

  • Astrid Frank
  • Illustrated by Regina Kehn
  • Spring 2017, 160 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Enno is different to his classmates – just as his name says. He has difficulties with concentrating at school but at the same time he is full of fantasy. He loves to make up stories about himself being an explorer from outer space – that’s what he sometimes considers himself to be!

Acclaimed author Astrid Frank wrote a both stunning and funny story about a highly sensitive boy.

Winner of the Zürich Children’s Books Award 2017!

Pippa’s and Pelle’s Birthday Party

  • Daniela Drescher
  • Illustrated by Daniela Drescher
  • Spring 2019, 12 pages, 14 x 16 cm
  • Boardbook
  • 2+
  • Rights sold to UK, Netherlands, France, China and Romania
  • Website

Pippa and Pelle – the friendly and charming dwarves – are celebrating their birthday! There is a cake, there are presents and all their friends want to congratulate them. Another beautifully told and illustrated board book by our internationally acclaimed author and illustrator Daniela Drescher. This is the 5th volume in the series about Pippa and Pelle. Written in rhymes for the youngest little listeners!

It Takes a While

  • Jan Kaiser
  • Illustrated by Karin Lindermann
  • Spring 2019, 32 pages, 24 x 18 cm
  • Picturebook
  • 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Bo is really good with riddles. But one day his sister Pia has a really difficult one: “What is soft, round and still takes a while?”
Hmm, it might be the cake in the oven … Or does it have to do with Dad sitting on the loo? Finally it turns out the solution has to do with mummy’s tummy, which is really very round and soft … and it still takes a while.
A beautifully written and illustrated story for families with a round and soft secret!

Uli Invisible

  • Astrid Frank
  • Illustrated by Regina Kehn
  • Autumn 2018, 98 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • 7+
  • All rights available
  • Website

When Uli introduces himself to his new classmates he is so nervous that he starts stuttering. He immediately becomes the laughing stock of the class and ends up in the bullying corner. Nobody cares for him and soon he feels more and more invisible. But he is lucky. One day a new girl shows up in his class: Ulrike – the second Uli. She is everything but quiet and helps him to stand up against his opponents.

Astrid Frank has written an important book about bullying in school – which even starts in the first years. Very sensitively illustrated by Regina Kehn!

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Contact

Verlag Freies Geistesleben und Urachhaus GmbH

Landhausstraße 82
70190 Stuttgart

Germany

Phone +49 (0)711 285 32 01

info@urachhaus.com
www.urachhaus.de

Contact Person

Publisher, Foreign Rights Michael Stehle (-38)
michael.stehle@urachhaus.com

Editorial Department
Christine Christ (-52)
christine.christ@urachhaus.com
Diethild Plattner (-30)
diethild.plattner@urachhaus.com

Sales
Simone Patyna (-32)
simone.patyna@urachhaus.com
Alexandra Kazik (-25)
alexandra.kazik@urachhaus.com

Production Ursula Weismann (-42)
ursula.weismann@urachhaus.com

Public Relations Claudia Rehm (-25)
claudia.rehm@urachhaus.com