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”.
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, Inga Borg, Dick Laan, and Paul Biegel (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 Astrid Frank, Sara Kadefors, Rose Lagercrantz, Maja Lunde, Susin Nielsen and Ulf Stark.
Jef Aerts, Jens Ahlbom, Hans Christian Andersen, John Bauer, Elsa Beskow, Paul Biegel, Yaroslava Black, Freya Blackwood, Inga Borg, Maren Briswalter, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kitty Crowther, Ishtar Bäcklund Dakhil, 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, Jenny Jägerfeld, Ulrike Jänichen, Tove Jansson, Hervé Jaouen, George Johansson, Sara Kadefors, Jan Kaiser, Ylva Karlsson, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Regina Kehn, Jihyun Kim, Rebecka Lagercrantz, Rose Lagercrantz, Bärbel Kempf-Luley, Anke Klaaßen, Sarah Knausenberger, Gerlinde Kurz, Dick Laan, Hans Lafrenz, Johanna Lindbäck, Karin Lindermann, Maja Lunde, Hector Malot, Inga Moore, Christian Morgenstern, Kathrine Nedrejord, Susin Nielsen, Eva-Maria Ott-Heidmann, Alf Prøysen, Allison Rushby, Aline Sax, Richard Scrimger, Monika Speck, Ulf Stark, Adalbert Stifter, Nora Surojegin, Pirkoo-Liisa Surojegin, Annika Thor, Marit Törnqvist, Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur, Arne Ulbricht, Denys Watkins-Pitchford, Bettina Werchan, Julia C. Werner, ZO-O and many others
On Christmas Eve, two children, Conrad and Sanna, leave their grandmother’s house in an Alpine village and get lost in the mountain snow. They become trapped among the rock crystals of the frozen glacier and are forced to seek refuge in a rock cave. Eventually the snowfall subsides and a night sky wonder of light and color fills the air...
»Rock Crystal«, the famous novella by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868), is a beautiful parable of faith, hope, love, and the force of Mother Nature.
Nora is whiny. Nora is complaining. And Nora is demanding. Luckily her granny knows how to deal with her granddaughter. With respect and humour granny teaches Nora about appreciation and kindness.
This captivating story tells of the cheerful, loving and challenging moments between grandmother and granddaughter. “Granny and Me!” and the sequel “Granny and Me! All Grown Up!” are inspiring children’s books for all grandparents and parents!
Luna sometimes finds the adult world quite complicated. But at the age of seven, she always has a solution. For example, when she doesn’t like Dad’s music. Or when Mom is busy again with her mobile phone. Most of the time Daddy takes care of her because Mom works and travels a lot. Even though Dad spends too much time working on his “strange books for adults,” he’s always there for her when she needs him.
When Tinka gets some tomato seedlings from her grandfather she is more than surprised. What? She thinks these little green shoots are supposed to turn into red tomatoes? And of course they do not grow by themselves. So Tinka has to take good care of them – and sometimes she needs helpers to support her. But finally, she is rewarded for her efforts. A beautiful picturebook for the complete family about urban gardening, mindfulness and the importance of the small things in life …
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!
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.
Griswald is back! In his third adventure he has to save a little chick – at first out of the Gurgling Stream and later on from the clutches of a dangerous snake. With these new stories, Daniela Drescher proves once again her mastership in introducing children to nature in a wonderful way with humorous stories!
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 and Pelle are always there when their friends need them! Whenever one of the animals around them feels sick, they are ready to help. Daniela Drescher’s friendly and charming dwarves show how important it is to look after each other. With her incomparable illustrations and touching poems, she expresses that there is nothing more important than to help your friends and to make the world a better place. Written in rhymes for the youngest little readers! (Volume 6th of the Pippa and Pelle series!)
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!
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.
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«.
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!
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!
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.
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®.
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