Urachhaus

© Daniela Drescher, Giesbert und der Gluckerbach, Verlag Urachhaus

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 Astrid Frank, Sara Kadefors, Rose Lagercrantz, Maja Lunde, Aline Sax and Ulf Stark.

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, Kitty Crowther, 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, Sara Kadefors, Jan Kaiser, Ylva Karlsson, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Regina Kehn, Rebecka Lagercrantz, Rose Lagercrantz, Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin, Bärbel Kempf-Luley, Anke Klaaßen, 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, Marit Törnqvist, Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur, Arne Ulbricht, Denys Watkins-Pitchford, Bettina Werchan, Julia C. Werner and many others

Current awards

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

Preview Catalogues

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Luna – A Fly Agaric in a Strawberry Dress

  • Arne Ulbricht
  • Illustrated by Sanne Dufft
  • Autumn 2019, 117 pages, 14.4 x 21 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available

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.

Tinka’s Tomatoes

  • Sanne Dufft
  • Illustrated by Sanne Dufft
  • Spring 2020, 32 pages, 23.5 x 21 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

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 …

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!

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.

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 and Pelle Take Care

  • Daniela Drescher
  • Illustrated by Daniela Drescher
  • Spring 2020, 12 pages, 16 x 14 cm
  • Boardbook
  • Ages 2+
  • Rights sold to UK, Netherlands

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’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!

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.

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«.

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!

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!

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.

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®.

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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

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

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