Shepherd Raul

by Eva Muggenthaler  Schäfer Raul 4

Raul has looked after his sheep for so long that he has begun to look a little bit like a sheep himself. This has to change. The shepherd moves into the city, gets new clothes and soon meets Barbara, who he really likes. But his sheep are missing him and they set out to look for him.
An amusing and touching picture book.

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 307 x 315 mm | 1997 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (compl.), Galician, Korean, Lithuanian, Russian, Spanish

[original title: Der Schäfer Raul]

German Children’s Literature Award

Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreisdjlp

The German Children’s Literature Award (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) is Germany’s only state-sponsored prize for works of fiction. It has been awarded annually since 1956 by a jury of literature specialists and critics in four categories: picture book, children’s book, young adult book and non-fiction. In addition, since 2003 an independent young adult jury gives its own award. Each category carries a value of 10,000 Euro.

Furthermore, a special annual award for lifetime achievement is given alternately to a German author, German illustrator or German translator. This award, which is also financed by the Federal Ministry, is set at 12,000 Euro.

The prize announcement and ceremony for all these awards takes place in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur is responsible for awarding the prize.

Visit http://www.djlp.jugendliteratur.org/ for further information.

The White and the Black Bear

by Eva Muggenthaler & Jürg Schubiger    8f0b0d1758

The little girl is lying in her bed, her eyes wide open. The night is black and you can get lost in the dark room like in a dark forest. But thank God, there is the white bear! He is sitting at the little girl’s bedside every night, slightly shimmering in the darkness. One day the white bear is gone and it is pitch-dark. the girl thinks: “IF there is still a bear sitting beside my bed it must be a black one.” And indeed: she can hear a moist nose snuffling.

A wonderfully written book about the power of imagination, remarkably illustrated with countless details.

Link to the Litrix Website with detailed description and English translation

  • Owl of the Month
  • One of the 7 Best Children’s Books
  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture books | hc | 32 pp | 24 x 28 cm | 2007 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Korean, Spanish

[original title: Der weiße und der schwarze Bär]

Think for Yourself! 20 Philosophical Strategies

by Jens Soentgen & Nadia Budde  selbstdenken

What do philosophers do when they philosophise? Books that deal with philosophy tell of great thinkers, their views and their lives. Philosophising itself remains in the dark. How it works, how it fosters creative and independent thinking, is now demonstrated by Jens Soentgen.

He introduces the most popular and effective practices of philosophy, not abstract, but as an entertaining game – closely associated with the invitation to play along. The illustrations by Nadia Budde effectively support the text and render the reading into pure pleasure.

Link to the Litrix website with detailed description and English sample translation

  • German Children’s Literature Award 2004 – Nomination

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 224 pp | 220 x 164 mm | 2003 | 14+

Rights sold: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Dutch, Korean

[original title: Selbstdenken!]

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One Two Three Me

by Nadia Budde  Eins zwei drei Tier

Eye-catching, funky art and unexpected rhymes come together in this little book to show just how silly everyday words can be. Kids will crack up at the outrageous cartoon illustrations.

  • Winner of the German Children’s Literature Award
  • Winner of the Oldenburg Children’s Book Prize
  • 7 Best Books for Young Readers

Ingeniously simple, but yet with a striking impact. […] a piece of art, derived from utter intellectual independence and the sheer delight in rhyming. – Tilman Spreckelsen, FAZ

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 18 pp | 1999 | 3+

Rights sold: Galician, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

[original title: Eins Zwei Drei Tier]

One More

by Christiane Pieper & Yvonne Hergane   Einer mehr

In this funny picture book we come across many little boys, there is one more on every new page. Accompanied by amusing and simple rhymes the tots do what little boys always do: they are running and shouting, laughing and teasing each other, playing and eating – to cut it short: they are having a lot of fun.

When nine exhausted boys finally lie in their beds, the tenth little fellow appears in the disguise of a ghost and the brief moment of silence comes to a sudden end!

A colourful picture book which is great pleasure for the youngest.

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award 2012 (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis)

View a few sample pages here

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 24 pp | 23 x 17.6 cm | 2011 | 2+

Rights sold: Arabic-German, Dutch

[original title: Einer mehr]

Mrs. Meier, the Blackbird

by Wolf Erlbruch   Frau Meier

Mrs Meier worries all the time. Worries about all and everything and mostly without any reason. But one morning there is one: Mrs Meier finds a young blackbird that has fallen from its nest. She picks it up, feeds it and brings it up with great patience. Finally, when the little blackbird is fledged, she even starts thinking about how to teach him fly. Mrs Meier climbs the tree in her garden and starts her adventurous lessons.

A delightful story about love and care which relieves people from their fears and confiments.

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award
  • Pied Piper Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 28.5 x 24.5 cm | 1995 | 5+

Rights sold: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Danish, Dutch, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

[original title: Frau Meier, die Amsel]

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Leonard

by Wolf Erlbruch  Leonard

Leonard loves dogs and he knows everything about them. But at the same time he fears nothing as much as dogs. Until one day a little fairy appears on his bed cover and fulfills his biggest wish: she transforms him into a dog. But now something unexpected happens: Leonard the dog fears nothing as much as little boys…

  • German Children’s Literature Award – Nomination

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 30.6 x 21.5 cm | 1991 | 4+

Rights sold: Arabic-German, Afrikaans, Chinese (complex & simplified), Dutch, English, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish