Foreign Rights Catalogue

Baobab Books presents an international and diverse programme of children's literature. Our books originate in many different places of the world, each is unique in its form, many of them award winning.
Our Rights Catalogue 2023 highlights some of the currently available foreign rights titles. Are you interested in translation rights? Do get in touch with us for further information or a meeting request for one of the upcoming book fairs.
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New teaching materials

The book Hallo, Walfisch! opens up a view of the very direct relationship between the two main characters through the figures of the grandfather and the granddaughter. The two like each other more than anything, but still come into conflict with each other. At the same time, it is about understanding between the generations – for example, when historical events reverberate that the younger generation did not experience. The narrative from Latvia offers multi-layered perspectives and leaves room to explore the depths of meaning of history. The present teaching materials for primary school contain background information, didactic suggestions and numerous worksheets as copy templates.
The materials were developed in cooperation between the PH Bern and Baobab Books.
→ Teaching Materials «Hallo, Walfisch!» (in German)
Sample pages (in German)

Bookish autumn

And are you looking for an autumn read or a lovely book present? – Our new catalogue is here! In this handy overview you will find many of our available books at a glance. Would you like to know more: As usual, you will find reading samples for all books, audios an other materials on this website.
A cardboard book for the little ones, bilingual picture books or graphic novels for teenagers (and adults too) – Baobab Books offers inspiring books for thought journeys, books to read aloud, books to marvel at ... Also included is our autumn novelty Damals, im Sommer: A stunning picture book from China.

Tsai Kun-lin – An eventful life

It is with great sadness that we have heard that Tsai Kun-lin passed away on 3 September at the age of 92. Born in 1930, Tsai's long life is documented in the four-volume graphic novel "Tsai Kun-lin" by YU Pei-yun and ZHOU Jian-xin.
The first volume, entitled Der Junge, der gerne las, tells of Kun-lin's childhood and youth. The forthcoming second volume, Die gestohlenen Jahre, tells of Tsai's ten difficult years in prison camp on the exile island of Lü Dao – in the eyes of the regime, Tsai Kun-lin had read the wrong books. In the third and fourth volumes, we learn about the rocky road to freedom. Tsai Kun-lin became a journalist, translator and comic publisher and actively campaigned for democracy and human rights in Taiwan until his old age. Now this important voice has fallen silent – but it can still be heard in the graphic novel Tsai Kun-lin.

Damals, im Sommer

In this picture book, the Chinese author Wei Ji tells of a personal memory: the gardens are thriving and the green mountain valley in the middle of China seems almost like paradise. But in the midst of this splendour, it is time to say goodbye: The family we meet in the vegetable garden will soon move to the city, the father has found work there. What kind of life awaits them there?
The feelings of the three siblings fluctuate between anticipation, excitement and melancholy. They visit their favourite places again to say goodbye, meet up with their friends one last time. The artist Li Xiaoguang has captured both the emotions and the scenery magnificently with his woodcuts, which he worked on for two years.
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Kolibri – Our list of recommendations

In the latest edition of Kolibri, a list of recommendations, we present recently published books for children and young readers. They all provide insight in different lifes, and they invite the reader to reflect on their own identity as well as on the one of others. These books are carefully selected by our editorial team and they may support teachers, librarians or parents when choosing books for children and young adults.
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Available again: Schneller Hase

The picture book Schneller Hase ist wieder erhältlich shines again in its colourfulness and richness of form of the Tingatinga painting.
The animals are thirsty, there is a lack of water. But the ravenous crocodile lurks in the river and does not want to share. It demands an offering to satisfy its hunger. For the big animals it is clear: the sacrifice must be a small animal. Hare is to be caught, but he runs away nimbly and takes refuge in a cave.
Even though rabbit, buffalo and lion have to fear for their lives, there is a great reconciliation in the end. And thanks to a clever idea from Hare, there is plenty of water for everyone.
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Reading sample

Das Gänsespiel

Das Gänsespiel is a biographical account – in this case an autobiographical one: Anne-Ruth Wertheim, the child of Dutch parents, was interned in a Japanese occupation camp on Java in 1942.
Her book is a moving testimony to what it means not to lose humanity under the most adverse conditions.
Buch&Maus wrote the following about this testimony: «The picture book, which is suitable for children of school age but also appeals to adults, needs time to look at. It encourages conversation, research and reflection.»
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Lydia – The Estonian national poet

Lydia was born in Värna in 1843. The Estonian state as we know it today did not yet exist at that time. The territory was under the rule of the Russian Tsar. Lydia learnt German from her mother. Her father, in turn, worked as a teacher and journalist and founded the first daily newspaper in Estonian. Words, language, stories and poems became Lydia's passion. Early on, however, she also campaigned for freedom and self-determination – the Estonian people had been oppressed by foreign powers for centuries. Lydia Koidula did not live to see Estonian independence. But her works live on to this day.
Buchprofile writes: «It is a fine achievement of this children's book to introduce today's readers to this extraordinary female figure of the 19th century.»
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Polylino – digital picture and children's books

Sometimes digital is right – that's why not only selected books from Baobab Books can be found at Polylino, but now there is also a Kolibri shelf: The digital and multilingual picture and children's book service offers day-care centres and schools books in numerous languages including sign language.

The large selection of educationally valuable as well as inspiring titles reflects the children's world of life and awakens the joy of reading. In this way, language and reading promotion, inclusion and interest in reading are supported. In addition, there are thematically compiled book tips every month. And on the new extra shelf are the books that are discussed in the reading recommendations Kolibri by Baobab Books.
Polylino Kita and Kindergarten
Polylino School