New: A counting rhyme from Iran

Last but not least, the fourth book of this year's programme is now available. The Persian counting rhyme Li li li li hosak (Li li li li little puddle) is a very well known child's play from Iran. There is a puddle in the palm of the hand and when the thirsty baby bird rushes up, it falls – splash, splash! right in the middle. Every finger has its role in the rescue. Interestingly, the rhyme starts with the little finger, the rogue is the big thumb at the end ...
The Iranian illustrator Reza Dalvand has created a charming little book from the old verse: he cleverly integrates the original Persian text into the bilingual edition publish in German under the title Plitsch, platsch - pitsch, patsch.
The cardboard book for children from 2 years of age was made from recycled cardboard, the printing inks are purely plant-based.
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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 have won awards.
Are you interested in translation rights? Our Rights Catalogue gives you an overview on currently available foreign rights. The full list of all titles you can find → here. Do get in touch with us for further information or an online-meeting.
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The German translation of the South African novel «The Hum of the Sun» has just arrived hot off the press.
In a small house somewhere in the South African province, a mother raises three children alone: ​​Zuko, Honey and Ash. Eight-year-old Zuko still doesn't speak, Honey is ailing and 17-year-old Ash has a lot of responsibility. After a series of tragic events, the brothers Ash and Zuko set out on foot for a long way into town – there is not enough money for a bus trip. They have little more in their luggage than the address of the man who must be their father ...
Kirsten Miller paints a multi-layered picture of South Africa. There is love next to violence, poverty next to wealth. The path between fatalism and responsibility is narrow in this tense society. But in the end, this moving and exciting novel is about human dignity, the right to self-determination and dealing with otherness.
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Sibiro Haiku shortlisted!

The jury of the German Children's Literature Award 2021 has shortlisted the graphic novel Sibiro Haiku in the category Young Adult Fiction! The winners of all five categories will be announced on the 22nd of October at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The book takes us back to June 1941, we are in Lithuania. The independent Baltic republic has recently been occupied by the Sovjet Army. Now, one fine summer morning Algis and his family is given barely ten minutes to pack before being herded onto a crowded freight train. The end of the journey is a camp in faraway Siberia ...
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From 2.9. until 2.10. original images from the book Etwas Schwarzes are exhibited at the GGG Stadtbibliothek Basel/St. Johann Jukibu.
Talking to children about fantasies, wishes, but also fears is usually a very stimulating thing. In his picture book Etwas Schwarzes, the Iranian illustrator Reza Dalvand addresses the encounter with the unknown and explores the tension between curiosity and fear – a nice introduction to a philosophical conversation. The exhibition on «Etwas Schwarzes» includes 12 mixed media illustrations.

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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The Summer Guests

The first book of this year's programme has just arrived – or rather: landed. A man lives by himself and enjoys the peace and quiet of his little house. But the calm is over when one summer morning a group of geese lands on the roof, chattering loudly. No matter how hard the man tries to get them to fly on, the guests are unimpressionable. They came to stay ... and that's how a very special friendship is born.
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Die Sommergäste – Las visitas del verano originated in Uruguay. In a short video, the illustrator Matías Acosta takes us to his home and tells us about his artistic inspiration.
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Waiting for Mama

A child stands at the tram stop and waits for its mother. Many people get on and off – only the mother cannot be seen. She doesn't come on the next tram either. At the next but one, the conductor warns the child: "You'd best stay here until your mother comes." It's cold and the clouds are growing thicker and thicker ... When will mom arrive?
To find her, you need to take a close look.
The pictures by the artist Kim Dong-Seong not only invite you to linger, but also to discover. Due to great demand, we have reissued the moving picture book from Korea.
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Every contribution counts

Baobab Books, a Swiss based charitable association, is committed to promoting cultural diversity in children and youth literature.
In order to realise our numerous communal projects and the publication of an outstanding international and intercultural book programme for children and young readers we count on donations.
As a donor or benefactor member you can support Baobab Books. Every contribution counts! Thank you very much for your contribution.

Eymard Toledo on her visit at SWR

Eymard Toledo was recently a guest at SWR in the programme Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz. In this conversation she talks about her work as an illustrator, her picture books and her life in Brazil, where she was born, and in Germany, where she has lived for many years. Eymard Toledo's picture books have all been published by Baobab Books, and the artist has already received several awards for her extraordinary collage technique.

Troisdorf Picture Book Prize 2021

The jury of the Troisdorf Picture Book Prize has announced its decision for the winners for 2021. Tatia Nadareischwili wins 2nd prize with her book Tina hat Mut. We are delighted about this award and warmly congratulate the illustrator! In her picture book, the Georgian artist tells of a girl who overcomes her fear and enters the dark, unknown bamboo forest behind the house. A mystical path opens up ... Where does it lead?
«Tina hat Mut presents itself consistently in a rather minimalist setting (...) and alludes to the country of the own childhood.
In fact, there are many memories of earlier times that the illustrator reflects in her picture book, ” writes the jury.
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New Teaching Resources

Diversity in children's literature has become ever more important. With our free Teaching Resources we encourage teachers to expand the literary curriculum in classroom and promote intercultural dialogue through children's literature.
Our latest release is a unit to the picture book Juju und Jojô for ages 8 to 10. The materials (in German) include background information, worksheets and audios and are free to download.
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A reason to celebrate!

Baobab Books has a long story to tell. Let's take a short cut for now: After two decades we decided 2011 it is time to change our role from editor to publisher. Hence, Baobab Books became an independent children's book publisher with all its challenges and joys. We followed our heart and our convictions and made things going, well, we made our books going. Many of them have won awards and have been translated into different languages around the globe.
2021 we celebrate our 10th anniversary as an indie publisher with our wonderful artists! We have selected four books from our programme and set up an exhibition package for each of them: Original drawings, sketches, collages … Original picture book art to be exhibited in book stores, libraries, community centers – some of it shown in public for the first time ever.
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