New release: Tina Takes Heart

One day, Tina has the courage to venture into the big bamboo grove behind her house. Her dog, a Red Irish Setter, is at her side. Poppy goes ahead as mysterious signs appear: a whistling sound, a trail of acorns … Where does this all lead to?
Sometimes it takes courage to explore something unknown. Something that might seem impossibly big or infinitely dark. But if we overcome our fear, if we follow our curiosity, we can discover the most beautiful things. Just like Tina in this book.
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4.8.2020

New release: Sibiro Haiku

It is June 1941 and we are in Lithuania – which recently been occupied by the Sovjet Army. One morning Algis and his family is given barely ten minutes to pack before being herded onto a crowded freight train. The terminus of the journey is a camp in barren Siberia. It is Algis who is telling us the story from his children's perspective. The prisoners are forced to adapt to living in harsh conditions. Whilst this life quickly becomes a battle for survival against hunger, the cold, and despair, the thrown together community shows gallows humor and remarkable inventiveness.
Based on the true story of her father, Jurga Vilé, along with artist Lina Itagaki, offers an unforgettable tale of a childhood in exile.
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4.8.2020

New release: 3rd edition

Much is different in this book. It can be read from right to left, or from left to right, in German or in Arabic. Two ancient stories from the Arab and from the Western worlds meet in the middle: the story of Sharifa, the fearless princess, and that of Walter, Wilhelm Tell's son. The 3rd edition has just been released. Foreign Rights for this book are available.
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4.8.2020

Every contribution counts

Swiss based charitable association Baobab Books is committed to promoting cultural diversity in children and youth literature. In order to realise our numerous projects we depend on financial support. As a donor or benefactor member you can support Baobab Books. Every contribution counts and is welcome.
24.7.2020

New from Baobab Books: Audios

Reading and listening have become particurlary meaningful over the last few weeks and months. Not just because we were all staying at home a lot more than normal, but also because it has become evident that we have to listen to each other. What story as the other to tell? As we all live in the same world, we make different experiences. Baobab Books stands for diversity, in our book programme voices from all different parts of the world can be heard. In addition to our books, we have created audios of quite a few of our books. Not just in German but various languages too – and more is there to come. Enjoy the listening!
Baobab Audios
30.6.2020

Our 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 and many have won awards.
Are you interested in translation rights? Our Rights Catalogue gives you an overview on available foreign rights. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for further information.
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We made it!

Thank you all! In only 3o days 7103 Swiss Francs have been donated on wemakeit!
We appreciate the generous support tremendously and are very happy that our two new books can be published as planned: Sibiro Haiku, a Graphic Novel from Lithuania, and Tina hat Mut, a picture book from Georgia.
The crowdfunding is over, but we are still struggling get through the current situation.You can support Baobab Books through a donation or even become a donor member of our association. Thank you for your contribution.
4.6.2020

From Argentina

Once upon a time, there was a girl, named Clara, who lived in a small village somewhere in the vast Argentinian pampas. In the only house that was of significant size, a man lived a completely withdrawn life, never showing himself at all. When Clara looked through the window one day, she saw a room full of books and became curious. She dared to speak to the misterious man and Juan opened the door. Clara not only discovered her love for books, but a great friendship developed too …
A story about courage and respect from the Argentinan writer and Hans Christian Andersen medal winner María Teresa Andruetto. By the way: Original illustrations of the book by Martina Trach will be exhibited in the new children's book store Proviant in Basel up from mid July!
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3.6.2020

Get inspired!

Eymard Toledo, the Brazilian born Author and Illustrator of Bené, schneller als das schnellste Huhn and other books, shows in short movie how children (and grown-ups too) can create a colourful collage with whatever is left around in a household. All you need is a bit of imagination, some scrap of paper and other materials you would normally throw in the waste bin. Have fun!
And if you want to listen to the story of Bené, the boy who loves football more than anything, you can listen to the Audios in German and Portuguese, read by Eymard Toledo.
28.5.2020

Teaching Materials

Baobab Books produces teaching materials in German for selected titles in the Baobab Series. Each teaching unit offers background information on a culture and/or a book's topics together with worksheets for use in the classroom. These pedagogic materials will assist teachers and students to explore the books in more depth.You can download the teaching material (in German only) free of charge.
The latest publication are materials in addition to Etwas Schwarzes (Something black). Free download.
Teaching Materials
15.4.2020

Peter Pan-Prize for Bené

The Peter Pan-Prize has been awarded by IBBY Sweden for the last 20 years. We are thrilled to announce  Bené, faster than the fastest chicken is the winner 2020! The Swedish translation of Eymard Toledo's first picture book was published recently and we congratulate the Eymard as well as the Swedish publisher Karneval Förlag!
The jury wrote: «The story of Bené, a boy in a little village in Brazil who loves to play football, is conveyed with humour and warmth and with illustrations full of expression. The love of the sport forms the gateway into the story and the everyday life of Bené in another part of the world is depicted in a straightforward and amusing way. All in all this leads to a beautiful and enthralling book about the life in an environment so different than ours, yet full of similarities and points in common.»
Foreigen Rights for this and other books by Eymard Toleda are available.
Foreign Righs Catalogue
7.4.2020