Baobab Books Association


Baobab Books is a registered charitable association, based in Basel, Switzerland. We are committed to promoting cultural diversity in children and youth literature. The impressive Baobab, the African monkey bread tree, is our symbol. Stories are told in its shadows, traditions are passed on to the next generation for centuries.
Baobab Books is dedicated to the dialogue between cultures. Books are the focus of our work, as their educational and cultural contents imbue them with an ability second to none to impart social values in a differentiated way.

We promote intercultural dialogue
In today's multifaceted society, characterised by constant change and migration, Baobab Books stands for respect for people with different backgrounds or beliefs, as well as for solidarity and equal opportunities in global society. In our Kolibri catalogue we recommend books for children and youths, for example, which give readers an insight into unknown worlds and enable an open-minded exchange with other cultures.

We publish books

A picture book from Iran, a myth from one of Mexico's indigenous cultures, a youth novel from Japan… With sometimes bilingual, and occasionally even handmade, volumes, Baobab Books' publishing programme is unique. We have been translating children's books and youth literature from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and the Middle East into German and publishing them for more than 25 years, with a special focus on indigenous populations.

We reach out to communities
Baobab Books is committed to promoting reading skills and literature through innovative projects. Our range of services includes reading animation in schools, teaching materials, training, workshops and talks in Switzerland and abroad. In regions where access to books is difficult, Baobab Books launches projects to promote a local book culture and establish libraries.

Baobab Books Association
Baobab Books is a charitable association based in Basel. We act and do business in accordance with the principles of fair trade and of environment-friendly production. We thus focus our collaboration on suppliers, providers and cooperation partners with the same approach. → Mission Statement

We rely on donations and dedicated contributions to realise our projects and educational undertakings. Every private individual can support Baobab Books, either as a benefactor or through a donation. We will be glad to provide you with further information. → Donations