The novel Das Glück ist ein Fisch was awarded by the German Deutschlandfunk as one of The best 7 books. There's nothing Pedro would like more than to see the ocean. Living in Bogotá, he's really surprised when his mother gives him a trip to an island for his tenth birthday. I bet there are pirates there! But then the holiday turns out completely different from what he had expected.
A set of teaching materials is now available for this book in German. Teachers will find background information on the book and Colombia, as well as worksheets ready to use in class.
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The World in Books: Taiwan
Since many years Baobab Books is actively promoting as well abroad literature for children and yound adults. We encourage book production and reading in places where books are not yet readily available. Since 2013 we are supporting indigenous artists in Taiwan in the process of creating their own children’s books. It was the fifth workshop Baobab Books was running in 2018 in collaboration with the National Living Art Centre in Taitung.
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Kolibri – 25th edition!
In the latest Kolibri, a list of recommendations, we present 64 recently published books for children and young readers. They all provide in one form or another insight in different lifes, and they invite the reader to reflect on their own identity as well as those 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.
Already, this is the 25th edition of our list! We celebrate this anniversary with a jubilee publication: A new Chapter.
The latest book by the Tanzanian Tingatinga artist John Kilaka is out now: The animals are thirsty, as there isn't enough water to go around. But the hungry crocodile lurking in the river is in no mood to share. It has demanded a sacrificial offering to satisfy its hunger. The big animals all agree that a small animal has to be sacrificed. To this end they want to catch Rabbit … And quickly the story takes up speed!
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Join us with a Membership
Baobab Books is a charitable association based in Basel, Switzerland. For our ongoing specialist work and our innovative projects in the promotion of cultural diversitiy in children's and youth literature we receive financial support from numerous organisations as well as individuals. As a donor or member you too can support Baobab Books. We will be glad to provide you with further information.
O fim da fila – On stage, between cultures
In his book O fim da fila the Brazilian illustrator Marcelo Pimentel places centre stage the figure of Curupira, that mythical being that has protected the trees and animals in the Brazilian jungle since time immemorial.
Marcelo Pimentel has created a literary stage with his paintbrush. Primary school children from Basel have entered this stage: During one week they created their own interpretation of the story – with singing, rhythm and movement. The public performance took place 23rd of November – now available as documentary.
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Something Black by Reza Dalvand
One dawn the woods shine in more beautiful colours than ever before. And there in the sunlight – there's something black lying on the ground. The crow flies down to it and exclaims: "This must be a piece of a star. Soon the sky will fall on our heads!" The fox, woken by the raven’s noisy opinion, and one after the other all the animals appear. Soon there is mayhem in the forest. The leopard, the owl and the cat – they all report what they have seen and talk about the looming danger …
The Iranian illustrator Reza Dalvand was visiting Switzerland in November 2018 for a tour of readings and workshops for children and students. For all who missed it: We still offer a school programme (within Switzerland and in German only) for Reza's book: BuchBesuch. Further more, Foreign language rights for this book are available.
Opening A new Chapter
On the occasion of the 25th edition of our Kolibri, a list of recommendations, we invited 10 authors and illustrators to tell a story. They all have an experience of migration in one form or another and they have made (at least one) new beginning in their lives. Ein neues Kapitel (A new chapter) is the title of this unique publication: A box with seven booklets in nine languages. These stories for young readers and adults alike have never been published before. They provide us with new perspectives and let us contemplate.
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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 and many have won awards.
Are you interested in translation rights? Our Rights Catalogue gives you an overview on available foreign rights, please get in touch with us for further information.
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