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.
→ Foreign Rights Catalogue 2017
The World in Books – Congo-Kinshasa
We just started a new branch of our project The World in Books: Our new partner is the Cooperative Bidjep Bidjep in Kamutanga in the Province Kasai Central Province in the Dem. Rep. of Congo. Based on a private initiative an impressive cluster of basic institutions such as schools, workshops, health stations and more has been built in this poverty-stricken area over the last 15 years. Still, the culture of reading and writing is weak in the community, and that is now going to be changed: Four members of the cooperative took part in a training in June 2017 in Switzerland. Back home they will start activities measuremade activities to promote reading and writing – and at some point in the future open up a local library. Further information coming soon.
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. Now primary school children from Basel can enter this stage. During one week they created their own interpretation of the story – with singing, rhythm and movement. You can now watch the stage performance here.
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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.
A picture book from Georgia
The boy looking at us with his eyes wide awake can't fall asleep. «Alright. So then I'll go for a little walk.»? Just look at all the creatures he meets! They all have good ideas for what the boy could do to go to sleep. But sleep just won't come to him, despite all the advice …
Schlaf gut has just been released as a bilingual edition in both German and Georgian. The Georgian illustrator Tatia Nadareischwili based her bedtime story on very precise and cheery observations of the animals' sleeping preferences.
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Fresh Fish – New edition
It has been a long time since chimpanzee Sokwe has caught so many fish. He's already excited about the money he will earn selling his catch. But Dog puts paid to all that. He wants to eat Sokwe's fish himself.
We've just republished John Kilaka's prize winning picture book Frische Fische (Fresh Fish). This comic but profound story about friendship, betrayal and reconciliation was handed down through the oral tradition of serveral generations in the Southwest of Tanzania and finally transformed by the famous Tanzanian Tingatinga artist.
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