Happiness is a Fish

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! They say that water has seven colours. But then the holiday turns out completely different from what he had expected … An equally adventurous as emotional novel from Colombia for children up from 9 years old.
By the way: Melba Escobar will be guest of the International Literature Festival in Berlin in September 2018.
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Tales from the realm of Indian Gods and Goddesses

8 tales shine a light on Creator god Brahma, three-eyed Shiva, the witty Ganesha with his elephant head, and many more. Sometimes divine, sometimes surprisingly worldly, we hear about wonders, betrayal, quarrel and love - and start to grasp the complexity of the family ties of the deities. The stories in the book are accompanied by vivid Indian miniature paintings from the collection of the Rietberg Museum in Zurich.  
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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 will be the fifth workshop Baobab Books is hosting in 2018, in collaboration with the National Living Art Centre in Taitung. We are excited to see the first books being published as a result of this initiative! Read more soon.
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Reading Tour with 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 will be visiting Switzerland in November 2018: He will be reading from his book Etwas Schwarzes and running art workshops for children. Tour dates coming soon.

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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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.

A novel from Japan

It is the beginning of a hot Japanese summer. Yamashita tells his classmates Kiyama and Kawabe that he has just attended his grandmother's funeral. Well, what is it like, when you're dead, the classmates are wondering. Death has a fascinating and simultaneously disquieting effect on the three boys. And so they decide to watch an old man in the neighbourhood, as he is bound to die soon.
Things then develop slightly differently from what they had envisaged … And when autumn begins they not only see the old man differently, but many other things in life too.
The novel for young adults Am Ende des Sommers is available in a new German translation.

Teaching materials

Baobab Books offers teaching materials for selected titles in the Baobab Series. Now available is a set of materials in addition to the picture book Frische Fische by John Kilaka. The Tanzanian author and artist tells a comic but profound story about friendship, illustrated in the colourful Tingatinga art.
These free materials are available in German only.
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