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.
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
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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.
Now available: Free Teaching Materials 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.
The materials provide teachers with background information and work sheets ready to use in class. (Available in German only)
→ Teaching materials
Kolibri: New edition now available
Kolibri is a list of recommendations which presents books for children and young adults that offer insights into different cultures. Fiction and non-fiction books of quality that broaden horizons and identify the potential but also possible problems raised when cultures live together.
The 2017 edition contains 58 recommendations of children's books published in German. An important and practical guide for teachers, librarians, parents and any other person interested in contemporary children's literature.
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A picture book from Iran
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 …
With a wink the Iranian illustrator Reza Dalvand tells in Etwas Schwarzes a small and equally big story about the fear of the unknown.
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Inspirational books to shape lives
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 already the fourth workshop Baobab Books hosted in 2017 in collaboration with the National Living Art Centre in Taitung.
→ More about the project