A completedly revised edition of our teaching materials in addition to the picture book Frische Fische by John Kilka has just been released.
Background information and work sheets ready to use in class will support school lecture with children up from 7 years old. The materials promote (intercultural) reading skills, unfortunately only available in German.
→ Teaching materials
New 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 excitedly 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, comes by, 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. But perhaps the black thing lying on the ground is nothing more than a …
With a wink the Iranian illustrator Reza Dalvand tells in Etwas Schwarzes (Something Black) a small and equally big story about the fear of the unknown. Foreign Rights for this title are available too.
Just released: 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 now available in a new German translation.
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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.
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The world in books – Congo
We've 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 measuremade activities to promote reading and writing – and at some point in the future open up a local library. Further information coming soon.
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