Stories make great gifts

A fable from Tanzania, a philosophical picture book from Iran, a story about a witty girl from Latvia... Each book by Baobab Books has its very own way of being unique, in each of it we find yet another piece of our World. A beautiful gift!

Contemporary or traditional, thrilling or dreamy - our picture books, children's stories and youth novels offer pleasurable hours of reading, open up new perspectives and insights into yet unknown worlds.

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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 will celebrate this anniversary later this year with a jubilee publication: A new Chapter.

Running Rabbit

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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Hello, Whale!

Whale and Buzzbee – these are the nicknames grandfather and granddaughter have given each other. They do have real names too, but that is another story … Whale and Buzzbee live in Riga and they spend a lot of time together while Buzzbee’s parents are at work. Always, Buzzbee has bugging questions. One day she asks her grandfather: »Why don’t you say hello to other people?« She herself was taught to greet everyone and doesn’t mind to say hello at all …
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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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One of «The 7 Best 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! 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.
The book was selected as one of «The 7 Best Books» in August 2018 by the German radio station Deutschlandfunk.
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