Our Publishing House

The Publishing House and its History

Established in St. Petersburg in 1792, today Gerstenberg is one of Germany’s oldest publishing houses. A family business, the publishing house moved to new headquarters in Hildesheim in 1796. Since the 1980s, Gerstenberg Verlag’s program has placed a particular emphasis on books for children and young people. Gerstenberg publishes picture books, narrative books for children and young people, and nonfiction books. The selection for adults is comprised of illustrated books, cookbooks, cultural history titles, nature and garden art books and stationery items.

Today, the Gerstenberg name stands for sophisticated, aesthetically appealing and innovative books that are successful in the international market.


The publications of Eric Carle’s »Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt« and Rotraut Susanne Berner’s ›Wimmelbücher‹ helped turn Gerstenberg into one of the most renowned publishing houses for children’s books. The successful, award-winning program of picture books and children’s nonfiction books is known for its creative, imaginative illustrations. Among these are a number of titles created by Gerstenberg, including Thomas Müller’s bird series, Bärbel Oftring’s nature books, Daniela Kulot’s board books, and the debut titles by Julie Völk and Anke Bär as well as the licensed editions by Floor Rieder, Piotr Socha, and Stephen Biesty.

The children’s and young-adult narrative books for children and young people by German and international authors such as Frida Nilsson, Silke Lambeck, Joke van Leeuwen, Dirk Reinhardt, Timothée de Fombelle and Jakob Wegelius are entertaining and literary.

In 1999, the poetry collection »Dunkel war’s, der Mond schien helle« became the first of the Gerstenberg “familybook” collection, which has since developed into an important section of the publishing company’s program.

The children’s book series ›Abenteuer! Maja Nielsen erzählt‹ is accompanied by non-fiction picture books of the highest aesthetic and textual caliber that teach about nature, technology, and cultural history. Also beloved are the creative books by Sabine Lohf, Antje von Stemm and Anke Leitzgen, and a popular non-book program has developed around creations by heroes Eric Carle and Rotraut Susanne Berner.

Authors and Illustrators

Gerstenberg books are designed and illustrated by a host of renowned artists, including Anke Bär, Jutta Bauer, Aaron Becker, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Stephen Biesty, Antje Damm, Mattias De Leeuw, Julia Dürr, Susanne Göhlich, Martin Haake, Ina Hattenhauer, Stefanie Jeschke, Barbara Jung, Miriam Koch, Thilo Krapp, Ole Könnecke, Vitali Konstantinov, Thilo Krapp, Anke Kuhl, Torben Kuhlmann, Daniela Kulot, Claudia Lieb, Sabine Lohf, Norman Messenger, Reinhard Michl, Ulrike Möltgen, Eva Muszinsky, Isabel Müller, Thomas Müller, Daniel Napp, Floor Rieder, Lena Schaffer, Tom Schamp, Sophie Schmid, Peter Sìs, Piotr Socha, Antje von Stemm, Olivier Tallec, Karsten Teich, Øyvind Torseter, Einar Turkowski, Julie Völk, Jana Walczyk, Henrike Wilson and Linda Wolfsgruber. Eric Carle’s entire works are published in Gerstenberg.

Anke Bär, Judith Burger, Kristina Dunker, Timothée de Fombelle, Cornelia Franz, Wilma Geldof, Herbert Günther, Heinrich Hannover, Johannes Herwig, Silke Lambeck, Jan De Leeuw, Joke van Leeuwen, Gunnel Linde, Volker Mehnert, Maja Nielsen, Frida Nilsson, Stepha Quitterer, Gerda Raith, Dirk Reinhardt, Gideon Samson, Jens Sparschuh, Lilli Thal, Toon Tellegen, Edward van de Vendel, Jakob Wegelius and Sigrid Zeevaert are just some of the many authors, who contribute to Gerstenberg’s fiction program.