When the Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag appeared on the publishing stage in 2014, it was the result of the union of two of the oldest and best known producers of children's books in Germany – Thienemann and Esslinger. The two companies, with their long tradition of publishing, have now decided to join hands with a joint management team in order to face together the challenges of the market and pool their resources of famous authors, illustrators and children's and young adult classics under one roof.
The focus of the four sectors within the publishing programmes, Thienemann, Esslinger, Planet! and Gabriel lies on books for children and teenagers and covers all ages between 0 and 18, from high-quality picture books to novels for young adults.
The programme includes ...
... Classics such as The Robber Hotzenplotz and Krabat by Otfried Preußler, Jim Button, Momo and The Never-ending Story by Michael Ende and Urmel by Max Kruse
... Modern heroes like Raven, the little Rascal by Nele Moost and Annet Rudolph, and Daniel Napp's adorably chaotic picture book hero Dr. Brumm
... Books by exciting new story-tellers like Oliver Scherz and photo artist Jan von Holleben
... Books for girls by bestselling authors like Bianka Minte-König, Hortense Ullrich, Nele Neuhaus and Gaby Hauptmann
... Reprints of classical children's books such as Rabbit School and The Root Children.
The Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag GmbH is a daughter company of Bonnier Media Deutschland and was established early in 2014 after a merger of the Thienemann Verlag GmbH in Stuttgart with the Esslinger F.J. Schreiber GmbH, hitherto in Esslingen.
Both Thienemann and Esslinger can look back on a long history:
The J.F. Schreiber Verlag was founded by its eponym in 1831 and before long the company's focus was on the publications of high educational value like sheets of pictures, nature books and artistically created picture books.
June 1, 1849, saw the foundation by Karl Ludwig Thienemann of his own publishing house, which initially published books he himself had written and illustrated, several of them hand-coloured.
Both publishers were, from an early date, keen to sell publication rights abroad and aimed at coproductions – hence the Thienemann publication in 1869 of the Picture-Book of Elementary Ideas not only in the original German but also in English, French, Dutch, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.