Messages that don’t point any fingers
So you want to make current issues more tangible to children?
We want to create contemporary children’s literature with a social aspiration. It’s important to us that our approach is level-headed and that we get messages across without pointing any fingers. We’ll soon publish a book about a pair of gay storks that raise a child in a zoo. "Papa Storch" (Papa Stork) is based on a true story about two gay penguins who adopted an egg. The picture book by Paloma Schreiber addresses homosexual parenting and adoption in a very child-friendly manner. The author has also included biological background facts about birds and their breeding behaviour. And the sex education book "Erbsenklein Melonengroß" (Small as a Pea, Big as a Melon) attaches particular importance to gender sensitivity.
A further focus is women’s literature. Why is this important to you?
In the publishing business, men continue to win prizes, appear more often in public and receive larger advances for their books from well-known publishers. We want to offer female authors a place to present themselves and try things out in order to maybe also create something new.
How do you find interesting young female authors?
In lots of different ways. Mostly via personal contacts, but we’re always delighted when texts are sent to us.