The most beautiful German books 2021: Stiftung Buchkunst nominates book by BELTZ Verlag

From today it’s “fingers crossed!”

Every year, the Stiftung Buchkunst awards prizes to the 25 most beautiful German books in various categories, taking certain criteria into account. These 25 have now been determined. Included is also a book from the BELTZ publishing house from our production. The title “Where does our food come from?” was nominated for the category “Children’s books, books for young people.”

The 25 selected books are exemplary in terms of design, concept and workmanship and demonstrate a wide range of creative and manufacturing possibilities. Two expert juries had previously spent seven days discussing the novelties submitted.

Where does our food come from?

This cover title by Julia Dürr can be read as a flat large format. A casual child reaching into the fridge – as a pictorial answer to the profound title question.

“Illustrative and informative image values merge into one another. The pastel coloring of the surfaces supports the spatial effect of objects and buildings. The didactic scale of the concept and the composition of the images slowly give you an idea of the extensive research that went into it”

Jury of the Stiftung Buchkunst

Compared to other books, “Where does our food come from” was produced as a large-format, thread-stitched hardback with a box cover.

Large format of 25.60cm x 36.50
narrow spine width of 0.81 cm

A short journey through time: Nominations in the past by the Stiftung Buchkunst

In recent years, Beltz Grafische Betriebe has also produced books in print and binding that were nominated by the Stiftung Buchkunst. Here is a brief insight into the books and their publishers.

Nominations in 2020

In 2020, 2 books were nominated in the children’s and young adult books category.

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without foil lamination, format 16.5 x 22cm

📖 “Nothing works without water!” by Christina Steinlein

A comprehensive book about the most important raw material in the world: water! With a wide range of topics, beautiful illustrations and pictorial explanations suitable for children, this non-fiction book about water was very convincing! This thread-sewn ribbon was printed on 100% recyclable paper and with a mineral oil-free printing ink.

📖 The Wondrous Twelve” by Rae Mariz

Detailed paintings portray the animals in their natural environment. The mysterious cover image derives its magic from the combination of illustration art and printing art. Twelve thread-stitched double pages made of matt, cardboard-thick paper present the most peculiar mammals. Juicy green endpapers convey the content.

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Thread-stitched ribbon in 20 x 24 cm format

Nominations in 2019

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thread-stitched stiff brochure in 15x 21cm format

📖 The journey to the center of the forest

Finn-Ole Heinrich offers a literary birth preparation course for fathers-to-be in Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Waldes“, at least at first glance. This title, hand-lettered, is embossed into the extremely thick cardboard cover. This robber novel is a thread-stitched, non-genuine stiff brochure.

Nominations in 2018

In 2018 , 2 books were also nominated, which we printed and bound.

👉 “Me like this, you like this from Beltz Verlag
👉 “Trecker kommt mit from the Mairisch publishing house

This year’s award ceremony

The 10,000 euro prize from the Stiftung Buchkunst will be announced at an award ceremony on September 3, 2021. This is selected by a third jury from the 25 most beautiful German books. The setting in which the award ceremony can take place under the current circumstances will be announced in the course of the summer.

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