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Wolf Erlbruch

Wolf Erlbruch © Francoise Saur Wolf Erlbruch, born in Wuppertal in 1948, studied graphic design with a focus on drawing at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen-Werden from 1967. After graduating in 1974, he began working as a freelance illustrator in the advertising industry. In the following years he increasingly published illustrations in international magazines, including Esquire, GQ magazine New York, Stern, Transatlantic and twen. He received numerous awards for illustration from the Art Director Club (ADC) in New York.

At the end of the 80's he started writing and illustrating children's books. In 1990 he was appointed professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. From 1997 to 2012 Wolf Erlbruch was Professor of Illustration at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

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Selected Works

Vom kleinen Maulwurf © Peter Hammer Verlag
As writer

1991: Leonard. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag.
1992: Das Bärenwunder. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag.
1997: Mrs. Meyer the Bird. Orchard. ISBN 978-0-531-30017-6.[20]
1999: Nachts. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-87294-834-2. Translated into Dutch, Norwegian
2001: Das Neue ABC-Buch. Kunstmann.
2005: The Big Question. Europa. ISBN 978-1-933372-03-7.
2006: The Miracle of the Bears. Michael Reynolds (trans.). Europa. ISBN 978-1-933372-21-1.
2008: Duck, Death and the Tulip. Gecko. ISBN 978-1-877467-17-2.

As illustrator

Dayre, Valérie (1996). Die Menschenfresserin. Peter Hammer Verlag.[23]
Belli, Gioconda (2006). The Butterfly Workshop. Europa. ISBN 978-1-933372-12-9.[24]
Chidgey, Catherine (2009). The Fearsome Five. Gecko. ISBN 978-1-877467-23-3.
Holzwarth, Werner (2001). The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit. Chrysalis. ISBN 978-1-85602-440-2.[25][26]
Verroen, Dolf (2003). Ein Himmel für den kleinen Bären. Hanser. ISBN 978-3-446-20294-8. Translated into Dutch
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (2005). Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-688-17860-4.
Moeyaert, Bart (2003). De Schepping. Querido. ISBN 90-451-0045-2. Translated into German, French, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Italian
Moeyaert, Bart (2010). Het Paradijs. Querido. ISBN 9789045111124. Translated into Spanish
Moeyaert, Bart (2006). Olek schoot een beer. Querido. ISBN 90-451-0330-3. Translated into German, French, Korean, Spanish
Lavie, Oren (2014). Der Bär, der nicht da war. Kunstmann. ISBN 978-38-889-7970-5.

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Prize and Award

1993: German Youth Literature Award for Das Bärenwunder
1998: Zilveren Griffel for Mrs. Meyer the Bird
1999: Zilveren Griffel for Leonard
2000: Troisdorfer Picture Book Prize for Das Neue ABC-Buch
2000: Bologna Ragazzi Award for Das Neue ABC-Buch
2003: Gutenberg Award
2003: German Youth Literature Award 2003, special award for illustrations
2003: Vonder Heydt Award
2004: Bologna Ragazzi Award, The Big Question
2004: Silver Pinsel for Die Schöpfung
2006: Hans Christian Andersen Award
2008: Zilveren Griffel for Ente, Tod und Tulpe
2014: e.o.plauen Prize
2017: Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

and more. 


Learn more about the life and work of Wolf Erlbruch in an article by the Goethe-Institut:

See the works of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Wolf Erlbruch in a programme of Unravel Travel TV on Youtube: 

Watch an animated version of the book "The Story of the Little Mole, who knew it was None of his Business": (in German)

See all works of Wolf Erlbruch on the website of Peter Hammer Verlag: (in German)