Andersen Press, founded in 1976, publishes some of the most well known and best loved names in the world of children's books. These include David McKee, the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant; Tony Ross, who has given us the Little Princess; Ruth Brown, whose books include classics such as A Dark Dark Tale and The Big Sneeze; Michael Foreman, creator of Jack's Fantastic Voyage and One World; Max Velthuijs whose Frog series has sold in 25 languages; and Colin McNaughton, whose Preston Pig series are among Andersen's bestselling titles worldwide.
Andersen Press titles such as Not Now, Bernard and Badger’s Parting Gifts are now regarded as modern classics and many fit perfectly into the requirements of the Literacy Hour, with retellings of traditional tales, books with rhyming or repetitive texts.
Andersen is also well known for its fiction list, which includes award-winning authors such as Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray and Jason Wallace. Our fiction authors include Sharon Dogar, Philip Caveney, Julia Jarman, Henning Mankell, Derek Keilty, Rebecca Lisle and Sharon Creech.
Klaus Flugge was born in Germany in 1934. He trained as a bookseller in Leipzig but his political views forced him to flee East Germany in 1953, arriving eventually in New York in 1957. There he worked for Abelard-Schuman who, in 1962, asked him to run their London office. He became Managing Director and Publisher of adult and children’s books initially finding British artists, like Quentin Blake, Charles Keeping and John Vernon Lord, for American manuscripts. Soon thereafter Klaus began originating his own books, which included titles by Edward Ardizzone, Joan Aiken and David McKee whose first book was published in 1964. It was called Two-Can Toucan – a book that is still in print with Andersen Press today.