The success of the PETZI series in German daily papers prompted Forlaget Carlsen/Denmark to establish a German subsidiary in 1953, trading under the name of CARLSEN Verlag. The Pixi booklets, launched in 1954, proved to be a hugely successful venture.
Since then CARLSEN has published more than 1,300 titles with a total print-run of more than 250 million copies. The German translation of Hergé's Tintin, published in 1967, established comic books as an acceptable genre on the German market.
The children's book list consists of innovative board books, picture books and fiction for children and young adults. Distinguished CARLSEN authors, e.g. Andreas Steinhöfel, David Chotjewitz, Zoran Drvenkar, James Krüss, Hilke Rosenboom, Hermann Schulz, have been published successfully on the CARLSEN list as well as internationally well-known authors such as Avi, Melvin Burgess, Brock Cole, Peter Dickinson, Lian Hearn, Diana Wynne Jones, John Knowles, Ursula LeGuin, Lois Lowry, Gary Paulsen, Philip Pullman and Joanne K. Rowling, whose Harry Potter books have started a worldwide craze for reading.
CARLSEN has also put greater focus on their picture book list by publishing titles by Chris Van Allsburg, Jutta Bauer, John Burningham, Lauren Child, Katja Gehrmann, Bob Graham, Georg Hallensleben, Barbara Jung, Ole Könnecke, Anke Kuhl, Lane Smith/Jon Scieszka, Dieter Wiesmüller and David Wiesner, amongst others.
The paperback list which was established in Autumn 2001, today comprises approx. 180 titles.
The comic book list comprises fantasy, fun and, in particular, the highly successful Japanese Manga series. With an increasing number of own publications the comics list is attracting considerable interest from other European publishers.