House of Good Stories
Mladinska Knjiga Založba publishing house has evolved into the leading Slovenian general publisher, with a rich and diverse range of products for all generations. It began in 1945, when the newly-established Mladinska Knjiga produced its first six publications, all humble little exercise books for children. Now, decades later, Slovenia’s largest publishing house releases nearly 500 titles each year.
As the company’s name itself indicates (mladinska = youth), the first publications were intended for children and teenagers, to whom we still pay special attention. The editions of established Slovenian authors and illustrators (among them Lila Prap, Jelka Reichman, Marlenka Stupica, and Svetlana Makarovič), including many who have enjoyed acclaim abroad thanks to the help of our publishing house, and the carefully-considered selection of foreign illustrators (including Axel Scheffler, Tomi Ungerer, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Quentin Blake, Eric Hill, and Lucy Cousins), serve to ensure that the very youngest readers have access to the best work available from Slovenian and foreign authors (including Astrid Lindgren, Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl, and A. A. Milne).
Slovenian picture books are well-known abroad. Today Lila Prap is a true international star, with her original picture books read and admired in more than 35 countries, on all continents of the world!
Major emphasis is also placed on the company’s activities in the field of young-adult fiction. We present the finest work by local authors, as well as outstanding translations of a range of classics by foreign authors like Cornelia Funke, Michael Ende and Neil Gaiman. One notable phenomenon is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which first came out in its Slovenian version in 1964, and since then has been reprinted 21 times and has sold over 123,000 copies!
And as for the undiminished popularity of fantasy literature, who is not familiar with the Harry Potter series, with The Lord of the Rings, with His Dark Materials, and with Artemis Fowl? We simply could not imagine our title list without authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, C. S. Lewis and Ursula K. Le Guin.
There is also an extensive range of original and translated fiction. Drago Jančar, Boris Pahor, Evald Flisar, Brina Svit, Feri Lainšček, Tone Pavček and Ciril Zlobec rank among the best-read Slovenian writers. In addition to the classical heroes, modern literary giants from the world over may be found among our authors, including Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, Khaled Hosseini, Haruki Murakami, Yann Martel, Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan, Amos Oz, Kluun, Arto Paasilinna and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
Alongside the carefully-considered selection of translated titles in various fields of popular science and humanities (by the authors like Karen Armstrong, Bill Bryson, Robert Wright, Malcolm Gladwell, and Lin Yutang), the enthusiasm of Slovenian readers extends beyond local authors to a range of foreign writers in the fields of political affairs and modern history (like Roberto Saviano, Tony Judt, Naomi Klein and many others).
Of course Mladinska Knjiga publishes a range to suit all moods and tastes, from intellectually-challenging books to relaxing entertainments. Our list of translated global bestsellers includes Dan Brown, James Patterson, John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Tess Gerritsen, Henning Mankell, Stephanie Meyer, and Kate Mosse.
We are especially proud of supporting and publishing major original projects of national importance, such as the Encyclopaedia of Slovenia (in 16 volumes), the Atlas of Slovenia, the major three-volume encyclopaedia Slovenski Veliki Leksikon, and the luxury Slovenian edition of the Bible, to name a few.
The general reference section offers a diverse range of content: large illustrated encyclopaedias, cookbooks, gardening manuals, tourist guides, reference books for parents and educators, reference books for healthy lifestyles, and books in the fields of self-awareness and personal development and growth.
Mladinska Knjiga Založba is the leading Slovenian publisher of magazines for children and youth, and in recent years it has been focusing on publishing textbooks for primary and secondary schools.
In 2015, Mladinska Knjiga Založba will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It maintains its position as the leading publishing house in Slovenia.