Rotraut Susanne Berner

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Illustration by Berner in The Number Devil (1997)

Rotraut Susanne Berner (born 26 August 1948 in Stuttgart) is a German graphic designer and illustrator.[1] She illustrated The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.[2]

She is well known for a series of popular children's book, called Wimmelbilderbuch, which have attained a worldwide circulation of close to 500,000 copies in fifteen countries.[3]

Working as a freelance illustrator, she has focused on books for children and young adults, illustrating more than 80 such books and designing over 800 book covers.[3]

For her contribution as a children's illustrator Berner was a finalist for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, 2004, and 2014,[4][5][6] and she won it in 2016.[7]


  1. ^ "Rotraut Susanne Berner". Goethe-Institut. Goethe-Institut. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Gardner, Michael (8 November 1998). "It All Adds Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Giersberg, Dagmar. "Stories Without Words: Rotraut Susanne Berner’s Wimmel Books". Goethe Institut. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "2002". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Press release with other contemporary material. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  5. ^ "2004". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. IBBY. Press release with other contemporary material. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  6. ^ "2014 Awards", Hans Christian Andersen Awards. IBBY. With contemporary material including the 17 March 2014 shortlist press release. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
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