He's an essential part of any children's bookcase. Andreas Steinhöfel has left his mark on the German-language children's and young people's book like hardly anyone else. And rightly so: he repeatedly receives important literary awards for his books. Many of his children's books are read in school lessons, and Andreas Steinhöfel does not need to raise his pedagogical index finger.
Life and work of Andreas Steihöfel: A heart for outsiders
Andreas Steinhöfel was born on 14 January 1962 in Battenberg, Hesse. He grew up with his parents and siblings in the small town of Biedenkopf nearby.
After graduating from high school, Andreas Steinhöfel began studying to become a teacher. However, he finally decided to study English, American Studies and Media Studies and received his Master's degree.
In 1991, the year he graduated, Andreas Steinhöfel published the first of his children's books: "Dirk und ich". But writing books alone was not enough. Andreas Steinhöfel also works as a translator and screenwriter. He has written scripts for well-known children's series such as "Käpt'n Blaubär Club", "Urmel aus dem Eis" and "Löwenzahn".
Many of Andreas Steinhöfel's children's books have already been filmed. Among them are "Es ist ein Elch entsprungen entsprungen", "Die Mitte der Welt" and "Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten". For the latter title Steinhöfel even received the German Youth Literature Prize.
He has also been honoured with the Buxtehude Bull, one of the most important prizes for children's and young people's books in Germany. Andreas Steinhöfel received it for the book "Die Mitte der Welt". For his complete works he received the Erich Kästner Prize for Literature. And these are just a few of the many awards the author has received so far.
Again and again, experiences and stories from Steinhöfel's life also flow into his books.