Rotraut Susanne Berner

Rotraut Susanne Berner

 

Germany

 

Rotraut Susanne Berner studied graphic design at the Munich University of Applied Science and worked for several years as in advertising before becoming a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. She has illustrated over 80 children’s books and almost 800 book covers. She combines several different techniques and materials: delicate pen-and-ink, brush drawings, coloured and accentuated borders to picture plates, linocut and stamped images. Her popular Wimmel (Winter 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn and Summer 2005) books depict life in the four seasons in whimsical detail with the narrative told only through pictures. Some of her best-known books include Dunkel war’s, der mond schien helle (It was dark outside, the moon was bright, 1999). She wrote and illustrated Karlchen-Geschichten (Stories of little Charly, 2003) and provided illustrations for Die Prinzessin kommt um vier by Wolfdietrich Schnurre (The princess arrives at four, 2000) and Als der Tod zu uns kam by the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Award Winner, Jürg Schubiger (When death came for a visit, 2011). Many of her books have been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis and she won in 1984 for Das Sonntagskind by Gudrun Mebs (The sunday child, 1984) and in 1996 for Als die Welt noch jung war by Jürg Schubiger (When the earth was still young, 1995). In 2006 she won a special recognition for her complete works as an illustrator with the Sonderpreis der Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Rotraut Susanne Berner has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award five times and was a Finalist in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2014.