Daniela Drescher and her Children's Books
Daniela Drescher was born in Munich and trained in art therapy. She has worked with children for several years and is an illustrator for a parenting magazine. She has written and illustrated many children's picture books, which are bestsellers in Germany, including In the Land of Fairies, Merlina and the Magic Spell and Little Fairy Can't Sleep. She is also the illustrator of An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales (all published in English by Floris Books). Daniela Drescher is married with four children.
Daniela Drescher's Childhood
Daniela Drescher was born in 1966 and grew up in the suburbs of Munich with her parents and younger brother. As a child, she enjoyed playing in the hedges around her house, where she could spend whole afternoons, imagining that the hedges were fairy castles and the home of fairies and elves.
Daniela Drescher loved art and painting from a young age. Drawing pencils, and later paintbrushes and watercolours, were her constant companions. Daniela Drescher would draw and paint until her pictures started to "come alive" and tell stories of their own. As an adult, Daniela still draws fairies and elves as she imagined them as a child playing in the hedges.
Daniela Drescher and Therapeutic Painting
When she finished school, Daniela Drescher began to study art therapy. She worked with children doing therapeutic painting and drawing for ten years.
During this time Daniela also wrote poetry and she used her poems in her therapeutic work. She began to illustrate some of her poems and this work became her first children's picture book, In the Land of Fairies, which was published in 2004.
Daniela Drescher has written and illustrated more than twenty children's books. Daniela's books are inspired by nature and her images are full of detailed flowers, trees, fruit and berries, and animals. Her books introduce children to nature as a diversely populated world, full of birds, animals and plants.
Below is a list of her books that are available in English.
Daniela Drescher's Children's Books
(in chronological order)
(Komm mit ins Elfenland, 2004)
In the land of fairies the seasons fly by as the fairies dance with butterflies, sing with birds and watch over their animal friends.
(Komm mit ins Reich der Zwerge, 2005)
This magical book reveals the secret world of the elves and their animal companions, in amongst the tree roots and fields. We see them at work and play through the seasons.
(Komm mit ins Reich der Wassernixen, 2006)
Full-spread watercolour illustrations reveal the secret watery world of the merfolk in amongst the lilypads, reeds and rushes. Their magical world is shown through the seasons.
The Elves' Big Adventure (out of print)
A runaway hot-air balloon takes the elves to the land of fairies, where they encounter sleeping dragons and fairy princesses.
(Die kleine Elfe kann nicht schalfen, 2007)
Faith, the little fairy, can't get to sleep. It's a lovely summer's night and magic is in the air, so she flies off to see who else is still awake.
(Was raschelt denn da?, 2008)
This lift-the-flap book explores the world of elves and fairies, and there's lots to discover! Lift the three or four flaps on each page to find out what's hiding in the old tree, in the nest, in the grass or under the leaves.
(Pia, die kleine Prinzessin, 2008)
Lily the little princess loves to dance with her animal friends in the summer. But when winter comes her playmates all go to sleep, or fly away to warmer places. In spring, Lily sets off through the forest in search of someone like her, someone who also wants to play in the winter.
(Merlind,die kleine Zauberin, 2009)
It's harvest time, and Merlina the little sorceress and her friend Igor the dragon are busily gathering fruit and vegetables from their garden. When Igor stands on a sharp thorn, Merlina has to find the right spell to make his toe better.
(Die kleine Elfe feiert Weihnachten, 2010)
Faith, the little fairy, gets lost in a snowstorm and is blown far away from home. Her poor, thin wings are freezing! But soon help comes from unexpected place in this lovely Christmas tale.
(Hinter den sieben Bergen, 2010)
This book is a collection of forty stories from around Europe about gnomes, dwarfs, leprechauns, fairies and little folk. The stories come from Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, England, Flanders and Scandinavia.
(Die 100 schönsten Märchen der Brüder Grimm, 2012)
Two hundred years ago, the Brothers Grimm published their famous collection of folk tales, including these thirty much-loved stories. This sumptuously illustrated collection of essential Grimm classics includes stories every childhood needs: 'The Princess and the Frog', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Cinderella', 'Rumpelstiltskin' and dozens more.
(Die Kleine Elfe und das Wisdenfestkleid, 2013)
Faith, the little fairy, and her animal friends have been invited to Queen Wren's Meadow Party. But she needs a very special dress to dance in. Can she make a dress from berries and nuts, or flowers and mushrooms? Nothing seems right until she meets the moon, who has a wonderful gift for her.
(Pippa und Pelle, 2015)
Pippa and Pelle wake up on a sunny summer's day looking for an adventure. Exploring the meadow they meet new animal friends and learn about their homes – the snail in his shell, the frog in his pond and the beetle in his home made of leaves. But as night falls they are grateful to return to their warm, cosy home in the strawberry patch.
(Pippa und Pelle im Winter, 2015)
A sparkling winter tale featuring two adorable little folk, Pippa and Pelle, who find out how their animal friends cope with the snow.
(Die kleine Elfe wünscht sich was, 2016)
Faith, the Little Fairy, wants to help her friend Mole's wish come true in this magical book of transformation.
Daniela Drescher's German Children's Books
Below is a list of Daniela Drescher's children's books that are not currently available in English.
Die Regentrude, 2007
Die Geschichte von der schönen Lau, 2009
Vitus hat Geburtstag, 2010
Küchenzauber mit Merlind und Igor, 2011
Morchel, der kleine Troll, 2011
Nepomuk, Tibor und die fabelhafte Limonade, 2011
Merlind und die Walpurgisnacht, 2012
Ein Sommernachtstraum, 2013
Interview with Daniela Drescher
Daniela Drescher's German publisher, Urachhaus, filmed an interview with her about An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales.