Daniela Drescher and her Children's Books

Daniela Drescher - photo by Wolfgang Schmidt

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, Little Fairy Can't Sleep and the Pippa and Pelle board book series. She is also the illustrator of An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Daniela Drescher is married with four children.

Illustration from Daniela Drescher, Little Fairy's Christmas

Daniela Drescher Biography

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 loved art and painting from a young age. Drawing pencils, and later paintbrushes and watercolours, were her constant companions. She 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.

Illustration from Daniela Drescher, Pippa and Pelle

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. Look out for the beautiful new edition in June 2021.

Books by Daniela Drescher

Daniela Drescher has created more than thirty children's books. Her 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 Daniela's books in English, available from Floris Books.

Illustrated Tales of Dwarfs, Gnomes and Fairy Folk

Illustrated Tales of Dwarfs, Gnomes and Fairy Folk (2021)

Meet helpful dwarfs, mischievous gnomes and powerful fairy folk in this sumptuous anthology of classic European folk tales.

In the Land of Fairies

In the Land of Fairies (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.

In the Land of Elves

In the Land of Elves (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.

In the Land of Mermaids

In the Land of Mermaids (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.

Little Fairy Can't Sleep

Little Fairy Can't Sleep (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.

Little Fairy's Christmas

Little Fairy's Christmas (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.

Little Fairy's Meadow Party

Little Fairy's Meadow Party (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.

Little Fairy Makes a Wish

Little Fairy Makes a Wish (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.

Pippa and Pelle and their Cosy Home

Pippa and Pelle and their Cosy Home (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 and Pelle in the Winter Snow

Pippa and Pelle in the Winter Snow (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.

Pippa and Pelle in the Summer Sun

Pippa and Pelle in the Summer Sun (Pippa und Pelle auf Reisen, 2017)

It's sunny summertime and Pippa and Pelle are looking forward to a season full of fun. With backpacks filled with tasty treats, they are ready for adventure.

Pippa and Pelle in the Spring Garden

Pippa and Pelle in the Spring Garden (Pippa und Pelle Im Garten, 2017)

It's spring and Pippa and Pelle are planting their garden in this beautifully illustrated seasonal story filled with flourishing flowers and creeping insects.

Pippa and Pelle and the Birthday Gifts

Pippa and Pelle and the Birthday Gifts (Pippa und Pelle feiern Geburtstag, 2019)

Young children will love joining in the birthday fun as Pippa and Pelle celebrate the gifts of nature in this bright and joyful birthday board book.

Norbert the Winter Gnome

Norbert the Winter Gnome (Ole Winterwicht, 2019)

It's winter and Norbert the gnome is worried that his animal friends won't have enough to eat. He decides to bring them each a delicious gift in this sweet seasonal story about kindness.

Goodnight Sandman

Goodnight Sandman (Als der Sandmann fast verschlafen hätte, 2017)

Can Jacob the Sandman collect the magic dream sand so that the children of the world can dream happy dreams? A beautiful bedtime tale with luminous illustrations.

What's Hiding Under There?

What's Hiding Under There? (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.

Merlina and the Magical Mishap

Merlina and the Magical Mishap (Merlind, 2009)

Merlina the little witch and Igor the dragon are busy with the harvest. When Igor gets hurt, can Merlina whip up a spell to help him? A sweet, playful bedtime read with warm illustrations – perfect for autumnal storytime.

Lily the Little Princess

Lily the Little Princess (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.

The Garden Adventures of Griswald the Gnome

The Garden Adventures of Griswald the Gnome (Giesbert in der Regentonne, 2016)

Griswald the gnome makes friends and has fun adventures in this beautifully illustrated and delightful chapter storybook.

An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales

An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales (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.

Illustration from Daniela Drescher, The Garden Adventures of Griswald the Gnome

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