Have you ever wondered why there are so little great children books out there?

This platform aims to join illustrators, authors and picture book enthusiasts into a collaborative community to produce children books which are uncompromising, different, edgy and off the grid.

The concept – what's in there for fans of  great children books?

Blue Boat Books is an independent childrens book publishing platform. We aim to  publish one children’s picture book every four months. 

To avoid the usual constrains of the conventional publishing industry, we seek a monthly contribution from our supporters. 

Already 500 supporters giving 4 euros per month could secure the development of one book.

More supporting people raise the creative freedom in the production process, the print-run climbs and the book itself can be more illustrated and complex. 

In return, you will get involved in each part of the production process and finally receive a printed copy of the finished book.

The creative contributors will make stages of the story development available to our community in a playful, colorful way, such as illustrations, background music or little animated movies. With these insights and previews, our supporters will be drawn into the book’s narratives by the means of variant ways of story telling. 

About Blue Boat Books – the makers

Blue Boat Books is a joint creative undertaking of Claudia Frickemeier and her close collaborative circle of artists and designers.

We seek to find great art and stories and experiment with new concepts, formats, narratives and genres. (With your support and input, we hope to grow outside the traditional publishing world.) 

Our focus is in finding and supporting young talents and to explore new paths with them. We do, of course, also admire established artists and authors and do invite them to join us in our creative endeavour.

We want to experiment with new concepts, formats, narratives and genres to grow new roots in the traditional publishing world. 

The Blue Boat Books production procedure


1  An idea, a script and illustrations meet the idea of blue boat books

2  We talk and exchange

3  We start creating, working, exchanging and producing and building the structure of a picture book

4  The project – it's theme and style will be introduced to children, book lovers, families, grandparents, collectors and the media environment

5  The dialogue with our supporting community starts

6  The first teaser will be send out – maybe a stop motion movie or an origami construction plan of the main characters

7  Blue boat books asks the crowd for financial contributions to pursue the development of the book project.

8  A new teaser – maybe an illustration accompanied by music will be send out

9  More supporters are joining and we receive 4 euros of each supporter to take the project further

10  Blue boat keeps working on press and social media

11  The followers and supporters like their engagement and keep up their financial support

12  One more joyful preview gives a final insight into the further enhanced story


13  The last step of financial support facilitates the printing & delivery of the final object

14  The picture book will be send delivered to its supporters.


If you would like to get in contact for more information, to share ideas, scribbles, illustrations, or to offer support or just generally to share thoughts please write to claudia@blueboatbooks.org