Once upon a time...

Our Story

Passionate about illustrated books, since 2017 our Berlin-based bookshop offers a fine selection of illustrated books, picture books and children's books in more than seven languages.


Our ambition: to make children and adults alike discover the pleasure of reading illustrated books, to support education in art and illustration, to transmit humanistic values that protect the great principles of equality, knowledge about the nature and the world. Books are the first mediums of awareness and promotion that enter homes, following the arrival of a child. We believe that choosing quality books contributes to educating enlightened children and thus making a difference for the future. 

Reading beautiful books is also, in our opinion, the best way to encourage creativity and sensitivity in everyone. And we've also noticed the sensory pleasure it brings to everyone. 

By choosing Totem's books selection, you make the choice to support independent booksellers and publishers, and you bring colour into your home!




Emilie, 34, mum of Zoé, 3,5 years old. She loves illustration, colors, music and literature. On her nightstand you'll find Peter Pan by Bohem Verlag, Maman by Mijade and The Lines on Nana's Face by Flying Eye Books




Guillaume, 35



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Jennifer, 34. She loves sailing, entrepreneurship, sewing and literature.  On her nightstand you'll find Locke et Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, L'art de perdre by Alice Zeniter and L'Homme gribouillé by Serge Lehman and Frederik Peeters.

Maxstraße 1

13347 Berlin, Germany

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The Lines on Nana's Face