A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA (ABH), founded in 1992 by Anderson House Foundation’s partner Ivan Malkovich, is the best known independent Ukrainian children’s publishing house "for kids from 2 to 102". The term A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA can be translated from child talk as ABC book for children.

Malkovich was born in 1961 in a village in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. He graduated as a violinist at Ivano-Frankivsk music school before getting a degree in language arts at Kiev State University. In 1986, Ivan became the youngest member for the Ukrainian Professional’s Writing Guild. He is the author of four books of poetry and the winner of several literary awards. He is also the editor, author and translator of many children’s books.

A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA is known today as the finest producer of quality children’s literature in Ukraine, Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. His publications have been recognized at many prestigious international book fairs and his fairytales are now read by children in 17 countries.

In 2004, ABH received exclusive rights for the publication of Ukrainian version of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It is not surprising that Ivan Malkovich recently received recognition for being on the list of the 100 most influential people in Ukraine. With some reason, The Ukrainian Book Review magazine referred to Ivan as a "dedicated workaholic who publishes collectible, aesthetic books for kids".


President and a Founder of ABH Publishing House Ivan Malkovich (on the right) with Yuri Mezenko, Executive Director of Anderson House Foundation. Kiev, Ukraine.