Jumbo Verlag

The publishing house and its history

According to the motto "only the best for children", the Hamburg-based JUMBO publishing company has been publishing high-quality and exciting audio books for 30 years. Books and audio productions for adults and young people are published under the labels GOYA, GOYALiT and GOYAlibre. Gabriele Swiderski and Ulrich Maske founded the publishing company in 1991 with other private initiators. Altogether, the programme comprises more than 1,600 available titles. Around 150 new titles are added to the varied repertoire every year. With around 30 employees, JUMBO publishing company is one of the largest German audio book publishers and is still independent of any corporate group. Numerous productions have been placed on the hessian radio station's hr2 best audiobook list or have received awards such as the German record critics' award "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" or the audio seal "AKI Audiosiegel".


In JUMBO's audio books, characters such as the dormouse Bobo (Bobo Siebenschläfer) or the little caterpillar that is never full (Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt) delight young listeners from the age of two. An important part of the programme are well-known series such as Mein Lotta-Leben, Die Nordseedetektive or Snöfrid aus dem Wiesental. The radio play series Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? - also for first-time readers in two tempo variants for listening and reading along - imparts knowledge and is fun at the same time. High-quality literary titles are published by renowned authors such as Kirsten Boie (Thabo und Emma, Sommerby) or Andreas H. Schmachtl (Snöfrid, Hörnchen und Bär).

Musical diversity is offered by children's songs by Bettina Göschl, Matthias Meyer-Göllner, Robert Metcalf, Ulrich Maske and others. Classical music is introduced to children in a playful way by Marko Simsa.

The GOYAlibre label publishes audio books for young people and all-age-titles. Cornelia Funke's Tintenwelt, Kirsten Boie's Alhambra, Amanda Quain's retelling Skandal & Vorurteil, the radio plays for the movies Herr der Diebe, Krabat and Die Welle as well as novels for young people by Morton Rhue or Antje Babendererde combine suspense with literary ambition. Dystopias and fantasy multi-series by Gina Mayer, Bianca Iosivoni or Kiera Cass are just as much a part of the programme as the popular series Die Seelenpferde von Ventusia by Jennifer Benkau and sparkling young-adult-romance such as Ever & After or Kiss me once by Stella Tack.

Renowned actors lend their voices to the productions: Katharina Thalbach, Julia Nachtmann, Hans Löw, Stephan Schad, Dietmar Wunder, Leonie Landa, Pia-Rhona Saxe, Rosa Thormeyer, Uve Teschner, Karl Menrad, Robert Missler, Rainer Strecker, Jacob Weigert, Bernd Stephan, Julian Greis, Jonas Minthe, Marion Elskis, Katja Danowski, Katrin Gerken, Elise Eikermann and others.

Parallel to the audio book programme, JUMBO has been publishing books for many years. In addition to lovingly illustrated picture books by Rocio Bonilla, among others, and children's books such as the series Die Nordseedetektive by children's channel star Bettina Göschl and successful author Klaus-Peter Wolf, books with stories, songs and games belonging to the audio productions are also published, such as Über das Meer by Matthias Meyer-Göllner or Klassik für kleine Ohren by Marko Simsa. The spectrum ranges from cardboard picture books for the youngest children to picture books for reading aloud and discovering and children's books with cheeky illustrations to colourfully illustrated literary classics for young and old.

Renowned illustrators of the JUMBO book programme are Silke Brix, Franziska Harvey, Franziska Harvey, Dorothée Böhlke, Andrea Reitmeyer, Annette Swoboda, Adolfo Serra, Florian Pigé, Nele Anders, Leonie Daub and others.

The publisher at a glance: www.jumboverlag.de

Current awards

  • AKI Audiosiegel 2023 – Rena Finder: Ich überlebte. Ein Mädchen auf Schindlers Liste
  • EMYS-Sachbuchpreis 2023 – Juli
    Hanna Müller und Carla Swiderski: Wie Tiere trauern
  • hr2 Hörbuchbestenliste 2023 – Dezember
    Kirsten Boie: Thabo und Emma. 3 spannende Abenteuer
  • Plattdeutsches Buch 2023 – Preisträger 2022/2023
    Ove Thomsen: Regen in'n Kopp
  • HörKulino 2022 – Klaus-Peter Wolf, Bettina Göschl: Die Nordseedetektive - Filmreife Falle
  • AUDITORIX 2020 – Kira Gembri: Ruby Fairygale. Der Ruf der Fabelwesen

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The North Sea Detectives. The Secret Knowledge About High and Low Tide, Sea Lights, Howlers and Beach Pirates

  • Klaus-Peter Wolf, Bettina Göschl
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Autumn 2023, 144 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

One night, the North Sea detectives Emma and Lukas discover a lighthouse that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. When they visit it the next day, they meet the two lighthouse keepers Anneke and Onno F. Riese, who have a lot to tell the children about the animals of the sea, high and low tides, whalers and pirates. But they don’t reveal their own secret …

The North Sea Detectives. Poison Alert!

  • Klaus-Peter Wolf, Bettina Göschl
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Autumn 2023, 160 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Emma and Lukas are horrified: Someone has laid out poisoned bait and many animals in the neighbourhood have already eaten it. As soon as Mozart, the new dog of their friend Hanna von Hellershausen, is also in danger, the two North Sea detectives pick up the trail of the crime. Time is running out, they have to hurry!

Robin. A Little Seal Cleaning Up

  • Andrea Reitmeyer
  • Illustrated by Andrea Reitmeyer
  • Autumn 2019, 32 pages, 24.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to China, South Korea, Denmark, Romania, Slovenia, Russia and USA
  • Website

Robin the little seal lives with his family on a sandbank in the sea. One day, a grey girl seal unexpectedly shows up and asks for help. They set off together. On their journey through the sea, Robin realises how much rubbish is floating around. Determined to change this, Robin comes up with a plan …

Rain On Your Mind

  • Ove Thomsen
  • Illustrated by Melf Petersen
  • Spring 2023, 40 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Anteater Gunnelt doesn’t know what to do, he simply has too much on his plate! He usually enjoys being a caretaker in the rainforest, but somehow he’s not enjoying anything at the moment. It feels like he’s got rain on his mind! Fortunately, Gunnelt’s path leads him to Doctor Willi, the monkey. He has an important tip for him: B.R.E.A.K. Will the sun shine again for Gunnelt soon?

Let’s Call You Birdy. A Trip Into the World of Birds

  • Hanna Müller, Hannah Stollmayer, Carla Swiderski
  • Illustrated by Nele Anders
  • Spring 2019, 56 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Determined to become a safe flyer, a young bird hops off a branch and promptly collides with Grandpa Geerd. The little one loses his memory. He doesn’t know his name or what kind of bird he is. Grandpa Geerd calls his new friend Birdy and takes him for a ride on his electric scooter. Together they will find out where he belongs.

Classical Music for Little Ones. Fantastic Fairytale Worlds. About Elves, Fairies and Goblins

  • Marko Simsa
  • Illustrated by Tina Vlachy
  • Autumn 2023, 32 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Classical music enchants even the youngest ones! Lina and Max are back at Lina’s house and this time Lina’s dad has come up with something special: He takes the children on a musical journey into the enchanted forest. There they meet elves, fairies, princes, witches and even goblins. This fantasy journey is accompanied by the truly magical sounds of some of the greatest composers.
Including: Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Schumann, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Smetana, Humperdinck, Mussorgsky


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JUMBO Verlag

Henriettenstraße 42 a
20259 Hamburg


Phone +49 (0) 40 / 4 29 30 40-0


Contact Person

director Gabriele Swiderski

programme management Ulrich Maske

rights and licences Milena Schilasky, Constanze Albrecht

Inga Reuters, Milena Schilasky

sales and marketing
Caroline Klabunde (-11)
Lena Schmidt (-242)

press and public relations
Maja Dreyer (-27)
Philine Neuthor (-254)

readings and concerts

social media and blogger relations
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