Jumbo Verlag

The publishing house and its history

According to the motto »For children only the best«, the publishing house JUMBO in Hamburg has been publishing exciting high-quality audiobooks for 30 years. The labels GOYA, GOYALiT and GOYAlibre provide audiobooks for adults, adolescents and All Age. Along with other entrepreneurs, Gabriele Swiderski and Ulrich Maske founded JUMBO in 1991. Since 2020 Carla Swiderski, the daughter of managing director Gabriele Swiderski and program manager Ulrich Maske, joined the publishing house as part of program management.The red elephant-logo with high recognition factor was designed by Jutta Bauer. Overall, the program includes more than 1400 titles. With more than 30 current employees, the JUMBO publishing house is one of the largest German audiobook publishers and remains independent from other corporate groups. Many of JUMBO’s productions have been ranked on the »hr2-Hörbuchbestenliste« and have received numerous awards, such as the »Deutsche Schallplattenkritik« price.


In JUMBO’s audiobooks, characters like »Bobo Siebenschläfer« or »Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt« (»The Very Hungry Caterpillar«) excite listeners from the age of two upwards. Important components of the program are well-known series such as ›Das magische Baumhaus‹. The ›Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?‹ series does not only inform but is fun as well. Since June 2021 first-time readers can listen and read along to non-fictional stories in two rates of speaking. Furthermore, JUMBO publishes audiobooks by renowned German authors, including Kirsten Boie, Franziska Gehm and Isabel Abedi. Christine Nöstlinger, Andreas H. Schmachtl, Gudrun Pausewang, Alice Pantermüller and Klaus-Peter Wolf are part of the program, too.

Artists such as Matthias Meyer-Göllner, Ulrich Maske, Bettina Göschl, Robert Metcalf and others contribute to the musical diversity of the program. Marko Simsa aims to and succeeds in introducing classical music to children.

Audiobooks for adolescents and young adults are published under the label GOYAlibre. Cornelia Funke’s ›Tintenwelt‹, Kirsten Boie’s »Alhambra«, Monika Feth’s »Der Erdbeerpflücker«, the audio dramas »Krabat« and »Die Welle« as well as young adult novels by Antje Babendererde and Morton Rhue combine suspense with literary form. Dystopias and fantasy-trilogies by Bianca Iosivoni, Gina Mayer or Kiera Cass are as much a stable component of JUMBO’s program as the popular series ›Die Legende der Wächter‹ by Kathryn Lasky or thrilling Young Adult Romance by Stella Tack (»Kiss me once«).

Renowned German actors and actresses lend their voices to the stories: Katharina Thalbach, Regina Lemnitz, Stefan Kaminski, Dietmar Wunder, Josefine Preuß, Jürgen Uter, Karl Menrad, Robert Missler, Julia Nachtmann, Rainer Strecker, Jacob Weigert, Julian Greis and Bernd Stephan among others.

Alongside to the audio books, JUMBO has also been publishing books for many years. Besides lovely illustrated picture books by Rocio Bonilla and children's books like the series >"Die Nordseedetektive<" by Bettina Göschl and the successful author Klaus-Peter Wolf, JUMBO is publishing books with stories, songs and games based on productions from the audio program. The program involves colorfully illustrated picture books, age-appropriate stories and classic literature for the whole family.

Well-known illustrators of the JUMBO books are Silke Brix, Andrea Reitmeyer, Franziska Harvey, Rocio Bonilla, Annette Swoboda, Adolfo Serra, Nele Anders, Leonie Daub and more.

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Current awards

  • HörKulino 2022 – Klaus-Peter Wolf, Bettina Göschl: Die Nordseedetektive - Filmreife Falle
  • AUDITORIX 2020 – Kira Gembri: Ruby Fairygale. Der Ruf der Fabelwesen
  • HörKulino 2020 – Gina Mayer: Der magische Blumenladen – ein Brief voller Geheimnisse
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Adolfo Serra: Eine andere Geschichte
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Rocio Bonilla: Mein außerirdischer Freund

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The Wonder Twins. The Scary New Tenant

  • Klaus-Peter Wolf
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Spring 2022, 120 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available

Laura and Leonie Wonder are twin sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. Laura loves numbers and science, Leonie is happiest when she can go rock climbing or when she is hanging at the climbing wall in her room. Nevertheless, they are like two peas in a pot. When their neighbour Grandma Klaphecke disappears and the girls suspect the scary new tenant of being involved, the Wonder Twins set out to solve the case!
“The Wonder Twins” is the exciting children’s book series by bestselling author and crime specialist Klaus-Peter Wolf about the twin sisters Laura and Leonie, for whom no case is too difficult. The series consists of four books, colourfully illustrated by the talented Franziska Harvey.

Ricki and the Ink Cloud

  • Carla Swiderski, Hanna Müller, Hannah Stollmayer
  • Illustrated by Adolfo Serra
  • Spring 2021, 32 pages, 24.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Denmark

Ricki the little octopus hasn’t got any friends, because whenever he is frightened, he emits ink – and Ricki is frightened a lot! The other sea animals are annoyed by his frequent eruptions and flee, whenever it happens. One day, when a little sardine gets trapped in a bottle, Ricki’s finest hour strikes! If he manages to overcome his shyness, he can show what he is capable of and rescue her.
An amazing book about courage, empathy and friendship, poetically illustrated by the great talent Adolfo Serra.

One-Two for Ulf and Kathy – Twins Play It Better!

  • Hubert Schirneck
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Spring 2021, 52 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

Ulf has two problems: his odd first name and his twin sister Kathy. She makes him play as goalkeeper for their class’s football team. Ulf is not exactly the biggest football fan and thinks he is the worst goalkeeper in the world. When his class has to compete in a tournament against the other schools in town, he gets nervous. How is this going to turn out? Kathy will surely have a solution at hand, won’t she?

The North Sea Detectives – And … Action!

  • Bettina Göschl, Klaus-Peter Wolf
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Spring 2021, 148 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • Rights sold to Taiwan, Vietnam, Rumania, Russia and Turkey

A film is being shot at the North Sea coast. Of course, our North Sea Detectives Emma and Luke are also there and watch the happening excitedly. For their shooting, the production team has borrowed family Janssen’s old red Jaguar and Luke creates a making-of with his digicam. Emma and her mother Sarah are even allowed to take on small roles in the movie. The atmosphere at the set is great and the shooting runs smoothly – until the Jaguar gets stolen one night. Emma and Luke do everything in their power to solve the crime.

Feli and Fritz. Excitement in Blueberry Lane

  • Barbara Landbeck
  • Illustrated by Barbara Landbeck
  • Spring 2022, 176 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

Originally, Feli wanted to go on holiday at the Baltic Sea with her mother and grandma. But Grandma Mina, whom Feli calls Omina, can’t afford to close her shop for so long. And Mum wants to shoot a report on the Galapagos Islands with her new boyfriend and colleague. So Feli has to spend her holidays with Omina at home in Blueberry Lane. Unfortunately, there is also Felix, the son of mum’s boyfriend – Feli has no desire to meet him at all. What a stupid start to the holidays! But then Omina’s handbag gets stolen and everything turns out quite differently than expected ...
With “Feli and Fritz. Excitement in Blueberry Lane”, the author and illustrator Barbara Landbeck has created a turbulent, funny and adventurous children’s book

Carl Chameleon Shows His True Colours

  • Andrea Reitmeyer
  • Illustrated by Andrea Reitmeyer
  • Autumn 2021, 32 pages, 24.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available

Carl Chameleon has had enough of being told to assimilate and to hide! Just once in his life he would like to be as scary as a snake, as brave as a crocodile or admired like a butterfly. One day, the hungry fossas attack his neighbours – a family of lemures who live in the tree next to Carl’s. He decides to follow the example of the tomato frog: he becomes bright red and puffs up his body. The other chameleons follow his lead. Scared by so many dangerously red chameleons, the fossas make a run for it! Now everybody knows that chameleons are not only able to assimilate and to hide, but that they can also become mighty colourful!


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JUMBO Verlag

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20259 Hamburg


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Publishing Manager Gabriele Swiderski

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