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.

Visit us on www.jumboverlag.de

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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How Animals Grieve

  • Hanna Müller, Carla Swiderski
  • Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
  • Autumn 2022, 48 pages, 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Hardcover
  • 5+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Elephants withdraw from others to die while relatives stand guard. Chimpanzees carry their deceased to their final resting place. Cats show less interest in playing and eating when they lose an animal or human with whom they had formed a close bond. Many animal species express grief in their own unique ways, this is being researched more and more. There is no right way to deal with loss and grief, but many variations.This book illustrates that grief and death have a place in life and helps children understand and talk about these difficult topics.

Ricki Needs a New Home

  • Carla Swiderski, Hanna Müller, Hannah Stollmayer
  • Illustrated by Adolfo Serra
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • Rights sold to Denmark
  • Website

Ricki, the shy little octopus, has to move! Because the shipwreck in which he lived has been salvaged. He starts to look for a new place to live, with a lot of help from his friends. Will Ricki find a place in the cave with a moray eel? Or live with the seahorse in the seagrass meadow? None of this really seems to suit Ricki – if only he had such a great house like the turtle, which always carries its shell with it! But Ricki and his friends won’t give up until they find a suitable home for him.

Pelle and Yoko Save the Forest

  • Andrea Reitmeyer
  • Illustrated by Andrea Reitmeyer
  • Spring 2023, 32 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Pelle, a brown bear, and his best friend Yoko, a small fox, live together with other animals in the forest. One day, the stream that is the centre of their lives gradually dries up. Where has the water gone? Pelle and Yoko go on an adventurous search and eventually find out that the beavers have built a huge dam to keep all the water to themselves. The two friends now have an important task: they must bring the water back to the other animals!

The Wonder Twins. Mean Trap

  • Klaus-Peter Wolf
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Autumn 2022, 136 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Laura and Leonie Wonder are twin sisters, but they couldn’t be more different. Shy Laura loves numbers and science while lively Leonie is happiest when she can scramble up rocks or the climbing wall in her room. Nevertheless, the two are always there for each other when things get dicey. Since Laura solves crimes with her keen sleuthing skills, the twins have had many adventures. When Leonie is accused of a theft she didn’t commit, Laura is the only one who believes her. She sets out to solve this difficult case, daring herself much more than ever before.

The North Sea Detectives. Dangerous Trail

  • Bettina Göschl, Klaus-Peter Wolf
  • Illustrated by Franziska Harvey
  • Autumn 2022, 160 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Burglars in the Villa Janssen! Just as Emma and Lukas are alone at home. Due to a severe onset of winter, daddy Mick and mommy Sarah are stuck on the North Sea Island of Juist. Fortunately, the North Sea Detectives know how to help themselves and get to safety. But that’s just the beginning of their tricky new case! What were the thieves looking for in their great-uncle’s old house? And why does not even the police believe that they are in great danger? Emma and Lukas develop a courageous plan.

Billie and Stüx. A Pony Falls from the Sky

  • Dorothée Böhlke
  • Illustrated by Dorothée Böhlke
  • Spring 2023, 176 pages, 12.5 x. 19.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Billie has to spend the summer with her grandmother in the country – and she has absolutely no desire to do so. She is convinced that she is in for the most boring vacation imaginable. But there she is mistaken. Grandma Gisela is anything but boring, as Billie soon realizes. And then, a pony mysteriously appears in the apple orchard of grandma’s farm. Billie and Stüx get along right from the start and become inseparable. But how did Stüx actually get into the garden? Where did the pony come from? Jenny from the village helps Billie find the answers. An exciting, adventurous summer begins for the two girls.


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JUMBO Verlag

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20259 Hamburg


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Program Manager Ulrich Maske, Carla Swiderski

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