Silberfisch bei Hörbuch Hamburg

The Publishing House and its History

Children’s and young adult audiobook publisher »Silberfisch« (Silver Fish) was founded in 2007 under the Hörbuch Hamburg umbrella, along the banks of the Elbe. Thanks to a careful selection of materials and a consistently high level of quality productions the publisher has been very successful from the start.


Every year, Silberfisch releases about 100 titles—from classic narration to audio drama. The program embraces a good mix of entertainment, high quality literature, and exciting nonfiction for all age groups.

Alongside classics by Michael Ende, Hugh Lofting, Max Kruse and Judith Kerr one can find contemporary children’s and young adult audiobooks by Nina Blazon, Martin Muser, Andreas Steinhöfel, Oliver Scherz, Uwe Timm, Nele Neuhaus and Philip Pullman.

In cooperation with public radio broadcasters, the publishing house regularly produces high-end audio plays, based on classic and recent fiction for young people, such as »Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer« (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver) and »Kannawoniwasein« (Can’t Be True).

Strong characters and series, like ›Die Schule der magischen Tiere‹ (The School of Magic Animals), ›Conni‹, ›Pixi‹, ›Der kleine Rabe Socke‹ (Sock the Crow), ›Bitte nicht öffnen‹(Please Don’t Open) and ›Der kleine Siebenschläfer‹ (Fat Little Dormouse), complete the program.

In Fall 2019 young listeners can look forward to a contemporary fairy tale by Nina Blazon: »Ein Baum für Tomti« (A Tree for Tomti). Katharina Thalbach reads the story of Maja and her sister Fini who help a little tree spirit to find a new home. Again, Thalbach thrills us with her unique voice.

It gets beastly funny when Julian Greis reads Uwe Timm’s beloved classic »Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel« (Racepig Rudi Rüssel) with light-hearted and witty humour.

In his first children’s book, that is also read by himself, Ulrich Wickert carries us away to the inspiring world of imagination: In »Ritter Otto, eine Prinzessin, eine Hexe, ein Drache und ganz viel mehr …« (Knight Otto, a Princess, a Witch, a Dragon and a lot more …) a wonderful narrative dialogue with his children meanders around daily events, memories and lines of great poets.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Silberfisch releases the audiobook »Alles nur aus Zuckersand« (Every end is sugary sand). Dirk Kummer wrote a novel based on his touching film. Charly Hübner’s authentic reading allows us to take part in the moving story of a friendship that transcends all borders.

A clear highlight in the fall are the new audiobooks of ›Die Schule der magischen Tiere‹ (The School of Magic Animals): Firstly, a gift edition including the first five readings offers more than 14 hours listening enjoyment; secondly, Miss Cornfield, her class and the magic animals experience a magical winter adventure in »Eingeschneit!« (Snowed in!), and last but not least three new audio dramas promise entertainment for little ears.

»Das kleine WIR« (The little US), a kids’ favourite in kindergarten, is now staged as an audio drama: Ben and Emma are close friends. As the two kids get in a fight, little US vanishes and the world seems by far less friendly. Together, Ben and Anne venture to get little US back again.

Artists and actors

Our multi-faceted, award-winning group of actors and fiction readers includes: Andreas Fröhlich, Charly Hübner, Christoph Maria Herbst, Sascha Icks, Stefan Kaminski, Julia Nachtmann, Oliver Rohrbeck and Katharina Thalbach.


Silberfisch audiobooks are regularly listed on the radio station hr2-Best Audiobooks monthly list for children and young adults.

The German audiobook award in the category »Best children’s audiobook« was awarded to Silberfisch in 2019.

Current awards

  • Der Deutsche Hörbuchpreis - Best children's audio book of the year 2019 – Martin Muser: Kannawonniwasein! Manchmal muss man einfach verduften [gelesen von Stefan Kaminski]
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Julie Leuze/Martin Baltscheit (Sprecher): Das Rumpelding, seine kleinen, mutigen Freunde und die große, weite Welt
  • hr2 Best children's audiobook of the year 2018 – Martin Muser: Kannawoniwasein! Manchmal muss man einfach verduften
  • Children's Audiobook Award BEO 2017 – Knut Krüger: Nur mal schnell das Mammut retten

Preview Catalogues


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Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH

Paul-Nevermann-Platz 5
22765 Hamburg
Tel. (040) 897 207 8-0
Fax (040) 897 207 8-10


Phone +49 (0)40 897 20 78-0

Contact Person

Managing Director Johannes Stricker

Sales Carlsen Verlag Sales & Distribution

Program Director Dörte Brunotte (-21)

Editorial Department Lea Warnke (-20)

Public Relations Dörthe Gaettens (-15)