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Usborne Publishing

“Founded by Peter Usborne in 1973, Usborne pioneered a completely new generation of entertaining, colorful and friendly non-fiction books. Since its foundation, Usborne has been the publisher that children themselves love for its humorous, factual and fun books.”

Usborne books have earned numerous awards and are recognized as industry leaders, following strict safety standards and ethical policies.

“…it is possible, without any sacrifice of quality, to produce non-fiction books as interesting and entertaining as television, magazines and comics – media that most children instinctively prefer.”

Peter Usborne, Founder of Usborne Publishing

How Usborne Books Were “Born”

Excerpts from an article that appeared in the Tulsa Tribune on October 8, 1986.

Peter Usborne of London is one of the world’s leading publishers of children’s books – almost all of them non-fiction…

Educational but great fun, too, is the idea of all the books we do.
Peter Usborne, Founder of Usborne Publishing


…“My wife announced that she was pregnant, and suddenly, it seemed the only thing worth doing in life was doing books for children,” he said… Since 1973, Usborne books have been conceived and created by editor/writers and designers in London, England and illustrated by artists worldwide.

We are selling knowledge and the the idea that acquiring it can be fun
Peter Usborne, Founder of Usborne Publishing

The question was how to convince a grade-school child to delve into a book on business management, archaeology, medicine. Usborne began with two theories. “I feel equal to my kids,” he said. It made sense to him that children should be addressed as equals.

Also, he said, “My theory is that children prefer most other media to books.” Usborne evolved a combination of quick, often witty text, bright colors in lots of cartoons and illustrations, packaged in 30 or 40 pages as light as a magazine. The result, he said:

“A book that, at first, doesn’t look like a book at all.”

…Usborne’s books are written by a 70 member staff, and illustrated by hundreds of artists in London. The books are written for age groups from preschool up. As it is, Usborne contends some of his children’s books are the best sources of quick information for grown-ups, too.

Usborne Books in the USA

History of Usborne Books & More

Usborne books are produced in London by Usborne Publishing. Educational Development Corporation – Usborne Books & More based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the United States trade publisher of Usborne books.

The Home Business Division (now Usborne Books & More) began its operation on March 1, 1989. The Usborne Books & More Home Business Division distributes Usborne books in the USA through Independent Consultants who sell directly to the consumer via home parties, Facebook parties, website sales, book fairs, fundraisers and direct sales to the school and library market. Since 2012, Usborne books are no longer sold to Amazon or other jobbers – see more.

L-R: Stephen Cartwright, illustrator of the Poppy and Sam Usborne book – Usborne Complete Book of Farmyard Tales
Becky Dean, Usborne Books & More Director
Peter Usborne, Founder of Usborne Publishing
Randall White, CEO/President of Usborne Books & More/Educational Development Corporation.

Kane Miller Books

The “More” in Usborne Books & More

In 2009, Educational Development Corporation acquired Kane Miller Publishing – the “more” in Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller specializes in award-winning children’s books from around the world and are primarily our chapter books and pictures books. Kane Miller is a publisher that has name recognition in the school and library market. Librarians, teacher and parents alike appreciate the multi-cultural aspects and uniqueness that Kane Miller books offer. Kane Miller’s Shine-a-Light books are huge sellers at book fairs and parties.

Make a Difference…
Sell Educational Books!

“The American people are wanting better education for their children. That stimulates a demand for better children’s books.”

Randall White, President/CEO of Educational Development CorporationUsborne Books & More

More “Details” About Selling with Usborne Books & More

A business with Usborne Books & More can be whatever you want it to be without any pressure.

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