Usborne Children’s Books
The official web site of Usborne Publishing
Usborne is the biggest and most successful independent children’s book publisher in the UK. In February 2014, Usborne was named Independent Publisher of the Year and Independent Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Independent Publishers Guild awards. We have around 2,000 titles in print, and publish almost every type of children's book for every age group, from baby books to young adult novels.
Founded by Peter Usborne in 1973, Usborne books are conceived and created by editor/writers and designers in our offices in London, England, and illustrated by artists worldwide. We believe the way we work makes our books different from other children's books, and this is what makes them so well loved.
Readers across the generations are familiar with bestselling Usborne series such as That’s not my…, Sticker Dolly Dressing and Farmyard Tales but we publish books on a wide range of topics, from art to illustrated dictionaries, languages, cookery and fiction. You can browse the complete Usborne catalogue on this website.
Usborne books are available worldwide. In the UK, they can be found in bookshops or bought online, including from this website (see Buying Usborne books online). They are also available through Usborne Books at Home who organise school fairs and book parties. But that’s not all – we also publish Usborne books in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese. Click on one of the flags below to find out more.
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"Usborne are in a class of their own in providing attractive, learning experiences for children... It is so good to have a publisher for the young who values standards, taste and presentation. A truly wonderful institution!"
Peter Usborne, MBE, founder of Usborne Publishing.
Photo by Martin Usborne
In 1973, Peter Usborne pioneered a completely new generation of entertaining, colourful and friendly non-fiction books. He is a patron for READ International, a charity that delivers good quality books to schools in Tanzania, and has also set up the Usborne Foundation with his children, Nicola and Martin, to support initiatives to develop early literacy. Through the Usborne Foundation, they have developed Teach Your Monster to Read, a series of free award-winning online reading games. In 2011, Peter was awarded an MBE for "services to the publishing industry".
Peter is still very much involved in the business and – when he’s not travelling the world – is in the office every day.
London Book Fair 2014: Peter Usborne talks literacy with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall,
Patron of the National Literacy Trust and Beanstalk.
Want to know more about the founding of Usborne Publishing? Watch Peter Usborne on YouTube.
"Usborne is a powerhouse that retains a good, independent spirit." Judge - Children's Publisher of the Year Award
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