Usborne Verlag

The Publishing House and its History

About Usborne Children's Books

Usborne is the UK’s leading specialist children’s book publisher: an independent, family business which creates engaging, innovative, accessible books for children of all ages.

How it all began

When Peter got a call from his wife saying he was going to be a father, he immediately decided to move into children’s book publishing so that he could create colourful, exciting, captivating books for a new generation of kids – including his own.

More than four decades later, Usborne children's books are known and loved by families all around the world.

Peter is now in his eighties but is still working – and loving it. The baby he received that phone call about – Nicola Usborne – is now our Deputy MD, working alongside her dad and a longstanding senior team.
Usborne has a great heritage but is also committed to moving forwards.

The people behind the books

Usborne children's books are almost all created by a super-talented team of 35+ editor/writers and over 50 designers who work in-house for Usborne. This makes us different from most other publishers (who usually commission outside authors to write books for them) and allows us to have complete creative control.

We spend as much time as we have to, to get things right. An Usborne book takes as long as it takes – it doesn’t leave the building until it’s just right. Sometimes that’s a long time, but we believe that quality comes from time, care, attention, skill and passion.

We employ the brightest, most creative people and ask them to put kids at the centre of everything they do. We ask them to think like kids and experience things like kids, with curiosity and wonder.

As a company we are constantly innovating, looking for new ways to engage children with books and reading – and we’re ambitious for our readers. We know children are big thinkers with an insatiable hunger for fascinating facts and new ideas and we want to challenge them with complex topics.

Our motto: Do It Better

Our aim is to create the very best books for children – books they read again and again, that they carry with them everywhere, read under the bedcovers by torchlight and that they remember into adulthood. We want children to think books are amazing, exciting, entertaining, fascinating and full of wonder. And we know kids are smart, so we never talk down to them.

For parents, we strive to be there every step of the way, helping new parents introduce their babies to books that will stimulate and engage them, and supporting parents as their children learn to read, grow in confidence and start reading to learn. We love to see kids grow with Usborne.

Our motto is ‘do it better’. We always do our best to create books for children which contain accurate, reliable information, presented in an attractive and appealing way and produced in an ethical manner to the highest international standards.

Usborne in Germany

Since August 2012, over 500 diverse and colourful German-language children’s books have been published under the name of Usborne Verlag. Our focus has been on books for babies and toddlers, a wide range of books that emphasize imagination and activity, as well as a steadily growing array of non-fiction books for young readers.

We have since established a new office in picturesque Regensburg, from which our sales and marketing team can stay in close contact to the German book industry, and attend to the wishes and demands of our customers even better than before.


A full range of great reading fun

The range contains every type of children's book for every age from baby to teenager. Usborne books are colourful, playful and tactile: qualities that have earned the company a large fan base all around the world.

Their high-quality design along with the large variety of interactive elements incorporated make Usborne books unique to the market. Puzzles, word-searches, colouring pages, stencils, flaps, sound panels and much more create an interactive experience for almost all Usborne titles.

Usborne is dedicated to building knowledge and practical skills in a child-friendly way, giving young readers something new to discover, experience and learn every day!

Program highlights

The German program focuses on lovingly designed books for babies, stimulating board and picture books as well as creativity and activity books.

Highlights include internationally successful series such as »Mein Anziehpuppen-Stickerbuch« (»Sticker Dolly Dressing«), »Mein Wisch-und-weg-Buch« (»Wipe Clean Books«), »Babys allererstes Fühlbuch« (»Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Play Books«) and the ›Guck mal, wer da ist!‹ (›Peep Inside‹) series.

Usborne worldwide

Usborne books are loved around the world across the generations. They are printed under licence in more than 100 languages and are published under Usborne’s own name in in ten languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Catalan and Chinese.

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Usborne Publishing Ltd.

German office
Prüfeninger Straße 20
93049 Regensburg


Phone +44 (0)20 743 028 00

Contact Person

Claudia Holzer
+44 (0)20 789 031 56

Sales dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Postfach 75 02 19
81332 München
+49 (0)89 38 16 70

Key Account Management Steffi Witter
+49 (0)89 381 671 76

Public Relations Regine Hoffmeister| Die Pressestelle
+49 (0)541 977 655 00

Distribution Koch, Neff & Oetinger Verlagsauslieferung GmbH
70551 Stuttgart