Usborne Books & More

for Libraries and Schools

Educational Development Corporation, home of Usborne Books and Kane Miller Books in the USA

Ruth Smith, Director & Indep. Educational Consultant, Usborne Books & More

Phone or Text 512-745-9066      Toll-free 888-565-5828      FAX 888-849-2954

About the books

Usborne Publishing Limited produces award winning books that are of excellent quality.  Usborne Books are designed to draw the readers in, help them absorb the material and retain the knowledge, and are made to withstand the highest circulation.  Click here for details about the library binding used.


Usborne books are fascinating, lavishly illustrated books written with humor, surprise, and drama. They incorporate activities and puzzles to challenge a child's observation and intelligence. Their superb printing & binding quality and exceptionally well-produced graphics, high ratio of pictures to text, short magazine-like format, and unique detail made this the product line to be copied.

There are over 1500 titles available, with new titles being introduced each January and July. The books are printed on acid free paper made from sustainable forests. There is a wide range of subjects covering hobbies, science, history, languages, nature, parent's guides, beginning readers and more. Usborne books truly appeal to all ages, infants to adults. It's a rewarding experience when a child opens a book and their interest is piqued. Usborne books help make reading and learning fun.

Usborne's unique features include:

books! Step-by-step explanations of the "How's and Why's".
books! Cutaway illustrations Cutaway illustrations so children can get the inside view.
books! Double page layouts which open so that the book is easily propped up, enticing the child to delve into the pictures.
books! Pages filled with puzzles, activities, humor, and hidden surprises - a lot of material to explore on each topic.
books! Straightforward text consistently positioned below each picture simplifying the reading exercise - the use of short sentences encourages the child to read.
books! Many of the preschool books feature charming illustrations by Stephen Cartwright with a "find the duck" theme throughout.
books! Usborne Books have high quality bindings, mostly in both Class A Library binding as well as low cost paperback.  Click here for more information on the library bindings.
About E.D.C.

Educational Development Corporation, a Delaware corporation, was incorporated in 1965 to develop curriculum materials for schools. In 1978 the Publishing Division was created to distribute Usborne children's books, and the Home Business Division was started in 1989.

Educational Development Corporation is the United States trade publisher of a line of children’s books produced in the United Kingdom by Usborne Publishing Limited. The Home Business Division distributes these books through independent sales consultants who hold book showings in individual homes and through book fairs and direct sales. The Home Business Division is also responsible for sales to school and public libraries through specially trained Educational Consultants. The Company’s Publishing Division distributes selected books to book stores, toy stores, specialty stores and other retail outlets throughout the United States.

Helping children love to readA Note From E.D.C. President, Randall White

In 1973, Peter Usborne decided that educational, nonfiction books would need to change in order to compete with TV and comics. He borrowed some ideas from these two media and hired educational consultants to oversee the writing to create nonfiction books that would arouse and hold the child's attention. Putting to use his text book publishing background, he pioneered a new children's book format. 

Explanatory books which merely explain are doing only half the job; if a book fails to make its subject attractive and interesting to the reader, chances are that the explanation will fail. Usborne Books are designed graphically to draw the students in, to make them want to learn the material and to help them retain that knowledge. The magic of Usborne Books is that they make both reading and learning fun and not a boring or intimidating experience. Peter Usborne set out to break down a child’s resistance to reading and learning. These books are so well organized that children absorb and recall much of the vast amount of information presented.

Usborne Books truly appeal to all ages, infants to adults, with prices to suit everyone. The books are printed on acid free paper, so the pages will last forever if taken care of properly.

EDC is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock market and was recognized in November 1997 by Forbes Magazine as one of the 200 Best Small Companies in America and in 2005 made the Top 100 list by Fortune magazine.

I am very proud of our company and the product line we represent, and also very pleased with the response from our customers. Our goal is to continue to provide the finest educational books for your children.

Randall White
President and CEO

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