Egmont is the largest specialist children’s book publisher in the UK, selling over one million books every month. We love to see children become readers and we want to inspire them by providing great books that will ignite their imaginations.
Whether it’s a popular brand brought to life on the page or a brilliant new series by a debut author, Egmont books bring a vast range of diverse stories and amazing worlds to children and teens.
The Magic of Reading
Children at different ages tend to be at different stages of ability, need and nurturing when it comes to reading, and at Egmont we use our expertise and detailed research to help not only create books for each age, but to help parents, carers, educators and gift-givers choose the right books for children.
It’s never too early to start reading to children – even very young babies benefit from the experience, as they associate reading with happy feelings and enjoy hearing adult voices.
Older readers who have started school or enjoy reading alone benefit from being read to as it increases their pleasure with books, and research shows that when children read they become better students in a variety of subjects.
Teenagers, too, benefit from encouragement to read, as reading can help them learn more about their likes and dislikes, interests and issues in the world around them.
No child is ever too old to be read aloud to – our research has shown that even teenagers miss reading aloud with parents!
Books That Kids Love
We know what children love, and we make sure our books reflect this. We publish books for the hottest brands in the world, like Star Wars, Minecraft, Thomas & Friends, Disney Princesses, Roblox and the Mr. Men and Little Misses. We have cherished classics like Winnie-the-Pooh, Tintin, The Little Prince, the Velveteen Rabbit, War Horse, 101 Dalmatians and The Wind Singer.
We publish an amazing range of picture books for the under-fives from beloved authors and illustrators like Barroux, Peter Bently, Julia Donaldson, Louise Greig, Adam and Charlotte Guillain, Steven Lenton, Lydia Monks, and Kristina Stevenson. We also have a beautifully crafted range of non-fiction picture books to help children learn more about the natural world, science and animals.
Older readers can enjoy books by the likes of Laura Ellen Anderson, Enid Blyton, Anne Fine Michael Morpurgo, William Nicholson Jim Smith, Lemony Snicket, Andy Stanton, andKatherine Woodfine. From classics like War Horse and the Magic Faraway Tree to new bestsellers like the Amelia Fang series and the Magic Misfits, our fiction books take older readers on amazing journeys with characters they love.
Our Young Adult fiction includes international bestsellers by the likes of Tahereh Mafi, Michael Grant and David Levithan, as well as books that tap directly into the issues important to teens by authors like Laura Steven, Elizabeth Acevedo and Penny Joelson.
A Diverse Cast of Characters
We strongly believe that children of all ages should experience the excitement of seeing their own lives reflected in both the stories they read and the books read to them.
Egmont is dedicated to publishing books with well-developed characters and plots that celebrate the diverse lives found in classrooms, towns and communities across the UK.
Our fiction and picture books embrace big themes like grief, gender, sexuality, adoption, bullying, new siblings, mental health, and environmentalism, using a diverse cast of characters.
We have spiders who want to learn how to read, refugees bears on a quest to find a new home, and mischievous tigers who just want to play. Our books feature heroes in wheelchairs, detectives with cerebral palsy, champions with inhalers, and schoolkids tackling anxiety.
In 2018, nearly 40% of our new picture books featured BAME characters, and in 2019 that figure rises to a half. Our fiction for older readers and teens featured significant BAME characters in 63% of our new books in 2018, and 59% in 2019.