Who we are ... what we do


We are a family. First and foremost Saddleback started in 1982 as a family-owned business. We are proud that its original values are still in place and the company continues to be run and managed by the same family.

We are a team. Our team is a long-term group of amazing individuals who continue to inspire us every day. The perk is that we all actually like each other (most days) and enjoy coming to work every day. We hope you feel this when you speak to us over the phone, get an email response from our customer service or receive your order packed with care.

We are entrepreneurs. We surround ourselves with like-minded people who love to create. For this reason we never think inside the box. It certainly isn’t as much fun as thinking outside the box, is it? Take a look at any of our new covers, new catalogs or new products- I bet you will not find another company willing to take risks and have as much fun as we are having.

We are thinkers. It doesn’t matter where you work within our corporate culture, you are expected to think – and make your job the best it can be (and the person who has the responsibility of making coffee each day—THANK YOU).

We are learners. We all learn something from each other and are open to it each and every day.

We are dedicated. Dedicated to you; the customer. Dedicated to the end-user; the student. Dedicated to our content; creating the highest quality materials at the lowest possible cost. Dedicated to our design; we really DO judge a book by its cover. Dedicated to our team; if we support each other, our success is limitless.

We are Saddleback Educational Publishing and we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations with every interaction you have with us.


We know from statistics that over 60% of American fourth and eighth grade students are reading below level. Add to that the enormous amount of Newcomers to our country, English Language Learners, kids with disabilities and homes where reading is not encouraged and embraced (or realistic in some cases). Bottom line- our nation has a large amount of “striving” readers.

We also know that the more you read, the better reader you become. Access to books and variety are crucial. If kids do not see something they want to read, they won’t. And if they pick up a book and it is too difficult, they will put it down.

This is where Saddleback comes in—We provide intervention for striving learners.

Saddleback creates engaging, age respectful content for grades 4–12 at accessible reading levels in a variety of styles. Our hope is that by giving readers mature text at accessible levels in different formats, they will find something they WANT to read, and SUCCESSFULLY finish. What do we mean by “accessible” levels? We create content that is written starting at Pre-K and K levels and offer books up to a fifth-grade reading level. This ensures that no matter what level your reader is, we will have a book for them. And, we offer a variety of formats—graphic novels, pure text, full-color, books in verse, and plays. We live by the saying “If you want a child to read a book, give them a book they want to read.”