About Kumon Publishing

History & Heritage

Toru Kumon created the Kumon Method in the early 1950s to teach his son at home. Kumon [koo-mon] Publishing North America (KPNA) was founded in 2004 but has educational roots reaching back fifty years. KPNA is the English-language subsidiary of Kumon Publishing Co., Ltd., one of the best-selling producers of children’s educational books in Japan. Our parent company, Kumon, is also parent to Kumon Math & Reading Centers, the world’s largest supplemental learning provider. KPNA and Kumon Centers both use the learning method originated in Japan by Toru Kumon and proven worldwide by millions of successful students. However, KPNA products are not used at Kumon Centers and are available only in bookstores.


Toru Kumon’s aim in developing the Kumon Method of learning was to help each individual child realize his or her full potential. This remains the shared mission of all Kumon enterprises today.

Kumon Workbooks and Learning Aids:

  • Teach basic skills and concepts
  • Facilitate learning without frustration
  • Nurture good study habits and concentration
  • Motivate children to learn on their own
  • Help to foster a love of learning