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How to Publish Your Child's Book

by Suzanne Kantra on July 12, 2012

Cinderella 2When my daughter was seven, she became a published author. Sound far out? Not really. I used a book publishing service called Blurb to print her story as a softcover book.

Creating the book was easy. She wrote a story and drew some pictures. Then, I scanned the drawings and used the Blurb computer app to input the text and arrange the photos.  

The cost was $10.95 for an eight-by-eight-inch, black-and-white, 20-page, softcover book. I could have paid more for a color or hardcover version of the book and I could have paid less—as little as $3.95 for a five-by-eight-inch softcover.

If you want to create your own story book with your child, here’s how.

1. Writing and illustrating the story

For younger children, have them to draw their book as a series of pictures. They can then dictate the story to you.  

Older children should start with the story and then decide which scenes they want to illustrate. Budget about 50 words per page for text-only pages and no more than 20 words for pages with half-page illustrations.

Drawings should be made on paper that’s the same shape and slightly larger than the book you plan on ordering.  If the paper you use is too small, the image will look grainy when you enlarge it to fill the page.

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3. Scanning the illustrations

Digitizing the drawings takes about a minute per drawing with most scanners. Make sure the resolution is set to 300 dpi, or print resolution. Setting it higher will take longer and you won’t see any difference in the results—just a larger file size.

Epson Stylus NX 430

Epson Stylus NX 430

If you don’t already have a scanner, you can get the highly-rated Canon CanoScan LiDE110 for $53.99 on Or if you’re in the market for a new printer too, check out one of the all-in-one models. They start around $80 and deliver decent-quality prints as well as high-quality scans. Go for these low cost options, including the  Espson Stylus NX430 ($87.87 on, Canon Pixma MX432 ($79.99 on and the HP 3050A Wireless All-in-One ($78.99 on

4. Choosing a book printing service

You can create a kid’s book using Shutterfly, Snapfish, SeeHere and other photo sharing sites. There are also more book-centric sites like Blurb that have more storybook-oriented templates. Blurb also lets you design your book offline, which I’ve found to be faster than the online book layout tools.

5. Laying out your book

If you’ve paid attention to word count during the story and illustration phase, you book layout will be quick and easy. You’ll choose your page layouts and fonts and then copy the materials into the pages. If you choose a book that has a dust jacket, you may want to include a picture and bio of your child.


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Safe and free web hosting for kids

From Sandy Brown on July 12, 2012 :: 12:55 pm

My eight year old grandson wants me to help him create a website. I want it to be safe and free would be good also. Thanks!


Loved the article

From Hiliary on July 10, 2013 :: 1:56 pm

Many people are talking about Lithasa ! what is it? .
I’ve see that some where a guy said that he liked the design. I myself went to the website and it is simple but good.
But I would like to know is it perfect for new authors and upcoming authors?
They do have a separate publishing model.


inspired and would like to get my art out there

From Cory blount on February 22, 2018 :: 4:06 pm

I’ve been drawing all my life and creating story after story trying to get my art out there. I have a facebook and a Instagram and would like someone to check out my work and get some feedback. Please i’m only looking for a chance to get out there see I have something and thank u for ur time.


Hi Cory

From Kelly Snow Scandizzo on July 04, 2020 :: 11:50 pm

I was trying to find you on FB but there are a lot of Cory Bount profiles on there and I don’t know what your Avatar looks like. I am a publisher and I’d be willing to take a look at your stuff if you like. Feel free to contact me either via FB or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Website design for children

From Kelly Snow Scandizzo on July 04, 2020 :: 11:45 pm

Hi There,

  I own IWC Publishing and we have a Junior Authors Program for young writers like your grandchild. We can also develop a safe website for your grandchild as well. I have three kids of my own so I understand the importance of safety and social media. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Sounds great

From Angela Galli on September 17, 2020 :: 2:52 pm

My daughter loves to read and write. She just wrote a short story, for her little cousin for reading practice, and it is cute. Needs some grammer help, but I was looking for a way to try and make it a real book, after there are pics added and Grammer assistance.


publishing my daughter's book

From Jennifer Pharris on October 06, 2020 :: 3:36 pm

I have a 14yr old who loves writing books and I want to surprise her by publishing her first book and presenting it (as a book) to her for her birthday. I do not think she wrote it to make money however she does wish to be an author. Can you assist me in this?


Inspiring author (age 6)

From Carly on January 15, 2021 :: 9:30 pm

My little ones 6 and 4 and currently writing and illustrating books modeled off three little pigs.  I was looking to just print the book for the using Shutterfly but do you really publish books written by children?  Can I send you a copy?


My daughter stories

From Sirwan Omar on November 21, 2020 :: 6:41 pm

Dear sir/madam

I need help and advice ,, my daughter have writen a few story with picturs , us thier any help to change her stories to an professional story book 





My daughter age 9

From Pallavi SS on November 23, 2021 :: 9:49 am


My daughter age 9 has just written her first book. I’m keen to have someone read the draft and also advice her on next steps. Perhaps one day it might get published.

Humble request to all the literary geniuses out there. Anyone who can suggest where we go from here?



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