How To Create a Children’s Picture Book

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Creating a children’s picture book tells us more than a good story. It needs careful consideration of different elements like trim size, art file preparation, inner formatting, and cover design to achieve the genre’s quality. For children’s books, both content and physical presentation are crucial.

When conceptualizing your children’s picture book, think about what you and your children enjoy reading. How do to know which book is captivating for your kids? What elements of those books do you want to add to your own work? Getting the answers to these questions will help you to structure your story and design your book.

Decide on Your Trim Size

Trim size is the final size of your book. For aesthetic reasons, children’s books frequently favor square and landscape formats. Children’s picture books are often cut sized in the following formats:

  • US Letter (8.5″ x 11″).
  • Topography (9″ x 7″).
  • Square, 8.5″ by 8.5″
  • Big Square (10″ by 10″).

A Children’s picture book normally needs at least 24 pages, the book cover is not included in it. Your selected trim size will impact your illustrations and layout, so choose thoughtfully.

Preparing Your Art Files

All photos must have a resolution of 300 dpi and be in CMYK color mode for printing. Make sure there are digital copies of high-resolution scans of any artwork you use if it is physical. In order to allow for full bleed on full-page drawings, the art files should be somewhat larger than the trim size, requiring an additional 1/8th of an inch on each side. For example, photos sized at 8.75″ x 8.75″ at 300 dpi would be required for an 8.5″ x 8.5″ book with bleed.

Designing Your Book

Even while some artists are capable of handling formatting as well as artwork, it’s always best to hire experts for each assignment. While a cover designer can produce a visually appealing cover that appeals to both parents and children, book designers can manage inner formatting.
Should your designer be in charge of formatting, the cover and interior should be formatted using different templates. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that editing services will not included with internal text formatting, so ensure your content is ready for publishing. Any post-proof modifications could result in extra expenses.

BookFuel’s Self-Publishing Package for Children’s Books

BookFuel simplifies the self-publishing process with a complete package that includes everything from inside formatting to cover design. The following is how to get your novel ready for BookFuel:

  1. Combine all sections or chapters into a single Microsoft Word document in the desired order.
  2. Insert images and captions directly into the Word document.
  3. Avoid using style guides like “Heading 1” in your document.
  4. Use a basic font such as Times New Roman, though you can specify a different font for the finished book.
  5. Do not force line breaks by using paragraph breaks; only press “Return” (Enter) at the end of paragraphs to prevent formatting errors.


Begin Marketing Early

Promote your book while you are writing it to build anticipation for its launch. Visit BookFuel’s “Promote Then Publish” guide for marketing strategies. Utilize BookFuel’s marketing services and explore Ads for Authors. Include speaking engagements and presentations at schools and libraries in your promotional plan.

Remember Your ABCs

The foundation of a successful children’s picture book is an excellent story paired with stunning illustrations. Once you have your narrative and artwork, the physical presentation is equally important.

To learn more about self-publishing your children’s picture book, visit BookFuel’s website and their YouTube channel. Embark on your journey to create a captivating children’s picture book with these essential steps, and watch your story come to life in the hands of eager young readers. Remember, the key to success lies in a blend of creativity, quality, and effective marketing. Happy writing!

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