Size, layout and paper choices for Children's Book printing - (2022)

We guide you through the creative possibilities for designing, styling and printing your children's book at Ex Why Zed

There are loads of sizes that you can choose when you come to the printing of a book. We try not to restrict you in any way apart from what the physical impossibilities are for our presses, digital printing, litho print and binding equipment. So our ethos at Ex Why Zed is “The answer is yes, now what is the question?”.

A5 is a medium, compact size for a children’s book. The A5 dimensions in centimetres are 21x14.8. The page size is plenty large enough for you content to be legible and this is a cost-effective size for precision print. You could make the publication more unique by shaving a couple of centimetres off the height to make it 180mm high and 148mm wide which they have done here on Tales of Great Cities London. This is a superb example of infographic printing enabling youngsters to learn and expand their knowledge through reading.

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Your graphic design artist might come up with a bespoke size and we don’t charge extra for these so if you did want to go for something off-kilter that is fine and it will be quoted at the same price as the next A size up. So for example, 180x148mm is the same price as A5 (210x148mm) and 270x190mm is the same price as A4 (297x210mm).

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Square sizes work really well for self publishing a book because you get a really nice, wide double-page spread. The orientation and layout work really well for portrait and landscape images.

Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks, shown below, is 210x210mm. Gloss Lamination on the front cover and uncoated inside pages make for a nice contrast - the bright colours on the front cover and the more tactile feel of the interior.

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Rodney Matthews book is a reprint of a book first published in the late 70s (You can still buy a copy of the original on Amazon). They have gone for an imposing 240x240mm square size in hardback. This gives you a huge double-page spread of 480x240mm. We can even go as large as 295x295mm on square hardback and soft back, perfect bound or wire stitched children’s book. These options create a super impressive finished book.

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For a landscape book, you can go for any size from A5 up to and including A4. You can again, opt for a bespoke size. Taking a little bit off the height or width makes it more eye-catching for the reader and visually stimulating rather than the standard A size. A wire stitched kids book means the pages can be opened completely flat so you get the full benefit of the double-page spread for your spectacular illustrations and storytelling. On perfect bound storybooks, you do lose 2-3mm in the spine gutter so it is not possible to press the pages completely flat but this is the go-to and professional looking method of binding for 40 pages or more.

There is slightly more scope on a portrait layout book. You can choose any book page size from A6 (148x105mm) right up to A3 (420mm high x 297mm wide). However, there is a definite price point cut off when you reach A4. Anything larger than that, unto and including A3 has to be printed onto our B2 HP Indigo or B2 litho press which both has higher setup costs. In turn, though, your storybook will be a hugely impressive size and can be sold for a higher cover price…although the parents might need big muscles to lift it at bedtime!

A6 is nice neat postcard size, postcard size publication that fits in your pocket. This can be sold for a lower cover price so might make for an instinctive purchase for potential readers at art fairs, in gift shops or when visiting your online store. A4 itself gives you the full impact of a wide A3 spread.

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We either print your work in black ink throughout or in full colour where we use (four colour) CMYK inks to make up the millions of possible colours within the gamut. Full colour is going to give you far more impact for your images so they jump out at the reader. Black ink printing is cheaper because we are only using one ‘colour’. One example where you might want to print in black ink is for a colouring book. Colouring books are an increasingly simple way of illustrators getting their already completed artwork out there and bringing in some more money.

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Here in ‘Oi Who Are You Calling Rubbish’ we have a full colour cover with matt lamination to give the books more longevity and black print on uncoated pages inside. Black line art which the children can spend time lovingly colouring in.

Paper does prefer to be laid flat and when you start folding paper in half to get the cover of your book, it will immediately start to crack. When it’s flat it is perfect, but when folded the fibres of the paper crack and this produces a white line and scuffed ink along the fold. The paper roughens up and it doesn’t look great. So, we recommend laminating the front cover of books to prevent this happened. This lamination acts as a protective film over the front cover to stop it cracking meaning it arrives in pristine condition for the reader. You can choose from matt, gloss, anti-scuff or soft-touch. Gloss lamination gives your colours real punch and vibrancy. Matt lamination is slightly more subdued with a smooth and professional-looking surface. Anti-scuff is used very rarely. Soft-Touch is probably more suited to corporate brochures with a velvet feel than it is to children’s books. We would suggest you go for matt or gloss on your new book.

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Print finishes are the extra flourishes and premium extras you can add to the book cover making it really stand out. We offer a number of these and printing with gold foil isn't the limit anymore - foiling comes in a range of up to 200 colours. You could also consider gloss spot UV varnish to a logo, title or vector illustration. How about an emboss or deboss on the book title so it jumps towards the reader?

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Once the design is completed and you are ready to print get in touch with us and we'll come back to you asap with a range of print quotes. You might not be a printing expert yet, but we will change that with our advice, setup guides and inspirational portfolio. Your artwork would look great on paper and the printing of a book journey is both full of learning and ultimately exciting at Ex Why Zed. Pdf to book printing is what we are print experts at, aiming to give you a pure print reproduction of your artwork. We offer digital printing for small runs and we are also litho printers for run lengths of 700 copies or more where that method becomes more friendly on your budget.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you have any questions do get in touch on or call on 01206 76667 and we look forward to helping you transform your ideas into print!

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What size is best for a children's book? ›

Determine the Size of Your Children's Book

The size of your children's book is your personal preference, but standard children's book sizes are 8 x 10 or 10 x 8 (landscape).

What is the page size for a children's book? ›

For example, the common children's book sizes are 8.5” x 8.5” or 7” x 10.” Conversely, the book dimensions for a novella would typically be 5” x 8.” Venture too far out from these standard book sizes and your self-published book might seem out of sync with its genre.

What is the layout for a children's book? ›

Children's book layout is the act of selecting what text and what illustrations will go on each page of children's book. This is particularly important for picture books and early reader books, as these books are intended for the youngest readers who rely on illustrations to aid in story comprehension.

What kind of paper are children's books printed on? ›

There are mainly 2 types of paperboard used for children's board book printing: Gray board is pressed cardboard made of gray fibers and a white laminated surface. White board (aka white art board) is pressed cardboard made of white fibers and a white laminated surface.

What type of paper is used for kids books? ›

Non-fiction books, children's books and photo books are commonly printed on coated paper. Using coated paper does add to the weight of the book, so paper with a higher GSM may not be ideal for books with a large number of pages.

What size paper are books printed on? ›

The page size tends to vary depending on the publisher but can usually be found in the range of 5.5″ x 8.5″ to 6″ x 9″ (please see our page size guide for measuring hardcover books). Mass Market Paperback books, which are usually around 4.25″ x 6.75″, are also a popular option.

What size font should a children's book be? ›

Make sure that the font is legible. If you cannot read it then your child definitely cannot learn from it. You can avoid for example condensed, extended, bold or hairline weights. Depending on the medium and age of child try to set the font to at least 14-24 points and with leading 4-6 points.

What is the ideal page size for a book? ›

Most independent authors and publishers use either 5.5ʺ × 8.5ʺ or 6ʺ × 9ʺ for their novels or nonfiction books. These are good, reliable trim sizes that present a good reading experience for both non-fiction and novels.

How do you layout a book for printing? ›

Your book should always start on page one on the right-hand side page and will leave all blank pages throughout the book with no page numbers on. The style of the page numbers should be in line with the main body of your book. They are normally in a small font and centred at the bottom of the page.

What should be the layout of a book? ›

The three main sections of a book

The anatomy of a book layout is generally broken into three sections: The frontmatter, the main body of the book, and the backmatter. Each section has specific elements in a specific order.

What is the proper formatting for a book? ›

Use the U.S. standard page size of 8.5×11 inches and set your margins to 1 inch on all sides. Starting a new document in Word defaults to these parameters, but if you're exporting to Word from your word processor of choice, double-check the output to ensure your page size and margins are correct.

Why are children's books 32 pages? ›

Basic reason: 32 pages can all be printed on a single sheet of paper, making it cost-effective. It's possible to make a book any number of pages, but anything non-standard tends to cost the publisher more money to print.

How do I format my children's books for KDP? ›

Select Import your entire book, including the cover...

Click Create Book from PDF. Go to the File menu and select Save for Publishing. Click Save. This saves a file in MOBI format that's ready to be uploaded to KDP.

What is the minimum pages for a children's book KDP? ›

The minimum page count is 24 pages, and the maximum page count depends on ink, paper, and trim size options.

What is the best paper to print a book on? ›

What Type of Paper are Books Printed on? Most printed books, use uncoated paper stocks for the inside pages of the book, and a coated cover stock for the book cover. Uncoated stocks come in different finishes and paper weights. Uncoated paper comes in two different finishes, either a vellum or smooth finish.

How much money can you make from a children's book? ›

Now let's look at total children's book income from 2021. This includes advances, royalties and flat fees: As you can see just under half (48.9%) are earning less than $10,000/year, 22.5% are earning between $10K and $20K per year, and 10.7% are earning between $20k and $30k per year.

What weight paper is used for books? ›

For the purposes of book printing, uncoated paper is typically offered in weights between 50lb and 80lb. For reference, 50lb uncoated paper can be compared to the weight of standard 20lb bond copy paper used at home.

Which type of binding is used most in children's books? ›

Saddle Stitch

This is the most common and easiest book binding method. Booklets, catalogues, short children's books and magazines often use this method because of their smaller page count.

How long should a children's picture book be? ›

How long is a picture book? Story-based or fiction picture books are usually 32 pages long and vary between 500 to 1000 words. They are designed for pre-schoolers and children in the first few years of primary school, and are usually intended to be read aloud as a shared experience between an adult and child.

What are some types of paper bookbinding options? ›

Binding Types
  • Saddle Stitching. Saddle-stitching is the simplest binding method, in which pages are folded and stapled together. ...
  • Perfect Binding (Softcover) Perfect binding is the binding method used for softcover books and trade paperbacks. ...
  • Case Binding (Hardcover) ...
  • Board Book Binding. ...
  • Wire Binding. ...
  • Spiral Binding.

Are books printed in A5? ›

What is the standard size of a paperback book? If you are producing a standard fiction book then you can be safe to set your book in one of the more common book sizes. Either B-Format (198x129mm – 7.8×5.07 inches) or A5 (210x148mm – 8.26×5.82 inches).

What is the most common font for a children's book? ›

SERIF fonts: Myriad Pro, Georgia, Plantin Infants, Alegreya, Garamond Pro, Crimson, Baskerville Old Face, Century Schoolbook. NON-Serif fonts: Helvetica, Gill Sans, Quicksand, Century Gothic, Avenir Next, Lato.

What font do publishers prefer? ›

Font: Your font should generally be 12 point Times New Roman. Though some agents and editors may prefer different serif or sans serif fonts like Arial or Courier New, Times New Roman with a 12 point font size is the industry standard.

What size paper do illustrators use? ›

If you are a writer illustrator or if you are just an illustrator and you want to submit some of your stuff to publishers to be considered, you may be asking yourself what size and shape should you make your artwork. I would say, follow standard guidelines. Your basic 8.5” x 11” format is fine.

What is the best margin size for a book? ›

Margins ensure that the content remains at the center of the page and also provide a space for the reader to hold the book when open. It is always recommended to have a margin of 15mm on top, 15mm on the bottom, 15mm on the outside and 10mm on the bound (inner margin).

What are typical book sizes? ›

Here are the standard sizes.
  • Hardcover books are mostly 6″ x 9″. ...
  • Trade Paperbacks have a few different sizes, ranging from 5″ by 8″ to 6″ x 9″. ...
  • Mass Market Paperbacks are also known as pocket paperbacks and measure only 4.25″ by 6.87″. ...
  • Paperback memoirs can be as small as 5.25″ by 8″.
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Is A4 a good size for a book? ›

A4 Portrait

A size often used for textbooks and comics, A4 standard book size is 297×210mm. This size is flexible because, when in landscape, it can be used for a children's title. A4 is the go-to size for when you are an author interested in relaying a lot of information with graphic elements, or just illustrations.

How do you make a book layout in pages? ›

Export with Pages on iPhone or iPad
  1. Open your document in Pages.
  2. On iPhone, tap the More button . ...
  3. Tap Export.
  4. Choose EPUB.
  5. Type in the Title and Author.
  6. Choose the type of cover for your EPUB book. ...
  7. Tap the layout style you want to use. ...
  8. (Optional) Tap Advanced, then choose a Category and Language for your book.

What is book design layout approach? ›

Book layout design, or “typesetting,” is the art of creating a book's interior. It involves all of the decisions that influence the way readers experience the content of your printed book: fonts, spacing, the styling of chapter headings, margins, etc.

How do you design layout? ›

The Basics of Page Layout Design
  1. Use a grid system to balance your page. ...
  2. Follow the “rule of thirds.” ...
  3. Utilize the negative space on a web page. ...
  4. Consider the “rule of odds.” ...
  5. Set a hierarchy for your content. ...
  6. Homepage Layout Design. ...
  7. One Page Layout Design. ...
  8. Landing Page Layout Design.
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What is the most common book format? ›

Today, octavo and quarto are the most common book sizes, but many books are produced in larger and smaller sizes as well. Other terms for book size have developed, an elephant folio being up to 23 inches tall, an atlas folio 25 inches, and a double elephant folio 50 inches tall.

What is the best font and size for a book? ›

Compact-width fonts, e.g., Times Roman, look best in 11 or 12 points. Wider fonts, e.g., Palatino, look best in a smaller font size, usually 10 or 11 points. "Large print" books are at least 14 points.

Are books 1.5 spaced? ›

Most publishing houses and editors follow the industry standard, which is to double-space your novel.

What makes a children's book High quality? ›

Like a piece of art, a good children's book is greater than the sum of its parts. It is honest, has a sense of wonder, and shows respect for the young child. The text and illustrations are integrated to raise the quality of the book.

How many copies does the average children's book sell? ›

Generally, most picture books sell around 5,000 to 10,000 copies in hardcover form, and few are made into paperback. Most will also go out of print within about two years. Easy readers have similar compensation packages, but royalties are not split on novels.

Why do books always start on page 3? ›

The title page of the body, if present, is a blind folio; similarly, any section title pages (e.g., when the body is broken into multiple parts), are blind folios. The first page of chapter one would then be numbered as page 3.

What size is a Kindle childrens book? ›

Amazon KDP offers the following book sizes that are suitable for children's books: 5 x 8, 7 x 10, 8.5 x 8.5, 8 x 10, 8.5 x 11.

What is the book cover size for KDP? ›

Ideal dimensions for cover files are 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. The minimum image size allowed is 1,000 x 625 pixels. The maximum image size allowed is 10,000 x 10,000 pixels.

What software should I use to create a children's book? ›

The children picture e-book makers have been popular for a long time. Below are the 8 best children picture eBook makers selected from thousands of software.
Slideshow etc.
  1. My Storybook. It is a website to build your storybook. ...
  2. Writeforkids. ...
  3. Book Creator. ...
  4. KDP Kids. ...
  5. iBooks Author. ...
  6. BookBaby. ...
  7. Flip Builder.
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Can a children's book be 30 pages? ›

Picture Books

Though the standard is 32 pages, they can technically come in page lengths that are any multiples of 8: 16, 24, 32, 40 or 48 pages. They are reliant on both text and illustration and text length can range from 100–1000 words, sometimes more.

How long does a children's book need to be to be published? ›

Early Readers: 6+ years old, 2,000 to 5,000 words. Chapter Books: 7-9 years old, 5,000 to 10,000 words. Middle Grade (MG): 9-12 years old, 30,000 to 50,000 words. Young Adult (YA): 12-18 years old, 50,000 to 100,00 words.

How much does it cost to publish a children's book? ›

Pricing on the low end for developmental editing is about $250 USD. On the upper end, I've seen one editor charge as much as $800 for children's books under 1000 words. I've got years and years of experience in the industry, and have helped hundreds of authors from idea to published book, and my pricing starts at $450.

What should be an ideal size of a book? ›

The standard book size is six inches wide and nine inches tall (6"x 9"). Your book will probably be cheapest to print, easiest to read, and easiest to sell (e.g., it'll fit on bookstore shelves) in this size. Larger books are harder to hold, carry, or put on a shelf.

What is the perfect book size? ›

Which trim size should you choose? Most independent authors and publishers use either 5.5ʺ × 8.5ʺ or 6ʺ × 9ʺ for their novels or nonfiction books. These are good, reliable trim sizes that present a good reading experience for both non-fiction and novels.

What size book sells the best? ›

These are the most common book sizes for most fiction and nonfiction books. The two most popular sizes in the U.S. are 5.5” by 8.5” (“digest”) and 6” by 9”.

What size should a children's ebook be? ›

For children's books, I recommend 8.5″ by 8.5″ because it allows for nice wide even spreads (17″ wide) even though Amazon KDP does not print in landscape. Not only that, but if you ever decide to make an ebook, the 8.5 x 8.5 size fits nicely into the E-book template size.

What size paper is a book printed on? ›

The page size tends to vary depending on the publisher but can usually be found in the range of 5.5″ x 8.5″ to 6″ x 9″ (please see our page size guide for measuring hardcover books). Mass Market Paperback books, which are usually around 4.25″ x 6.75″, are also a popular option.

What is standard book format? ›

What is the standard book format? The standard book format varies from one publisher to another, based on your preferences and the genre. But they usually range from 5 x 8 to 6 x 9. Other popular sizes include 4.25 x 6.87 (mass market paperback), 5.5 x 8.5, 5.25 x 8, 7 x 10, and 6.625 x 10.187 (comic books).

How much do you charge for a children's book? ›

Picture Books

Traditional publishers usually sell paperback books for between $7.99 and $9.99. If you're looking to move more books, stay in line with the publishers. But if you're looking to offset costs and make a bit more money, you could go up as high as $11.99.

What type size are most books? ›

For most books, a font size between 10 and 12 is generally used for fiction and non-fiction printed books. Basic recommendations for font selection: Fiction, memoirs, and (auto)biographies: A classic serif font that is easy to read is the safest choice.

How many copies of a book is a lot to sell? ›

For a traditional publisher to think of a nonfiction book as a success, it has to sell more like 10,000 copies over its lifetime.

What kind of book sells the most? ›

Romance: Romance novels are perhaps the most popular genre in terms of book sales. Romance novels are sold in grocery store checkout lines, in monthly shipments from publishers to readers, and online, as well as via self-publishing services. Readers tend to be loyal to their favorite authors within the romance genre.


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