Once upon a time: Why make a children’s book
Thousands of authors (and by that we mean people just like you) have made incredibly creative children’s books with our creative publishing platform. It’s not quite as easy as waving a magic wand, but it’s more fun. Children’s books are one of the fastest-growing categories in self-publishing, as more and more people realise they have a great book for kids inside them and decide they want to get it out – as easy as ABC. We think making your own children’s book is a great way to get in touch with your inner child (and fill up your piggy bank).
The nuts and bolts of a great children’s book
Blurb’s professional-quality printing, binding and papers are the perfect format for image-heavy children’s books, while our flexible templates let you lay your text wherever you please. That’s absolutely vital in a great children’s book – the freedom to wrap text, to place it anywhere on a page, to create a page that’s lots of words – or none at all. Our book templates and layouts are fully customisable, so you can show off your gorgeous illustrations – the heart of every great children’s book. (Oh, and it’s super-easy to turn that print book into an ebook that kids won’t be able to put down.)
Here’s the story of a teacher who helped her students get seriously creative with Blurb:
Making a children’s book, step by step
There’s a little bit of an art to putting together a children’s book. Take a second to get some tips to help make the process almost effortless.
Meet your characters.
From The Cat in the Hat to Cinderella, the best children’s characters are unforgettable. Make sure you understand each of your cast members and can give them all one or two clear personality traits that will make them understandable to a little reader. This will also help in the illustration process.
Plot your plot.
Create a diagram of your plot’s journey across the course of the book. From exposition to rising action to falling action to resolution (a typical plotline), you should have a clear, if general, view of the action before you start.
It’s dummy time.
We don’t mean you should start being stupid (unless that helps your creative process, that is). We mean putting together, on paper, a rough sketch of your book. Pencils, pens, crayons, paint, cut-out illustrations – whatever you need to get a good picture. Use this time to decide how much text (as opposed to illustration) you want to use to tell your story, and how that text should be placed – and paced. You’ve got a whole page to work with when you’re building a book with Blurb, so be creative (but make sure it still makes sense).
Where the action is.
Make sure you have an idea of how you’ll build anticipation, page by page. You don’t like to be bored yourself, so imagine how much it takes to entertain a child. Decide how you’re going to keep things exciting enough that they’ll have no choice but to turn the page to see what happens next.
The perfect ending.
As you’re wrapping things up, make sure the last page leaves the story on a high note. Call back a much-used phrase, deploy a hilarious twist, or set your characters up for their next adventure. Just make sure you leave ‘em smiling.
Learn from the experts.
Children’s book authors also like to write about the writing process. Here are some of our favourite collections of tips: