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Children Book Printing

children's book printingHigh Quality Children's Book Printing


Printing a children's book is an exciting project that requires careful consideration of the materials used, the size and binding of the book, and the artwork design. With so much to think about, it can be overwhelming to start this endeavor. But don't worry, BookPrintingChina has over 20+ years of experience in custom print children's books. So we know how to help you print a children's book in professional quality.


  • Competitive price
  • Eco-friendly ink and paper
  • A wide range of customized options
  • State-of-art offset printing
  • Fast delivery
  • Truly customer-centric customer service


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For children's book printing, we have a wide selection of versions for you to choose from. Including softcover children's book printing, saddle stitch children's book printing, hardcover children's book printing, spiral& wire-o bound children's book printing, board book printing, sound book printing, pop-up book printing, etc. Hardcover children's book printing and board book printing service are the most popular in the children's book printing series. You can choose the most suitable book binding method based on different age of children.


Paper Stock and Weight

When it comes to printing a children’s book, the type of paper used is an important consideration. Different types of paper can be used for both the cover and inner pages. So it’s important to understand the different options and how they can impact the overall quality of your book.

paper for children's book printing

Coated paper is a popular option, which has a glossy texture that helps enhance image clarity and vibrancy. Glossy and matte finishes are also available, depending on what visual effect you want for your book.

Uncoated paper is another popular choice for custom printing children’s books. It has a rough finish that gives the book a natural look and feel. While being versatile enough to print vivid colors without sacrificing image quality.

The cover paper is one of the most important aspects when printing a children’s book. This includes both paperback and hardcover books. For paperback children's books printing, the cover uaually use thicker paper, like 200gsm coated cover paper. Hardcover children's books printing require thicker papers such as paper, cloth, leather wrappen on gray board. These materials provide additional durability while still allowing flexibility for customized designs.

Inner pages are just as important as cover material when creating a successful children's book printing project. Popular options include uncoated 81 lb text-weight papers print text that add extra thickness and strength to your book's pages without sacrificing picture clarity or vibrancy. Another option is glossy coated 86 lb text-weight paper stock which produces sharp images with high contrast levels and vivid colors. Coated paper perfect for those who want their pictures in their books to really pop!

children's book interior paper

Soft Cover Paper Hard Cover Paper
  • 250gsm/92 lb gloss cover paper
  • 157gsm/58 lb coated cover paper wrapped on 2mm gray board
  • 300gsm/111 lb gloss cover paper
  • 157gsm/58 lb coated cover paper wrapped on 2.5mm gray board
  • 350 gsm/129 lb gloss cover paper
  • 157gsm/58 lb coated cover paper wrapped on 3mm gray board
  • 250gsm/92 lb matte cover paper
  • Other paper wrapped on gray board
  • 300gsm/111 lb matte cover paper


Interior Paper Board Book Cover/Text paper
  • 105gsm/71 lb gloss/matte text paper
  • 250gsm/92 lb C1S paper
  • 128gsm/86 lb gloss/matte text paper
  • 300gsm/111 lb C1S paper
  • 157gsm/106 lb gloss/matte text paper
  • 350gsm/129 lb C1S paper
  • 200gsm/135 lb gloss/matte text paper
  • 400gsm/148 lb C1S paper
  • 100gsm/68 lb uncoated paper
  • Other material, like white cardboard, gray board,etc
  • 120gsm/81 lb uncoated paper
  • 140gsm/95 lb uncoated paper


Children's Book Size

Choosing the right size for a printing project is an important part of creating a successful book. The size chosen will depend on factors such as the intended age group and type of book being printed.

The most popular trim size for hardcover children’s books printing is 8x10 inches and 8.5 x 8.5 inches, while paperback books usually 6 x 9 inches.

Board books are generally smaller than other children’s book formats. Typically measuring around 6 x 6 inches or 8 x 8 inches, with pages that are about 0.25-0.75 inches thick depending on the number of pages in the book.

Picture books typically have a larger trim size than board books. With a range of 8 x 8 inches to 11 x 8.5 inches being common options for picture book printing projects.

When selecting a size for a children's book printing project, artwork design considerations should be considered. Such as illustrations and typography elements fitting comfortably within each page spread. Without appearing too cramped or stretched out across two pages when necessary. It is also important to keep in mind that some materials may not be available in all sizes. So it is best to check with us before ordering supplies or beginning production. Following we listed some popular children’s book size for your reference.

children's book size

Popular children's book size

Square size : 6” x 6”, 7” x 7”, 8” x 8”, 8.5” x 8.5”, 9” x 9”, 10” x 10”

Portrait size : 5.5” x 8.5”, 6” x 9”, 8” x 10”, 8.5” x 11”, 9” x 12”

Landscape size : 8.5” x 5.5”, 9” x 6”, 10” x 8”, 11” x 8.5”, 12” x 9”

Board book size: 6" x 6", 8" x 8", etc


Children's Book Binding Ways

Binding is an important part of custom children's book printing process. Because it helps to keep pages together and ensures that your book will last for years to come. We provide various binding methods available for books, each with its own advantages. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options available:


saddle stitch children's book printing

Saddle stitch

Saddle-stitch binding is the most cost-effective option and works well for paperback children's books with fewer than 64 pages. This method involves staples along the spine of your book to hold it together. It’s not suitable for hardcovers, but can be used on thin paperbacks.


soft cover children's book

Perfect binding

Perfect binding is another popular choice for printing children's book projects. It uses strong adhesive glue to bind the inside pages together, creating a flat spine with no visible staples or wires. Perfect binding works best with thicker books that have at least 20 pages. It’s ideal for longer softcover publications such as novels or textbooks.


hardcover children's book printing

Case binding

Case binding involves using more durable materials. Such as cardboard, leather or cloth to create a sturdier cover design that won’t easily bend or tear over time. This method works well for hardcover children’s books with more than 24 pages. As it provides extra stability and protection against wear and tear.


wire-o children's bookSpiral bound/wire-o

Spiral bound or wire-o bindings are great for creating customized covers that require more flexibility in design options without sacrificing durability or strength during printing processes. They’re also easy to open up so you can quickly flip through the book from cover to cover – perfect for educational workbooks or coloring book!


self cover board bookBoard book binding

Board book binding is essential when creating smaller children's books made of cardboard material. This type of binding requires sturdy materials like cardstock(C1S paper), and laminates. So they can withstand regular use by small hands without falling apart too quickly!


No matter which type of binding you choose for your project. It's important to consider how many pages you'll need before deciding which method is best suited for your needs. With these different types of bindings in mind though, you'll be able to find one that suits both your budget and your needs perfectly!


Finish Options

When printing children's books, we provide many cover options that can be used to create an eye-catching and professional-looking product.

finish options

Lamination is one of the most common cover options, and can be done in either glossy or matt finishes. Glossy lamination gives a smooth finish and enhances image clarity. While matt lamination gives a more subtle look with minimal shine.

Foil stamping is another great option for making a book stand out from the crowd. It involves using metallic foil to imprint text or images onto the cover.

Die cut covers are also popular; these involve precise cutting around text or images to give them a unique shape.

Spot UV is another option that adds a glossy varnish over certain parts of the cover design, which creates an appealing contrast with matt finishes.

Emboss/deboss techniques provide tactile effects on the cover. By pressing down into or raising up from the surface of materials such as board stock. That can add an extra level of sophistication and elegance to any book design.

By understanding these popular cover options and their potential uses. You can make sure your children's book printing project has an attractive and professional-looking finish that stands out from other books on shelves. By combining different techniques such as lamination, foil stamping, die cut covers, spot UV, or emboss/deboss effects. You can create eye-catching designs that will captivate young readers everywhere.


Artwork Tips

The pre-press phase is vital to ensure that artwork is printed correctly and accurately. So we must take extra care when preparing artwork files for print.


Bleed and margins

One of the most important factors to consider is ensuring artwork is designed to the correct size and dimensions. It is also important to include bleed(0.125 inch) and trim marks when designing artworks to guarantee accurate cutting and trimming. Proofreading all artwork files is a must - errors can be costly. So taking time to check each file for accuracy can save time and money in the long run.


Vector graphics

Vector graphics

Using vector images instead of pixel-based images provides better clarity when printing. As vector images can be scaled up or down without losing quality or resolution.



CMYK and RGBColor format

Besides, artwork should also be saved in CMYK format (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) for accurate colour printing. As RGB colours (red, green blue) may look different once printed on paper.



pdf format for printingFile format

Finally, transferring artwork files in PDF format provides a universal document type that most book printers are able to accept without any difficulties. PDFs are also compressed files which makes us easier to transfer between computers without losing data or resolution quality.

Following these tips during the pre-press stage of children's book printing projects. I trust you can ensure your children's book printed in professional quality.

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