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Children's Book Printing & Self-Publishing Services

Bring your children's book to life with our self-publishing and printing services

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Children’s Book Printing

BookBaby is a children's book publisher that will turn your vision into a captivating book that parents will want to read to their children, night after night

Let your imagination soar with bookstore-quality, full-color illustration picture books, toddler books, or chapter books. By being your own children's book publisher you retain complete creative control over your work so your vision can become a beautiful reality. BookBaby makes children's book publishing easy our book printing templates, editing services, and online ordering app. Our publishing specialists are available via phone or email to help you choose which children's book printing style is right for you. And with our Print On Demand services, you can choose to sell copies of your children's book worldwide!

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I didn’t even realize that services like BookBaby existed, and it was exactly what I needed for this project.

Andrea Bull, Children’s Book Author

Get the children's book you've been dreaming about in 5 days flat.

Why choose BookBaby to help you publish your children’s book?

To put it simply: We print the most beautiful children’s books in the world. We’ve printed thousands of picture books, books for toddlers, books for early readers, and chapter books for young children. Every day we print and bind the highest-quality paperback and hardcover children’s books for authors looking to sell their own books. Many independent writers come to us without literary agents and want to self-publish and print a children’s book. All of our books are printed in our US-based, state-of-the-art printing facility and are backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Choose the style and binding for your children’s book

We offer both softcover and hardcover children's book printing options in a variety of sizes and paper stocks. Children's book printing and binding options include perfect binding or hardcover (casebound). Print from a PDF or have us design your book cover and book interior. Here are some of our popular children’s book styles:

Letter 8.5" x 11"

Letter 8.5" x 11"

Perfect Bound, 80lb gloss
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POD ready
Landscape 9" x 7"

Landscape 9" x 7"

Perfect Bound, 80lb gloss
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POD ready
Large Square 10" x 10"

Large Square 10" x 10"

Perfect Bound, 80lb gloss
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Edit or regret it.

Give your manuscript the love it deserves with a professional editor.

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BookBaby's network of editors
The Biggest Worldwide Distribution Network

How to publish and sell your children's book

BookBaby provides all the tools for you to self publish your children’s book.

BookBaby writers can publish and sell their eBooks and printed books in the world’s biggest bookstores. Our Print On Demand program gives you access to the largest worldwide distribution network. This is the most author-friendly option when it comes to children’s book self publishing. You’ll sell your printed children’s books (book-by-book) directly to your readers, without having to pay for warehousing, large print runs, or fulfillment.

Fixed Layout books for Apple and Amazon

Most art books require fixed layout file conversion to turn it into an eBook. The technical experts at BookBaby can convert your high-resolution PDF files into an eBook with a Fixed Layout. This service is for Amazon and Apple Books only. We currently don't produce Fixed Layout files for the Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet. Learn more about Fixed Layout.

Today's lesson: Making a successful children's book


Unless you are a gifted illustrator, hire an artist (or partner with one) to ensure that you have professional illustrations for your book.


For picture books, 32 pages is the industry standard length. If you want to do something different and sell your own books, that's fine, but if you're hoping to get a publishing deal, stick to 32 pages. You may also want to check out tips on how to create your first children’s book.


Join a book writing society like SCBWI and bring printed copies of your book to their national conferences. You just might meet someone who can help your career!

Still in the writing phase? Here are some helpful tips on writing children's books.

“BookBaby did a fantastic job with our picture book. It made a huge impression and helped us get our publishing deal.”

RH Lazzell, illustrator, Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time

Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time
The art of timing

The best time for story time

A big part of your book’s success is when you plan to release it. Children's books tend to have more sales during the holiday season, between December and January. Talk to a helpful Publishing Specialist today to determine what and when is right for you.

Now's the time to make your book

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If you have questions, call us at 856-460-8069 or schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, helpful publishing specialists.

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More to discover:

How is a children's book printed?

Children's books are typically printed using either Print on Demand services or traditional publishing. While you may have many options when it comes to the design and features of your book, some publishers do require a high minimum page count – up to 75 pages in some cases.

When you choose to do your children’s book self publishing and printing with BookBaby, you'll have plenty of options in choosing how you'll bring your story to life. Choose from either a hardcover or softcover (paperback) book, a variety of paper stock options, and your choice of trim size and binding options. Additionally, our minimum page requirement is only 24 pages – whereas you'll find that other children's book publishing platforms have a 75-page minimum for children's books! We ensure that our printers use premium ink so that your illustration comes out crystal clear.

You can begin the process for printing your book today by scheduling an appointment with one of our Publishing Specialists, or by giving us a call at 1-877-961-6878.

Is it hard to get a children's book published?

Self-publishing children's book doesn't have to be hard – it just depends on the route you want to take. The traditional publishing road might be a bit more arduous. You're essentially at the mercy of literary agents or publishers who receive thousands of submissions in the same genre every day. And if you do end up getting signed with a traditional publisher, you might have to forego some creative control of your work.

However, when you self-publish your children's book, you get to remain in complete control of the entire printing and publishing process. And when you self-publish with BookBaby, you'll get everything you need for your book, all under one roof. Our expert design team will help you create a cover for your children's book that will stand out on the shelves. Our marketing services will help your story reach a wider audience. Our editing services will ensure that all of your I's are dotted and T's are crossed.

You can learn more by checking out our children's book self-publishing package. We've created packages designed specifically for our children's book authors, where you can customize what you need to publish your book.

What is the average price to print a custom children's book?

The average price to print a custom children's book varies. You'll have to decide which features you're looking for when printing – do you need cover design, editing, marketing, or other options to self-publish? How many books are you looking to print?

Printing costs for your children's book also depends on the style of your book. For example, the cost to print your book with BookBaby depends on your trim size, binding and paper options, and whether you want to print in hardcover or softcover.

Luckily, we offer all the options you need to print and self-publish your book right here. So, you can pick and choose which feature you need and which style you'd like your book printed, depending on your budget and preferences. Get a quote to get your children's book printed and published today!