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Children’s Book Printing

Children’s Book Printing

Even in today’s digital world, children’s book printing is in high demand because printed storybooks are a vital learning tool for young children. QinPrinting’s extensive experience and expertise in printing books for children make us the favorite among self-publishers of children’s books around the globe.

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Custom Children’s Book Printing Costs

Long known for our exceptionally affordable pricing, QinPrinting consistently delivers high-quality kid’s books at buyer-friendly rates.
As a self-publisher, your first concern after product quality will be your cost. We understand that our pricing can dictate your profits. Our commitment to providing the best pricing in the industry while delivering superb quality and service makes QinPrinting your best choice to print your own children’s book.
Check the charts below to determine your printing costs quickly.

Paperback Children’s Book Printing Price Chart (8.5” x 11” or 8.5” x 8.5”)

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs
32pp $329 $527 $681 $1012 $2232
40pp $416 $661 $841 $1248 $2767
48pp $463 $740 $943 $1420 $3145
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • 157 gsm/100 lb art paper for interior, 250 gsm/100 lb art paper cover with gloss lamination

Hardcover Children’s Book Printing Price Chart (8.5” x 11” or 8.5” x 8.5”)

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs
32pp $714 $1013 $1555 $2781 $6245
40pp $796 $1126 $1711 $2996 $6674
48pp $858 $1211 $1817 $3169 $7001
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • 157 gsm/100 lb art paper for interior, 2.5 mm thick gray board cover with gloss lamination, Wrapped with157 gsm/60 lb art printed cover sheet

QinPrinting also offers this online Printing Cost Calculator for your convenience. Follow the link, insert your information, and receive your instant quote.

Popular Children Book Sizes

The size of a children’s book typically depends on the targeted age group. Smaller sizes are more appropriate for preschoolers and younger. Here is a chart with the most common children’s book sizes.

Children Book Size Chart

Square 6” x 6” 7” x 7” 8” x 8” 8.5” x 8.5” 9” x 9” 10” x 10”
Portrait 5.5” x 8.5” 6” x 9” 8” x 10” 8.5” x 10” 8.5” x 11” 9” x 12”
Landscape 8.5” x 5.5” 9” x 6” 10” x 8” 10” x 8.5” 11” x 8.5” 12” x 9”

Children’s Book Paper Options

Typically, children’s books feature colorful pictures and artwork. We recommend gloss or matte art paper for best results. These paper types offer the ideal surface for color printing.
However, for drawing or coloring books, an uncoated stock is preferable. Uncoated stock will accept pencil, ink, and other mediums, while gloss papers will not.

Paperback Cover Paper

  • 200gsm gloss art paper
  • 250gsm gloss art paper
  • 300gsm gloss art paper
  • 350gsm gloss art paper
  • 200gsm matte art paper
  • 250gsm matte art paper
  • 300gsm matte art paper

Hardcover Paper

  • 157gsm art paper wrapped on 2mm grey board
  • 157gsm art paper wrapped on 2.5mm grey board
  • 157gsm art paper wrapped on 3mm grey board
  • Other paper wrapped on grey board

Interior Paper

  • 128gsm gloss art paper
  • 157gsm gloss art paper
  • 200gsm gloss art paper
  • 128gsm matte art paper
  • 157gsm matte art paper
  • 200gsm matte art paper

Interior Stock for Paperbacks

Perfect binding or paperback is a popular choice for children’s bookbinding.
This binding style requires a minimum 3 mm thick spine for application. To successfully meet that threshold, QinPrinting recommends 200gsm/135lb for the interior pages.
Also, books for kids receive a lot of use and wear. It is a good idea to use sturdier, thicker paper that is more durable and less easily damaged.

Bindings for Children’s Books

Although you may choose any binding style for your children’s book, paperback and hardcover are the most popular choices, along with board bookbinding for those specific offerings.

While saddle stitching is an available option, the staples present a safety hazard, and it lacks the durability required for use by children. Therefore, QinPrinting does not recommend saddle stitching for children’s titles.

However, if your creation is best suited for saddle stitching, we recommend using a sewn binding which is similar yet more robust and safe.

Your best choice for durability and strength is hardcover or sewn perfect binding. Both of these methods offer strength and flexibility for a long-lasting and lovingly used book.

Board Book Binding is another popular option. This style of book is unique in its layout and construction. Learn more about creating a board book.


Bindings for Children's Books

Children’s Book Design and Artwork Tips

When preparing your artwork for printing, you must keep in mind the physical requirements necessary for a successful book. 

All pages will have a final trim to provide a clean and professional appearance. The finishing process will remove 3 mm from all sides of each page. Ensure that you provide for this to avoid losing part of your finished artwork.

Your book should contain more art and illustrations with less text for a more colorful and vibrant presentation. Children’s books typically rely on pictures to support their stories.

QinPrinting recommends that all of your images are high-resolution PDF files for the best printing results. Also, we prefer digital images over hand-drawn images. If you are using hand-drawn illustrations, please provide QinPrinting with the highest possible resolution scans of your art for the best results.

To learn more about preparing your art for printing, please refer to our Prepress Artwork information page.

And lastly, although our printing experts will carefully watch over your project, it is up to you to ensure the accuracy and completeness of your art and layout. Addressing issues at the time of printing can be costly and complicated.


Sample Children’s Book Specifications

Commissioning a sample of your children’s book is a great way to preview your finished work without committing to large quantities. Many creatives find this a helpful strategy in attracting investors and presales.

  • Sample Book Size: 8” x 8” (Custom sizes available on request)
  • Type of Printing: CMYK
  • Sample Book Cover: 157gsm/100lb gloss art paper with gloss lamination mounted on 2.5 mm grey board.
  • Interior Pages: 157gsm/100lb gloss art paper
  • Interior Page Count: 32 (minimum page count for binding)
  • Sample Bookbinding: Sewn Hardcover
Children’s Book Printing Cost

Why You Should Choose QinPrinting

Our many years of experience, implementation of the newest technologies, and decades-long reputation of quality children’s book printing at exceptionally affordable rates are just the beginning. There are a significant number of reasons for choosing QinPrinting as your preferred children’s book printer. 

Clients from the US and around the world put their trust in us to produce some of the most extraordinary and beautiful children’s books, especially titles intended for toddlers and early readers, with bright colors and vivid illustrations.

Your success is our success.
You can always be sure of 100% satisfaction when you choose QinPrinting for your children’s book production.

Eco-Friendly and Safe

Safety and sustainability go hand-in-hand when it comes to printing children’s books. Everyone knows that kids put virtually anything in their mouths; it’s what kids do. At QinPrinting, we only use soy-based inks for our children’s books for this reason. Not only are soy inks safer, but they are also eco-friendly and more benign than traditional petroleum-based inks.

Customized Children’s Book Printing Services

Choose from a wide range of paper types, finishes, and sizes. Find the ideal binding method for your creative endeavor. And choose the best printing method available for your specific design.

QinPrinting offers all of this and more so that you can obtain precisely what you seek for your children’s book.

Extraordinarily Modest Pricing

Our vast range of capabilities, investment in innovative technologies, a highly skilled workforce, and a firm commitment to quality and economy allow QinPrinting to offer the most competitive rates found anywhere.

Quick Production Services

When you do enough of something, it can become second nature. At QinPrinting creating high-quality children’s books is one of those circumstances.
Our expert artisans make quick work of their scheduled production activities. Many other efficiencies in our workflow allow us to meet your urgent deadlines without additional fees.
The typical softcover children’s book takes about one week to complete. Hardcover titles usually require two weeks.

Protect your investment of time, creativity, and profits by selecting QinPrinting for all of your children’s books and other titles.

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