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How To Make A Storybook For Children

how to make a storybook for children

With all of the toys, smartphones, tablets and other expensive playthings available for kids these days, it can be a real breath of fresh air to enjoy the simpler things. 

Make your kid’s childhood extra special by learning how to make a storybook for children. A classic board book is a wonderful way for babies, toddlers and very young children to explore the written word, illustrations, photographs and more. The chunky pages of a board book make it easier for them to learn how to turn pages. This helps improve their hand-eye coordination. Knowing how to make a storybook for children isn’t as complicated as you might think. In fact, with Bags of Love, it is very easy.

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Personalised DIY storybook for children

Imagine creating a completely personalised DIY storybook for your child, or as a gift for another child. Each page, including the front and back cover, designed specifically for them. It could feature anything you want. Personalised stories are a major trend, but there are always restrictions about how far you can take the personalisation aspect. Go further than simply using the child’s name or their photo. Learn how to make a truly one-of-a-kind storybook for children using our unique design interface. Create something completely bespoke that your child can treasure as a keepsake forever.

How to make a storybook for children

If this all sounds like a great idea to you, but you are worried that you are not the craftiest of folk, then fear not! With our design interface, you don’t have to worry about glue, or sewing, or measuring. We take care of all of that. All you need to do is come up with the story and the design. Our personalised board books make it so easy (not to mention really fun) to make your own personalised children’s book.

Follow our step by step guide on how to make a storybook for children, and before you know it, you will receive something so special that you will want to make them again and again.

Step 1.

Head over to Bags of Love and select “Board Books” in the books category. Click on the black “Start Design” button to start creating your personalised children’s board book.

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Step 1 – let’s get started on your design

Step 2.

You will now be taken to the design interface where you can select the pages you want to design. Each page is named accordingly and you can select each one individually.

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Step 2 – Select the pages for personalisation

Step 3.

Click on each page to choose the image you want to upload. Our design interface allows you to upload images from your computer or photo roll, Facebook and Instagram. If you want to create a completely unique design or include drawings made by you or your child, all you need to do is scan them into your computer or take a photo of them. Then, save the image as a JPEG or PNG file. You will be able to use these saved images as well as photos. Click on the blue “Select Images to Upload” button to make your selection.

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Step 3 – It’s time to select your photos or images

Step 4.

Once you have chosen your image, you can edit it within the design interface. You can crop it to size, enlarge it, zoom in and more.

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Step 4 – Edit your images

Step 5.

Your book needs text to turn it into a story. Click the “Images and Text Tools” tab. Here, you will see two black buttons. To write your text, click the “Add Text” button. You can also add more images by clicking the “Add Image” button.

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Step 5 – Time to add your text

Step 6.

Use the design tools to add your text and then play around with the size, font and colour. You can even create effects and change the orientation.

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Step 6 – Make your text look however you want
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Add colour and more to your text

Step 7.

Continue adding images, text, photos and designs to each of the pages, until you are happy with the finished results. You can go back and change things the whole time in the design process.

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Step 7 – Keep adding to your design
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Continue making your story with words and images

Step 8.

Once you have finished the design of your book, click on the blue “Preview and Buy” button. This will take you to the final preview stage. Here you can see exactly what your finished personalised children’s board book will look like.

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Step 8 – Preview your final design

Step 9.

Like what you see? Click on the blue “Proceed to Cart” button to be taken to the payment and delivery options. Your brand new board book for your child is all ready to be made.

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Step 9 – All ready! Now you just need to choose payment and delivery options

Step 10.

Now it is over to us! Once your design has been submitted and received, our expert team of skilled craftsmen and bookmakers work with our print technicians to create your book. Every DIY storybook is handmade (to order) by us. We use the highest quality materials to ensure you and your child receive a book that you will fall in love with. Once your book has been made – usually within 1-2 days – it is delivered to you using your chosen delivery preference.

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Step 10 – Your book is made and delivered

The finished result

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The finished result!

Ta da! Introducing your child’s very own personalised board book. Handmade by us, created by you. You can now enjoy this bespoke story again and again. We hope they love it!

7 personalised children’s storybook ideas

You know how to make a storybook for children, so it is time to consider what you want their story to be about. Stuck for inspiration? We have rounded up some of our favourite ideas. Each of these can be personalised for your child. Simply use their name, update the details to make it personal to them, and use photos or illustrations that they will love.

Storybook ideas

  • Becoming a big brother or sister – Are you expecting a new baby? Not quite sure how to let your children know? Do it in their own personalised book. Create a story featuring the whole family. Include photos and then make the big reveal at the end of the book. A scan photo of the baby and “you’re going to be a big brother/sister!
  • New baby book – If you are making a story for the siblings, then why not create one for the new baby too? This is a great idea to use as a keepsake for your own new baby, or as a new baby gift for a friend or family member. Include scan photos, images of the family before the baby and include a sweet story about the newbie coming into the world.
  • Superhero  – Is your little one obsessed with a specific superhero? Why not create a story where they meet their hero and have an adventure with them? Include real images of their hero, and even Photoshop them with photos of your child. Write a simple but exciting story, which they will love.
  • Fairy tales with a twist – Make their favourite fairy tales come to life by putting them in the story. Whether they love Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel or Jack and the Beanstalk, you can create a personalised story where they are the centre of the tale.
  • Boost their confidence – Is your child struggling with something? Write them a story telling them just how special and unique they are. Help them feel good about themselves. Create a storybook with pictures of all their family and friends. They will feel loved and empowered whenever they look at it.
  • Help them learn – Is your toddler trying to grasp their letters or numbers? Help them along the way by writing a personalised story. You can make numbers and letters fun and magical by including photos or illustrations of their favourite characters.
  • Moral stories – Introduce your little ones to the concept that there are all different kinds of people in the world; sizes, shapes, races, faiths etc. We might all look different but it is what is on the inside that counts.

Now that you know how to make a children’s storybook and what you want to include in it, there is only one thing left to do. It’s time to make it!


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