We do a lot of children’s book printing here at Bookmobile, and one great recent example is Home at Word Up: A Story of a Bookshop in Washington Heights. Word Up is a a multilingual, general-interest, nonprofit community bookstore and arts space in New York City that celebrated its five-year anniversary in June. This bilingual kid’s book was produced by the volunteer collective of Word Up.
The Children’s Book
Home at Word Up is a tale of finding and building community anywhere you live. A young girl, with help from her aunt and new friends, finds a place where she can tell her story. The book is 9″ x 9″, perfect bound, and 32 color pages. The story is told in English and Spanish, with both texts on either the same or facing pages.
We printed the color interior on our 80-lb. white uncoated stock at 354 PPI. Uncoated stock for color interiors (and even covers) is becoming a more popular choice for publishers, however we do still print many color interior on our matte- or gloss-coated white stock, available in 70-, 80-, and 100-lb. weights.
The cover is of course also 4-color, printed on 10-pt. C1S stock with matte lay-flat film lamination. At 32 pages, the width of the spine is only about 7/64″, but type was still squeezed on—the type is very small, only 1/16″ high! We don’t recommend type on a spine this narrow (we prefer to have 1/16″ on each side of the type, so that when the cover shifts during binding there’s no chance of problems), but we do make exceptions when publishers understand the risks.
Why Bookmobile for Children’s Book Printing?
Our short-run print quality is excellent, our pricing is affordable, and we offer many options, like square trim sizes, hardcovers with printed cases or dust jackets, and more. Browse our Gallery to see the full breadth of what we offer! And with a minimum run quantity of just 25 copies, publishers, authors, and illustrators can print short runs and order reprints as needed—which means no worries about storing inventory or cash flow complications.
From Sandy Jimenez, the illustrator of Home at Word Up,
The printing of our storybook was handled very well, with consistent color depth and contrast maintained across its many illustrated pages.
From Mary Ann Wincorkowski, the designer,
It was a really positive experience working with the Bookmobile team. From paper and cover samples to price quotes to the final proof, they were extremely responsive, and provided clear details pertaining to the book’s design requirements at every stage. Most important, they delivered a beautifully printed book!