Children’s Book printing

Print your brilliant children’s book at Ex Why Zed. You have done the hard work, now let us take over!

Congratulations on getting your children’s book ready for print

Thanks for stopping by. We appreciate you may never have printed before and might be baffled by the terminology, jargon, amount of choices. Sit back and relax, we’re here to guide you through the process.

It won't be long now before you experience that super exciting moment when a glorious stack of boxes arrives and you unpack the first book. YOUR BOOK. Your book that you wrote and self-published. Enjoy the feel and the smell of them…you worked hard for this moment.

Watch our upbeat and hugely informative video guide

We have compiled a packed, informative video to guide you through the entire process of printing a children’s book. Our hour-long guide takes you through the winning options illustrators (both independent and famous) have chosen when designing and styling their books to achieve eye-catching finishes and huge acclaim. We detail the options available for size, paper, binding and premium cover options.

Our showcase section dissects a stunning range of previous books we have printed. In addition, there is a very special section where we look at iconic children’s books from famous authors going back as far as the 70s to show the tricks, layouts and styling they chose to become so successful.

This marketplace is super competitive so we want your book to be visually brilliant, to stand out against the crowd and to become every child’s favourite bedtime read!


Our goal is to get your creative idea into print

We have 42 years of experience with children’s books. They were all we used to read at school and now we print them!

We consider ourselves specialist children's book, colouring book and educational book printers who will work with you to take your artwork from screen to a wide range of printed outcomes. Our video series will really expand your knowledge on the options available in print and our file set-up guides will make you a better designer.

It’s 2021 and it has never been easier to self-publish a book. Brilliantly, you don’t even need a publisher anymore. Jump on Kickstarter and start a crowdfunding campaign, tell the world about your great publication and become fully dunded before you go to print.

Intriguingly, the scope of Children’s books has evolved and now also encompasses colouring books and increasingly we’re seeing storybooks to promote a business or brand which can be sold in a gift shop, through an online store or at a trade show.

Why not print a colouring book too?

What an easy solution for repurposing your work.  You have already spent the time creating some magnificent illustrations, so why not drop them into Illustrator, convert them to line art and within a few clicks, you've got a colouring book too! Two revenue streams and publications for the time it took you to design one 🙂


Choose your bespoke options

There are almost infinite possibilities on size, finishing and papers so we offer expert knowledge and advice before your job goes to
press, a competitive zine print quote to stretch your budget and a high quality standard of printing delivered nationally throughout the
UK and worldwide too. The best thing to do is take a while to watch out video guide and look through our case study portfolio.

For smaller digestible chunks, enjoy: Winning Solutions for designing, styling and printing a children's book. and Printing a colouring book from your illustrations.

Next up, send the print-ready pdf to Ex Why Zed. Do touch base with us a few months before and we can quote the job so you’ll know how many copies you can print for your budget. We will deliver the finished printing back to you in 4-10 working days (depending on print specs and run length). ‬




Printing winning Children's Books

We have been doing this a while now and have seen a lot of impressive publications come off our presses.  To give you a head start with your children's book printing, here are four print specifications which work well (and photos of them, see right).  Each has its own characteristics which have proven to be winning combinations from a production perspective, cost per unit and most importantly, have reader appeal.

If any of our showcase options would work for your project, take a note of the spec and jump on our quote form to receive your bespoke quotation. Or ping us an email on if that is easier.

Showcase 1 - a square, perfect bound solution with silk finish:
210x210mm Perfect Bound Books.
4pp Cover onto 300gsm Silk.
Matt Lamination to outer.
40pp Text onto 170gsm Silk.
Four colour print throughout.
As a guide, you could print 200 copies of this for £5.95 per book.

Showcase 2 - a stapled landscape option reminiscent of the Julia Donaldson series (best for longer, litho print runs):
210x272mm Landscape Wire Stitched Booklets.
4pp Cover onto 350gsm Ensocoat One Sided (1 side gloss, 1 side uncoated)
Gloss Lamination to outer.
32pp Text onto 170gsm Silk.
Full colour print throughout.
As a guide, you could print 5000 copies of this for 77p per copy.

Showcase 3 - an impressive, square hardbook version - the more you print, the lower the unit price will be :
210x210mm Case Bound Books.
Cover onto 170gsm Silk.
Wrapped over greyboard case.
Lamination to outer.
2x 4pp End Papers Printed onto 170gsm Silk.
52 inside pages onto 170gsm Silk.
Four colour print throughout.

Showcase 4 - a cost-effective, stapled landscape booklet ideal for low quantities:
A5 Landscape Booklets
4pp Cover onto 350gsm Silk
Matt Lamination to outer
24pp Text onto 170gsm Silk
Four colour print throughout
As a guide, you could print 400 copies of this for £1.30 per booklet.

Tweaks you could consider...
• Reducing the cover to 250gsm which also makes it easier to open.
• Switching to gloss lamination for a shiny aesthetic.
• Increase the size to A5 to save you money and make the publication more ergonomic.
• OR increase to A4 for a larger area of content.
• Increase the weight of the inside pages to 170gsm making it more substantial and impressive for the reader.
• Pick out some content on the cover for Spot UV varnishing or foiling to make it a premium book (this is an additional £280).

Get your print quote

For more ideas on children's book printing and to see examples of other similar books we have printed, do spend five minutes looking through the case studies here

"Fantastic quality books and expert advice and support."

I have been using Ex Why Zed for three years and they have printed over 40,000 children's books for me. At every stage of the process they have been incredibly helpful, supportive and professional. The quality of the books is brilliant, the colours are vibrant and the overall look and feel of the books is exactly what I wanted. I cannot recommend Mike and the team enough - especially if you are a self-published author with limited knowledge of the printing process - they will guide and support you throughout the whole journey in bringing your book to life!

What you gain from printing your children's book at Ex Why Zed
Great Customer Service
When you get in touch with us, you will speak to someone who knows about your project and is super knowledgable about the print process. We are friendly, patient and will regularly get back to you our of office hours - not like the part-timers at other print companies.
Environmentally friendly papers
All of our papers are FSC Approved. These are arguably better than 100% recycled papers because there are fewer chemicals involved in making them. We also use vegetable inks on our litho press.
Super Helpful Set Up Guides
We give you all the tools you need to quickly and easily prepare print ready artwork. When it is time to start artworking your final book take 5 minutes to read through our file set up guides. We have made them as user friendly as possible but if you’re stuck drop us a call or email for a quick answer.
Free Paper Samples
While we’ve done our best on our paper choices page to make one sheet of white paper look different to another sheet of white paper, there’s nothing better than seeing them in reality so you can stroke, sniff and examine them in close up. Jump on our form and we will send out a pack out asap.
No minimum order quantity
At Ex Why Zed you can print any quantity from 1 upwards and the exact number you need. If you'd like 71 children's books then we'll print 71!. Some print specs do work out better for smaller print runs though. Bespoke finishes and hardback options tend to be cheaper the more you print.
UK & Worldwide delivery
Delivery within the UK is free and the books will arrive the day after they leave us. We also deliver work around the world too and just charge the shipping at our cost price from the cheapest courier on the day.
Choose a bespoke size
'A' sizes are great and fit neatly into 'C' size envelopes but why not mix it up and rebel against convention by choosing a bespoke and custom size for your zine.
Print a test copy
We understand you might want to see your work in print so you can check the artwork then make changes before going ahead with the final run. Leave an extra week in your schedule and we can print one copy first as a test. There is a charge for this.

Confused by all the options?

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Here is what some of our previous customers have said
10. January, 2021.
Ex Why Zed is an efficient company with very friendly and helpful staff. I was extremely happy with the effort they made printing out my children’s book and I would highly recommend their services for anyone looking for top quality printing.
18. December, 2020.
Despite it being a busy time of year, exwhyzed always got back to my emails promptly, they were very helpful and the turn around of the finished books was amazingly fast, Mike is really friendly and I would highly recommend them!
Esther Kersley
Esther Kersley
15. December, 2020.
Brilliant service. Thank you for doing such an excellent job and for such great communication.
Joe Skillington
Joe Skillington
15. December, 2020.
I was working to a very tight deadline but Ex Why Zed went the extra mile and turned my Children's book around in a matter of days. Really happy with the quality and the price is the best I found. Really happy customer!
Dele and Louisa
Dele and Louisa
15. December, 2020.
As a first time author, working with Ex Why Zed made the entire process really smooth. They not only served our printing needs but also served as consultants by guiding us on how to format our books to ensure the best possible quality. Our books came out really beautiful, the price was great and production time was super quick. Thanks Ex why zed, can’t wait to come back for my next round of books.
11. December, 2020.
I had 2 postcards made by exwhyzed and the communication,quality and price were very good. Would 100% use again
Mat Rumbelow
Mat Rumbelow
11. December, 2020.
From the outset, ExWhyZed provided fantastic support and customer service. As a first time self-publishing author, printing was a bit of a mystery. Their long and detailed explanatory video was a hugely helpful start, which enabled me to understand the process. Mike then followed up with templates, suggestions and email help to make sure my book was printed to the highest standards. They also worked hard to fulfil my order before Christmas, which was extremely important! I can't rate their service highly enough. Everybody who has seen the finished product is hugely impressed by the quality
11. December, 2020.
Exwhyzed is the best digital printer I have found for photography books in colour. The print quality is excellent, the colours exceptional and their 170gsm silk house paper superb. What makes Exwhyzed even more special is the personal service. Mike who runs the company is always willing to help with solid advice and information. I ordered a proof copy first to make sure that both of us had got it right. I was so pleased that I ordered 120 books which were printed, bound and delivered to my door with a week. I couldn’t recommend them more.
3. December, 2020.
Working with Mike at ExWhyZed was a joy! I am based in the US and wasn't sure how getting a print job done in the UK would go, but I needn't have worried. The attention to detail, patience and willingness to help - all backed up by a fantastic website loaded with excellent information made the project easy, quick and painless! Thanks Mike!
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Our helpful section of FAQs to guide in the final stages of your print journey

We have done our best to give you a huge wealth of information on this page and in our guides but if here are some frequently asked questions to help you get your work into print.

If you haven't already seen it, do also watch our feature length Children's Book Printing Guide which explains visually way better than we could here in word form.

View all our FAQ's
How long does it take?

We will aim to deliver short run digital jobs in 4/5 working days and longer, litho print runs in 6-10 depending on the complexity and quantity.

Additionally there can be a day or two of amends required to the artwork before it's print ready which we're more than happy to help with but you'll need to factor that in to timings.

Remember, we’ll need a hi res pdf file with 3mm bleed and crop marks on each edge to go ahead please. Sending it over correctly first time means we can go straight to print. Do have a last check through our file set up guides to make sure all the boxes are ticked.


What paper can I print onto?
Do you print Board Books?

The numerous offsrping of Ex Why Zed staff love their board books so we know these well but at present they are not something we are able to produce.  If you check the back cover of any of them, they are all currently printed in China.

As a cost and time saving alternative, we can print you a wire stitched, perfect bound (softback) or case bound (hardback) the children's books.

What sizes do you print?

Any portrait size upto A3 (420x297mm) and any landscape size as wide as A4 (210x297mm).

What is wire stitching?
What is perfect binding?
What is cover lamination?
Do you supply ISBN numbers?

We don’t but you can go direct to who are the UK supplier of ISBNs.

From there you can download the number and/or a barcode to add to your artwork.

What are the best hashtags for promoting my book on Instagram and other social media sites?


Why aren't your prices online?

We like to interact with our customers, find out about their projects and have a bit of dialogue rather than hide behind a massive, confusing spreadsheet on a website.
We provide a bespoke quote for each and every job because your project is bespoke and unique.

Don’t get us wrong, our process is quick and efficient but we like to add extra value by starting a conversation with you first. Remember conversations? Yep, they are what happened before your phone was glued to your head! 🙂

For this reason we don’t list all our prices online but get in touch either in email or through our quote form and we will give you a bespoke quote.

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