The Art of Board Book Printing

by Brandon Welch

Board books are a wonderful way to present colorful content in a format that’s durable enough for small hands. They have been around since the early 20th century, with one of the earliest being The Animals of Babyland (1905), which featured baby animals on every page. Today there are hundreds of board books available for young children and babies. Board books typically measure about 3 3/4 inches wide by 4 1/4 inches tall, which makes them easy for little fingers to hold onto and read independently.

Board books are the perfect choice for engaging babies and toddlers with bright, bold images and a sturdy format.

Board books are the perfect choice for engaging babies and toddlers with bright, bold images and a sturdy format.

The material of board books is typically hardcover, as opposed to paperbacks or hardcovers. It’s made from a durable material that can withstand many little hands flipping through the pages repeatedly. The thick pages also protect your book from wear-and-tear caused by frequent handling by children who love nothing more than reading them over and over again!

Board books should be colorful and eye-catching.

The best board books are bright and colorful, with eye-catching imagery. The most important thing to remember is that if you’re going to put a book in front of a child, it better be something they want to look at. An engaging image for them is going to help keep them engaged with your content—and help them learn from it!

The first thing we do when we doing board book printing for a client is create an image library based on their brand. We want each page in the book to feel like part of their brand story, so we make sure that each image includes elements from their logo or branding theme. It also helps with consistency throughout all of our books if the characters are always wearing the same color shirt or hat or carrying the same objects in their hands (or whatever else makes sense).

A board book should be easy to hold.

A board book should be easy to hold. If a book is too big, your child might not be able to grip it tightly enough. The cover of the book should also be sturdy and thick enough that it will not tear easily (i.e., no thin paper pages).

When you’re shopping for board books, look at how big they are in relation to your child’s hand size. If you have a small baby or toddler, then you’ll want to make sure the book isn’t so large that their fingers can’t reach all of the pictures and words within its pages; however, if your child is older (4 years or older), then he or she may enjoy having more freedom with flipping through the pages quickly without feeling restricted by their grasp on such a small item!

It is important to think about the binding of your book.

When you are considering the binding of your book, it is important to think about the durability of your board book. If you are making a children’s book, for example, it is likely that your audience will be small children who may be more likely to tear the pages or play with them than an adult reader would be. You will want to make sure that your board book can withstand this kind of use and still look great after many readings.

Board books can also be sewn together or glued together. These methods produce less durable bindings than staples but are also less expensive than stapling as well as faster since there isn’t any need for punching holes in multiple pages at once or aligning them correctly before stapling them down (not everything has time for such things).

It should also be noted that board books are not usually spiral bound; this style would not work well with smaller children who are more likely to try playing with their books rather than reading them.


We hope you’re inspired to create your own board book! It might be the best gift you can give to your child.

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