Self-Publishing Children’s Books

Mrs Kangaroo's New BabyIn honor of the International Children’s Book Day, I thought I would talk about publishing children’s books via CreateSpace. My particular experience started after my parents passed away and I was going through their files. My father was an artist and my mother was a teacher, actually almost direct opposites in temperament, so I was surprised and excited to find the layout of a children’s book written by my mother and illustrated by my father. It was very obvious the little project had never seen a publisher, so I determined to publish it for them.

Because the story was short and simple, appealing to younger children, I chose an 8”x10” paperback format for it — easier for small hands to hold, and the layout my parents had designed fit perfectly. Since the original work was done back in the 1950s, my parents had done a literal cut and paste — typing up the text on a typewriter, cutting the lines out with scissors and pasting or taping them onto the board mats where my dad had drawn the illustrations. Lucky for me, the glue and tape held on after all these years, so it was easy for me to see exactly how they envisioned the set-up of the book. Continue reading

Featured Book: Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm

Mr. Pish Goes to the FarmMr. Pish Goes to the Farm
by K.S. Brooks
KidLit, Children’s books, educational
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

The lovable Jack Russell Terrier is back, this time taking us on a personally guided tour to show us what goes on at a farm. From playing with a cute lamb to driving a big swathing machine, Mr. Pish explores it all in Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm. There is also a fun and educational app available for Apple products and it’s free in the Google Play store for Droid products!

Featured Book: Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm

Mr. Pish Goes to the FarmMr. Pish Goes to the Farm
by K.S. Brooks
KidLit, Children’s books, educational
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

The lovable Jack Russell Terrier is back, this time taking us on a personally guided tour to show us what goes on at a farm. From playing with a cute lamb to driving a big swathing machine, Mr. Pish explores it all in Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm. Free today through 12/27. Also now an app available for Apple and Droid products!

Featured Book: Postcards from Mr. Pish (Vol 4)

Postcards from Mr. Pish South & West EditionPostcards from Mr. Pish (South & West Edition)
by K.S. Brooks
KidLit, Children’s books, educational
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

The lovable Jack Russell Terrier leads readers on an adventure through the charming South and rugged West of the United States in this fourth book of the Postcards series. With each new discovery, the traveling terrier sends a postcard with full-color photographs and engaging text geared to promote outdoor learning and literacy.