Making Picture Books

Something we see a lot of in the library are handmade picture books, nearly always as part of a thesis. They are often inserted without page numbering in the middle of a thesis, and are usually made on MS Word with photocopied images drawn by either the author or children, occasionally photographs are used. But, with the advent of digital cameras things are changing.

Bank Street student Roberta Koeppel made the picture books below as part of her thesis project to help prepare pediatric patients and their caregivers for a Video EEG (electroencephalogram) monitoring procedure. If you want to look at Roberta’s work the call number is T 2005 K89d.

Today, there are a number of options out there for making very professional looking picture books. Some are online websites where you upload images and write to a server – they can be a little slow, but for many people they are a good option because students can work on their book from any computer. Some online sites you might want to explore are:





Other options are to download a book making program to your computer and to work on the desktop. Examples of such programs are:





The good thing about these programs is that they are a little more stable. It’s only when you’ve finished creating your book that you have to deal with uploading to a site to get it printed.

No matter which program you use having a good camera counts – resolution is everything. There’s nothing worse than placing an image on a page and then to get the dreaded yellow triangle (poor resolution icon). One way of overcoming this is by making the image size smaller.

If you are thinking of making a book, but need a little help getting started, the library is planning some small group workshops next semester using blurb.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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  1. […] starting Summer 2012. If you have a mac give it a try (and if you are die-hard PC fan see our Making Picture Books post) – you have nothing to lose, and it’s a free. Share […]

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