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7 Custom Board Book Printers

Updated on February 28, 2015

Custom Board Book Printer Comparison

We teach young children with books all the time. These childhood books are drooled on, eaten, torn up, and bent by babies and toddlers. So a traditional hardbound custom photo book with thin glossy paper isn't durable enough to last.

So I've made it my mission to find the presonalized and custom photo book printers that DO allow you to create board books with your pictures. Some of these printers have an online design tool, others allow you to upload files you created with your own design software, and others still layout and design everything for you (you just send them your pictures and text). You'll find features and comparisons of all 7 of them here.

I've found that there are not a lot of options for getting your own board books, and that many of the solutions out there go out of business. So I try to keep this list up to date as much as I can. Right now there are 7 board book printers that I know of.

What's your opinion on custom board book printers?

Which Board Book Printer is your favorite?

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Custom Photo Board Book Printers - Here are the Custom Board Book Printers I've Found

Keep checking back though, I'll be comparing and adding notes as I try them all out.

Blank Board Books - Cupcakes, Stars, Houses, Oh My

I haven’t really fully explored these yet (as I just found them tonight 11/27/12) but I’m really excited to find inexpensive blank board books that come in an assortment of sizes and shapes. These are great for hand crafting your own board books (like scrap booking, but for little hands – would also be a great scrapbook projects for kids to do themselves).

Ready-to-Go! BBB 6 x 6
Ready-to-Go! BBB 6 x 6
This is a standard blank board book. You can use it for all your hand crafted board book projects. I've used plenty of them.
Ready-to-Go! BBB 6 x 6 Heart (Create & Treasure (C&T Publishing))
Ready-to-Go! BBB 6 x 6 Heart (Create & Treasure (C&T Publishing))
So cute - a heart shaped board book for a love filled board book. This is perfect for a simple "I Love You" book with pictures of your little one's loved ones on each page.

Insert Your Own Pictures Board Books

Great Prices on Customizable Board Books You Insert Your Photos In

It is perhaps the simplest custom board book solution. You purchase a book that's already been printed (so none of the text changes) and simply insert your own photo or photos to customize the story. The most common brand is PictureMe, but there are a few others as well.

Insert a Picture Board Books on - Thick Cardboard Books You Add Your Own Pictures To

Many of the PictureMe books are no longer printed, so you have to get them used on Amazon (so prices vary).

Peek-a-Boo Farm (Picture Me)
Peek-a-Boo Farm (Picture Me)
I picked up one of these four or five years ago locally. My daughters both loved it (I changed the photo out for my youngest just a few months ago).
Picture Me Grown-Up
Picture Me Grown-Up
I LOVE this book. It also comes with stickers for various pets, professions, etc. It helps kids imagine how they'll be all grown up.

Do you know of any other custom board book printers?

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      Pint Sized Productions 

      18 months ago

      I just had a horrible experience with Pint Sized productions. Bad experience with their online tools, bad customer service, and the books they sent me were pixelated and poorly cut. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. On the positive side, they said they were going to refund my money. Let's see if they do.

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      Dale Anderson 

      2 years ago from The High Seas

      This is a helpful resource for us all, thank you.

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      4 years ago

      What printer did you use for the alphabet book at the top?

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for maintaining this list - very helpful.

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      Michael Honkys 

      4 years ago

      You've forgot UK based (but world wide posting) Photostories For Little People. Bespoke, fully personalized via password protected gallery, any size, any number of pages, acid-free, baby safe, quality thick board and cold laminated (waterproof). And you only pay once all ready to print (will design according to your idea, so no funky software, downloads etc required, yet unlimited suggestions allowed:-). Anyway, worth to check...

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      kimberley presley 

      5 years ago

      I have 2 cents regarding Pint Size. Thumbs down as a designer. I have made books on Shutterfly, etc and expected the same flexabilty on uploads/manipulation. Not so. You had better have your design 100% figured out because there is not sorting or arranging option once file/pages are uplaoded.

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      5 years ago

      Yes! Look here: They are called deluxe books.

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      Diane Falconer 

      5 years ago

      Are you sure ArtsCow does BOARD books? I could not find such a product on their site today. Thanks.

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      5 years ago

      I wouldn't recommend PintSize Productions. I tried to use them for a book I made my niece. We exchanged numerous emails. Every time I changed something to meet their specifications, they said it still wasn't right. I had the exact number of pages/spreads. It was like talking to a brick wall.

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      7 years ago

      I make custom board books in my Etsy shop called ToddlerToppers. I create a professional 12 page board book using your own pictures and text. The materials I use are all very high quality. Check it out!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      Good idea and interesting niche for my business too:)

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Wonderful idea to have a personalized board book. I ordered one for my grandson some years ago.

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      7 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Yes I do. I am excited to introduce My Exclusive Photo Books. We create a unique custom, handmade laminated chunky board book for your child. The pages are laminated and safe for young hands to manipulate. We have just opened up our online doors, so feel free to visit us. We offer Board Books for teens and adults and we also have Accordion Photo Albums.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for advertising this! I make story books for my nephews all the time, but I do them through the computer using their faces and such. But I LOVE this idea! I'll have to make them for their birthday presents in 2012.


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