Parents of young children: What kind of cover do you prefer for a children's picture book?
Self-published authors face the dilemma of choosing among various print choices for their children's picture book stories (all of which are expensive). Gone are the days of Golden Books (for some reason). An author has the choice of a hard cover book that would end up having to retail at about $24.95 (24 page color) or a thin glossy "paperback" book that would probably retail at $12.95 I am thinking about adding a narrated CD in the back of the glossy version to add more value, but do parents prefer hard cover picture books for children approx. age 4 - 6 ?
I don't have children but I do know something about self-publishing and book retail. It really depends on the parent's preferences. I know a lot of parents that would rather buy paperback for their children so if the child destroys it (chances are they might) they won't have wasted too much money. There are some old time favorites (Puff the Magic Dragon, Christmas stories, classical tales) that would be better in hardcover.
I'd recommend doing the paperback and adding the audio CD. That would probably get parents to buy more than the binding because kids are learning to read around the ages you're thinking of. Hearing the words sounded out helps the kids learn and the CD will let the parents do something else while their child is learning.
I hope this helps and good luck!
CroftRoan, This is VERY helpful. Thank you. It's exactly what my younger friend who has a little 5 year old told me. I think that's much more do-able for me. I'm going to try to get a kick-starter funding and wanted more input. Much appreciation
Let me know when you get the kickstarter up. I can spread the word through my connections.
CroftRoan, Wow, thank you so much. I'll let you know when my kickstarter video "kicks in - How nice of you !!!
I started a library for my children when they were very young.
I had so many books, we filled at least 6 bookcases and then some.
For that age, I have to say, we had all kinds. Hardcover, softcover, and board books.
Crafy, thanks so much. Are board books those old Golden Books or Tell-a-Tale books. I wish I could get my story in that cardboard book format that Golden Books and Western Publishing had. I don't see that offered any more.
We had a mixture of different ones, including Dr. Seuss board books. My aunt published a children's book in hardcover with a dust jacket, but I have no idea what the details were.
I have a 3 and 5 year old. Honestly, for books like yours with pictures, we prefer hardbacks. These books are going to be read and requested a lot, and paperback just doesn't cut it. I have never paid $25 for a book, though. The Dr. Seuss ones are about $14. How can some books retail cheaper? Someone mentioned board books in one of your comments; I wouldn't go that route if you are targeting 4-6 year olds. My kids think those books are only for the baby .
It sounds like you don't have an easy choice. We do have some paperbacks that have still managed to keep their covers on, but they are not favorites. And I would never choose to buy one to give to another family.
My 5 year old is just now starting to enjoy chapter books, so we are attempting to try paperbacks again. But they are longer, don't have pictures, and will only be read one or two times. On another note, I miss those Golden Books and pick them up at garage sales whenever I can! And my kids have enjoyed reading about Lucky on the Kindle
EGT, I'd like to send you free narrated download of "Lucky..." (and anyone else on hubpages. (Does anyone know it that would be "over-promotional" to url here? It's a hidden page for only complimentary versions. Thanks for your comment?
I would love the link! And if you get in trouble just blame it on me
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