Illustory: Create Your Own Book!

Illustory: Create Your Own Book!

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Item #: 000283
Grades: PK-AD
Note: Kit is only useable in the U.S. Printed books will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Product Description:

Create your own long lasting, professional looking book! The IlluStory kit contains non-toxic, washable markers, writing pages, instructions, hints, a story planner, and a postage paid envelope. Write your story, then illustrate it. When you're finished, mail it in (at no additional charge) for completion and production. They'll bind your book, returning a 7" x 9" hardcover book that even has a place for a dedication. The kit produces an 18 page book, and the author's bio can be placed on the back cover.

Authors have the choice of either creating their book by hand using the materials in the kit, or producing their book online using the company's website. Working online allows kids to upload photos or scanned images and use digital drawing tools and effects (like speech bubbles, pre-designed backgrounds and more). Designing online also allows them to place more text on each page (there are per-page word limits for hard copy bookmaking). Planning sheets, informational sheets on types of writing and quite a few "story web" graphic organizers flesh out the contents of IlluStory and may be helpful to tie the project in with your current writing curriculum. Next step, the Library of Congress! - Megan

Category Description for Make Your Own Book Kits:

Perfect for aspiring authors or as a keepsake, these kits provide all the tools for children to create their own professional-looking book. Each kit includes an illustrated Quick Start guide, blank book pages, washable markers, a postage-paid envelope and an order form. Children can use the pages to write and illustrate their own story, then scan and upload to the Lulu Jr. site, or mail their pages and order form. Kits include the cost of processing and printing one book, which is returned to you in a few weeks or up to 4-6 weeks.

If you’re a fan of the Illustory kits, stay tuned for news about our next Summer Book Contest! Each year we provide a theme, rules and an extra discount on an Illustory kit and your young author can submit their story for a chance to win great prizes, including having their book sold at Rainbow!

Category Description for CREATIVE WRITING:

These materials cover various types of creative writing, includingdescriptive writing, poetry, journaling, and stories.

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Note 1
Kit is only useable in the U.S. Printed books will only be
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shipped to U.S. addresses.
Brand Name
Lulu Jr.
1.15 (lbs.)
9.62" x 12.62" x 3.0"
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Why did you choose this?
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Educational and unique
LORA M on Sep 17, 2020
My son likes to write stories
Dana M on Aug 26, 2020
Educational and unique
LORA M on Sep 17, 2020
My 5 year old daughter has this kit - it's fun and easy to use!
Paula P on Sep 8, 2020
My son likes to write stories
Dana M on Aug 26, 2020
Because my daughter loves writing her own stories with her Gramma. She also loves to draw. This will be a great opportunity for her to see her little stories come to life
Tim C on Jun 29, 2020
Fits perfectly with our Summer Reading Program theme
Abby H on Jun 4, 2020
my daughter received this as a gift and loved it, so we got it for her cousin.
Lena M on May 20, 2020
Project with grandchildren.
Amy C on Apr 30, 2020
My daughter loves to draw and tell stories.
Candice L on Feb 21, 2020
This is a gift for my friend's son, who lives to write books.
Ewa W on Feb 20, 2020
received as a gift - it's wonderful.
TONYA W on Jan 6, 2020
child is writing her own book
Brandi L on Jan 3, 2020
My oldest daughter who is 7 loves to write and I thought for her to make her own book would be a wonderful present
Laura W on Oct 11, 2019
This book is for a writing course in our co-op homeschool group- but looks like fun!
Cherie F on Aug 4, 2019
My son wrote a beautiful story and I want to make it into a real book so he will have forever.
kerri M on Jun 5, 2019
gift for my niece. She is 9 years old and loves to write very imaginative stories.
Stacie C on Dec 20, 2018
My son loves to write and this product looks like something he would be excited to do.
Nicola J on Nov 26, 2018
I have a very creative 8 yr old grandson that loves making books and writing stories.
Michelle C on Nov 26, 2018
My granddaughters are into writing books and will love having them published
cherry l on Nov 26, 2018
Price is good and so are reviews
Theresa M on Nov 26, 2018
A present
Heather D on Nov 26, 2018
This what my Grandson wants for Christmas and it was sold out on Amazon.
Beth L on Nov 26, 2018
Bought this last year for my 10yr old granddaughter and she loved it. She asked for it again this year.
Nicole M on Nov 26, 2018
christmas list item and sold out elsewhere
Elizabeth T on Nov 26, 2018
My granddaughter is a voracious reader who enjoys historical literature. She routinely writes in her personal journal. I believe that once she sees her own book in print and receives positive feedback on her writings, she will encouraged to take her exceptional writing skills seriously. This book will give her this opportunity.
Cynthia A H on Nov 24, 2018
Already ordered one and think it is great to stimulate young minds.
Jacqueline B on Nov 24, 2018
dale s on Nov 23, 2018
looks like fun
Nelly S on Nov 23, 2018
My children love to create books at home. My daughter is always asking about publishing a book. She will love this idea.
Nicole P on Nov 22, 2018
A friend recommended it for my son.
Lisa M on Nov 22, 2018
this looks like the ideal Christmas for my granddaughter who is a budding author.
Marjorie F on Nov 20, 2018
JAYSON R on Nov 19, 2018
My son loves when my husband makes up stories for him, and now he can turn those stories into real books!
Erica S on Nov 16, 2018
My Grandson wants to be an author and illustrator. This product was the perfect choice to give him a chance to be creative.
Janet P on Nov 15, 2018
I bought these for my 3 nieces. My kids made these when they were younger and they are truly a treasure! They loved making it and receiving their book in the mail! My nieces are going to love this!
Laura N on Nov 13, 2018
Grandson who likes to write his own story's and this would be perfect.
Sandy O on Nov 5, 2018
Birthday gift
Taryn M on Oct 11, 2018
Purchased these books for my older Grandchildren many years ago! They were amazing!!! We now have some young grandchildren in the family and would like them to have the same experience!!!
Cynthia L on Oct 7, 2018
This is the only book of it's type I could find online! Very unique. Purchased one for my child a few months ago and now purchasing as a gift for someone else.
Jill G on Sep 27, 2018
My 11 year old granddaughter is a writer and she will love getting her own book published
Sherrie S on Sep 25, 2018
My granddaughter loves to read and has a great I inmagination
Jacqueline B on Sep 16, 2018
Will help children to use their creativity.
Patricia M on Aug 29, 2018
I have used this product previously with my grandchildren. Good quality and fun!
Carol A on Aug 29, 2018
I know some really smart children that would love to write their own story
DONNA S on Aug 21, 2018
as a birthday gift for a 6 year old
Daniela I on Aug 19, 2018
Unique gift for granddaughter and great nieces that challenges them to be creative and use their imagination.
Katrina L on Aug 17, 2018
My niece is turning 7 this year and she loves creating, doing and writing, I thought this would be the perfect gift to keep her entertained for many hours. This is also something she can also do you her mom.
Lisa A on Jul 18, 2018
Chose this because it won a Mom’s Choice Award
Meredith H on Jul 17, 2018
My daughter loves to draw and write stories
Laurie H on Jul 10, 2018
I have a very creative niece who is about to be 6. She writes in her diary every day and LOVES to read and make up stories. I thought this would make a great birthday gift.
Jason G on Jul 7, 2018
It looked like such a wonderful gift for a child to create something of their own!
Cara K on Jun 25, 2018
My 5 year old daughter has this kit - it's fun and easy to use!
Paula P on Sep 8, 2020
Because my daughter loves writing her own stories with her Gramma. She also loves to draw. This will be a great opportunity for her to see her little stories come to life
Tim C on Jun 29, 2020
Does this come with the option of ordering more copies of the book you design?
A shopper on Oct 27, 2020
Is this kit suitable for an adult writing and illustrating a child's book?
Iris C on Mar 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but you are limited to 18 story pages.
Can I use photos?
A shopper on Dec 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It may be possible to use photos depending on the publisher requirements for the images. You may wish to contact They will be able to assist you.
How many pages are included in the kit for one book?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The kit produces an 18 page book (9 pages double sided)
Can I scan already written pages and illustrations and print on the special paper that is sent?
DORINDA on Dec 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is possible to do this, however, illustory will scan the pages that are sent in to create the book, and you may lose some crispness.
Age range?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This kit allows children to create their own hard cover book. Generally speaking, this could be done from 8 years of age and up. However, it depends on the child's abilities.
Does it cost extra money to have the book printed? Or is that included in the initial price of the kit?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The cost of printing the book is included with the price of the kit.
Do you need to purchase a kit for each child or can a family share?
User on Jun 6, 2018
Illustory: Create Your Own Book!
Illustory: Create Your Own Book!
Illustory RRC 2020 Contest Kit - ADVENTURE!!
Illustory RRC 2020 Contest Kit - ADVENTURE!!
BEST ANSWER: For the contest, there can only be one child per entry. However, if you wish to create a family book without submitting for contest, then that can be done.
can the text be typed?
A shopper on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you are submitting a book for the contest, then it cannot be typed. Ordinarily, just to create your own book and have it printed, it can be typed.
Can my daughter's friend help her illustrate and write the book?
Cupcake on Apr 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: For the contest, no, but for personal reasons, absolutely!
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So far my grandchild and I are having a wonderful experience
We are excited to get it mailed and see the finished product
Plus, your customer service and attention to questions are both outstanding
March 12, 2020
8 months ago
She loved it!
We have not yet submitted the book but my 7 year old grand daughter says this is her favorite Christmas gift! I can't wait to see how it turns out!
December 26, 2018
1 year ago
Harper Larson
It was a gift. My granddaughter loved it but I don't think she has submitted a story yet.
October 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
Perfect Birthday present
My 9 year old daughter loved creating this book so much we ordered 3 more to give away as birthday presents!
August 2, 2018
over 2 years ago
Illustory is fabulous! My daughter is a very hesitant writer Knowing she was going to have her story published into a book was a huge incentive for her The kit comes with everything you need but take care to only write on their special paper when you are certain what you are writing or drawing Her book arrived very professional looking which thrilled her & she has asked to do another one (we are doing 2 this year!) This was easy to use & the customer service was helpful too!
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