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
Note 2
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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my tutumom bought it for me...
Nala T on Jun 8, 2021
My granddaughter loves books thought she would like to write one of her own
billi on Feb 4, 2021
my tutumom bought it for me...
Nala T on Jun 8, 2021
End of year gift for students.
ELIZABETH O on May 26, 2021
My granddaughter loves books thought she would like to write one of her own
billi on Feb 4, 2021
We make kindergarten books each year. We have used illustory for years. It's a great product.
Tracy H on Feb 2, 2021
I have an 8 year old Granddaughter who loves writing stories in her journal. I thought it would be nice for her to have her own book!
Eileen M on Jan 28, 2021
Nora B on Jan 6, 2021
WANDA A on Dec 27, 2020
Our granddaughter loves writing and she put this book on her Christmas list.
Sharon M on Dec 18, 2020
My granddaughter is aways reading and writing stories. She will love this!
Jeri M on Dec 16, 2020
My daughter loves to make up stories and read and draw.
Catie D on Dec 15, 2020
my god son loves to write books
Jerry E on Dec 14, 2020
It is for mt\y granddaughter.
Blanche S on Dec 13, 2020
My granddaughter loves to write and draw
Jennifer G on Dec 12, 2020
It think is is an amazing opportunity for kids.
Danielle B on Dec 12, 2020
Grandchildren will be delighted to write and create their own hard cover book.
Mary M on Dec 11, 2020
looks like something my kids would enjoy
Tawnie J on Dec 11, 2020
As a schoolteacher, I think these gifts are much better than just sending books to read. They should inspire creativity.
Emma and Olivia H on Nov 29, 2020
Daughter loves to read and write, this is perfect!
Elizabeth R on Nov 27, 2020
My 11 yr old granddaughter chose this and put it on her Christmas list!
kathryn p on Nov 27, 2020
My daughter loves to write stories and draw, so I thought this would make the perfect Christmas present this year. She'll be so excited to see her book published!
Jennifer M on Nov 27, 2020
nice price
Richard F on Nov 27, 2020
My granddaughters like to draw. I think they will like having their own books that they create. I was a teacher and my students always loved doing this.
Gailyn R on Nov 27, 2020
It's a gift for a young writer and illustrator who I think would love to see her creation as a real book. I like that this can be done without a computer.
Ann P on Nov 23, 2020
I'm really interested in empowering my kids to use their imagination and express themselves through creative writing.
Thomas s on Nov 23, 2020
Looks like fun. I like that you end up with a real book at the end.
Maribeth E on Nov 22, 2020
Christmas gift for a very creative 7 year old that loves books!
Allison R on Nov 17, 2020
I purchased one thru Zulily and my 2 granddaughters would like to have one each. So I had to add this. They are homeschooled and this is perfect for several class projects.
Jackie N on Nov 6, 2020
Christmas present for my 9 year old
Sarah P on Oct 30, 2020
My daughter loves to come up with her own stories and I thought this would be a cute project for her.
Gina S on Oct 30, 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
End of year gift for students.
ELIZABETH O on May 26, 2021
We make kindergarten books each year. We have used illustory for years. It's a great product.
Tracy H on Feb 2, 2021
Is it like a work book?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No it’s not like a workbook.
They provide pages where your child can write and illustrate their own story. (We always copied more, and kept a few master copies aside) Then you send the pages in and they will making it into a book, a true book. I’ve done it with 4 of my children. It’s worth it, but mine lost interest after a few pages, and when proofreading and correcting errors they did get frustrated. (We did a rough draft and made sure we copied enough pages for a final copy) It was worth it in the end and they all love their books. Definitely something I would do if you have a child who loves to draw or write, and for any student I think would be a great “project”.
Does this come with the option of ordering more copies of the book you design?
A shopper on Oct 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. You go to the publisher's website and use the Book ID number (found on the back of your book.).
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 2021 Contest Kit - Family Story
Illustory RRC 2021 Contest Kit - Family Story
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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Rated 5 out of 5
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
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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