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.

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

Publisher Description:

IlluStory - Create Your Own Book! is the newest version of the award-winning bookmaking kit for children

This new version of the beloved book making kit features a new writing guide, 'Just Imagine..A Guide to Writing and Illustrating Your Story'; which includes instructions and useful information that guides your child to write and publish their very own book

2017 Mom's Choice Award - Gold Award Recipient

Everything contained in the IlluStory kit allows a child to write and illustrate their own full-color, 20 page, professionally printed hardcover book

Our "About the Author" feature gives your child the option to be showcased as the published author on the book's back cover.

Your kit includes ready-to-use cover template pages, story and illustration template pages, guide book & instructions, a set of color markers and a postage-paid envelope and order form.

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, including descriptive 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.
1.05 (lbs.)
9.62" x 12.62" x 3.0"
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For a gift for my 9 year old
Katie P on Feb 15, 2023
Recommended by friend
Gerry M on Nov 30, 2022
For a gift for my 9 year old
Katie P on Feb 15, 2023
Gift for an 8 year old who loves to read... I figure this time we can switch it up and she can be the author:)
Noelle A on Dec 11, 2022
Recommended by friend
Gerry M on Nov 30, 2022
Daugther asked for it for Christmas
Jennifer B on Nov 29, 2022
My son has expressed an interest in writing his own book and I think this owuld help tremendously.
Mariel P on Mar 2, 2022
My granddaughters have used this kit and have made the most wonderful books that they are so proud of and I read them to my other grandchildren. Thanks so much for such a well-done kit and then a quality book, too!
Barbara T on Mar 1, 2022
My children love to make books, I would actually like to see them published :-)
Autumn F on Jan 5, 2022
My kids' uncle purchased these for them since they are starting to enjoy writing and using their imagination. I am hoping this will encourage them to continue!
Meagan B on Dec 13, 2021
Christmas gift for my niece. :)
Rachel C on Dec 10, 2021
My 9 year old niece is forever creating story boards, so I thought it would be great for her to create her own book. You never know, she could be the next great kids author :)
REGGIE C. on Dec 10, 2021
She loved this gift last year and has been asking for another. She's very proud of her published book!
Gloria D on Dec 10, 2021
Christmas gift
Laurel B on Dec 5, 2021
great reviews
Tien Ying Y on Dec 2, 2021
For a child who loves to write and loves art
Michelle C on Nov 30, 2021
My kid is really into creating her own stories- writing and drawing. She had one before and loved it and asked for one again for Christmas.
Monae R on Nov 29, 2021
Granddaughter gift
Barbara F on Nov 29, 2021
Christmas wish list
Andrea S on Nov 28, 2021
gifts to my granddaughter who love to write
Linda D on Nov 27, 2021
I googled gifts for children who have everything--I'm trying to find gifts for my great-nieces and great-nephew. I saw this and said BINGO! This is an activity they can do together and keep forever! I hope it is as good as the reviews show.
Jennifer T on Nov 25, 2021
My kids completed one of these books when they were young and they are a keepsake. Now I have an 8 year old granddaughter who loves to write stories. I told her we could print up her story and she could make a book. She wondered how we would print the cover and then I remembered Illustory and so then I knew what I am getting her for Xmas. She will love it!
Doreen E on Nov 12, 2021
My niece loves reading and writing!
Sara F on Nov 2, 2021
it looks like fun
Ann M on Oct 30, 2021
I had this kit for my son and loved iit. Now getting one for my daughter and her friend.
Lisa H on Oct 24, 2021
We have made 2 of these books so far. We use them for field trip reports. The kids make a page for each outing and then we submit all the papers and Lulu Jr. binds them into a keepsake book. We love them! They are such a lovely keepsake of our adventures!
Jen W on Oct 21, 2021
I have ordered many many Kiwico subscriptions for our 12 grandchildren. They have all been thrilled with their monthly deliveries and have learned much from their experiences. A great find!!
Cindy R on Oct 18, 2021
One of my granddaughters was excited to share her book with me. Another granddaughter enjoys writing stories, so I knew she would love this as a birthday gift.
Pamela T on Oct 3, 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
Gift for an 8 year old who loves to read... I figure this time we can switch it up and she can be the author:)
Noelle A on Dec 11, 2022
Daugther asked for it for Christmas
Jennifer B on Nov 29, 2022
Can I buy extra pages to be used if my child makes an error?
Mary Ann A on Oct 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No, but you can make copies of the story pages to practice on.
Does the kit have an expiration date by which books need to be mailed in?
Sugene on Jul 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The kit does NOT have an expiration date.
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 2023 Contest Kit
Illustory RRC 2023 Contest Kit
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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Lovely people work here. Very attentive. East transaction and for a larger order. Thank you
February 4, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Am hopeful this will be a winner!
Both my niece and nephew requested this product on their holiday wish lists. Sounds like a wonderful concept. Hopefully they will work on it during their winter break so I can see the results of their hard work and creativity. Seems like a reasonable price for this keepsake.
December 30, 2021
1 year ago
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
over 3 years 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 4 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 5 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 5 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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