Publish a book at home

At Kids’ Own Publishing we know there are many, many ways you can publish your own book. One option is to make a book using folded paper and your own art materials.

On this page, we have some videos with tips and inspiration for easy, fun and beautiful ways to do this.

Once you’ve made a book, share it and tag us on socials! We just love seeing what people have made.

If you have an iPad, you can also use our app to create a little 8 page book you can print, fold and share.

How to fold your book with MICHAEL CAMILLERI

Illustrator, animator and occasional chaotic clown MICHAEL CAMILLERI, aka The Grand Imaginator, will show you how to make your own 8-page book with a piece of A3 (or A4) paper.

Looking for inspiration? Watch our wonderful guest artists make their own books

Make a book with spoken-word poet IDIL ALI

Poetry and collage with paper and petals.

Make a book with illustrator ANNA WALKER

A wordless book using hand printing and collage.

Make a book with Wurundjeri educator MATHEW GARDINER

Collage with natural materials and Woiwurrung language.

Make a book with musician BERN EMMERICHS

Painting with food dye and collage with scratch paper and cellophane.

Make a book with spoken-word poet JOHN WOLSELEY

Bark rubbings as collage, water colour and ink drawing

Kids’ books with Brigid!

Artist Brigid May selected some books created by kids for kids to read aloud in the virtual ‘Book Cubby’. Watch her read some of the fabulous books you sent through to us here!

We love to share images of your books

Safeguarding the author’s identity is our priority.

  1. If you are a parent or guardian, first ask for the author’s permission to share their book
  2. Post pictures and readings of the book on your own Facebook or Instagram accounts with hashtag #KidsHomePublishing #BooksByChildrenForChildren
  3. OR post directly to our Facebook page @KidsOwnPublishing

FILMING TIP: Film over the child’s shoulder, pointing the camera at their hands reading their story aloud. That way, the viewer can read along as well.

PHOTO TIP: Photograph hands making art, writing worlds and holding pages open.

Kids’ Home Publishing was initially supported by Abbotsford Convent, the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Yarra. Animations produced by Galactic Tractor.