INSPIRATION

Why publish a book?

Pride, progress, a lasting memory and completely original: publishing your own school book is a unique experience and provides numerous benefits.

Evidence Levels of Progression

Using our online tool is a great and original way to satisfy children's learning objectives. In the UK, that's the five E’s Levels of Progression for Using ICT at Key Stage 1 and 2, and the Levels of Progression for Writing (Communication) at Key Stage 1 and 2

Reinvigorate annual literary events

Keep annual events such as World Book Day, Whole School Writes and Children's Book Week fresh. Instead of having 15 Harry Potters, get the whole school to work as a team on an anthology for the week, with the reward of seeing children's words in print at the end.

Create a treasured memento

A book is a tangible lasting outcome that will be keep forever by parents and families. And it's the sort of achievement that stays with a child forever, to be remembered fondly and proudly.

Share your pride

A book gives a wonderful sense of the school's ambition and activity to current and prospective parents alike, and can be a lovely focal point for meetings with visitors and prospective parents.

Have to say I am ABSOLUTELY loving this idea. What better way to get kids into books than them making their own, telling their own stories.
— Sam Missingham, award-winning publishing consultant
Dancer

INFORMATION

How it works

For best effect, make your book a school-wide project. Here's how.

① Write your pieces: Over Book Week, or a whole term, write and illustrate your pieces. Here are some ideas for themes.

② Upload the pieces and pictures: Upload scanned pictures in bulk. To type in the work, either have teachers and TAs type up their class's work, or let older children use ICT sessions to take ownership and do their own.

WATCH HOW A CLASSROOM SESSION WORKS

③ Preview, sort pages, proofread and sign off: Move the children's work around to get the pieces into just the right order, and download your book as a PDF, for checking. Proofreading your own work is a key Communication milestone.

④ Write letter home: Download personalised order forms to print and send home in the children's bags. Parents and guardians return their slips and payment to school, as they would for a school trip. If you want this to be a fundraising exercise, add an extra amount per copy onto the price.

⑤ Place order: Place the order with us once you know the number of books ordered, and we print and deliver the books in bulk to your school, to be sent home in the proud authors' bags.

FREE TO GET STARTED, 100% FUNDED BY PARENTS

Make Our Book costs school nothing. Choose from "free forever" online use, parent-funded sales or parent-funded fundraising and sponsorship options

Prices are based on the number of pages and copies printed. The following costs are indicative for 200 copies of a 200 page book.

Digital

Full use of the web app

£FREE

Forever

  • Full access to the web app for children and staff
  • Picture uploader: matches file name to child name automatically
  • Custom cover designer
  • "Live" classroom management page
  • Download your book as PDF
  • Letter home template
  • Fully illustrated with a picture from each child
  • No time limit
  • Multiple books and editions
  • Automatic index, by child's name
  • Easy access for children: no need to remember a password
  • Templates, worksheets, videos and supporting resources

School Fundraiser

Better than cupcakes or tea towels

£12.99

per copy, paid by parents

  • Everything in Friends & family
  • Plus: raise money.
    For 200 copies of a 200 page book:
  • Cost: £7.99 / copy
  • £12.99 / copy, paid by parents,
    collected by school, total £2598
  • You pass on to us: £1598
  • You keep: £1000

SCHOOL SPONSOR

Share the pride with other schools

£12.99

per copy, paid by parents

  • Everything in School Fundraiser
  • Plus: sponsor another school.
    For 200 copies of a 200 page book:
  • Cost: £7.99 / copy
  • £12.99 / copy, paid by parents,
    collected by school, total £2598
  • You pass on to us: £1598
  • You donate: £1000

    to sponsor another school's
    Make Our Book project.

  • We match your donation, so £1000 funds books for two schools whose parents are unable to fund copies.

For complex and bespoke layout, or hand-made fonts by the children
please contact us for a Make Our Book Plus quote.

Discounts for literacy charities available.

GET STARTED FREE