Page Layout and Space

page layout

You don’t need to worry about page layout as this is done at the design stage and it will almost certainly be different to what you imagine.

However it can be useful to consider the space available and the relationship between text and illustrations, particularly for deciding how many words to write and how many pictures to draw. In most cases the rule is:

  • Don’t be too wordy (every word should count and every sentence should ‘move the story on’)
  • It’s better to do more pictures than less

The balance between the text and the illustrations should include consideration to your target audience. Stories aimed at younger children usually have less words and more pictures.

Text-heavy books can have 200 words to a page. A rough guide is that a book of stories for 7-10 year olds might have a total word count of 3,500 words and 22 full or half-page illustrations. A book for younger children should have a word count of no more than 1,000 words and 32 full page illustrations.

Download this sheet to see an example of a book layout with pages aimed at different age groups. But remember – you don’t need to worry about this!

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