New: InDesign Templates to Support Improved Children’s Book Design

02 May 2024

New: InDesign Templates to Support Improved Children’s Book Design

By Alisha Niehaus…

Book design is crucial for readability, especially for beginning readers. Elements like fonts and how the words on the page are spaced are important for making books clear, useable, and appealing for readers. Good design and file set-up also makes it easier to print books and archive or store them for future print runs. But too often, children’s book designers in many countries do not have the opportunities to harness global best practices, resulting in books with lower-quality visual design or which are challenging to print.

The World Bank Read@Home initiative’s Early Learning Resource Network has released a set of InDesign templates to help designers improve the layout and visual appeal of children’s books.

First Books templates in InDesign
There are five First Books InDesign templates to choose from, each using a different shape motif
throughout the pages.


These InDesign templates are part of ELRN’s efforts to support book developers in bringing higher quality design to all children. By using pre-set elements such as trim size, early grade fonts, and offering options for different page layouts, the templates maximize designers’ freedom and creativity to develop books for their context while avoiding common errors.  


Recommended fonts
The user guides provide recommendations on suitable fonts.


The templates are based on Read@Home’s 100 First Children’s Books Framework and developed with inputs from children’s book experts and designers. Templates are aligned with common book sizes across printers across the world, include straightforward user guides, and support four different kinds of books:

For more information or to inquire about support for using these templates in your project, please contact info [at] earlylearningresourcenetwork [dot] org