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About Picture-This Books™

The original children's books, for children to illustrate themselves. Written and designed for imaginers aged 4+ years.

Hello and a very warm welcome to Picture-This Books™. Home of the original children's books, for children to illustrate themselves. Inspired by my youngest son, these books are written and designed to encourage imagination, creativity and independent thought, to nurture confidence, empathy and kindness, and as fun but calming child-friendly mindfulness books.

In October 2017 I took my then 6 y/o to Northern Ireland during half-term. We had a wonderful week of outdoor adventures - by day we explored, by night we snacked and read stories in bed. One evening, I was reading a story to my son as he nodded off beside me. Towards the end of the book, my son sat up and looked at the pictures for the first time. When I finished reading he said to me "that's not how I imagined it to look in my head, Mummy". That was the end of that story, but the beginning of Picture-This Books™.

Created for small but mighty imaginers. We celebrate the joy of childhood and the wonder of difference.



Written by me, illustrated by the child...Children's books, for children to illustrate themselves.Five books available now, more coming soon...
Children read Picture-This Books, before adding their own illustrations
Books with a difference

Born to stand out

A celebration of childhood and the wonder of difference - no two finished books are ever the same, much like the children illustrating them...

My son's comments got me thinking, and I soon began researching representation in children's literature, particularly picture books. My findings were alarming and only made me more determined to pursue my idea. The books we read as children play a huge role in our early and formative perception of ourselves and the world around us. What message are we sending our children if they can’t see themselves, and the world as they know it, represented in the books they read? Opening their eyes to new ideas and experiences is vital – but so is feeling seen, heard and understood. Picture-This Books™ were created to give children the space to draw on their own reality (literally), whilst expressing their unique creativity and imagination. With fun, inspiring, uplifting stories, Picture-This Books™ are purposefully over-sized (230mm x 230mm) and printed on uncoated 190gsm paper. Children read the story on one side, then add their own illustrations in pencil or pen on the opposite page.

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  • "A brilliant idea that will help both kids and adults to take a look inside themselves and have a walk around their imaginations. "
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    Beatrice B

  • "The children adored and still adore filling in the pages!"
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    Holly T

  • "It's such a clever idea leaving white space for children to fill with their ideas and creativity. "
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Every book is lovingly gift wrapped as standard in white tissue paper with our logo sticker on the outside packaging - no need to request this or tick any boxes! The tissue paper protects the books from scuffs and marks. Wrapped books are then placed in super sturdy plastic-free, 100% biodegradable, sustainable and recyclable postal wraps. This ensures all orders wing their way safely and soundly to your door. You have the option to add a personalised gift card to your order - please select this before you complete your order.

Please keep in mind that these books will be too big to fit through most people's letter/post boxes. If you order more than one book, your books will be wrapped individually but sent out in one package wrap. Larger orders may arrive in more than one package wrap - this is so that we can meet our own P&P quality control.

We will send your order on the same or next working day and only post First Class, Royal Mail. We are based in the UK but we can ship worldwide. Larger orders from outside the UK may be sent by an alternate courier provider. Once you have placed your order, we will be in touch and keep you informed of estimated delivery dates.

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