Monday, 19 October 2009

Which Font Looks Best for a Children's Book?

It's a difficult subject. My first book Tortoise George was Times Roman and I've have a few criticisms about it.
I had tried many fonts next to their associated illustrations and found that Times Roman looked the best. My justification in part being that Dr. Seuss used New Century Schoolbook which is very similar.
Since then I've been googling some more and found that if you ask 100 people you'll get 100 different answers. Ok, maybe 33 different answers. Some people like Times Roman, some people like Arial. The bigger question is whether to be serif or sans.
The one thing I don't want to do (currently) is to pay for a font. That may change of course.
Let me know what you think. Below is an illustration from the forthcoming "My Nana is from Neptune" - let me know which font you think works best - left or right - if if you think both suck, please feel free to suggest a font.


  1. A very good font for children's picture books is Lucida Casual. Another is JI-Hasted, but the latter you would have to download from a font website.

  2. Thanks Ginger - JI-Hasted looks nice - I think I recognise it from that "Hoo" book?

  3. As I have been doing research and working with children, I notice how many typefaces still use the old Greek/Roman "a". Poor children. This is not how we are teaching them to print, but it is what we are teaching them to read. What kind of double message is that? So of course, I prefer a typeface like Century Gothic that uses the round "a" and large easy to read/recognize letters. Isn't that what children's books are all about? Getting children to READ?