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How it Works

Here is how you can publish some of our more popular ideas. You may have an even better one that we can help you with.

Reading a self published book

Portfolio

Creating a personal portfolio for every child is so easy. Teachers simply input their class list into the SYS spreadsheet and an online book template is created for each student. As activities, projects, excursions and personal achievements occur throughout the year, students record their work in their SYS portfolios. Educators will find SYS online portfolios to be a valuable, interactive teaching tool. Read more

Compatible with most tablets, teachers have the ability to set tasks, check their students work and invite parents to view their child’s progress. When tasks are set, it is easy to reuse and modify them each year across the entire curriculum. Transitioning students into the next school year is also simplified as teachers are able to send students’ work portfolios to their colleagues for viewing and assessing.

As the end of the year approaches SYS will remind teachers to ensure students complete their books, before the end of year publishing deadline. Teachers may invite parents to order more than one copy of their child’s book. All ordering is done online so there is no need for forms and collections.  It makes an excellent gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Kids will take pride in their work when they know it is going to be published in a real book and their confidence will soar. A personalised book is ideal for recording personal achievements in a lasting and engaging format. Parents will love how organised their collection of kids’ stories, projects, arts and crafts will be and appreciate every teachers’ efforts, resulting in an overall enhanced school image.

When books are complete, user friendly online instructions allow for easy printing and delivery to your school. Each student receives their own personal keepsake of their year’s achievements. For more information go to FAQ

Kids sharing and reading

Storybooks

Let’s get kids excited about reading and writing by allowing them to become published authors. Our online publishing program is a valuable tool for teachers and/or volunteer committee members. A coordinator creates an online book template and invites students to write stories and/or include illustrations. A compilation of stories is published and if desired, this literacy project can also be run as a unique fundraiser. Read more

A compilation storybook is a perfect platform to showcase students’ talent in your own class or your entire school. By inviting them to submit stories, poems, memoirs, essays or other pieces of writing, with or without accompanying artwork, children, families, and communities come together through their active contribution towards a common goal.  They will take pride when seeing their work published in a real book and will enjoy reading what their friends have written.

Our online publishing platform is easy to use.  The coordinator has the ability to add chapters, edit stories and set the style of each page. S/he can allow every participant to create their own personal cover. When choosing the personalised cover option, a cover template is created for each participant listed. The coordinator can set place holders for text, photos or artwork or allow every student to do their own thing.  Students can download our free Cover Art Template to create their artwork or design something completely original. The SYS publishing tool is compatible with most tablets and makes using photos, art apps and screen shots a breeze.

As a fundraiser, Schoolyard Stories books support improved literacy outcomes and help raise funds in a meaningful way. You can make your fundraiser more profitable by allowing local businesses to sponsor your book through advertising. All profits from book sales and sponsorships go directly to your school or club.

There are so many creative ways you can sell your books.  Launch your SYS storybook during Book Week, hold your own book fair complete with author readings, illustrator demos and book signings, have a stall at your annual school carnival or simply invite families to order online, rendering money handling and order forms obsolete.

User friendly online instructions allow for easy printing and delivery to your school. For more information go to FAQ

Kids cookbooks

Cookbooks

Only SYS has a personalised cover option and our online publishing program is a valuable tool for volunteer committee members. It reduces the work load, eliminates recipe duplication and makes your cookbook fundraiser so simple you’ll want to make it an annual tradition. Read more

A coordinator creates an online book template and invites contacts to submit recipes. The recipe submitters are able to see the book being built and choose to submit recipes without duplication. The coordinator has the ability to edit all pages and set the style of the cookbook. There is also an option that allows for multiple proof readers and editors to help lighten the work load.

When choosing the personalised cover option, a cover template is created for each participant. The coordinator can set place holders for text, photos or artwork or allow every participant to do their own thing.

No more volunteer time is spent typing recipes or collecting order forms and money, it’s all done online. Set the retail price, send out email invitations for online orders and let SYS look after the rest. For more information go to FAQ

Graduation memories

Yearbooks

Capture the memories of every school year in a beautifully published book. Allow students to submit pages or surprise your graduating class. Our online publishing program makes it easy to create a meaningful and affordable graduation gift. Read more

As a class or whole school project, each student may be invited to submit a page into the online book template.  Photos, artwork, creative writing pieces and spaces for signatures are a few examples of what may be included. Students may also create their own personal cover. When choosing the personalised cover option, a cover template is created for each student listed. They can fill their cover template space with their personal photos, art work, quotes or significant events in their graduating year.

Books can also commemorate sporting and academic, theatrical or musical themes. A perfect platform to record hopes, aspirations and outlooks which the future adult can look back upon for an insight into the child they once were.

Buy one book for each student as a graduation gift or invite families to order multiple copies of a yearbook with or without their child’s personal cover. For more information go to FAQ

Sharing school memories

Picture Books or Novels

Publish your own picture book or novel. Create a real book with your child at home or in the classroom. For budding authors of any age, it has never been easier or more fun to self publish.

For your own picture book or novel, choose the group book options under the create tab (think of it as a small group of 1). This allows you to set the number of pages you need, then simply add text boxes and photo frames and just start creating. Invite contacts to purchase a book or just print one for you own enjoyment or a special gift.