The Perfect Name for You {review and giveaway}

by 5 Minutes for Books

Barbara Houghteling is co-partner of Birthday Keepsakes, an online baby keepsakes website. When she came up with the idea for a personalized storybook, her daughter Jana, then a senior in high school, read her mom’s verses and decided she could do better. The Houghtelings worked with an artist to create the illustrations that accompany the rhymes, and recently The Perfect Name For You was published.

I received a copy of The Perfect Name For You for my 5 year old son, assuming he’d like it, but I wasn’t expecting him to completely fall in love with the book. Like most kids his age he just loves seeing his name on just about anything, and to have it printed on his own picture book is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Having read a multitude of alphabet books, many of them using animals for each letter, it’s always refreshing to see a new twist on the genre. To celebrate the child’s birth, each animal brings something for each letter in their name – the moose brings an A for antlers, the lion brings an M for mane, the ant brings a P for picnic. There are multiple animals for each letter, so even though my son’s full name has 5 As in it — first, middle and last are all used — there were no repeats. Adding to the fun is a ladybug that can be found in each picture, and at the end is each letter of the alphabet brought by a different animal. My son loves to go through that list and point out the ones included in his book.

The Perfect Name For You is a wonderful gift for a new baby or preschool-aged child that will be cherished for years.

Birthday Keepsakes is offering a free personalized storybook to 1 winner, US or Canada only. Please leave a comment below and the winner will be announced on in this weekly book giveaway column on Monday February 6.

 
Nancy is happy her son loves his name as much as she does. She writes about her 2 boys, books and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys and Books.



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1 Becca H January 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

This sounds like a great book – my daughter, Lorelai, has yet to see her name in a book!

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2 tennille January 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

my family is full of creative names so when we had a book made for us as kids we were amazed by it!!! My sons Cadel and Dashiell will have the same issue!

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3 Jenny January 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Sounds like a great addition to a child’s library!

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4 Selena January 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

My daughter loves to read and this would be so cute to give her!

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5 Pearl January 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Many thanks for this unique book.

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6 Barbara Manatee January 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

What a special book! My best friend is pregnant with her first child – I’d love to give this to her!

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7 June January 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

I know some little one’s that would love this.

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8 Melissa P. January 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

Love to win this for my nephew. : )

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9 Vickie Couturier January 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

this would be a perfect gift for my grandaughters birthday coming soon
vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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10 Natalia January 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

Great gift book!

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11 John January 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

Would like to win for my son, thanks.

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12 Jessica T January 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

My kids would love this – such a neat idea!

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13 Alison S. January 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I would love this for my son’s 3rd birthday coming up. He loves to read and would love a book that is just for him.

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14 Kathy Stevenson January 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My girls would love this!

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15 julie January 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Great giveaway, my son would love this

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16 Beth C January 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I have a friend who has a new baby born in December and I would love to have this for her! Thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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17 Shakara January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My daughter’s name is unique in spelling, what a special way to celebrate her!

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18 CMC January 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My stepson’s name is very different and he sometimes gets upset because it is so different. I’d love to have this book for him!

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19 angie January 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

what a great book and very special to the one that would get it.

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20 Noreen January 24, 2012 at 1:14 am

So cute

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21 HappyMomC January 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

Would love this for my daughter!

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22 Margaret January 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My kids would love this! Thank for the giveaway!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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23 riTa January 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Would love this for my youngest grandson–Zion Promise (I wonder what they’d do with the Z?)
Thank you!

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24 Van January 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Cute book

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25 samantha w January 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

my sons bday is next week, this would be a cool surprise for him

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26 mrsshukra January 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Perfect for my godchild!

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27 Chuck January 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Our grandson would really enjoy this story book.

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28 Kristi P January 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

This would be a great book for my daughter.

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29 Terra Heck January 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This sounds like a wonderful personalized book. Thanks.

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30 Jennifer January 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

What a fun way to get kids pumped up about reading! Either one of my kiddos would love this!

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31 Shannon January 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I would love this.

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32 Laurie Harrison January 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I really like getting my grandkids personalizes gifts. A book would be great for an upcoming 5th birthday. Thank you for telling us about it. Glad your son loved it.

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33 sandra January 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

my son would love this

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34 Staci A January 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

It sounds like a great book. I’d love to share it with my little one!

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35 Angela E. January 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Such a sweet book to read to the little one’s.

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36 Laura Jacobson January 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Oh what a beautiful book!

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37 Audrey Griffis January 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

soudns lie a really neat book being a former teacher i love kids books and both my kids love books

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38 julie January 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Our son Jarrett is just learning to read and would loveto see his name in a book,,,,,,,,,cute keepsake :-)

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39 melissa n January 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

this is too cute! id love to have this for my son!

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40 Kelly January 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

This book sounds adorable! My daughter would absolutely love it and so would I.

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41 Vanessa January 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Please enter me. thank you.
Jesus loves you!

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42 Danielle Davis/Grady January 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

My son would love this!
Thank you!

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43 amy v January 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

what a wonderful keepsake for my little guy!

annae07 at aol dot com

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44 catherine c January 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

what a great giveaway! i know several kiddos who would love this

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45 Shawn January 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

My daughter would love this. She loves to read

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46 lisa morse January 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm

My nephew Charlie would feel so special to see his name in a book!

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47 Emily Thoos January 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

this is a great idea! inspires me to read to my son more

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48 Garrett January 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

What a good book.

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49 burgundy January 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

My boys kamaal and alijah don’t see their names at all so I know they would love this. heck, i would have loved this as a child being that my name is just a color

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50 Julie Lynn Bickham January 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Would love this for my daughter Mikalah. Her name is spelled very different and is hard to find things with her name.

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51 Kelly Marceau January 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I’d love to win this give away. It sound like a book my son would love.

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52 rebeka deleon January 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

my children love books! i would love to get this for them

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53 Michelle January 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love these books. I was thinking after Mister Man was born that writing the perfect story about his name would be a great book idea… but I never did it. Good thing someone else did? ;)

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54 nannypanpan January 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm

would love this for my son
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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55 catherine c February 1, 2012 at 1:47 am

love this book- excited about your giveaway- thanks!!

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56 Mia
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February 1, 2012 at 5:45 am

We LOVE books! This is too cute!=)

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57 ANGEL JACKLYN February 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR MY NEPHEW, THANKS!

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58 Kelly L February 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

What a great book?! I love personalized books and so does my daughter. Thank you very much for this wonderful giveaway!

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59 andrea February 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

these are such a cute idea for a book

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60 Kimberly February 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

This is such a cute idea! I’d love to have one made for my new daughter. We spent so long deciding on the perfect name for her.

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61 giveaway hound February 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I would love to win this for my son! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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62 Kimberly February 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

What a wonderful idea. The illustrations look detailed, also.

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63 tamra childers February 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

i would love to win this

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64 connie black February 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I would love to take this to school and read to the kids.

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65 Barb February 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I have a nephew who would *love* this book.

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66 Kelly D February 3, 2012 at 12:59 am

What a great keepsake! This would be perfect for my daughters 2nd birthday! Thank you!

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67 Debbie Kennedy February 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

I would love to give this to my brand new nephew! Thanks for the chance!

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68 springchicken February 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

I would love to win, so I can share the book with my preschool class!

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69 Don February 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

What a nice book.

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70 Lori February 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Would love to win this one!

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71 Jeff February 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

My little ones would enjoy this at bedtime.

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72 Giant Sis February 4, 2012 at 7:59 am

This would be a perfect gift for my niece’s birthday next month! What a great idea!

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