The Perfect Name for You {review and giveaway}

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.


  1. tennille says

    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!

  2. Alison S. says

    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.

  3. Beth C says

    I have a friend who has a new baby born in December and I would love to have this for her! Thanks!

  4. CMC says

    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!

  5. Laurie Harrison says

    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.

  6. burgundy says

    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

  7. Julie Lynn Bickham says

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

  8. says

    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? 😉

  9. Kelly L says

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

  10. Kimberly says

    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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