I See Me! Personalized Books: Review & Giveaway

by Guest Contributor

My favorite gift to give children is always the gift of reading. A lifelong bookworm myself, I find a particular joy in matching titles to the interests of the child- hoping that they will fall in love with the images and story, and take comfort rereading the pages within again and again.

Books can be a tricky gift to give, though. You never really know which ones the recipient already owns (or might receive at any given gift-giving occasion). And a kid who’s all about dinosaurs today might decide tomorrow that trains are his latest obsession.

But a story that’s all about THEM? That mentions their name and little customized details about their own life story? You can be sure that a personalized book with a child’s name in print will catch and hold their attention, and that there will be no duplicates on their bookshelf.

I See Me!’s award-winning personalized children’s books are as unique as the child that receives them. Offering selections for boys and girls ages 0-12, these customized books would make great gifts for birthdays, holidays and baby showers; for newborns and new big brothers or sisters.



For my own niece, Eva, I received a board book celebrating her 2nd birthday later this year (I have no willpower; Eva got it early). The book is exactly the right size for her little hands to hold, and the pages are nice and sturdy. I fully expect that it will hold up to the intense love that a toddler can give.

I love the artwork, which is bright and whimsical and cheery without being cheesy, and the story is adorable: woodland creatures are all atwitter, preparing for Eva’s birthday party. It’s engaging and fun to read aloud- and at this age, when the same stories tend to get read out loud A LOT, that’s an important factor. There’s nothing worse than reading a boring book aloud a mind-numbing number of times.

Even my decidedly not-bookish husband was chuckling and nodding approvingly at the cuteness of the graphics and plotline.

I can’t bring myself to write inside books, so my preference has been to paste bookplates into gifted titles as a personal touch; a practice that is admittedly pretty antiquated but means a lot to me. I do know younger kids just can’t resist tugging at them. Eva’s board book brilliantly has a dedication printed directly onto the inside cover which reads,  This book was made especially for Eva Marie who arrived on September 14, 2010.

You can have the gift-giver’s name inscribed as well, along with the year the book was given. This little detail- the permanent “bookplate”- is absolutely my favorite feature of I See Me!’s customized books.

I See Me!’s selection of high-quality, durable storybooks (including pirate tales and fairy tales) can be customized starting at $24.95. They also carry gift sets (books paired with stuffed animals or t-shirts), personalized floor puzzles and a My Very Own Name app for the iPad. Any of these gifts are sure to put a smile on a kid’s face, and be a gift they’ll reach for again and again.

Enter to win

One 5 Minutes for Mom reader is going to get her very own copy of an I See Me book. To enter, visit the site and then come back here and leave a comment letting us know which book you would choose.

This giveaway will end on March 4th and a winner will be chosen by random.org and announced in the weekly Around the Blogosphere post.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of a I See Me Book to review. All opinions listed are my own.

Robin Elton is a real food advocate, wilderness champion, general loudmouth and Honey Badger Mom to three backyard naturalists. Community Manager for Fitfluential LLC, she is the Twitterific day-to-day voice of @FitFluential. Robin writes about the non-toxic healthy lifestyle, the restorative benefits of the outdoors, and the power of play at simple. green. organic. happy.

Robin Elton is a real food advocate, wilderness champion, general loudmouth and Honey Badger Mom to three backyard naturalists. Community Manager for Fitfluential LLC, she is the Twitterific day-to-day voice of @FitFluential. Robin writes about the non-toxic healthy lifestyle, the restorative benefits of the outdoors, and the power of play atsimple. green. organic. happy.

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1 Kristie February 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

My daughter would love the
My Very Own Fairy Tale Storybook.


2 shelly February 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

I would love the Fairies book.


3 Jen E February 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

These look great – I’d love to get my daughter either the Fairy Tale book or the Who Loves Me Book – both look awesome!


4 Melissa February 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

My Very Own Name would be perfect for my little guy, Zane. :)


5 JMarie February 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I think my new niece would like “My Very Own Fairytale,” and her mother would love to read it to her!


6 tennille February 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

i love the my very own name book


7 Julie Lundstrom February 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I would like My very Happy Birthday Book.


8 A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING February 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I would love the birthday book for girls for my granddaughter on her 2nd birthday…


9 June February 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

My grand daughter would love this.


10 Sus February 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Would love My Very Own Name for my little one.
tnxns09 at gmail dot com


11 John February 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

My very Own Name.


12 Natalia February 22, 2012 at 12:14 am

Birthday Book for Boys


13 Isabelle February 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

My Very Own Book is great!


14 catherine c February 22, 2012 at 2:52 am

i like the My Very Own Pirate Tale Storybook


15 Terra Heck February 22, 2012 at 4:19 am

I’d choose My Very Happy Birthday Book for girls. Thanks.


16 Erin February 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

My daughter LOVES the My Very Own Fairy Tale Book! We have read it a hundred times!!! So we would choose the Birthday Book.


17 Selena February 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

I would get the super incredible big sister book for my daughter since we are expecting our second child!


18 Kathy Stevenson February 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

I would love to get The Super, Incredible Big Sister!


19 stephanie christmann February 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

I would choose My Very Own Pirate Tale for my son


20 kelly February 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

I would choose My Very Own Name Storybook


21 Vickie Couturier February 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

Id choose:My Very Own Pirate Tale Storybook



22 Mia Dentice Carey February 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE My Very Own Pirate Tale Storybook! =)


23 sandra February 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

i’d choose My Very Own Pirate Tale Storybook


24 Christine February 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

My Very Own Pirate Tale


25 DavidP February 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for these Lolli, I would choose “My Very Own Pirate Tale.”


26 Kristi p February 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I love the new My Very Happy Birthday Book. We have the Fairy tale book and Love it!


27 kristin D February 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm

The Very Happy Birthday Book For Gracie!


28 Stephanie February 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

I like the birthday book for girls. My baby girl turns 1 on Saturday and it would be something neat she could read later!


29 lauren knott February 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

my very own pirate tale.


30 Melissa February 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I have 3 children and they would all love to have these books. They all look fabulous!


31 Jennifer Dewing February 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

THANK YOU so much for the lovely book review on “My Very Happy Birthday”! We are so excited to have this title in our line up of books! We loved the photos and comments posted in the review above!


32 Amanda Titus February 24, 2012 at 6:31 am

The Very Merry Christmas Book would add such a magical touch to any holiday season. Now to figure out which child to use it for…..? Probably the youngest, Donovan who’s 4 months old.


33 Lauren February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

i really like the My Fairytale book!


34 Rochel S February 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I like the My Very Own Name Storybook


35 Julie Shurling February 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I have been a fan for years, starting with My Very Own Name given to my daughter as a gift. Since we have purchased My Very Own Fairytale for her, My Very Own Name for her cousin, & My Very Own Pirate Tale for another cousin. I think I would have to choose God Loves You for my son next. It’s so hard to choose as you can see, we love them all!


36 Priscilla February 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

We have a few of these books. Time to get the pirate one for 1 of my children who already has the My Very Own Name book. I’m about to order 2 books for our youngest 2, 1 is getting the pirate version & the other My Very Own Name.


37 Angelica rougeron February 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I love and bought several of these books and I still keep buying for friends with lil ones I love my own name book and the fairies book the pirate is also nice. I’d love to purchase the new birthday book or win it for my own lil 1 year old for his next birthday. These are the best gifts to give as the will be cherished for a lifetime!


38 samantha w February 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

my very own name, or the christmas one would be nice


39 Erin Lawrence February 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I would love to have the Super, Incredible Big Sister for my daughter who will be a big sister in April! Thanks for the giveaway! :)


40 Jenn February 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I would choose the My Very Own Fairy Tale Storybook!

Jenn from Making Hair Bows


41 Danielle Davis/Grady February 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I would choose My Very Own Pirate Tale Storybook!
Thank you!


42 Idaho Jill February 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

My daughter would love the My Very Own Fairy Tale Storybook, thanks!


43 Julie Lynn Bickham February 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I would choose the Who Loves Me? book.


44 janga February 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

My Very Own Fairy Tale Storybook! I’ve already ordered Who Loves Me and it is really beautiful. Everyone loves it!


45 Angela E. February 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Such a neat & great book for kids.


46 Mallory February 27, 2012 at 5:10 am

I would choose My Very Own Pirate Tale storybook for my son.


47 Garrett February 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

I think these story books are great for children.


48 Don February 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

I like this idea, it would be their own special book.


49 June February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

I know a 2 year old little girl who just had her birthday, that would like this.


50 Julie Lundstrom February 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

I like the Happy Birthday book.


51 Van February 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

The Happy Birthday book looks nice.


52 Kelly D February 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I would choose My Very Own Name. It looks ADORABLE!!!


53 Wayne February 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

I would choose My Very Own Name Storybook for my daughter.


54 Shannon F February 28, 2012 at 12:03 am

I would choose My Very Own Fairytale or My Very Own Name for my niece.


55 Jeff February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

What a nice gift this would make.


56 nannypanpan February 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

i like preschool according to me


57 Staci A February 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

We’d love The Super, Incredible Big Brother!


58 Chuck February 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

I think the name story one would be nice.


59 Kelly Falcone March 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I would choose the world according to me : )


60 norma gamel March 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I would choose the Who Loves Me? with personalized blanket. My grandson spends every weekend with me and he LOVES for his Granna to read to him while he is curled up beside me with a blanket. He would be so excited.


61 Lori March 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

We would choose the big brother story book.


62 Francesca March 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

‘My Very Own Pirate Tale Storybook’ would be #1 on our list.


63 ANGEL JACKLYN March 3, 2012 at 7:05 am



64 Lisa L March 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

The Super, Incredible Big Brother would be perfect for my son!


65 AmyQ. March 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I would definitely have to choose the “My Very Own Fairy Tale Book” book for my little Anistin. She’s such a little Diva Princess at 16months old!


66 Kimberly March 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

I would choose the My Very Own Fairy Tale Storybook


67 julie rmr March 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

The “who loves me” one, for sure!


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