I See Me! Personalized Books: Review & Giveaway

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.


Comments

  1. Erin says

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

  2. Stephanie says

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

  3. says

    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!

  4. Amanda Titus says

    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.

  5. Julie Shurling says

    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!

  6. Priscilla says

    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.

  7. Angelica rougeron says

    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!

  8. Erin Lawrence says

    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! :)

  9. norma gamel says

    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.

  10. AmyQ. says

    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!

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