Have you ever read a book and thought, “That character reminds me of myself!”? Did you connect with that character and feel his or her triumphs and tragedies right along with them? Seeing yourself in the characters of the books you are reading can make you more invested in the story. This is true of kids as well! Whether that character is a person, a frog or a talking toy, recognizing themselves in the book they are reading is sure to peak their interest.
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Help them relate to characters
Finding books which your kids can relate to is so important for getting them interested in reading. From finding characters with similar physical traits or family life, to introducing them to stories based on their favorite hobbies or interests, there are many ways to spark their interest by personalizing the experience.
When I was younger, my father went on a business trip and brought books back for me and for my sister. These weren’t just any books. They were books that had main characters with our names. Their friends’ names were our friends’ names! This was so exciting for us to be able to see ourselves in the stories. The book became one of my favorites and I still have it to this day.
Put your child into the story!
Since my own personalized book meant so much to me, I was thrilled when I See Me! reached out to have me review one of their personalized books. I See Me! offers high quality personalized children’s books and gifts which give you the opportunity to put your child into the story. They offer a wide range of genres so you can match the story to your little bookworm. From princesses to pirates to holidays, they have a style that will match your child’s interests. Each book has lots of options to personalize, and the stories are accompanied by rich and colorful illustrations.
I chose to get the book ‘My Very Own Name” for my daughter, as it is full of animals, which she loves. The story follows a group of animals as they decide what name they should give to the baby girl born on my daughter’s birthday. Each page adds another letter to her name by introducing an animal whose name starts with that letter. More animals appear on every page until they finally spell out her first and last names. What I really liked about this book was the Animal Encyclopedia at the end of the book. It lists animals for every letter of the alphabet and gives a little blurb about each of them (which are both informational and entertaining).
Creating a book with I See Me!
The process of creating the book was very easy and the website is user friendly, making it simple to create adorable gifts for any little bookworms in your life. My daughter is 22 months, and she loved reading her personalized book and looking at the pictures. We have been working on recognizing the letters in her name, so she was thrilled to be able to see it spelled out. I know that she will continue to enjoy this book as she gets older.
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