Get Kids Excited About Reading : Personalize the Experience

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.

I See Me! also offers a wide range of other personalized gifts and products for kids, including lunch boxes, puzzles and more. Check them out on social media to stay up to date on the latest offerings!


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Now you have the opportunity to win a free personalized book for your favorite bookworm! One lucky reader will win a book of their choice from I See Me! Enter for a chance to win below. Good luck!

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  • Derika

    April 27, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    I loved reading as a kid and my little munchkin is very interested in it now, too! He would be all over a personalized book!

    • Vicki

      April 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! They are fantastic books and there are so many genres available!

  • Marla | Because I Said So Baby

    April 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply

    We are currently obsessed with these books! Our toddler loves her personalized Big Sister book. This is an easy way to make reading fun!

    • Vicki

      April 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

      I agree! I love my book from when I was a child, and my daughter is loving reading hers!

  • Dara

    April 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Simon has the “What Simon Can Be” book and it’s really well done and cute! The one you got sounds and looks great too.

    • Vicki

      April 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

      They are such fun books and there are so many great stories available!

  • Andi

    April 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I love this! My mom had personalized books made for my brother and I when we were little and it felt like the grandest thing ever!

    • Vicki

      April 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

      Doesn’t it? It’s so fun to be able to see yourself made into a character!

  • Allison Silletto

    April 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Personalized stories are the best! We made a book about our family on Snapfish and both my kids LOVE it. Putting them in a story really does make reading exciting.

    • Vicki

      April 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I love that the technology available today allows us to further immerse kids in books!

  • Victoria

    April 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm Reply

    How cute is this! Nothing like seeing your name in a book, especially when you are a little.

    • Vicki

      April 28, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply

      I agree!

  • Kristi

    April 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply

    This is a great book – I actually bought this for my nephew as a gift for his baby shower. It’s adorable!

    • Vicki

      April 28, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply

      It is! My daughter already loves it, and I know she will love it even more as she gets older and understands it more!

  • Caitlin @RogersPartyof5

    April 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

    We don’t have any of these books, and my son would LOVE it. I entered the giveaway… hopefully I will win! 🙂

    • Vicki

      April 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply

      Good luck! They are very fun books!

  • Twin Pickle

    April 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Super cute, and truly special to a child!

  • Brenda

    April 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm Reply

    My son has a personalized book and he really loves it! We often read it together at bedtime even though he’s outgrown the reading level, he still loves that it’s about him.

    • Vicki

      April 28, 2017 at 9:27 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! I still love mine from when I was younger!

  • Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

    April 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Those sound like such fun books! I’ve seen a few other bloggers get them too! 🙂

    • Vicki

      April 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

      They are a lot of fun!

  • Jalisa

    April 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply

    My three year old loves books. He pretends he knows how to read and tries to read to me lol

    • Vicki

      April 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply

      That is so sweet! My daughter likes to “read” to me too.

  • Stephanie

    May 1, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply

    We love those books here! We had one personalized for the whole family at Christmas. The kids literally go wild seeing their name in there.

    • Vicki

      May 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Aw, that is so much fun! It’s so exciting to see yourself in a book!

  • Meredith

    May 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh we LOVE the I See Me books!! They are AMAZING!!!!

    • Vicki

      May 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

      I agree! It’s so much fun for kids to have a unique book of their own!

  • Kate A

    May 2, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Personalized books are so popular right now, and these versions are so much more beautiful than some of the other options I’ve seen out there.

    • Vicki

      May 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm Reply

      They are really great quality. I hope my daughter treasures hers like I have treasured mine!

  • Thomas Ryan

    May 3, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply

    My Daughter and I LOVE these books. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

    • Vicki

      May 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm Reply

      They are fantastic!

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