Making Kids Feel Special Through Reading

Personalized Children's Books

Reading together is one of my favorite ways to connect with my daughter. When we are reading a great book together, I hope that she takes the lessons, love and values to heart. I love when I read a book about love to her, and she recognizes that the mother in the story cares about the character the same way that I care about her. Watching her make connections to the story, the characters and the illustrations is a special part of reading to her. The personalized children’s books from Put Me in the Story makes the experience even more unforgettable by weaving her into the book.

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Put Me in the Story is a company dedicated to providing families with personalized children’s books that hold special meaning. They believe in the power of reading together and strive to provide books that families will enjoy again and again. They offer lots of unique ways to incorporate your child into the story. From adding their name into the illustrations to using their photos to tell the story, there are lots of options. They also use familiar stories and characters that your family already enjoys. You can not only find Disney, Marvel and Sesame Street stories, but also popular book characters including Curious George, Fancy Nancy and Pete the Cat.

Connecting Kids to the Books They Read

Getting kids interested in reading is something that a lot of parents struggle with. There is a quote that has been attributed to both James Patterson and Frank Serafini that says “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book”. By providing kids with personalized children’s books that feature them, you provide them with a special gift that connects directly to them.

Personalized Children's Books

When I was younger, my father went on a trip and brought personalized books back for my sister and me. Mine was a story about a dinosaur that I befriended, and I still have it 26 years later! We were always avid readers, but having a book that weaved us into the story was so much fun. The technology has greatly improved since then, and the personalized children’s books from Put Me in the Story are very high quality. I’m so excited to provide my daughter with her own special story like my father did.

Beautiful Gifts that Will Be Treasured

Providing my daughter with quality books that we can share is so important to me. So I was thrilled to be chosen as a Brand Ambassador for this great company. We were given the opportunity to customize their popular On the Night You Were Born gift set.

Personalized Children's Books

On the Night You Were Born was written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman. It tells the reader about all of the wonderful things that happened on the night that they were born. Her text and illustrations are beautiful. This personalized copy winds my daughter’s name throughout the story, making it even more special when I read it to her. I hope that she takes the memory of reading it together and carries it with her as she grows up.On the Night You Were Born Personalized Book and Plush Gift Set

This gift set takes one of my favorite books to read with her and makes it even more special. The adorable stuffed polar bear gives her a tactile way to remember the story and the emotions behind it when we are finished reading it. She has always loved the polar bears dancing in the story, and she fell in love with the soft toy. Reading aloud to stuffed animals can help kids to develop confidence in their reading, so this cuddly friend can help kids who are learning to read. This set would make a beautiful gift for an expectant family, or for any child in your life!

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  • Laci

    September 14, 2017 at 8:12 am Reply

    This is so fun and neat I love it!! We love to read at my house and my kids would flip for this going to check it out now.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! It’s so fun to see yourself in the books you are reading!

  • Amber

    September 14, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply

    Both my kids have their favorite books. My sons was, Tale of Tails… you just have to find the books that get their attention. 😊

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Definitely! I just wrote a post about letting kids read what they want. As long as it gets them reading!

  • Lori | Choosing Wisdom

    September 14, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply

    We had some of these books when our kids were growing up. I think my mother got them for Christmas. They were loved and treasured gifts! I have them stored in each of their keep sake boxes now and one day they will be able to share them with their own kids.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I still love mine and I was so excited to share it with my daughter!

  • Amanda Maxwell

    September 14, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

    My son has a personalized book and it is one his all time favorites- he loves hearing his name! He acts out the book because he is so connected to it!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      That is adorable! It is so fun to see them connect with a story!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    I love this idea of incorporating your child in the story. Now the book is not just another “bedtime story,” but it is THEIR story. What a special way of showing how cherished they are <3

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

      Exactly! I love that one of our favorite bedtime stories is now even more special!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    September 14, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    I love books that can be personalized. My daughter received one as a gift when she was an infant, and it’s become one of her favorites. She loves seeing her name in print!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

      It can be so much fun to see your own name or photo in your favorite story!

  • Lisa

    September 14, 2017 at 11:56 am Reply

    These are such wonderful tips and so very true. It’s great to start early but it’s never too late, either. Even my older children love being read to and reading with me. It’s great bonding time.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

      It is! I hope that my daughter still loves to read with me as she gets older!

  • Sindhuja aka Suja Dinesh

    September 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I know this is so fun and kids just love to read them in the books. I tried this idea with one of the books called “Rithyaa’s underwater adventure”- Rithyaa is my daughter’s name and she just loves it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm Reply

      It’s so fun for them to see themselves in a story!

  • joslynn wassing

    September 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply

    This is so awesome!
    I love the idea to give this as a gift! Definitely something someone would treasure forever!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply

      These would make great gifts for all the little readers in your life!

  • Breyona Sharpnack

    September 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I like to buy the character plush toys that they sell if they are available when I buy my kiddos new books for their library. They love snuggling them during story time. I have recently bought them personalized books as they make great gifts and are fun for them to read. They love sharing their personalized books with their friends as well.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply

      That’s awesome! Having kids read to stuffed animals is a great way to get them excited about reading aloud!

  • Felicia @ The Starving Chef

    September 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm Reply

    I love giving my nephew gifts that are ‘interactive’ or personalized – I think the memories will be cherished longer!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply

      I agree! I have kept my personalized book for over 20 years!

  • Kari

    September 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Love these ideas. Reading is such a special time in our home and I love all the ideas you give. You rock!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

      Thanks! Reading time is so important to us!

  • Leah

    September 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

    We have one personalized book that my daughter just loves! I used that quote about a child not finding the right books all the time as a classroom teacher!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

      It’s so true! Sometimes it just takes the right book!

  • Stacey

    September 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply

    This looks like so much fun! We will have to try one!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

      I hope you like them!

  • Shell

    September 15, 2017 at 12:04 am Reply

    I love his fun idea!! My son would be thrilled to have a story about him!! I’m thinking this would make excellent Xmas gifts for my nephews!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      I hope you check them out! There are so many options and my daughter loves hers already!

  • Leigh Dorkin

    September 15, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply

    I seriously LOVE this gift idea. I actually got one myself when i was younger, and I was obsessed with it! I still remember it was a Barbie story lol. I definitely think it’s a good way to get kids more interested in reading!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      Definitely! I still have mine from childhood and I love it! I hope my daughter will keep hers as she grows up too.

  • Jennifer

    September 15, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

    This rings so true to me. I have a little boy who hated to read…until he found books that he could relate to!! I love that the books can be customized to put the child into the story. How cool is that?!? -Jennifer, Mompreneur at

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      They are so much fun, and definitely a great way to get kids excited about reading!

  • Allison

    September 15, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply

    Love the little toys that bring the books and characters to life!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      I agree! Plus reading to stuffed animals can really help kids to gain confidence in their reading.

  • Lesly

    September 15, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply

    These moments are so important to us AND our children! These books look fantastic!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      They are such important moments and I try to cherish them all!

  • Sara

    September 15, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

    I love this! Definitely going to get some personalized books for my next few baby showers!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      They make wonderful gifts! I especially love this book for new families!

  • Lauren Lewis

    September 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    What a beautiful idea! The night you were born is one of our favorites! My daughter has a boom with her name and it’s always high on the request list. I am def marking this down for Christmas gifts for my daycare kiddos!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! They make fantastic gifts and I love that they include stories like this one (definitely one of my favorites!)

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    September 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

    I love reading with my daughters as well. This is such a precious gift and will have to put this on the list as birthday gifts for my twins.

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope they enjoy them!

  • Alaina Monster

    September 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I love the idea of the book featuring your childs name. It makes it that much more special to them <3

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

      I agree! It’s so much fun to see yourself included in the story!

  • Hannah

    September 15, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Thank you. I needed this, I’ve been struggling with reading when it comes to my daughter!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

      I hope it helps! There are so many fun books to choose from.

  • Tamara Goyette

    September 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    This book is beautiful! I may need to get a copy for my kids.

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply

      I hope you do! It is one of my favorites and I am so glad to have this special copy for my daughter!

  • Jessica

    September 15, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply

    This is so on the list for christmas!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Katherine

    September 15, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

    This is so wonderful! I’m always looking for unique and special gifts for my niece, and this is amazing. My sister is a book lover (not a kindle lover), so I am always excited to to give gifts that I know she’ll approve!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

      They are such fun gifts, and they have so many options available! I hope your niece likes them!

  • Claire

    September 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply

    We always get the kids a personalised book for Christmas, it’s so sweet to see their faces when they realise it’s for them – such a unique gift x

    • Vicki

      September 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      That is awesome! What a sweet idea!

  • meagan

    September 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I can’t wait until my baby girl is born and be able to read to her so we can start that special binding time! I look forward to your posts!

    • Vicki

      September 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      Aw, congratulations! It is truly a special time!

  • Katherine

    September 18, 2017 at 4:13 am Reply

    The illustrations look gorgeous! And I love personalized books 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

      I love the illustrations in her books! They are as beautiful as the text!

  • Jenn

    September 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    I love these books ! Books are a great way to bond.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

      I agree! Especially books that feature your child and characters they love!

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