15 Amazing Personalized Children’s Books Starring Your Child

Just imagine the look on your kid’s face when they see their name in a story!
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ByMartina Garvey
Associate Editor
Updated
Jan 2021
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There are shelves upon shelves worth of amazing books with protagonists kids love. But imagine your little one’s delight if they saw themselves on the page? Custom books for kids are a wonderful way to introduce children to the joy of reading (and they make great gifts!). In fact, many companies specialize in personalized children’s books. The options are endless—add your kid’s name to a classic fairytale, create a custom photo book or craft a unique story with your child as the main character. There are even personalized books for siblings and whole families too.

So as you’re building your collection of educational, inspiring and entertaining children’s reads, throw in a few super-special personalized books for kids. Below, find some of the best personalized children’s books, perfect for sprinkling a little extra magic into storytime.

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The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name

First on our list of the best books with kids’ names is a bestseller from Wonderbly. This unique story is based on the letters of your child’s name. Your kiddo will be brought on a quest to find their missing name, meeting quirky characters along the way who each hold a clue. The personalization options really set this book apart. Customize your child’s adventurer and for each letter of their name, pick a character that represents a different moral you’d like them to learn.

Age: 0 to 8 years old
Buy it: The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name by Wonderbly, $30, Wonderbly.com

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Good Night to You

If your goal is to read baby gently to sleep, try this adorably illustrated bedtime story. The personalized children’s book features soothing scenes. Bonus: It also comes with a comforting teddy bear from beloved plush toy brand GUND. (Have enough stuffed animals? No worries. You can buy the book by itself too.)

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Age: Book is suitable for ages 1 to 3; teddy bear gift set is suitable for ages 3+
Buy it: Good Night to You by Sandra Magsamen and Teddy Bear Gift Set, $55, PutMeintheStory.com

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ABC What Can I Be?

Next up in our roundup of personalized storybooks? This adorable career-themed tale. The pages depict all sorts of possible professions in alphabetical order—alongside charming illustrations of your kid, of course. It’s a genius way to teach them their letters while also introducing them to all the things they can be when they grow up.

Age: 0 to 6 years old
Buy it: ABC What Can I Be? by Chris Conti, $35, UncommonGoods.com

Photo: Courtesy I See Me!

Who Loves Me?

With this sweet personalized love book, you can not only work your child’s name into the story, but your friends’ and family’s names as well! Gift your little one a story about all the people in their life who love them, from Mommy to Grandma, with this endearing tale.

Age: 0 to 6 years old
Buy it: Who Loves Me? by Jennifer Dewing for I See Me!, $35 for a pink or blue book, Etsy.com

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Welcome to the World

Celebrate a new arrival with this personalized baby book. This story takes children on a magical journey around the world. The colorful illustrations will catch your little one’s eye and impress you too. Customize the book with baby’s name, skin color, hair and outfit. Plus, you can also add a character for each parent!

Age: 0 to 3 years old
Buy it: Welcome to the World by Librio, $25, Librio.com

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Where Are You…?

Next on our list of personalized books for kids is an interactive (and totally innovative) story for older children. Consider this a custom version of Where’s Waldo—your child will spend hours of fun trying to find their character in the pages.

Age: 4 to 10 years old
Buy it: Where Are You…? by Wonderbly, $30, Wonderbly.com

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If My Pet Could Talk

Don’t stop at human loved ones! Pets are part of the family too, which is where this sweet personalized children’s book comes in. The story incorporates your child’s name and their pet’s, and is bound to help baby bond with your cat or dog even more.

Age: 0 years old+
Buy it: If My Pet Could Talk by I See Me!, $35, UncommonGoods.com

Photo: Courtesy I See Me!

I Can Change the World

The best personalized children’s books aren’t just engaging—they’re impactful too. This book, which comes with a personalized cover, is all about doing good deeds. It sends the message that acts of kindness are so very valued.

Age: 2 to 8 years old
Buy it: I Can Change the World by Jennifer Dewing for I See Me!, $30, Nordstrom.com

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Little Monster of Happiness

Here’s more proof that personalized storybooks make excellent teaching tools. This whimsical story teaches kids all about a wonderful thing: happiness. The drawings show the main character (your child) on an adventure with the “Happiness Monster.” And there are more books where that came from. Playstories has a whole series of books that help kids understand their emotions.

Age: 0 to 5 years old
Buy it: Little Monster of Happiness by Tonia Casarin, $30, Playstories.com

Photo: Courtesy Wonderbly

That’s MY Cake!

This sweet tale about sharing is the perfect remedy to sibling squabbles. Based on the theme of teamwork, this book will help your kiddos learn that sharing is caring. Personalize the story with up to four names, characters and birthdays for a unique custom children’s book.

Age: 0 to 8 years old
Buy it: That’s MY Cake! by Wonderbly, $30, Wonderbly.com

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Baby Board Book

This custom book for kids showcases your family photos, so they can discover the joy of learning through familiar faces. Choose from set themes like “My Favorite People” or create your own custom title. Then add text and your favorite photos and you’re done! This personalized baby book is a great way to introduce your little one to faraway friends and family.

Age: 0 years old+
Buy it: Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book, starting from $40, ArtifactUprising.com

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Wow You’re One!

This personalized baby book would make a great first birthday gift. Join the animal characters on an adventure as they reveal fun facts about the number one. Add baby’s name to the front cover, dedication page and throughout the story. We guarantee that this custom baby book will make you both giggle. Looking for personalized books for toddlers? This Etsy seller also has books for 2 year olds.

Age: 1 year old
Buy it: Wow You’re One! by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper, $33, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Wonderbly

A New Sibling for You

Becoming a brother or sister is a big change. Ease the transition with this thoughtful personalized children’s book with both kids’ names.

Age: 2 to 5 years old
Buy it: A New Sibling for You by Wonderbly, $30, Wonderbly.com

Photo: Courtesy Playstories

The Tale of the Three Little Pigs

Searching for classic books with your kids’ names? Now you can customize a fairytale to include your kid’s name and character. Add your toddler to the story and watch their imagination take hold as they build houses alongside the pigs and battle the Big Bad Wolf! Trust us, you’ll enjoy this one just as much as they do.

Age: 0 to 5 years old
Buy it: The Tale of the Three Little Pigs by Playstories, $30, Playstories.com

Photo: Courtesy I See Me!

My Little Lovebug

Personalized books for kids don’t get sweeter than this one. The love-themed story will remind your kiddo that they’re the apple of your eye. Each beautifully illustrated page has a cute animal pun dedicated to your child.

Age: 0 years old+
Buy it: My Little Lovebug by Amy Dokken for I See Me!, $35, Maisonette.com

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