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10 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!

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

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My Trip to the Alphabet Zoo

First in our roundup of personalized story books? This adorable zoo-themed tale. The pages depict your kid meeting different animals in alphabetical order. It’s a genius way to help teach them their letters while also introducing them to some awesome creatures.

Age: 0 to 6 years old
Buy it: My Trip to the Alphabet Zoo by SuAnn Kiser, $40, Shutterfly.com

Photo: Courtesy Put Me in the Story

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.)

Age: 1 to 3 years old
Buy it: Good Night to You by Sandra Magsamen and Teddy Bear Gift Set, $55, PutMeintheStory.com

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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 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, $30 for a pink or blue book, Etsy.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 both your child’s and pet’s name, and is bound to help baby bond with your cat or dog even more.

Age: 0 years old+
Buy it: If My Dog Could Talk by Maia Haag, $40, Shutterfly.com; If My Cat Could Talk by Maia Haag, $30, ISeeMe.com

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I Can Change the World

The best personalized children’s books aren’t just engaging—they’re impactful too. This book shows your child (complete with their name, skin color and hair color) doing good deeds, which 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, $30, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy I See Me!

1-2-3 Come Explore with Me

If it’s time for your tot to learn numbers, personalized story books make excellent teaching tools. This whimsical story walks (or should we say, drives and flies) kids through different counting exercises. The drawings show the main character (your child) traveling on everything from trains to boats and more.

Age: 0 to 6 years old
Buy it: 1-2-3 Come Explore with Me by Jennifer Dewing, $40, Shutterfly.com

Photo: Courtesy Wonderbly

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

Personalized books for kids go beyond stories with custom character names. This read has the coolest plot; It’s about a child (your child) who goes on an impressive airborne adventure. But that’s not all: It includes a satellite image of their actual home!

Age: 3 to 10 years old
Buy it: The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home by David Cadji-Newby, $30, Wonderbly.com

Photo: Courtesy Mixbook Photo Co.

My Masterpieces

Meanwhile, this personalized picture book showcases your child’s artwork, so they can flip through their own creations for a truly unique experience. Mixbook also sells personalized children’s books that tell stories through photos, like a visual narrative of your family vacation.

Age: 0 years old+
Buy it: My Masterpieces by Mixbook Photo Co., starting from $16, Mixbook.com

Photo: Courtesy I See Me!

The Best Big Sibling Ever

Becoming a brother or sister is a big change. Ease the transition with this thoughtful personalized children’s book with their name in the story plus their new sibling’s name.

Age: 0 to 6 years old
Buy it: The Best Big Sibling Ever by Kara Thom, $40, Shutterfly.com

Photo: Courtesy Wonderbly

Where Are You?

We’ll finish off our list of personalized books for kids with an interactive (and totally innovative) story for older children. Consider this a custom version of Where’s Waldo—your son or daughter will spend hours of fun trying to find their character in the pages.

Age: 5 years old+
Buy it: Where Are You? by David Cadji-Newby, $30, Wonderbly.com

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Published February 2019

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