Best personalised books for children
The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name and The Little Boy Who Lost His Name
(£21.99 and free UK delivery, variable number of pages, Wonderbly).
Two beautifully illustrated books which tell the story of a child who has lost their name and who sets off on a journey to track down the missing letters. Along the way they meet lots of weird, wonderful and wise characters. Each offers the child the first letter of its name. As the sequence of each story is dependent on the name of the child (over 236 illustrations and rhyming stories have been created to cater for every single name), every child receives a perfectly individual book.
For example, if you're giving the book to an Emily, she’ll meet a forgetful Elephant, a rather vain Mermaid, a cold-averse Inuit, a misunderstood Lion and a genial Yeti. Each gives the first letter of their name and – hey presto – EMILY’s name is found!
The Snowman and the Snowdog
(from £19.99, Penwizard.co.uk)
A fantastic festive read, The Snowman and the Snowdog is personalised with your child's name, hairstyle and colour, skin tone and pyjama colour. The beautiful illustrations match the film style perfectly, and your child will love starring in the new classic Snowman story, a perennial Christmas favourite.
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Disney Princess Tales of Friendship
(from £19.99, In the Book)
Short stories starring Princess Tiana from the Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel from Tangled and Pocahontas. The amount of text and personalisation is perfect for new readers, and spotting familiar friends’ names in amongst the castles and ballgowns will offer a great incentive to fluent reading. Different Disney Princess stories and books with a focus on Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and Cars are also available.
You and the Silly Birthday party
(from £9.99, 34 pages, Egmont)
Your child can make friends with the Mr. Men themselves in their own Mr. Men storybook – a picture of them appears in the book, and their name (and a friend’s) add the personalised touch to the adventure. Other characters available include Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Teletubbies.
Oi! Stop Eating the Roses
(£39, 24 pages, Snapdragon Books)
A magical adventure for boys and girls, Oi! Stop Eating the Roses is packed with personalisation and is handcrafted by two mums in Devon. From the colour of your child’s scooter to their own, inimitable catch-phrases, all the details are expertly woven into the story. Guaranteed to become a repeated-reading choice for bedtime story time!
The Amazing Family of…
(£22 for 30 pages, Itsyourstory.co.uk)
The whole family are centre stage in this superhero adventure – Dad can carry a car on his back, Mum has X-ray vision (we reckon most mums can see through walls, actually!) and your child and their sibling can fly as fast as lightning. Time to save the day with some superhuman prowess… Photographs of your child, their sibling and mum and dad are incorporated into the story illustrations.
Personalised Journey With The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
(£27.99, In the Book)
A personalised story based on Eric Carle's classic picture book, with your child's name featured throughout as they begin their journey into life, making new friends and sampling delicious foods just like the Very Hungry Caterpillar. We love the collage artwork, which mirrors Carle’s iconic pictures.
Alice in Wonderland
(£10.95, eBook, Ustar novels)
Follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and find yourself in Wonderland with this personalised version of children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s now the story of Abigail’s – or Isabel’s or Katie’s – journey through a dreamlike world, and you can rename the amazing creatures she meets on the way, too. An eBook version of your personalised book is available for £10.95.
Personalised Marvel Spider-Man Story Book
(from £19.99, 30 pages, In the Book)
Give your child amazing powers and a starring role in a superhero story and they'll join Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the fight against evildoers. Other Marvel character titles are also available to personalised, including Avengers, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy and Little Favourites: a Personalised Marvel Spider-Man Story Book aimed at younger readers.
Peppa Pig Christmas Party
(£19.99, 24 pages, Penwizard.co.uk)
Your child joins the cast of Peppa Pig characters with this series of piggy personalised books – in the Christmas party title they deliver invitations with Peppa and George before before being joined by Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog, Rebecca Rabbit, Pedro Pony, Emily Elephant and Candy Cat for some festive celebrations. Swimming, playgroup and birthday versions are also available, and your child is represented in fantastic Peppa-style illustrations (you specify their hairstyle and colour, skin tone and eye colour) throughout the book.
Night Zookeeper Escape from Conform Prison
(from £18.99, Night Zookeeper)
A very different personalised title where your child can design and draw the hero! Upload a hand-drawn picture or create a character online, then name them and read about their adventures in the book. Written in choose-your-own-adventure style, Night Zookeeper Escape from Conform Prison offers children their first experience of being a published content creator.
The magical journey of…
(£19.90, 30 pages, Unique Editions)
Gorgeous language, artistic illustrations and a fantastical story will transport your child on an unforgettable journey (a friendly genie with magical powers features, too!). Little girls will be transformed into princesses and mermaids; boys will become pirates and knights. Photographs of your child power their imagination, and you can even choose different languages for the text.
Personalised alphabet book
(from £19.50 for 32 pages, Itsyourstory.co.uk)
An introduction-to-the-alphabet book starring your child on every page. Each letter (from A is for alligator to Z is for zebra, with your child appearing as a fire-fighter along the way) is accompanied by a picture and a simple sentence which emphasises the sound, making it the perfect book for Reception children who are starting to learn their alphabet.
The Penguin Party
(From £19.99, Annabee's Books)
The Penguin Party is set on a magical island where a group of Rockhopper penguins throw a wonderful party to celebrate your child’s arrival into the world and offer them a series of special gifts – values like gratitude, forgiveness and self-worth that will help them understand the world and their own place in it. We love the inclusive personalisation options you can choose from: as well as a selection of hair styles and skin colours your child's book can reflect their family and culture perfectly by featuring two mums or two dads, for example, and different clothing styles.
The Golden Key
(from £19.99, Bang On Books)
Does your child love pirate tales and dream of swashbuckling adventures on the seven seas? Make them the star of their own sea-based voyage with Sailor and his crew, Dog and Parrot, in this 42-page story, packed with vibrant illustrations and including a photo of your child as well as a character version of them. Personalisation is fast and easy – order in seconds!
Personalised How your body works
(from £17.99, In the Book)
Take your child on a fascinating head-to-toe journey in How Your Body Works Personalised Book, an introduction to human biology. Their name is included throughout the story and in the illustrations as, using his incredible micro rocket, Professor Snippet ventures inside the mouth and through the body to teach your child about digestion, circulation, breathing and how the five senses work.
My Golden Ticket
(from £24.99, Wonderbly)
Step into Willy Wonka's factory with a personalised golden ticket and discover your very own Wonka bar design, personalised Oompa Loompa song and Chief Wonkateer certificate. Packed with intriguing factory maps, technical drawings and packaging designs, this is a Chocolate Factory adventure to pore over – and you can even add a chocolate scent to the pages! The perfect gift for Roald Dahl fans aged 8-12.
Olaf's Frozen Adventures
(from £22.95, Oh My Gift)
The perfect treat for Frozen fans, in this new story Olaf and Sven the reindeer embark on an adventure to find new festive traditions for Anna and Elsa. Your child's name appears throughout the story, and you can also personalise the book's front page with their name and a message.
My Search-and-Find World Trip
(from £19.99, Librio)
As well as a story to read, your child's Where's ...? book offers a Where's Wally-style trip around the world, finding themselves in illustrations of the Great Barrier Reef, Times Square in New York and loads more. We love the customisable, personalised illustration of your globe-trotting child and the book's puzzle elements, which make it a great choice for 3-7 year olds. Happy travels!
Personalised Day at the Zoo
(from £18.49, Personally Presented)
Is your child animal mad?
Perfect for animal-lovers, this personalised book takes them on a fact-packed trip to the zoo. A quirky rhyming story includes your child’s name within the narrative, keeping them engaged as they learn – and can they spot their name in each illustration? An educational, picture-led story.
(from £19.99, 2WRLDS)
If your child is dual-heritage, help them find out more about both parents' culture, language, favourite foods and national customs with this personalised "passport". Packed with illustrations, doodling activities and chunks of information, A Child of Two Worlds is a great way for children with parents from different countries to explore their rich identities.