Best personalised books for children

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Give your child a really unique introduction to the world of fiction with a personalised book – after all, who wouldn’t want to be the hero or heroine of a fantastic adventure? Seeing their name – and face – in print, alongside favourite characters, will be a thrill whether they’re just starting to read for themselves or ready to embark on classic literature. We pick the best personalised books where your child has the starring role.

The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name and The Little Boy Who Lost His Name

(£16.99 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 £17.99, 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.

Disney Princess Adventure Book

(from £9.99, I Just Love It)

Short stories starring Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid – and your child. 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.

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

(£27, 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…

(£17.50 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

(£24.99, I Just Love It)

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

(£12.95, 128 pages, 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.

Spider-Man Adventure Book

(from £9.99, 30 pages, I Just Love It)

Give your child amazing powers and a starring role in a superhero story – whether Spider-Man, Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman is their idol, their name, birthday, address and friends’ details will become an integral part of the fight against evildoers.

Peppa Pig Christmas Party

(£14.99, 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.

Fairy Girl

(from £17.50 for 32 pages, Itsyourstory.co.uk)

A great choice for older girls, the book uses a mixture of Bang on the Door illustrations and photography to transport the child into their very own Fairy Girl world. Personalised elements include the child's name, address and the name of a friend. Why not send a free personalised ecard to test out the effect first?

The magical journey of…

(€20.90, 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 £17.50 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. 

Personalised Thomas the Tank Engine First Edition Book

(£24.99, Historic Newspapers)

The Thomas the Tank Engine First Edition Book created by Reverand Awdry for his son Christopher in 1945, revived in a keepsake hardback with your child's name featured at the top of each page and a personal message at the beginning of the book.

12 Days of Christmas Personalised Story Book

(from £23, I See Me!)

Reinvent a Christmas classic with your child's name, photograph and festive details – the perfect counting and rhyming book for younger children. You can also add up to twelve different names of family members into this personalised storybook, and see the names throughout the illustrations.

Personalised How your body works

(from £10.99, I Just Love It)

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 £19.99, 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 £14.95, 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.