This editorial article was written by Bianca Schulze and made possible by TCBR sponsor In the Book, the creator of personalized books perfect for reading together every day. All opinions are our own.
Have you ever wondered what the benefits are of your child becoming the star of a personalized storybook? Beyond watching their eyes light up with excitement when they spot their name on the cover or inside the book, there are plenty of meaningful, educational, and social-emotional benefits to sharing personalized stories with kids. We’ve highlighted five of them here.
Personalized Books Can Help Boost Self-Esteem and Confidence
Seeing themselves as the star of a personalized book can boost a child’s confidence by allowing them to feel special and unique and see themselves as brave, kind, and empowered. Positive feelings of self-worth can lead to success at school, in friendships, and at home. Imagination and creativity send the message that a child’s ideas are important, and personalized books are a great launchpad to encourage imaginative play.
Personalized Books Provide Diversity and Inclusion Opportunities
While there have been some recent improvements, children’s books that feature people of color and people with disabilities are underrepresented in the world of children’s literature. Since your child’s photographs can be uploaded to appear in many personalized books, this provides an opportunity to diversify a story to suit your specific needs. Whether you want to create a story in which your child can see themselves or a story that promotes inclusivity, the personalized book can be your oyster. Immersing your child directly into the story is an excellent way to explore new environments and expose them to various characters of different backgrounds.
Personalized Books Can Aid in Attention and Focus
The truth is that young children can be reluctant to read or sit for storytime. Selecting age-appropriate books that captivate kids can be just the ticket. That’s where personalized books can come in handy. Seeing themselves as the star of the story is both exciting and mesmerizing and, in our experience, leads to reading by choice. The more your child feels involved in choosing his or her activities, the more likely he or she is to focus and concentrate.
Personalized Books Can Help Teach Collaboration
Sitting down together to create a personalized story offers moments of bonding and working together to create a personalized book can help teach collaboration. Where will the story take them? What will the setting be? Will the book feature animals, magical creatures, or their favorite Disney friends? You can work with your child to select which friends, family members, pets, or photographs each book will feature. In doing so, young kids will begin to learn collaborative skills such as making shared decisions, listening, and completing tasks.
Personalized Books Are an Excellent Gift Idea
The best gifts are the gifts that come from the heart and offer sentimental value and meaning. By including a personal message and weaving your special kiddo into the magic of the story, a personalized book becomes a treasure that will spark imagination, cultivate a love of reading and learning, and nurture a bond between children and their caregivers. Cuddling up with a unique book that encourages creativity can only bring us closer together. Studies show that reading for pleasure has a huge positive impact on children’s well-being. These are benefits that last a lifetime—is there a more fabulous gift than that?
Your child can read about their own adventures in a unique personalized book!
With personalized storybooks for children that include classic well-known characters as well as fun modern stories, you can give them the fun and excitement of reading a story where they star alongside the heroes – as well as having their own name on the cover. You can shop by category, age, gender, or type (premium, timeless classics, activity books, and board books). There are also personalized books available for grown-ups, as well as special occasion books available for birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, christenings, and anniversaries—there’s always something to celebrate. Ranging from meaningful to funny, historical to old nostalgic classics themed around the moment you’re celebrating, these keepsakes are ready to be filled with special memories that will make them last a lifetime.
The personalization ranges from adding a recipient’s name and a personal message to uploading an image to appear in a book. The personalization available varies between books; in some books, the name will be in the text and even illustrations, in others the name will appear on the top of the page. The name is always on the cover of our books.
If you’d like to learn more or get started on personalizing a book for the kiddos in your life, visit In the Book.
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