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Personalised Story Books – Gifts That Make Your Children Feel Special

Posted in Kid's World
on May 18, 2016
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Your children are your treasure and you want them to always feel that they are cherished. You want to do everything you can to ensure this, so you research and brainstorm ideas. You find out that there are different ways to bless your children. It can be done with material things, with your time, with enriching opportunities, etc.

As you research, you’ll note that there are parents who opt to show love for their children through creativity. Do you belong to this set? Did you want to give your kids homemade and handmade presents, convinced that these are more personal, which then makes them more unique?

Putting in a labour of love, after all, is a sure way to make something more special. If you could pen a poem dedicated to them, compose a song about them, and, even better, write a story that revolves around them, you would. Unfortunately, these endeavours require a particular gift, something that not all parents possess. No matter how inspired they are by their children, producing sweet tales and drawings would still be difficult, if not altogether impossible.

Nonetheless, if you’re not among those who have a flair for writing and illustrating stories, it doesn’t mean that your children can’t have their own personalised story books. You can still make sure that they have such charming and special keepsakes by ordering them online. The beauty in doing this is that you can ascertain great quality writing and illustration without having to turn yourself inside out trying to find some vestige of literary and artistic chops.

Personalised story books are such a great concept that you can’t go wrong giving them. They are truly unique, so your recipients can’t help but feel special upon receiving one. You can also be sure that the book is interesting and age-appropriate, that the story flows and pleases the young mind, that the illustrations are wholesome and delightful to behold, etc.

You can be certain that a personalised book will be enjoyed for years to come. Your children may outgrow the story at some point, but you can be certain that they will treasure their copy until they’re grown. It’s just the kind of keepsake from childhood that people want to share with their own kids one day.

There’s no doubt that your heart will feel so full from giving such a meaningful gift. Reading personalised books to your children is also a wonderfully rewarding experience. You’ll love seeing their eyes light up every time they hear their name read aloud, so consider giving one on the next special occasion.

Story Time With Personalised Books – Australia

Posted in Kid's World
on May 18, 2016
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A great way to broaden your children’s horizon is to gift them with personalised books. Australia may be one of the most incredible places on the planet, but even the amazing land down under has limits. Not so in the land of books.

What makes personalised books even better is that they put your kids right smack in the middle of the story. As a matter of fact, the story revolves around them, making it special and, in turn, making your kids feel special.

Story time is certainly more interesting when the story being told has your kids pegged as the main characters. Still, there are ways for you to make story time even more special as you read your children’s personalised books. Australia has an ideally mild climate, for instance, so you can make story time more fun by holding it on the lawn or even on the porch or patio. That should make story time more enjoyable.

What are some other suggestions for making story time with personalised books more special?

  • Have a story time routine – Kids generally thrive on structure and routine, so it’s good to follow one for every regular activity they participate in. This also works for story time. Routine could affect any number of elements from the hour and location to the company and effects used to enhance the experience. For example, reading their personalised books may entail situating themselves in a reading nook with cosy adornments or going through an involved step-by-step process (the storyteller putting on a reading hat, the listeners arranging their stuffed animals, etc.).
  • Take turns reading pages – To change things up and make reading more interesting, you can alternate pages with your children. This isn’t applicable only with readers. You’ll notice that non-readers pretend to read pages of oft-enjoyed books from memory.
  • Get silly – To make the story really come alive, change voices as well as use sound effects and exaggerated facial expressions. Some people feel self-conscious about doing this, but young kids really enjoy a dramatic reading. You might also want to consider using puppets and other props to make the reading more engaging.
  • Have an after-reading activity – It’s a good idea to follow up with a related craft project, game, kitchen activity, or even just a discussion. This gives a new fascinating twist to the reading of an old favourite.

All kids love story time, and you know they love it even more when their personalised book is involved. You can make it even more special and fun by applying the above tips.


How to Use Personalised Children’s Books to Make Childhood More Fun

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on May 18, 2016
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When you have children in your life, be they your own children or someone else’s, what are your wishes for them? Generally, we wish our wee ones good health and happiness. One way to make them happy is to ensure that they’re having lots of fun. Of course, there’s more to happiness than just having fun, but it’s a pretty good start.

If you need an idea for making your favourite youngsters’ childhood extra fun, you should look into giving them personalised children’s books. Besides making them feel special for having a book that’s about them, you also open up opportunities for plenty of fun. In what ways can your kids use personalised children’s books to have fun? Here are some tips:

  • Read it as a tradition – Having traditions is good for the soul, especially for the young soul. It allows them to have something steadfast in their lives. You could make the reading of their personalised book part of their bedtime or morning routine. You could also suggest that the book be read only when they feel bad. Or you could require that it be read only with a certain type of food or drink like a peanut butter cookie or a hot chocolate. You could even make it a special occasion book, only to be read during birthdays and holidays. It can be your call or their call.
  • Share it with new friends. As awesome as the book is for “Show & Tell,” perhaps your children could share it only when they’re having a new friend over for the first time. It will make a great ice breaker and be fun to read together.
  • Use it for inspiration for adventure. Things may seem more interesting in fiction than in real life, but there’s no doubt that books have inspired many readers to set out and make their own lives extraordinary. How much more effective as an inspiration will a story be that has made your young readers as the main characters?
  • Use it to explore creativity and imagination. If your children are not quite ready to set out on adventures, a personalised book can spark their imagination and perhaps push them to come up with more tales of adventures themselves. They can write, draw, or even just narrate them to a captive audience: you.

A personalised book can certainly ignite a love for reading and traditional books. Some people may not regard reading as a fun activity, but they can’t be more wrong. Through books, children are introduced to fascinating people, places, things, ideas, etc. Without a doubt, reading enriches lives and a childhood is certainly the more fun for it.

What Lessons Can Be Learned from Personalised Books for Kids?

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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Books are some of the most versatile things you can give to a child as a gift. From teaching kids about their letters, numbers, colors and shapes, to helping them understand emotions and actions, to providing lessons about situations and circumstances in life, books are truly educational tools that can also entertain them over and over.

While there are plenty of classic storybooks for children as well as new titles popping up every year thanks to an ever-emerging crop of authors of children’s stories, it can be beneficial to think outside the box every now and then when picking out a book for your young son or daughter to read. One of the most unique kinds of books that you can give a child is a personalised book.

What do personalised books for kids look like?

A personalised book will have a specific story line — everyone knows that kids love fun and happy stories, and children’s stories typically incorporate a positive lesson that they can learn and apply in their own lives.

What makes personalised books different, however, is that they can be made to include the name of the child who will be getting the book. The main character will be named after your son or daughter, and there may even be an illustration of this male or female character with your son’s or daughter’s same hair colour so the child can recognise the character.

Receiving a personalised gift tells the young one that:

This gift made the giver think of me.

Such a gift would make the child feel wonder and amazement at finding their likeness and their name on the printed book. They may feel that this book is a special one — made precious because it has their name on it — and that the person who gave them is special too, because no one else has given a gift like it before.

No other kid has this exact same item.

The child may feel a sense of pride at being told that this special book is theirs and no one has the very same one, because of their name printed on it.

The person who gave this to me put a lot of thought and love into the choice of gift.

Kids are often showered with presents, and most of the time they receive toys, books, clothes and games that are easily recognisable from TV commercials or trips to the toy stores. When someone gives them a unique personalised gift, however, the child can sense that the giver made an effort to give something different — something that will stand out, and something that the child can cherish because of this very uniqueness.

The character in the book is me.

Seeing his or her name on the book, and an illustration of a child with his or her hair colour, lets the child know that he or she is the character. The child then identifies with the events in the story, acts them out, and applies the lessons learned from the book in real life. A personalised book can effectively entertain a child while teaching positive values and behaviours.


A Gift That’s Truly “Made for Me”

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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When you search for a gift for a child’s birthday, for Christmas, or for any other special occasion — regardless of whether the young one is your own child, a young sibling, a niece or nephew, or a godchild — you’ll usually find yourself in giant toy stores, browsing through rows upon rows of toys in colourful, flashy packaging.

Faced with so many choices, you’re highly likely to allow yourself to be steered toward the “right” gift according to the store’s strategic classifications. Unsure about what the child would like, you simply walk toward the part of the store that profiles the little one best — girl, age 3 and up, dolls/art materials/sporty toys/popular cartoon character merchandise. Anything in these sections, you’re gently coaxed to believe, would be something that the little one will like.

So you just grab a random item, have it gift wrapped, and feel assured that the young girl will be happy with her gift.

Adding a special touch

Sometimes, however, a generic, mass-produced item simply isn’t enough to show the beloved child that you appreciate and care for her. You want to give her something that would be different from all the other gifts she’ll be receiving — something that she can use, enjoy, and cherish for a long time.

Something that she will know is meant for her — and no one else.

Have you ever considered getting her a personalised children’s book?

A book with her name on it — and more

Lots of kids love being read stories by their parents and loved ones. Books contain all kinds of stories — funny ones, scary ones, ones that take them on adventures — so they develop a love for these books that they carry with them as they grow and learn to read. Stories help them visualise things, understand situations, and imagine all kinds of scenarios.

So getting a book where the main character is your little girl (with her name and her hair colour!) is sure to be a unique thrill for her.

Hippo Blue, an Australian-owned company specialising in name labels, stationery and other personalised items, also offers personalised children’s books that your young one is sure to love.

Entitled “The Adventures You’ll Have” and created in collaboration with author and illustrator Brett Curzon, the storybook presents your little girl as the main character on an enriching journey to self-belief. There are fun companions and an assortment of situations in it that teach an important lesson: that the world is hers to discover and that her dreams can be as big as she wants them to be — and that life is beautiful and rich with possibilities.

Your little girl will love this personalised book not only because it tells a wonderful story, but also because it is truly made for her. And from the moment she holds it in her hands, it quite simply becomes — to her and to everyone else — “her” book.