Christmas gift idea: personalised books for children

Over the years my 10 year old son Diego and I have read and reviewed lots of personalised books. At the beginning of this growing trend six years ago the stories were compelling enough and the publishers were more interested on writing the child’s name as often as possible in the book rather than focusing on creating a truly personalised experience for the child.  Since then, readers have become more refined and want better products.

A new range of truly personalised books was recently brought out by a dad, James Cooper, who appreciated what his kids wanted to read and came up with high quality stories which are also beautifully illustrated.  Here is James’ journey and the lovely book he has created especially for my son Diego.

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James Cooper started his company Amazing Pages after creating books for his two young daughters. Remembering a primitive, personalised book from his own childhood, he recognised the same “magical feeling of reading a book and realising it’s all about you!”. He said:

“We set up Amazing Pages because our children loved being at the centre of our made up stories but when we looked around for good quality personalised books, we were really disappointed to see that they were lacking.

I wanted to create an alternative to the cheesy, commercial personalised books and offer grandparents, parents and children the opportunity to share in something that was truly special to them.

We passionately believe that our books truly do put the child at the heart of the story and create a love of reading from a young age and our customers seem to agree.”

Now, looking at the personalisation of this book in more detail, what I love is that prior to entering the personal details of the child, you are asked to choose the story you think would be more suitable for the kid. For me it was a clear choice, the space patrol / alien catcher story as Diego has a strong interest in space.

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Diego loved the fact that the story ending has a twist, and that from setting his goal of catching aliens, he ends up becoming an alien helper. He did not expect it so he felt this was quite unique. The illustrations are vibrant and his photo was blended well within the drawings.

But there are a few other stories to choose from, maybe more suitable for a girl like the ‘shy mermaid’ or a more neutral story.

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Like other personalised books on the market (such as the hugely successful Lost My Name which we have featured extensively both in  print and online), each of the three Amazing Pages titles offer different personalising options such as names of the child’s friends, school, favourite food, hobbies and a time when they felt shy.

Competitively priced from £16.99, Amazing Pages children’s books weave real life experiences, names and a photograph of the child together with high quality art work to create a truly individual Christmas gift.

To complete the package, the photograph of the child can be enhanced to blend with the art work, or if no photo is available, the website enables users to personalise the central character further to include skin tone, hair style and colour, using the Character Customiser application.

The handmade books are aimed at boys and girls up to the age of seven and are made to order using high quality, digital, full colour printing with “perfect bound” soft covers. For younger children, yet to learn to read, seeing their own photograph upon the page, ensures they can identify that this very special story is all about them.

It’s very easy to order personalised books from Amazing Pages. There’s a simple, user friendly online video guide that shows customers how to make the most of the personalisation options and once ordered, books are delivered within five days. Frankly I did not need to follow the video instructions as it was a very easy step by step process.

What’s great about James’ family business is that it is expanding and will soon be launching personalised A3 colour wall prints (framed or un-framed) in the same imaginative and customised style as their three books.

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