As a child, I had a few gifts that I truly treasured and played with until their edges wore thin. I had a gorgeous “rescue” teddy bear from my granny that I kept close for many years (made more special for me because she passed away when I was young). I also had a ceramic decorative piece (I think it had to do with a teddy in bed) that I absolutely adored. But possibly my favourite momento of my childhood was a personalised picture book that my grandparents had bought for me. I LOVED that I was a character in this book (and with a name like Fiona, it was rare to find my name in/on anything until Shrek come along – as the OGRE). I lived and breathed this book for many years and to this day I have fond memories of it.
Of course, as a teacher I’ve mentioned before that I’m pretty obsessed with picture books. They are the perfect resource for language and mental development at any age – even for children as young as Starfish. In fact, he is already pretty obsessed with picture books himself! They’re the first item he reaches for out of his toy box, and he darts straight for the bookshelf now that he is on the move. So with his first birthday rapidly approaching, I started thinking ‘what better present to get for him than a personalised picture book’?
Lost My Name
I had previously purchased a personalised book for Starfish for Christmas last year from an amazing company called Lost My Name. They create gorgeous books with stunning illustrations, and the quality of their products is impeccable – even my husband raves about them! The books are created using partly recycled Mohawk paper, which is closer in texture to cardstock (meaning it is more durable for tiny hands). Around Christmas time last year, there were only two books available for purchase, so we bought “The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home”. The beautiful thing about the Lost My Name range is their personalisation isn’t just in the name – you can personalise the character’s appearance (for example, different hair colour and skin tone), as well as other details specific to the book. For the Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, we got to put our home address into the book (as the story is about the character returning home from space). This information (privately protected, of course!!), was used to include a Google maps image of your house in the book. Such a beautiful personalisation for Starfish, especially when he is older and we can start to discuss maps and navigation!
Personalised Picture Book – Happy Birthday Starfish!
Since December, Lost My Name have been releasing a variety of new personalised products, such as Milestone cards and an Alphabet poster, to enhance the magical world of personalisation for our children. Kids love to see their name on objects and in books – hence why personalised water bottles and other momentos are so popular!
Lost My Name have recently released a new personalised picture book called, “The Birthday Thief”, to truly make a child’s birthday special. As you can imagine, this story involves the child’s birthday being stolen and their quest to find it. Again, the personalisation in this book moves beyond just the protagonist’s name, but includes their appearance and their birth date (currently only some dates are available, but more will be released soon!).
I was extremely excited about receiving this book for my son’s first birthday. While he may not be old enough to fully comprehend the story line, he has begun to develop an awareness that books have pages to be turned to show more pictures, and enjoys looking at the pictures on the pages. He likes to point at objects that appeal to him, for example animals or the moustache on Colonel March! (Anyone else’s child like facial hair…?!). The book is written in rhyme, which is something all children (particularly younger) enjoy. They love the rhythmic/sing-song tone of the words, and I found Starfish really enjoyed listening to the story. Of course, he was also eager to help turn the pages and skip to the end (as can be expected with a 1 year old!). However what I truly love about this personalised book is it is something that will grow up with him and he will be able to enjoy it for many years, and many birthdays, to come.
Stamp of Approval
If you’re wondering what to buy your child for their birthday – whether it is their 1st or 10th – I would highly recommend the Lost My Name personalised book range (or other products if you prefer!). They have books that suit different age ranges, and it is a momento that your child will treasure for a lifetime. “The Birthday Thief” (and entire range) for Lost My Name definitely gets my Stamp of Approval.
PLUS, for your chance to WIN a personalised book for your child, see below.
WIN a Lost My Name Personalised Picture Book for your child!
To help your child enter the magical world of personalised picture books, I have partnered with Lost My Name to giveaway a Personalised Picture Book valued at $39.95. For your chance to win a Personalised Picture Book, enter through the Rafflecopter App below. T+ C’s also below.
- You will need to enter your email address so you can be contacted if you win;
- Visit AND LIKE both the Mumma Morrison and Lost My Name Pages;
- Leave a Comment ont he Blog Post (at the bottom of the page) and tell us: What is your favourite reading memory with your child, and what book were you reading?
This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to Sarah, you are the winner of the Personalised “Lost My Name” (now “Wonderbly”) Picture Book. I’ll be in touch with you shortly. Thank you to everyone who entered. x
Lost My Name Giveaway T+C’s:
- By entering our giveaway, you agree to the following terms and conditions.
- Entering this giveaway is free.
- Entry is open to Australian Residents 18 years and older only.
- This giveaway is a Game of Skill, meaning a winner is chosen based on the response you give in the blog comment.
- Mumma Morrison and Lost My Name reserve the right to verify entries and disqualify incomplete, altered, illegal or illegible entries. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost or delayed due to technical, telecommunication or website errors.
- Only one entry per email address will be accepted for this giveaway.
- Email addresses will be collected by Mumma Morrison and Lost My Name, but you can unsubscribe at any point (no spam, we promise!)
- Mumma Morrison and Lost My Name decision is final in this giveaway.
- This prize must be claimed within 3 working days or the prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
- To claim the prize, photo ID may be required
(I received a Personalised copy of “The Birthday Thief” for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own).