Friday, February 15, 2013

Lookio Books Personalized Children's Books {Review & Giveaway}

Lookio Books logo
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Around here, we like books.

I typically have a pile checked out from the library waiting for me, while both Big Sister E and Little Sister B have shelves in their rooms piled high with books that get taken down and re-shelved daily. It is far from uncommon for me to go look for either one of them only to discover them sprawled out on their beds or the floor, engrossed in the stories that they see in the pictures.

From baby board books with only pictures to large, intricate books covered with words, they both love to be a part of the magical world that books can provide.

So what could make a book better for a 4-year-old that is already fascinated with them?

personalized children's book

Starring in one, perhaps?

Because providing a book that is high quality, engaging, personal, educational and extremely cool is exactly what is found at Lookio Books.

Lookio books

Offering two illustrated character books and one photo character book, each Lookio book is printed and bound by hand with the utmost care. The result is something special that is going to stay with your child long past when that copy of Green Eggs and Ham or Captain Underpants has been discarded.

Instead, your child's name and likeness appear in the illustrated character books, making the story completely personal and as if it was truly created just for them. Or, as in Little Sister B's photo character book, simply upload a photo of the lucky child in your life and the skilled Lookio Books team will ensure that their smiling face is right there in every spread.

Even better, Lookio makes it extremely fast and easy to create their custom books, as it only takes a few clicks, adding in an optional dedication and voilĂ ! Instant treasured gift.

I simply added in Little Sister B's name and gender (for the correct pronoun to be used), uploaded a recent photograph of her and did a little cropping and zooming, and there she was.

children's photo book

Lookio allows you to preview each of the pages, alleviating any worries that your picture is out of place or that you won't be completely and utterly satisfied with the end result. I couldn't believe that I had completed all of the steps in just a few minutes and that all that was left to do was await a package that would thrill my little girl.

cute packaging

As I knew it would, Little Sister B's face lit up when she we pulled her When (Name) Grows Up book out of the envelope.

For a moment or two, she looked at her picture and then, tentatively, she reached out and touched it. Who's that in the book? I asked. She turned and looked at me with a huge grin. ME!!

kids book

Without fail, every page of this book brings a smile to her face as Little Sister B adores not only hearing her name in the words, but seeing her own face right there in full color. How could she not smile seeing herself right there in the action?

custom kids book

Completely adorable, right?

To make a good thing even better (or, in this case, a great thing even more fantastic), the message of this book is amazing as well. While other custom children's books that I've seen in the past have been nice, the actual plot of the book is pretty lackluster in comparison to the personalization.

However, with Lookio Books, there was clearly a significant amount of time and attention spent making sure that the words themselves would be just as beautiful and educational as well.

The When (Name) Grows Up tale begins with stating that "When B grows up, she can be whatever she wants to be," a message that I've tried to pass along to both of my girls at every chance I can get...

storybook beginning

...and, after going through all of her fun dreams, the story concludes with the message that, "There are so many things B can be when she grows up, but for now she's just happy being herself."

I don't think that I could love the overall motto of the book any more than I do!

storybook ending

Retailing for $29 (plus shipping and handling), the quality and uniqueness of Lookio Books really speak for themselves. The full color art, the durable laminated cover and the positive, believe-in-yourself attitude that these provide are exactly what I love to find in products for my own children or as wonderful gifts.

To take a closer look at all of Lookio Book's great options, visit their website at LookioBooks.com. You can also check out their blog to hear about kids' literature topics and the picture books that they love, while finding out what else they're up to on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be able to see the beauty of a great customized gift for the lucky child in their life, because...

One lucky person will win their choice of Lookio Books personalized children's book!



A big thank you to Lookio Books for providing a complimentary book for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

85 comments:

Monica said...

Currently my daughters favortie book is one called Parts.

Thanks

MamaMunky said...

CJ loves his Robots book.

Yona Williams said...

Mine is where the sidewalk ends - Shel Silverstein

Lori said...

my son likes Where the Wild Things Are

(Lori Thomas)

Shannon R said...

Go Dogs Go!

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

5 little monkeys jumping on a bed and I love the gruffalo :)
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Connie Gruning said...

Right now my Granddaughters favorite book is Counting Puppies.

Connie

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

right now it is winnnie the pooh- we're reading a set of 10 books!

Adrianne B said...

My daughter's favorite book is "Little Fur Family" by Margaret Wise Brown.

Darlene ysaguirre said...

My youngest daughter loves the book "Lama Lama Mad at Mama"

618mom said...

All about animals

wigget said...

my favorite is goodnight moon

GW 65 said...

My granddaughter loves the book Curious George.

kelly thompson said...

fave book- little miss sunshine

Crafty said...

It is My Tea Party... it is a custom made book that uses her name in it.

Bethany C. said...

My daughter really likes a book called Book!

kim burnett said...

goodnight moon

aperry said...

Busy dump truck

SueZH said...

My daughter always liked Horton Hears a Who.

Nikki Krutz said...

my son loves mama where are you

Gina F. said...

My daughter loves any Dr. Seuess books.

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Renee Walters said...

My son likes the book, I Love You Forever.

Brooke T said...

Little Blue Truck goes to the City

Tamar said...

Pinaklicious :)

walk9 said...

The Magic Hockey Stick and Pinkalicious.

Danielle Lima said...

The Graveyard Book

Kathy Donovan-Ellis said...

Dr. Seuss, A-Z

Kira said...

I love Goodnight Moon and Kiss Goodnight!

Chelsea said...

My daughters favorite is a horse called september

Stephanie Larison said...

Chucky Gets Glasses

ivy arrington said...

A family fav is where the wild things are. Mine as a kid and my kids love that book too.

dawn keenan said...

The 3 billy goats gruff was always my girls favorite

ColleenMarie82 said...

Goodnight Moon

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latanya t said...

goodnight moon

Brittany said...

Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you see?

caseyle2010 said...

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can you?
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Christina Carattini said...

Mr. Willoby's Christmas Tree, year round :).

Karen F said...

Green Eggs & Hanm

Melissa said...

ferdinand the bull

Dave said...

we read Thomas the Train daily and Five little monkeys

Tanya M said...

Llama, Llama books.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Margaret McLaughlin said...

My sons favorite book is "All About Trains"

tina reynolds said...

where the sidewalk ends

Gina H. said...

Childrens Bible Stories book

Mayla Moore said...

When I was young my favorite was 'A Fly Went By'.

ossmcalc said...

The Pokey Little Puppy

Carolyn said...

goodnight moon

Lauren said...

my daughter likes her princess story book

Treesa said...

The Cat in the Hat is our favorite around here!

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Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

The very hungry caterpillar

Ledford Land said...

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. She loves when I read it to her because I get all tongue tied and she laughs and laughs ;)

Jessica Eaton Ledford
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one frugal lady said...

My kids love anything by dr.seuss!
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Kristy Thiel said...

My daughter loves "on the night you were born". Thanks for hosting!

Reagan and Trevor's Mommy said...

Reagan loves her big book of princesses.

Lina said...

He likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Christy McMahon said...

the Gruffalo is my lil guys favorite book!

Klydra Pugh said...

The Kissing Hand
Thanks for the chance

Alissa said...

The Spiffiest Giant in Town & Charlie Cook's Favorite Book are two of our favorites.

Ciara B. said...

Goodnight Moon

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finallystayathomemomma.com said...

Goodnight Moon is my favorite.

Beau said...

my children currently love There Is A Nightmare In My Closet

Angela said...

My son loves Penguin and Pinecone.
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AngelWinner said...

If You Give A Pig A Pancake

McKim said...

My son likes Green Eggs and Ham.

marissayvette said...

my sons favorite is why i love my mommy and why i love my daddy

K. Albrecht said...

These are soooo cute!!! I would love to give one to my friend's son. I used to love reading when I was growing up. I had a book like this that was a story about me going to the circus.

Becca Ann said...

My sons favorite book is a dino hotwheels book he got from the book fair

amanda hoffman said...

shake a leg

Gennie Lancaster said...

My daughters favorite books are the Fancy Nancy series!

Kari Flores said...

We love the "Giving Tree".

Zipper McGee said...

My son loves a book called "Make Way for Ducklings"

Lauren Harmon said...

Amelia Bedilia! All the way!

Pat said...

The Little Engine That Could

Robyn said...

We love the skippy jon jones books!

Holly Kennedy said...

A Fly Went By

Kimberly said...

My daughter likes Good Night Moon

Jennifer Q. said...

My son loves all of the Skippyjon jones books

Amanda Jenson said...

My son loves his Disney collection, we're big into Disney and its so cute how hes learning all the characters names :)

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Kim said...

I have a grandson who loves any book that is Thomas the train.

Vikki Billings said...

I love Good Night Moon
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lisa_s said...

I love Courderoy

Gianna said...

Captain underpants.

mrflingo said...

My son favorites are "Trucks" and "Clifford Plays Peekaboo"