We love keepsakes in our house and bought J and Miss A both personalised books for their first Christmases. There is something so special about having a book that is just for them and it helps bring the joy of reading to life. So when Librio asked us to take a look at their personalised book ‘The Tree, The Key And Me’, I knew they would love it.
It is the story of a child who finds a magic key and is transported into a forest full of talking animals and colourful characters. The illustrations are simple but beautiful, the quality of the paper and printing is really good and it feels like a book that will last a long time.
The great thing about it is how much you can personalise the main character to look like your child. It’s sad to say that most protagonists are still white, male and fit certain stereotypes with their characteristics. We chose to order this copy for J but I love that we could make the hero into a girl for Miss A and you can add glasses or change the skin tone, eye and hair colour so the child can see themselves brought to life.
As J is now learning to read more proficiently, he loved seeing his name on the front and the back of the book and being able to pick out some other key words throughout the story. You can also add your own personalised message at the beginning, which he enjoyed and I think will be lovely for him to look back on when he’s older.
The company, Librio,who produce the books have a very ethical philosophy and as well as printing the books on recycled paper, also plant a tree for every one you buy. On top of this they donate £1 of every sale to literacy charities. It’s great to know you are buying a long lasting present for your child but also doing it in a sustainable way. The books are produced in the UK but are available in 18 languages and dialects, and can be shipped worldwide.
I love buying personalised presents for family and friends’ children and this would make a lovely gift for a Christmas, first birthday or new baby.
Librio are offering a 15% discount when you buy two books with the code YAY15 and I think it is a really good value and special gift. You can find out more about Librio on their website or social channels Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube
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