Baby’s 1st Birthday: God Loves Me! Personalized Books {Review}

It’s hard to believe Gage will be one in just a few short days. I’ve been on the lookout for unique first birthday gifts.

I was recently contacted by I See Me! Books and asked if I would review a copy of their book God Loves Me. After checking out their website and this video, I knew this would make the perfect first birthday gift for Gage.

They quickly personalized a copy just for Gage and sent it out to me. I couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived after I had sent over all the required personalization information. {It didn’t require a lot of information – they just needed Gage’s full name, and I had to select which dedication message I wanted to appear in the book.}

When the book arrived, I was very impressed. There are several things that I absolutely love about this book:

  • I love the bright colors on every page. The pictures are unique and absolutely beautiful.
  • I love that Gage’s name is used throughout the book. Gage loves hearing his name, and he’ll let me read this book over and over again.
  • I love the creative design of the front cover. It adds a special touch with the 3D sun with Gage’s name in the center.
  • I love the feel of the pages. The paper used in the book is high quality and it has a very different feel to it than the paper used in most books. It’s actually the first thing my daughter noticed as well, and she commented on how much she liked the way the pages felt.
  • I love the overall craftsmanship of the book. This book is not something that will fall apart after reading it a few times. It’s sturdy and made to last. I can already tell this book will become a special keepsake that I’ll treasure for many years to come.
  • I love how easy it is to place an order online. Sometimes ordering personalized books can be complicated or just downright annoying. Not with I See Me books. Orders can be placed in just minutes.

The only thing I wish is that I could have been able to create a personal dedication message to Gage in his book. Don’t get me wrong – they have TONS of options, and there’s something to fit absolutely every need. I just wish I could have written something just a little bit different {longer!} than what I found…

But look how beautiful the pages inside the book are…

Overall, I am quite impressed with the God Loves Me! book from I See Me! Books. I would highly recommend these books to anyone that loves high quality personalized children’s books. The God Loves Me! book would make an excellent birthday, Christmas, or just-because-we-love-you gift.

To learn more about the I See Me line of books, connect with them in the following ways:

Right now, if you head over to the I See Me! website, you can recieve $5 off your first order. Click Here to get started.

Disclaimer: I received the book mentioned above from I See Me! in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.

Holiday Guide: Champion Me Books {Ends 12/3}

Warning: This post may load slowly because I’m including lots of pictures. Don’t let that scare you away! The pictures are totally worth it!

Recently, a very dear blogger friend of mine introduced me to Champion Me Books – the makers of Award-winning personalized children’s books. From the first time I visited their website, I was hooked. These were the best books for kids that I have found anywhere.

Champion Me Books sent me a gift certificate to order a book for a review. I had a hard time deciding which of my boys should get the review book, though. Zander and Jace both love to read, and I want to continue encouraging that love. I decided to order two books – one for Zander, and one for Jace.

For Jace, I ordered “Jace vs. the Scribble Monster.” There was a reason behind this: Jace has always been my mischievous one – and when we moved out of our last house, I spent days scrubbing the walls of his bedroom, trying to get the crayon off. I just had to order this book about scribbles on a wall that take on a life of their own and chase Jace all over the city.

Here’s Jace with his book:

Jace vs the Scribble Monster

Zander received “Zander and the Stonkeropolous.” Zander has a hard time standing up for himself, and he often gets bullied. I wanted to get this book for him to encourage him to stand up to his fears. Here he is with his book:

Zander and the Stonkeropolous

You should have seen the boys faces light up when they saw their books. I was planning to hold off and give these to the boys as Christmas gifts, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. I wanted to see their reactions so that I could share them with you.

When I asked Jace what he loved most about the book, he said, “It’s all about ME! They turned me into a cartoon, and my name is all over the book. I love it!” His eyes were as wide as saucers, and he grinned from ear to ear while he slowly flipped through each page.

Zander was also enthralled, and he wasn’t getting up from the table until he read every last word in the book. He closed the book and said, “Mom, that was the coolest book ever.”

I asked them to show me their favorite page from their books. Here are the pages they picked:

Jace and the scribble monster

Zander and the Stonkeropolous

For hours, I have listened to the boys read their books out loud over and over again. They never get tired of it, and neither do I. They’re sitting together, reading, getting along, and excited about seeing each other as characters in books.

The kind folks at Champion Me Books also sent me e-books for Lucy and Parker. I couldn’t afford to order books for the two of them right now, but now that I’ve seen the ebooks, you can bet that I’ll be ordering them just as soon as I can.

Here are the covers from Lucy and Parker’s books:

Lucy in the Great Escape of Mighty Star

Parker in Gadgetland
I’ve read Lucy’s e-book to her about a hundred times, and Parker’s probably twice as much. The kids love seeing themselves in a story and hearing their name said over and over.

Another feature that I love is that you can include an inscription inside each book to your child. Here’s what I said in Zander’s book:
“Zander, may this book always remind you how strong and brave you are. Always obey your parents, be kind to others, and follow your dreams. We love you! Love, Mom and Dad.”

Now, every time Zander looks at that book, he will remember that it was created with love just for him. Same goes for Jace. It’s an extra little touch that makes all the difference in the world.


Each book is $24.95, which may seem a little steep, but in all reality, these books are worth every penny and more. These are some of the highest quality childrens books I have found. They’re not going to fall apart after reading them a few times. They are beautiful books, with eye-catching illustrations, thick, quality pages, and a durable glossy outer cover. Overall, I am super impressed with Champion Me Books and would recommend them to everyone I meet. Can’t afford a hard copy of the book right now? E-books start at just $9.95 and would be a great addition to your iPad or laptop to share with your child whenever. seal of approval

Champion Me Books recently won several awards including two from The Toy Man as well as a Mom’s Choice Award. All were well deserved! I’d definitely give them my “Seal of Approval.”

You can learn more about Champion Me Books the following ways:

Now, I’ve got some GREAT news! Champion Me Books has asked me to host a giveaway right here on my blog! That’s right! One lucky winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to Champion Me Books. To enter, use the rafflecopter gadget below.

Want another chance to win a Champion Me Book for your child? Head to my friend Lindsey’s blog Kindered Spirit Mommy, and enter her Champion Me Giveaway. {You can find more links to more giveaways on the Champion Me Books Facebook Page.}

Disclaimer: I received a gift certificate from Champion Me Books to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was in no other way compensated for this post.