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The Best Personalized Children's Books for 2-4 Year Olds!
Updated as of May 2024

Personalized books are a joy for any child - the excitement of seeing themselves in a book cannot be understated. Personalized children’s books are also a great way for representation. When children see someone that looks like them in books and on TV, it boosts their own confidence. Toddlers are also easily distracted, but seeing their name and avatar will keep them engaged and focused on the story in front of them! Not for nothing do we believe that every parent should strive to “make your child the hero” (ahem, it’s our tagline here at Manimal Tales). To make them even more special, personalized photo books are perfect for every kid wanting to read! 

Emille Buchwald, a writer once said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” - so why not start them young? We’ve made a list of eight personalized books that are great for young children, from about the age of two to four. 

1. Mr Men: ‘You’ and the Silly Birthday by Roger Hargreaves


Personalized books for 2-4 years


This book by Roger Hargreaves has all the classic Mr. Men characters in a story that features your child and their birthday. You can personalize the character by choosing hair color and type, skin color, color of the clothes and enter in the child’s name. The story even allows for a friend’s name to be added to the book. This book is perfect for toddlers. The story revolves around a special someones’ birthday, and you find out at the end of the book who’s birthday it is! 


Available at Farshore.co.uk


2. ABC for You by Wonderbly



If you’ve ever wondered how to teach your toddler the alphabet, worry no more. This book from Wonderbly is the perfect way to do it! Every page features your child, and an object, character or animal with every letter of the alphabet. You can choose from about 6 different avatars that have different hair and skin color. The book is easy for a small child to read, and the illustrations are exciting and will keep your kid entertained (for a while at least!).


Available at Wonderbly


3. Be Brave Little One by Marianne Richmond


Personalized Children's Books for 2-4 year old


Be Brave Little One is a parents’ wish for their child to be brave for all the things that life may bring them. Honestly, the book is a really good reminder for adults as well - to be brave and to be themselves. There are not a lot of options for personalization though - the character in the book can’t really be changed. However, you can add two photographs of your child that appear in the beginning and the end of the book. You can also add your child’s name, which will appear in several places throughout the story. You can also customize a dedication that appears at the beginning of the book. 


Available at putmeinthestory.com


4. Your First Book of Animal Rhymes by Sandra Magsamen



This book of animal rhymes includes classics like The Three Little Pigs, Baa Baa Black Sheep and more. The twist is that your child’s name will appear in every rhyme, making this very engaging for toddlers. There’s no other way to personalize the book, except to add a custom dedication and a photo of the child that appears in the beginning of the book. 


Available at putmeinthestory.com


5. The Grumpopotamus by Sue Donhym


Personalized Books For 2-4 Years


The Grumpopotamus is the story of how your child and Anonymouse (a brave little mouse) un-grump the Grumpopotamus - a truly terribly grumpy hippo who makes everyone around him grumpy and mean as well. The Grumpopotamus is a personalized book with a lot of heart, and has great lessons for kids. You can personalize the book from eight different avatars with different skin and hair color. You can also put in your child’s name, as well as a custom dedication.  


Available at ManimalTales.com


6. The Magic of My Name by My Magic Story



The Magic of My Name takes your child through a wonderful adventure through which they learn the meaning of their name. The book has beautiful illustrations, but is reminiscent of ‘A boy/girl who lost his/her name’ by Wonderbly. The child meets several characters on their adventure that tell them the meaning of each letter in their name. The book can be personalized in one of 20 different languages, and you can pick from 6 different avatars for your child - all with different combinations of hair and skin color. 


Available at mymagicstory.com


7. Hello World! It's Me! By Jennifer Dewing



This personalized children’s book is written from the perspective of a baby who is announcing his/her arrival to the world. The baby tells us about all the wonderful things they can see, and how they’re excited to be in the world. The book can be personalized with your child’s name. You can even choose between a blue or pink cover for the book and add in a photograph as well. 


Available at iseeme.com


8. The Adventures of <Name> and His/Her Magic Name by Andrew Buck


Personalized Books for 2-4 Year Olds


This book by Andrew Buck has your child on an adventure, helping a wizard and some friends at the circus. Your child hands out the letters that spell their name to help a big crew of animals and other friends that need their help! There are no options to personalize the character in the book, but there is a space to put in a custom dedication, and of course, add in the child’s name. 


Available at mymagicname.com


9. Your Baby’s Story by Sue Donhym


Personalized Books for 2-4 year olds


Your Baby’s Story is a sweet story of how your baby came to be! The story starts out with two parents trying to figure out what’s missing in their life, until they realize - it’s time for a baby. You can customize the mom, dad as well as the baby’s skin and hair colour by choosing from 5 different options for each of those elements. You can also add a custom dedication. What’s more, we just came out with a sibling version as well - for the birth of the second child. Your Baby’s Story makes for a great gift for new parents, or for a baby shower. 


Available at ManimalTales.com


Are there any personalized books for 2-4 year olds that we’ve missed out on? Let us know in the comments! 

General Questions

Manimal Tales is a publisher of beautifully illustrated personalized books. We have personalized books for children and adults. From birthday books to new baby tales, and from bedtime stories to ABC books, we have custom books for all occasions!

We even offer PhotoStories, our personalized picture books with photos.

At Manimal Tales, we fervently believe every child should be the hero of their own story!

Personalized books (or custom books as they are sometimes referred to) allow the reader to become the hero of the story - literally.

The main character in the story is the reader / receiver of the book, and is represented by an avatar that looks like them. There are usually lots of additional personalized details printed in the stories, including the receiver's name, age, family members and more.

Our PhotoStories offer a whole new level of personalization by allowing you to add your own photos into the story and have them printed out with the book.

Browse through our collection of custom books to see which ones work for your loved ones!

It's super easy to personalize your own book!

Browse through our collection of personalized stories and select the titles you want. On the product page, add the details required to personalize the book (name, age, family members, photos etc.). You can then preview the entire book before you buy, so you know exactly what you're going to get!

Once you're satisfied, add the book to your cart, enter your payment details and your unique, one-of-a-kind personalized book will arrive on your doorstep in 6 to 9 days!

The short answer is that it depends on the personalized book title in question!

All books will have your loved one as the main protagonist and their name will be printed on the book cover as well as in the story.

In some of our books like Dreamland and What Will I Be? the (the An ABC Story) your loved one's name is printed on every page.

In our Manimal Tales series, in addition to your child's name, you can select an avatar that looks like your child.

In our custom baby tales, Your Baby's Story and Your Baby's Story (Sibling version), you have to enter names and select avatars for the parents and the siblings as well.

And for our PhotoStories, you can further customize the books by uploading and adding your own photos directly into the book. The stories have been written to incorporate the photos as part of the story itself.

Whichever personalized book you do choose, we guarantee your loved one's will love our custom tales just as much as we do!

We have books for all ages and occasions! On the menu bar at the top of the page you can filter through our collections of personalized books by a variety of different criteria.

We have personalized books for:

- Birthdays

- New babies / baby showers

- Bedtime books

- Back To School / ABC books

- Seek & Find books

We also offer custom books with engaging stories about:

- Friendship and bravery

- Standing up for your beliefs

- Animal rights and adventure

We have personalized books across all ages:

- 0 to 3 years

- 3 to 6 years

- 6 years and above

- Adult stories

Lastly we have our PhotoStories, which allow users to upload photos and have them become part of the story!

- Happy Birthday Personalized PhotoStory

- Your Baby's Personalized PhotoStory

Nothing beats getting a book with your name on it!

Personalized books are treasured and loved by all, and make great keepsakes.

We offer custom books for all occasions, ensuring you will always find a book to meet your needs.

You can always reach us by filling out our Contact Form.

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