I have always held reading as one of the most important skills and experiences you can give to your children. As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Little Viking I began collecting together children’s books from my childhood, and new ones I had yet to read.
Jake and I have read to Little Viking and Mini Viking since birth. Little Viking has books read to him (and he reads to us) every night for about an hour. Its become a family ritual before bedtime. Now Mini Viking is almost 5 months she has really begun to enjoy reading as well, and I am finally understanding the joy it gave my mum to read to us all those years ago. Reading books a second time round and once again seeing them through a child’s eyes makes them even more magical. Little Viking sees tiny details I am too lazy to notice, and his imagination takes him to places I can only dream of.
Based in the US and created by husband and wife team Maia and Allan, I See Me is a fabulous personalised book range. Designed to boost children’s reading abilities and enable them to recognise and spell their own names, these fabulous books are loved my many mother’s and celebrities alike.
They have over 40 books in the range and the ages range from 0-8 years old. We decided that as it was close to Valentine’s Day we would pick Little Viking and Mini Viking the Who Loves Me Valentines edition to review.
My initial delight was with how beautiful the illustrations are. They have gone for a very simple yet effective bright theme. You instantly can see that the book is designed for the child as their name features right at the front. Little Viking loves this as he picks out the books and gives Mini Viking hers and takes his to his “reading chair”.
Inside there is an option to personalise further with a picture. I think this is a wonderful touch and brought a huge smile to both children’s faces when they saw themselves in the book.
Each page has been written as if for the individual child, featuring their name, and who loves them. In this book there were 6 opportunities to bring in family members names (or friends) who loved them. You can see an example below. Little Viking in particular loved this feature as he recognised the names as we read through.
You can find all the collections including their fabulous Valentines edition online on their website. Simply go to I SEE ME, and open a world of imagination for your little ones.