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Personalized Childrens Picture Books:
Custom Story Photo Books for Kids

Personalized childrens picture books can take a couple of forms. You can opt for a simple photo book detailing your child's early years. Or you can get a little creative and have a little fun with a personalized childrens story book or adventure book.

Some great examples of this sort of personalized book for kids are at Shutterfly, which has a whole line of "adventure" books, as well as their "Center Stage" books, where your kids photo is featured in their favorite stories.

Center Stage Books

When you're looking for a personalized childrens story book, you're probably looking for something like these CenterStage Kids Photo Books. These are personalized children's picture books, where your child becomes the main character. These personalized adventure story books for kids are a lot of fun, especially for littler ones.

How to Make Them

To create a personalized childrens book, you select only one favorite "face" picture (check the guidelines at Shutterfly for choosing the picture) that will be featured on the cover and in every scene throughout 38 full color pictures. You'll enter basic information that will be automatically woven into the story, including:
  • Your child's name
  • Your child's date of birth, and
  • Your child's hometown
  • You can also add an optional dedication that appears on the title page.

    The Center Stage books are a little more difficult to find, but if you go to the Shutterfly site, then go to Products, they are listed under there. Or do a simple search on the website to see what they currently offer.

    Their recent Center Stage personalized childresn picture books offered are SpongeBob and Me: Super Detectives, Diego and My Zebra Rescue, Dora and My Rescue Adventure, My Happy Day on Sesame Street, My Adventure on Sesame Street and My Amazing Alphabet Adventure.

    Shutterfly SpongeBob and Me: Super Detectives Shutterfly Diego and My Zebra Rescue
    SpongeBob and Me: Super Detectives Diego and My Zebra Rescue
    Shutterfly Dora and My Rescue Adventure Shutterfly My Happy Day on Sesame Street
    Dora and My Rescue Adventure My Happy Day on Sesame Street
    Shutterfly My Adventure on Sesame Street Shutterfly My Amazing Alphabet
    My Adventure on Sesame Street My Amazing Alphabet Adventure
    Tip: When looking for anything on the Shutterfly site, the "site search" bar located at the top of the Shutterfly site can be used. When looking for these adventure books, simply type in "adventure books" and it will take you directly to the page.

    Adventure Photo Story Books

    Shutterfly Adventure Books are story books where you can add pictures on the predesigned layouts of the book. (To me, they are more of a "background" book, but, hey... I'm not going to argue with what Shutterfly calls them.)


    To make this personalized childrens story book, all you need is --of course-- photos. You can personalize the book's hard cover with favorite photos and a title. Another nice option is the ability to add text details to the spine, like date and author. There's a minimum of 20 pages, but you can add up to 80. Across 20 pages, you could display from around 30 to 100 photos.

    These are the titles of the adventure books and can be found by going to Shutterfly's photo books section. They are listed under ideas: Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, SpongeBob SquarePants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Thomas & Friends and Angelina Ballerina.

    Note: Shutterfly changes their product line often, and I can't always keep up! If you see something below and can't find it on the website, use this search tip. If it doesn't come up, they don't have it. But chances are, they've got something else!

    Shutterfly Dora the Explorer
    Dora the Explorer

    Shutterfly Go Diego Go
    Go Diego Go

    Shutterfly SpongeBob SquarePants
    SpongeBob SquarePants

    Shutterfly Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Shutterfly Thomas and Friends
    Thomas and Friends

    Shutterfly Angelina Ballerina
    Angelina Ballerina Logo 125x40

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