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WIN!!! A personalised book for your child

WIN!!! A personalised storybook for your child.  A very personal addition to your children’s bookcase with Tidy Book’s book review and competition

You can win your child a personalised storybook from www.lostmy.name

This is brand new family initiative brought to you by three enthusiastic and creative fathers.  Their dream was to take the idea of a personalised book, and do it better than ever before.

There are stories for both boys and girls.  Over 150 fabulous illustrations have been created to make it possible to make stories for children of any name with The Little Boy Who Lost His Name and The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name books.

All you need to do to enter is tell us an animal that starts with the same letter as your first initial.  You can tell us why you’ve chosen it or what characteristics you share with it if you like. 

One lucky winner will be chosen and then be able to order a personalised book for their little treasure to celebrate their name forever.



My boy, now 8-years-old, got some personalised books when he was much younger.  I think they were presents from friends, possibly for his Christening.  I can remember reading them and thinking they were a little ‘forced’ and it was obvious that they were personalised books.

You know, when you’re reading and it’s clear that there is a generic story, and they’ve just stuck a name in the same place they do for everyone else, not very personal at all actually.

So when we got examples of these books from www.lostmy.name I was a little sceptical, and feared getting the same.  But I must say I could pick a few faults with them, that they are most definitely personal and something I think any child – or parent – would cherish.

They are centred upon a child waking one day and losing their name.  They then go on an adventure to see if they can find it again, and a series of chance meetings with wonderfully illustrated animals sees them all contributing to reveal the child’s name once more.

As the story is dictated by your child’s name, there’s a real authentic feel to the personalisation of these books.  Each story will be different, some will share the same illustrations, but probably not in the same order, so the books do feel unique to the recipient.

The illustrations are warm and fun and the layout of the text compliments them beautifully.

Most of the story rhymes, and I’d say it does then feel a tiny bit odd when you read parts that don’t.  But this doesn’t detract from these being the best personalised children’s books I’ve laid my hands on.



Helen is an early years foundation stage leader. She’s responsible for the education of over 150 three to six-year-olds. Helen has over a decade’s experience in early years learning, and this is what she thinks of the www.lostmy.name books

“Not only are these books an excellent learning aid for a child, they are also a very good way of celebrating a child’s name and making them feel special.”

“These are books that would suit three to five-year-olds, but you’d keep them forever.  I’m sure if someone had bought me one as a child, I’d still be occasionally reading it now, in my thirties!”

“The illustrations are fun and engaging, and if I was reading one of these books to a group I would encourage them to use magnetic letters or start building the name the book was illustrating as we were reading through it.”

“There are a few things I’d add to the books if I could, like if the child’s name could eventually be spelled out via all the beautifully illustrated letters the child had collected, that would make the books even better and the focus on the child’s name greater.”

“The story is very strong, and for that reason I think the text has no need to rhyme, and when it then doesn’t in parts it could leave a reader losing their flow and double-checking they’d read them correctly.”

For your chance to win a book from www.lostmy.name tell us an animal that starts with the same letter as your first initial.  You can even tell us why you’ve chosen it or what characteristics you share with it if you like.


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96 thoughts on “WIN!!! A personalised book for your child

  1. Avatar Frances hopkins says:

    A fox

  2. Avatar Aoife johns says:


  3. Avatar karen Martin says:

    Koala 🙂

  4. Avatar shea says:

    S – Shea – Snake.

    I love the snake as it’s laid back, fierce when it needs to be, and loves the shade (just like me!)

  5. Avatar Donna Duff says:

    An animal that starts with my initial is a deer. I’ve chosen this as I have 6 kids and I hold them all Dear, but I also see the deer as a kind, gentle but firm animal who will protect her family at whatever cost. It also means I constantly have to be thinking … of answers to hundreds of questions thrown at me, of what is happening on a daily basis and what the kids will do next.

    Kind regards
    Take care

  6. Avatar shea says:

    S- Shea- Snake, for their love of the shade!

    (sorry, didn’t apparently go through 1st time)

  7. Avatar nat eveleigh says:

    an animal beginning with n…….a nag!! I also nag my husband a lot!!

  8. Avatar Emma Grimsey says:

    Egyptian Mau – an ancient breed of Egyptian cat. I have chosen this animal because I absolutely adore cats, they are loyal, loving and beautiful creatures. This breed also has a kind of leopard print and I have a slight leopard print obsession =)

  9. Avatar Emma B says:

    Elephant – My hubby says I look like one when I bend down 😉

  10. Avatar adeela says:

    ANT- im always scurrying around my children 🙂

  11. Avatar Hayley says:

    Hayley the hippo…as I often feel like one!! However my little boy is William…William the Wallaby as he is always jumping all over the place! X

  12. Avatar Annalise ONeill says:

    Antelope :o)

  13. Avatar Mahala says:

    hmnnn …. Moon Jellyfish ..chosen because my children have always been fascinated with the moon (known as Luna in this house)

  14. Avatar Louise O'Reilly says:

    My daughters name is Caitlin so the animal would definitely have to be a Chinchilla! We have two Chinchillas who are nearly 16 years old! My daughter loves watching them run around and have a sand bath!

  15. Avatar Melanie King says:

    Melanie…. The Manatee.
    Because when I sing underwater I sound amazing!
    Manatee’s live in and around the Caribbean…..whoo-hoo, lets go!

  16. Avatar Julia Plant says:


  17. Avatar sarah bavington-smith says:

    Sloth, at 32 weeks with my second I feel tired and slow lol.
    My daughter, Melissa would be Monkey, because she’s cheeky! x

  18. Avatar Maria Jane Knight says:

    marmoset monkey – cute,small,a little bit territorial and very protective over her baby!

  19. Avatar Vanessa Witt says:

    Vulture! I feel like one when Im picking at the kids plates once they’ve finished their dinners haha!

  20. Avatar stacey hutchins says:

    Spectacled Bear – good at giving hugs and giving love to their babies my son is my little bear and very protective over my son and i am big soft and cuddle i am very clever and use my skill to look after my family

  21. Avatar Sam says:

    Starfish – I’m always hungry and a starfish has two stomachs so that would do nicely.

  22. Avatar Penny H says:

    P for penguin, I like the way they cuddle up to their little ones and shelter them.

  23. Avatar stacey hutchins says:

    i would be a Spectacled Bear because i am give good bear hugs and i am loving and care about my family and and protective over my son and i use my skills to look after my family i love amazon forest and i love being alone i love being feel cuddly soft and i love bear my son loves bear and he calls me a bear

    my son jack would be a Jack Russel for the simple reason he loves dogs and he is Intelligent athletic and fearless and love being outdoors and he loves being social

  24. Avatar Falon Miller says:

    I choose Falcon for a couple of reasons – 1. Everyone thinks that what my name is when the read it despite it not having a ‘c’ in it! 2.They are one of the fastest moving creatures on earth which is rather like me rushing around all the time!

  25. Avatar Amanda Stauffer says:

    Alpaca because they are so soft and sweet, just like me 🙂

  26. Avatar Tina says:

    Tiger. Because I am always protecting my cubs. ( children)

  27. Avatar Tina K says:

    A. Tiger

  28. Avatar Lynsey Buchanan says:

    Jackal – Fast as lighting, lots if energy

  29. Avatar adele knight says:


  30. Avatar Claire O' Prey says:

    A Cat because they are loving and friendly, just like me 🙂 and cause i have a cat called Gizmo 🙂

  31. Avatar Tricia Clark says:


  32. Avatar Mel Daniels says:

    A monkey… which sums up my little girl rather than me!

  33. Avatar Emma Carter says:

    An eagle – because I value my freedom and independence (which an eagle is the symbol of in many places). I also have pretty good eyesight and can swoop pretty quickly should I need to, handy when you have 2 young children!

  34. Avatar deborah godbolt says:

    gentle soft caring

  35. Avatar Helen says:

    Hippo – because I’m the size of one after having my daughter!

  36. Avatar George Worboys Wright says:

    Giraffe because I need to wind my neck in 😉

  37. Avatar Sarah Bull says:

    An animal not from my first initial, but from my surname 🙂 I am fiercly protective, but can charge when needed and under pressure- normally to my credit card though!!

  38. Avatar Hayley says:

    Hyena – I have an unstoppable giggle 🙂

  39. Avatar Jacqueline Donnelly says:

    My daughter would be Rachael the Raccoon because she is curious, inquisitive and into everything

  40. Avatar Adele Baxter says:

    I’ll go for Alligator because my daughter loves going snap snap for them x

  41. Avatar Virginia says:

    For my daughter I’d select the Mink (her name is Micky) because she is so precious to us.

  42. Avatar Virginia says:

    For my daughter Micky I’d select the Mink, because like their fur, she is precious.

  43. Avatar Laura Murphy says:

    Laura: L = Labrador
    Like a Labrador I am well-balanced, friendly & versatile, I am able to adapt to a wide range of functions ( I am a mum after all!).
    I am even-tempered and well behaved around young children & the elderly!
    As a special needs teaching assistant I too am frequently trained to aid children with special needs.

  44. Avatar Simone Muir says:

    Spider – because I’m absolutely terrified of them but am trying very hard to overcome my fear so that our little lady doesn’t catch it too!

  45. Avatar sarah foran says:

    sea-lion love them friendly and clever like me, haha ( and my kids love them)

  46. Avatar elisa says:

    Elephant I am tall but gentle an scared of mice:)

  47. Avatar Jemma says:

    It would have to be a jellyfish as my son is obsessed with Octonauts so everything has to be about sea creatures.

  48. Avatar Sarah says:

    H for Hippopotamus

  49. Avatar Debbie Burfoot says:

    D for dog ..full of unconditional love

  50. Avatar Stacey Guilliatt says:

    Skunk – but I am not smelly like one! LOL

  51. Avatar judy parslow says:

    jackal a lovely little dog …but WILD !!!!!

  52. Avatar rafia shahzad says:


  53. Avatar Sally Millard says:

    S is for squirrel, as I hoard things and would love to sleep through the winter!

  54. Avatar sarah says:

    Hadrosaurus Dinosaur as my little boy loves dinosaurs and my little boy is called Harrison.

  55. Avatar Lisa wright says:

    A lion can be friend but will get fierce if I need to

  56. Avatar Clare says:

    Cheshire Cat – fantastic animal & character from my favourite children’s book

  57. Avatar Katy C Johnston says:

    Kangaroo – because it’s energetic like me!

  58. Avatar Collette Kempshaw says:

    C for cat – 9 lives, loyal and loving!

  59. Avatar claire reid says:

    Liaoceratops a strong and brave dinosaur as my son Logan is mad on them and hes big and brave when his daddy has to work away from home for weeks at a time.

  60. Rhino – Placid until someone annoys me ;-p

  61. Avatar ezme says:

    i picked an EMU coz its the largest bird in Australia where as im the biggest bird in bournemouth!! 🙂 xx

  62. Avatar Nicole Strait says:

    A Nigerian Dwarf Goat. With a 6 week old, I just feel like a walking dairy lol

  63. Avatar tracy G says:


  64. Avatar Sue Bell says:

    A squirrel because I am always rushing around a lot, but not up trees

  65. Avatar Michelle says:

    Oh easy! Meerkats, because they are possibly the cutest little animals, I love how one stands on watch duty whilst the others go play, eat or what not. I feel like that sometimes, I’m on ‘Mummy alert’ whilst we’re out and about with Chloe, 3 and Izzy 6 months. They’re also loyal to their group and ferocious at defending their territory and family which of course I am 100% the same – I just definitely dont eat bugs and creepy crawlies!

  66. Avatar Krystle James says:

    I like it when i spot one on the motorway when traveling, long journeys.

  67. Avatar julie smith says:


  68. Avatar Katie griggs says:

    They are playful, cute and have fuzzy hair (you should see my in the mornings!!)

    They are also both my daughter’s (3 yr old and 1 yr old) favourite animal :-).

  69. Avatar Valerie gardiner says:


  70. Avatar katie walters says:

    koala- and like me its cuddly 🙂

  71. Avatar tina rowlands says:

    Tortoise-I’m a bit slow and take my time with things! I can also imagine a tortoise would be a bit of a hoarder and takes their time in sorting through things…..all characteristics of mine!!!

  72. Avatar Jennifer says:

    Jack Russell,apparently their very intelligent! 🙂 Their pretty vocal too and I never stop talking haha

  73. Avatar kelly says:

    Kangaroo as I’m always bouncing around after my son!

  74. Avatar Emily says:

    Well mine would be E so elephant it was one of my daughter’s first words but she called it an etsy 🙂
    If it was my daughter she would be j so it would be jaguar looks very cute and cuddly on the outside but all mothers know it’s a different story 😉

  75. Avatar Kathryn Phillips ✩ says:

    K- Kangaroo because im always bouncing around – my daughters name is Amelia so she would be an Angel Fish because shes so beautiful just like they are x

  76. Avatar Nicola Holland says:

    Mine would be a newt – a little secretive. My young sons would be a Trex, all energy and noisy as his name is Teejay 🙂

  77. Avatar Shannon says:

    S is for snake

  78. Avatar Caroline says:

    A Caroline Flying Fox because it’s named after me and is a really cool animal!

  79. Avatar Sarah Andrews says:

    A snake – I love snakes and I was born in the Chinese year of the snake.

  80. Avatar Lubna says:

    Lion…. I’d fight fiercely to the end to protect my loved ones!

  81. Avatar Christine Dixon says:

    C for Cat meow …..purrr purrr

  82. Avatar Christine Dixon says:

    C for Cat
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  83. For myself I would choose a Long Eared Owl; 2 reasons – 1. I love owls and 2. I have really good hearing! For my little boy; who is called Jack; I would choose a Joey – because he will always be my baby.

  84. Avatar NEVAEH CEDENO says:

    Her initial is N there is not many animals with that letter so I would say B for Mommy’s Butterfly

  85. Avatar Jacqueline Harris says:

    Jaguar- because my son James is as beautiful as a jaguar, can be fierce when needed, but also shy at times. He is also very rare- there is only one of him- definitely one of a kind!

  86. Avatar Lauren Gurney says:

    My initial is L so I would pick a lion, as they are beautiful, fierce, and can get away with having lazy days. Everything I would like haha

  87. Avatar Rowena Griffiths says:

    Rhea! Is that a bird? Rabbit then!

  88. Avatar Monika Tuite says:

    M for Mockingbird, because it is a cracking book.

  89. Avatar Charlie Green says:

    Cougar – solitary & independent, fiercely defends young seeing off even the largest of predators x

  90. Avatar Brita Bevis says:

    So many animals begin with B…. but I choose Bear, because a bear is usually a child’s first best friend (teddy). One was certainly mine! 🙂

  91. Avatar Kerri Quinn says:

    Kangaroo, they jump high!

  92. Avatar Stacey Tripconey says:

    A sea horse.

  93. Avatar Linda Johnstone says:

    L for Loch Ness Monster- a bit of a mystery!

  94. I choose a shark. They care for their young but God help anything that tries to interfere with them raising them to adults!

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