Ask a child of the 1970s or 80s about the challenges of growing up with an unusual name, and she might tell you that she never had personalized pencils, the kind that Jennifer and Ashley always brought to class.
Not so in 2011. Or ever again, really. Clio might be a never-in-the-Top-1000 choice but thanks to clever, insanely cheap technology, the purple LeapFrog My Pal Violet knows how to say and spell her unusual name.
And then came Etsy. Aprons, notecards, lunchboxes, super-hero capes. You name it, and there’s a shop that can customize pretty much anything you can imagine.
Which brings me to those gorgeous images above. Those, dear reader, are custom bookplates, created by Kate of My Kids Eat Off the Floor, also the name of her blog and, speaking of names, she’s guest-posted here on Name Stories.
One lucky reader will win their very own set of 20 bookplates – four each of five designs in the collection of your choice: Woodland Friends, Modern Boy, or Whimsy. And, of course, the bookplates will be personalized with any name you choose.
Impatient? Don’t like your odds? You can also order any item for 10% off with discount code APPELLATION.
To enter, just leave a comment below with the name of your favorite children’s book!
Want a bonus entry? Just wait ’til Monday’s Nameberry post.
The winner will be chosen at random. Winners must have a US shipping address. The winner will be chosen at random, and be announced next Saturday, October 29, 2011.
Note: Comments are closed, and a winner will be announced later today.
Oh, so many great books, but absolutely adore On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman. Can’t hardly read it to my son without tearing up.
The Easter Egg Artists by Adrienne Adams.
Charlotte’s Web, still one of my favorites
so very many favorites, but today I’ll go with a recently discovered delight: The Zoom Trilogy by Tim Wynne-Jones.
My absolute favorite children’s book would have to be Chrysanthemum…although Wump World will always hold a special place.
Jill Dilworth says
My daughter’s current favorites are the Pigeon series (Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus! etc.) My favorite is Good Night Gorilla
at the moment- “Guess how much I love you”! 🙂
“Ernest and Celestine” and “The Box Car Children” are my favorite childhood series <3
I must enter, since my daughter loves to write her name on all her books. Her current favorite is “the Story of Ferdinand,” by Munro Leaf.
Matilda by Roald Dahl.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
Elizabeth W. says
I don’t have just one favorite — who could? — but The Ordinary Princess has always been high on my list. It has one of the best princess names ever in it: Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne (Amy for short).
I don’t know what age u want exactly. I don’t think my mom ever had time to read to me when I was little, when I could read a bit myself I like the Mothers Goose Nursery Rhymes, and then later The Babysitter’s Club & Sweet Valley High were my obsessions.
My favorite children’s book? Green Eggs and Ham!
Not only were there no items personalized with my first name, I grew up just raising my hand when the teacher would pause during roll-call on the first day of school. Hard first name, Ena, AND last, Szkoda. Now married, I made sure my son had an easy first name, James, to go along with his surname, Wojciechowski!
Ack. I hit the post button! My fave book: Edith and Mr. Bear
My favorite children’s book is Gus Was a Friendly Ghost.
Favorite children’s book would have to be The Velveteen Rabbit. Most heart-breaking story ever.
My 2 year old is very fond of Jamberry by Bruce Degen and Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. Animals win out over anything else in a book, at least for her 🙂
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Kim Good says
Marvin K Mooney, Will You Please Go Home!
Kim Good says
Oops! I meant, Marvin K Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!
Ditto Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss.
I loved Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. My book was very loved and some of the pages are held together with tape. My aunt gave me the book when I was little and she gave my 4 year old the book last Christmas. Definitely a classic!
I like Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Good Night Moon and The Giving Tree
My current favorite is Llama Llama Home with Mama because my daughter gets a HUGE smile on her face when I read it to her. From my own childhood, I still love The Velveteen Rabbit and any Beatrix Potter book.
Amanda B. says
Knuffle Bunny, definitely.
I love Letters from Felix 🙂
Becca Rotz Isoldi says
Hands down, Miss Rumphius!
I really loved books as a child (and still do!) so I had many favourites! When I started to read on my own, though, I quickly became enchanted by Enid Blyton’s books – especially The Naughtiest Girl in the School. I begged my parents to send me to a boarding school like the one in her novels!
I would have to say The Phantom Tollbooth.
Ah, I have so many! All of these books in the comments are totally bringing back memories. I’d say my favorite is Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright.
Mere Mere says
Oooh! I love Horton Hatches the Egg. And I have a Helena, so half her work is already done if I win! 😉
C in DC says
As much as this pains me to admit it now, my favorite book as a child was “Little Mommy”. “Hippos Go Berserk” by Sandra Boynton is a household favorite these days.
Meagan Kittle Autry says
Great giveaway! My favorite children’s book hands down would be _Love You Forever_ by Robert Munsch. Beautiful story.
Christina Fonseca says
Clifford The Big Red Dog
Ten in the den. I love love love that book and the sweet pictures.
mama gee says
Guess How Much I Love You
Goodness this is difficult. Of the top of my head I would say that it is a toss up between The Berenstain Bears, The Rainbow Fish, The Giving Tree, or Winnie the Pooh. So many to choose from!
Sarah A says
My favorite book as a child was definitely The Paperbag Princess by Robert Mensch 🙂
I’ll have to go with Bread and Jam for Frances on this one.
favorite children’s books:
current for my daughters = knuffle bunny and llama, llama books
from my childhood = the snowy day & harry the dirty dog
love the book plates. adorable.
A favorite I discovered as an adult shopping for my niece is, “The Magical Drawings of Moony B. Finch.”
Favorite book? That is difficult!
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Knuffle Bunny books
Laura Inglass Wilder books for kids
My favorite children’s book is “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin. Beautiful illustrations, too!
Right now, with a preschooler, we like ‘I Love You All Day Long’ by Francesca Rusackas!
I can’t pick just one but I would say that _Ramona Quimby, Age 8_ is in my top 10 percent!
My little Edith loves _Today is Monday_ by Eric Carle.
I will say that _The Big Orange Splot_ by Daniel Manus Pinkwater is my favorite
One of my favourite books when I was a child was “Each Peach Pear Plum” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I think I just about knew it off by heart!
British American says
Oooh, I’d love to win. I can’t stop buying my kids books – especially at thrift stores and through the Scholastic book club.
I will pick ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson as a favourite. I’ve bought it as a birthday party gift several times, as it’s by a British author and so I hope that my American friends don’t already own it.
My favorite was Jamberry. My son’s favorite is probably No David.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowrey
Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
My favorite children’s book was Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. I also loved Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss.
Wow. I was just thinking about the name Helena this morning. Weird. One of my favorite books as a child was What Happened to George? It’s about a pig who ate too many donuts. I could always relate to him. lol
Those are very cute book plates – the woodland ones are especially sweet!
But how does one pick ONE favorite book?
Well, I think with my son, it’s “Hands, Hands, Fingers, Thumb” by Al Perkins… my daughter likes to listen to chapter books now, and I think her favorite so far was one I loved when I was little: “Heidi” by Johanna Spryi. The ultimate bedtime story for both my kids has been “Goodnight, Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. When the lights are off and it’s too dark to read, I recite it to my kids – the little one hears it just about every night and can join in for the majority of it already.
nicole z says
Mine is definitely Where The Wild Things Are.
I would like to win, please! Favorite children’s book though? That’s such a hard question! The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter, The Sneetches/The Lorax by Dr. Suess, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, A Baby Blessing by Welleran Poltarnees, and Little Hoot by Amy Crouse Rosenthal… That’s a top six, I’m sorry! I just keep thinking of more so I need to stop! I’m going to go with Little Hoot today, for cuteness.
Jennifer Faltin says
Hansel and Gretel was my favorite. I find that slightly creepy now given the ending. I also loved The Very Hungry Catepillar.
Jessica Hutchings says
It’s a tie between ‘Good Night Moon’ and ‘Hieronymus White’ by Jeff Moss for me. 🙂
Jocelyn Lister says
What a hard decision! Probably the first Boxcar Children book or anything Amelia Bedelia!
Candy Brown says
Blueberries for Sal… love reading it to my grandsons… always takes me back.