Anyone else see those gorgeous personalized books scroll through their feed? You customize the characters to look like your child and/or family (their names, skin color, hair color, etc.). I always see as for these books pop-up in my feed around the holidays, and think they would make such a lovely gift. However, there’s just one problem…they’re all in English! For my Spanish-speaking husband, and Spanish-preferring hijas, it makes such a special gift, well…just a little less special. However, there is a new book company making waves, and seeing families like ours. Snowflake Stories is a customizable book company, offering bilingual stories! I am so excited to partner with this company for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020, to share about our experience building a customizable book. I was gifted this book in return for my honest review. All opinions shared are my own.
What Is It?
Snowflake Stories offers 4 different customizable stories. You pick the storie that best suits your child’s interests. Then you customize the characters to look like your child and family. You pick the skin color, hair color, eye color, etc. You even get to chose the names of all the characters. Finally, you choose the languages you want your story in. You can pick any 2: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. I’d saw this book series is best for 3-8 year-olds.
What I Loved
I LOVE that these books are bilingual so that you can customize the book to your family’s languages. Everyone in the family will be able to read these books. I also love that ALL of the characters are customizable, making this gift more personable for bicultural families, like ours.
The customer service is excellent. I initially had some troubleshooting issue. I reached out to their support team and they replied the same day, walking me through the process.
What The Toddlers Loved
We customized our book with Naomi as the main character, because she has a birthday coming up. We chose the Dance Recital book option, because my girls love all things pink, and princess-like. Naomi (almost 2) loved hearing her name as we read the pages. Vale (3) loved seeing a character with her name, and quickly realized that all of the characters look like people in our family. She delighted in opening the pages and showing Papí his character, and when Grandpa and Grandma came over she showed them who they were in the book. This book quickly became a favorite in our home.
Anything I’d Change?
I would have loved an option to give the adult male characters beards. We wanted to add ‘Grandpa’ to our story, but I have literally only seen my dad without a beard once in my entire life. We did add him to the story anyway, but it just wasn’t the same seeing a clean-shaven Grandpa.
We Love These Books!
In the end, this has become one of our favorite books already. Snowflake Stories are such a beautiful gift to give any child so that they can really see themselves in a story.
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2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.
Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.
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