Personalised Story Books and Reading for Pleasure


Personalised story books are relatively new in concept but are gaining a lot of momentum. The concept means that the reader can appear as the protagonist in a storybook.  MerryGoBooks brings to you information about the potential benefits.

Great way to enable children to grasp new information and new vocabulary

Research in the education field indicates that children who are read personalised story books tend to pick up more words than from books that are not personalised. The greater extent of personalisation, the more keen they are to listen and grasp information as the story is being read. The reason is obvious. Not only do they like to hear their names appear in the story, but there are several favourite things that can appear in the story making it more familiar and less daunting to understand. Reading thereby becomes an enjoyable activity.

Attracting and retaining attention of small children

Mrs. Radhika Mitter, a kindergarten teacher (who later qualified to become a special educator), speaking to READING JOURNEY BY MERRYGOBOOKS, tells us how adding the names of children in the  stories that she told them, helped her to get and retain the attention of even the hyper active and children with attention deficiency problems. The desire to hear their names in the story and to be doing something important in the story helped in enhancing their self esteem and piqued their interest in knowing what happens in the story. She used this idea to teach them a variety of things in a way that they could understand.

Helps in encouraging children to speak up

Knowing that they are an important part of the narrative, makes them feel important thus easing off tension. Being a lot more relaxed and more involved in the story itself, children forget all apprehensions and begin to contribute even, over a period of time.

Helps in bonding with parents

Personalised story books that leave room for a child’s favourite people to appear in a a story such as parents, make it another reason for parent and child bonding. A child who has just started to read on his own, may like to read his dialogues while the parents read theirs. Reading thereby is not exercise that needs to be done and ticked off each day but a fun activity that involves child and parents.

Children love role play

If you observe the way many children play with toys, some sort of role play generally happens. They enjoy playing different roles. So when it comes to personalised books created by MerryGoBooks there are generally a lot of dialogues. The stories written strive to make every child play an important role in the story either in the form of an action or a relevant thought that got spoken at the right time.

Build confidence in reading

These books have the power to encourage reluctant readers to develop an interest in  reading as well as the confidence to eventually read on their own. This is made possible by making reading a less daunting activity by including many familiar elements in the story.

A meaningful birthday present

What could be a better surprise than a personalised story book specially written for your child capturing special memories with favourite people in a theme that interests your child.

More about the books created by MerryGoBooks in the About Section

If you would like to be part of a reading community that discusses about making reading fun  for children, MerryGoBooks has a quickly growing community on Facebook- THE READING JOURNEY. Please feel free to join in and talk about your experiences in this regard, ask for book recommendations, suggestions to get your child interested in reading and so on. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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