About I See Me Books (from their website)
Welcome to I See Me! where we provide the highest quality, most personalized children’s books available. We opened for business in May of 2000, after a year of active product development. My husband Allan and I received a personalized book as a gift for our first son in 1998. While we loved the fact that it was personalized, we thought that the illustrations could have been much better and the story more customized to the child. Thus I See Me! was born.
Allan, who is a graphic designer, and I developed the first book My Very Own Name as a team. Our goal was to produce an educational book that would teach young children how to recognize letters and spell their names. After I developed the concept and wrote the book, we brainstormed together to develop the characters in the book. Allan found and hired the illustrator, and designed the book, while I wrote the business plan.
We are pleased to say our books have become popular among celebrities including Courteney Cox, Brooke Shields and Jessica Alba.
Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of our books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.
We hope that you enjoy the books!
–Maia Haag, author and CEO of I See Me! Inc.
About the Author and Illustrator
Author Jennifer Dewing has always been a kid at heart. She started her career in the Toy Industry in 1995, developing children’s products ranging from Matchbox cars to Madeline dolls. In 2006 Jennifer became a member of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her recent personalized picture books “Who Loves Me?” and “A Christmas Bear for Me” have won Mom’s Choice Gold awards and Creative Child awards. She is currently working on more personalized titles for I See Me! and enjoys reading her work to her own “focus group” of three kids at home!
Illustrator: Maria Carluccio
Maria Carluccio loves to mix things up. Her collages incorporate both an old, vintage appeal with a fresh modern sensibility. She has enjoyed a seasoned career as a textile/product designer as well as a children’s book author/illustrator. She has received multiple awards for her work from the New York Society of illustrators and 3×3 Magazine. She draws her inspiration from her surroundings in nature where as well as from the textural objects she collects. Her work has a unique sophistication, which she attributes to the range of papers, textures, and details that fascinate her. Maria currently lives in Westchester County NY with her daughter, dog, cat and turtle.
I absolutely LOVE this book! It is so adorable! The cover has my little girl’s name on it and the next page has information about my baby! Each two page spread has people that she knows and loves! There are a ton of bright colorful pictures that are very well done too! I also like the end where it brings it all together! I think this is a fantastic book for kiddos, because it has their name in it, people they know are in it, and there are pretty pictures to look at! This way they are learning to recognize their name and other’s names! Plus there is rhyming which is always helpful for children and repetition! I would highly suggest this book as a birthday or Christmas or any other speical holiday book! They can even come with a personalized lovey blanket for $49.95 for the set! Cute!
You can buy your own here for $24.95! It’s worth it for this fantastic hardback book!
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