Thursday, April 9, 2015

My first children's book

Before we started learning about chickens and eggs, Madeleine had been learning about routines. I had the hardest time finding a good toddler book about morning routines. Many of them had too many words or had pictures of the kid hating the routine. This was especially true when it came to brushing hair. If you know of any books that talk about a child that likes brushing hair, let me know!!

So after complaining to many of the library staff, I decided to take things into my own hands and write my own book.

I have exactly zero drawing skills so I decided to do it in photos instead. I ordered it through shutterfly, and it showed up today!

Her doll was the star of the book. I mean if American Girl and almost any kid movie/tv show can market through books, I figured that I'll just market her own toys to her instead. That makes sense right? 

Cover page.

And here is most of the book.

I had fun making a summary on the back. Matt at this point thought I was just being ridiculous.

This whole project took me 45 minutes to make (maybe even less) and an hour and half on the phone with customer service with shutterfly.

It was really easy. The prints are not the best quality, and I think if I do it again I would make the photos lighter and more vibrant. But for what I paid, I think it was completely worth it!

Madeleine was thrilled to read it with me before nap time.  


  1. Brilliant!

    I was much lower tech back in the day, but I made a set of 'matching' cards with drawings of the kids' stuff.

    1. I was actually just looking into doing matching cards. I haven't got around to it yet.

  2. This is adorable!! I love it!! Now I want to make one for Nikolai ;)

    1. Do it!! I think I'll do another one next time there is a free book. We've been reading it almost every day, and it was a lot of fun posing her doll.

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    1. Thanks. I'm really hoping it keeps her more interested in her toys than the ones at the store.

  4. Fantastic! Personal, educational and cute!