There are currently many companies that provide Internet links
allowing you to create your own digital storybooks. Although these
books are nice, Personal Child Stories is quite different
and has a specific purpose.
First, Personal Child Stories are individually created by Shara
Lawrence-Weiss, who has training in working with various learning
disabilities. So these books can be customized to help children
learn specific tasks using their own pictures along the way!
Next, Personal Child Story books are durably laminated, so even
your youngest children can handle them without causing any damage.
This is especially wonderful because parents are more relaxed as
their children handle these books, causing children to have the
best possible interaction with the material.
Last, Personal Child Stories are so easy to create; they transfer
most of the time commitment directly to Shara and her company.
Simply provide Shara with 10-15 digital images, and she will create
the story layout based on your theme! We received several rough
draft PDFs to review prior to printing our final version. How easy!
Personal Child Stories were first created in 1999 when Shara's
son developed an eye disease and needed a prosthetic eye. Unfortunately,
he kept removing the eye, so Shara wanted to create a book to gently
teach him through behavior modification not to touch his eyes.
She soon began receiving requests for other books for similar purposes.
To learn more about how Shara began her company and to see how
Personal Child Story books are individually created, visit http://personalchildstories.com/gallery/ .
Every book Shara writes and creates is different. Rather than charge
designer and author fees for each book (at $100 an hour or more),
Shara has come up with three simple book rates: $20, $30, and $75
(plus shipping). Based on the time each book takes to create, the
rates are very low.
We decided to create a family book with pictures of us (the parents),
our four kids at various ages, and their grandparents. We included
some specific Scripture references and even our family mission
statement! Shara went to work expanding on our theme by adding
additional creative text, and she skillfully laid out our pictures
to tell our family's story. Shara also creatively included pages
in the book for our children to practice writing their names. We
are now using our durable book with our infant to teach her the
names of her siblings and grandparents! Since our Personal Child
Story book can be chewed and stepped on without damage, she gets
the pleasure of handling it all by herself! We were so thrilled
with our first copy of our Personal Child Story that we ordered
additional copies for our children's keepsake boxes!
Other great uses of Personal Child Story books include customized
books to teach chores, new skills, counting, beginning phonics
sounds, feelings, social and emotional skills, sequencing, and
anything else you can think of. Because the books are laminated,
they can be written on with dry erase markers. Each book contains
pictures of your children, so of course they will love reading
them over and over again. Our Personal Child Story came wrapped
in a beautiful ribbon and included a colorful 8 ½" x 11" card
for teaching American Sign Language and Spanish words appropriate
for young children. Our kids cannot get enough of their Personal
Child Story books!