As a father who regularly works 65 to 70 hours each week the thought that preoccupies my mind is being there to create those life-lasting memories with my family. Sure, my wife sends me the toddler-doing-saying-toddler-things videos (which I love), but these won’t substitute. Anytime I’m home is a “right” time to be present and get involved — and bedtime is definitely one of those special memory moments. 

It usually starts with “Da’yee (Daddy) can you read me TWO stories?” It’s never so much a question from her to me as it is a decree. So here I come walking across the hallway from our bedroom to hers. One of the books must always be, The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name. Her choice. Her favorite.

She’s of the age where she gets a kick out of pointing out the letters of her name anywhere she spots them — billboards, buildings, boxes, books…. So she gets a special joy from listening to a story about a pint-size adventurer who goes on a quest to find her name which has somehow vanished. The central character in The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name treks through trails, fields, a riverbank and meets some helpful creatures that all come to her aid in gathering her prize: C-H-L-O-E.
My Chloe gets so into it that she’ll oftentimes “read” The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name to me by interpreting the pictures. Of course she adds her own insights from her toddler-doing-saying-toddler-things perspective (which I love). I love witnessing her mind at work. I love sharing in her growth.
I suppose I just want her to hold onto these times inside her forever. You want to give your children something meaningful and memorable. I just want her to remember special moments like these — like story time with Da’yee. It’s all about her and the memories she’ll carry with her through life. But I’ve now come to see the flip side of it. I realize that it’s as important for me to have these times inside me forever too. My Chloe is giving me something meaningful and memorable.
I recommend The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name (Lost My Name Book) for both boys and girls. It’s a cool and creative way to personalize story time while teaching a child to spell their name. When I took a look at the website (http://www.lostmy.name) I was happily surprised to see that they create books for both genders and all names. I then went ahead and purchased copies for my nephews Cayden and Austin.

Another fact I can appreciate is that they’re “100% independent and totally self-published.” I can only imagine the personal initiative and effort it takes to put together quality work like The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name (Lost My Name Book). David Cadji-Newby’s wordplay and Pedro Serapicos’ illustrations really shine. I can say firsthand that this book truly stands out because it’s the one my 3 year old asks me (tells me actually) to read every night.
A suggestion that my wife and I have for genuinely personalizing the experience of each Lost My Name book is for the bookmakers to offer options to choose the main character’s ethnicity.  It is a detail as personal and as important to the child (and the child’s caregiver) as the child’s name itself.
The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name (Lost My Name Book) is available for purchase for $29 on http://www.lostmy.name.  Gift certificates are also available for purchase.
Written by David S. 
Disclosure: Product provided by PR for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own and are honest. 
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  • Here he is enjoying his book!

  • Ashley P

    Love the idea behind this boo. Storytime is the best tim, especially when it can be interactive.

  • I love the options it gives! SO brilliant!

  • The personalization of the book is what I think makes it special.

  • What an interesting concept!

  • I love the sound of these customised books. Very cute!

  • Anastasia

    What a sweet review 🙂

  • I had a book similar to this when my daughter was young.

  • I love indie books!

  • What a cute idea! And as someone who rarely found anything personified with her name on it, having a book personalized is a precious gift.

  • Aww! Wonderful review.

  • Such a sweet picture!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Great “daddy post”. Very heartwarming, kudos!

  • What a cute book!

  • BeautyJudy

    Oh great review! I will have to keep this in mind for once our little bit is here and old enough!!! 🙂

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    What an adorable sounding story!

  • Shaniqua Garvin

    I was just going to ask about the ethnicity selection but I am glad you clarified. I love personalized books, I will check it out anyway.

    • Yeah, that’s the only con about this book… no brown faces. Otherwise, it’s an excellent book.

  • Justina

    I love this review! My daughter is a book fiend.

    • Thank you! You should definitely check out the book to get for her.

  • awwww bless, good to know they are still some daddies who think like you. The book sounds lovely, will recommend to my SIL

    • Thank you 🙂 yup, he’s a great one.

  • Janeane Davis

    It is nice that you treasure time with your daughter as you do. I know my husband and daughters enjoy daddy daughter time a great deal. It is precious.

    • What do your husbands and daughters do for their special moments together?

      • Janeane Davis

        They do a lot of things depending on their moods. They go to the movies, go out to eat, make a meal together at home, watch movies on the computer, go to the park, play games. They don’t seem to have a particular activitty. The important thing seems to be that they are doing it together.

        • Yes, I love that they do a variety of things together. Today, my husband is taking our daughter to her dance class.

  • I haven’t heard of this but my daughter would definitely love it. She’s all about 2 stories too. Or more, if she can manipulate me enough that night lol

  • Great review David! Many adults remember a favorite book they loved growing up and I’m sure when Chloe gets older she will remember these moments with you. This book is also an awesome gift idea and learning tool. Thanks for sharing!

  • This sounds like a cool book. (Sidnote: Father and child time melts my heart. I was gushing over my husband simply kissing our son yesterday!)

    • It really is cool. The first time I read it, I teared up a little because it was just too cute.

  • Alison Freisz-Steward

    I haven’t heard of this book before, but I think my daughter would love it and I love that it can be personalized!

    • It really is a good book. She recognizes her name easily I believe due to this book.

  • Kinda

    Very well written. Did he have to read it to C-H-L-O-E … 2 times…lol..

    • Most nights she gets two books read. Sometimes at 2:30 am lol That is when I pretend I am asleep.

  • Great review David. I love this book and Cayden was absolutely intrigued by the photos. I’ve read it to him every morning since Christmas. I can’t wait until he can fully appreciate his book from his Auntie Kim, Uncle David and cousin Chloe.

    • Didn’t he write it so well?!? I’m glad you are enjoying the book. Anything for Cayden 🙂