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Fox News

Put Me In The Story’s personalized adult coloring book, Put Me In The Story’s personalized books and gifts were featured in a “Black Friday Bargains” segment on FOX & Friends on the morning of Black Friday. Lifestyle expert and founder of, Amy Sewell, featured the best gifts and the best deals for Holiday 2016 calling Put Me In The Story a great place for “creative personal ideas for your kids.” VIEW HERE


 Good Morning America

Put Me In The Story’s personalized adult coloring book, Keep Calm and Color On: For Stress Relief is included in Good Morning America’s segment, “Adult Coloring Books: Hot Trend to Relax and De-Stress.”
Special guest Psychologist Dr. Janet Taylor joins Good Morning America hosts and guest Will Farrell to explain the psychology behind the coloring for adults phenomenon. GMA host Lara Spencer colors in her own personalized adult coloring book from Put Me In The Story. VIEW HERE


GMA Steals and Deals

Put Me In The Story is included in GMA Deals and Steals Cyber Monday Extravaganza!
Tory Johnson has a special blowout edition of “Deals and Steals” to help you save even more on your online shopping. For Cyber Monday 2015 only, you can get 50% off any Put Me In The Story book plus free standard shipping!


Michelle Phan

Put Me In The Story’s first-ever personalized adult coloring book, Keep Calm and Color On: For Your Inner Creative is featured in Michelle Phan’s “4 Must-Have Adult Coloring Books for Relaxation” Michelle says, “This book is not only gorgeous, but it can also be personalized. When you flip through the pages your name is trickled throughout with beautiful quotes… This is one of the most detailed of the books, forcing you to forget your surroundings and really focus on intricate mandalas throughout.” 


Closer Weekly

Put Me In The Story’s Star Wars: The Force Inside is featured in Closer Weekly’s 2015 holiday Gift Guide, “Santa’s Helper: ALL THE BEST GIFTS” in their Gifts for Kids section.


On Your Side, Las Vegas

Put Me In The Story is featured in the 4th annual “On Your Side Holiday Gift Guide.”
Michelle Mortensen and Denise Valdez share great gift ideas for Cyber Monday, including personalized books from Put Me In The Story.


The New York Times

“When most publishers talk about personalizing digital children’s books, they usually mean letting customers add a child’s name or picture to a front page of a favorite storybook. Sourcebooks, a midsize publisher in Naperville, Ill., is introducing an app, Put Me in the Story, that goes a step further. It will make it possible for a purchaser to take best-selling Sourcebook titles like Dream Big Little Pig!, an inspirational book by the figure-skating Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi, and The Night Night Book, a rhyming board book by Marianne Richmond, and essentially add a child as a character throughout the text.” VIEW HERE

“Sourcebooks is pioneering personalized books and ebooks with its new Put Me In The Story program. Since January, the company has inked deals with such well-known brands as Sesame Street, Berenstain Bears, and, most recently, Hello Kitty. Now, through the Put Me In the Story iPhone and iPad app and website, parents, grandparents, and other can create personalized versions of stories featuring characters and story-lines popularized by those brands.” VIEW HERE


 Futurebook Award Winner

Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah Named FutureBook's Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person of 2013.

“Dominique has a real passion for digital, and for transforming her business,” Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and co-founder of, said. “She showcases every day, on Twitter, in her office, and at conferences, all the attributes an inspiring digital leader should possess. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, open and, most importantly, practices what she preaches.”


Mom's Choice Award Winner

Put Me In The Story Wins the Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Prize in the gift books and online resources for adults categories Put Me In The Story has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards—one of the most trusted sources around the world by parents, educators, retailers, and the media. The Mom’s Choice Awards is an international awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents, and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.


The Today Show

Put Me In The Story is featured on NBC’s TODAY Show for a segment on personalized gifts for the holidays!
TODAY contributor, Jill Martin, shows Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Put Me In The Story’s personalized books Disney’s Frozen: You Are My Best Friend, You!, and Keep Calm and Color On: For Your Inner Creative as ideas for great personalized gifts this holiday season! VIEW HERE


The View

Put Me In The Story’s personalized adult coloring books, Keep Calm and Color On: For Your Inner Creative and Keep Calm and Color On: For Stress Relief were featured on ABC’s The View in their weekly “View Your Deal” segment. View contributor Stacy London showed co-hosts the personalized coloring books discounted at 50% off exclusively for viewers of the morning talk show for just 24 hours. London called the coloring books “her favorite” as co-host Paula Faris colored in one of the personalized coloring books.


International Business Times

Put Me In The Story’s Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide is included in International Business Times’ “Marvel Holiday Gift Guide: 18 Christmas Gifts Perfect For Fans Of Captain America, Iron Man and More.” Listed under Gifts For Kids, IBTimes says, “Kids who love Marvel have plenty of options. Put Me In The Story makes personalized books that will actually put a child in the narrative.”


Good Day LA

Put Me In The Story is featured in Fox LA’s Good Day LA “Holiday gift guide: Ideas for everyone on your list.”
Michelle Pulfrey, Jeffery Thomas DeSocio, and Kelly Taylor share gift ideas, including personalized books, Star Wars: The Force Inside, Disney’s Frozen: You Are My Best Friend, and Walt Disney’s Cinderella, from Put Me In The Story. 


ABC 7 Chicago

Put Me In The Story is featured in a “Made in Chicago”  report by Chicago’s ABC 7.
We hear a lot about the benefits of reading to children. But it’s not always easy to keep a kid’s attention. Put Me In The Story is highlighted as helping kids get excited about reading by including them in the story. VIEW HERE


The Today Show

Put Me In The Story is featured on NBC’s Today Show for a segment on last minute holiday gift ideas!

Special guest Trae Bodge, senior lifestyle editor for The Real Deal by RetailMeNot, shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a selection of last-minute gifts you can buy online for all the loved ones on your list! Plus, creative substitutes you can give to let them know their amazing gift is on the way! VIEW HERE


The Christian Science Monitor

“‘Put me in the story, mom! Now you really can.’

What would your child say if you started reading a picture book at bedtime and her name popped up in the middle of the story? You may have an opportunity to find out with the new app Put Me in the Story…” VIEW HERE


The Today Show

Put Me In The Story is featured in The Chicago Tribune Printer's Row book section article focusing on the company's growth and recent release of the Lemony Snicket: All the Wrong Questions series.

“Handler is the latest addition to an impressive list of creative heavy-hitters who have signed on to produce personalized books with Sourcebooks, a publisher in Naperville that launched its personalized Put Me In the Story division in 2013.”


The Marilyn Denis Show

Put Me In The Story is featured on the Marilyn Denis Show for a segment on great gift ideas for everyone on your Valentine’s Day list!

Special guest Peter Papapetrou, shows Marilyn a selection of great gifts that will make your kid’s Valetine’s Day perfect by giving a gift that will create a memory they will have forever!



I ordered Keep Calm and Color On for my 18 year old daughter and it’s one of her most prized possessions. New to the Put Me In Your Story collection, this allows you to personalize the book for the person you’re giving it to. Put their name on the front cover, plus a note inside. The pages are beautiful and peppered with inspiring quotes to calm your mind and lift your spirits. This makes a great gift for the holidays, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day or just because!


This book is not only gorgeous, but it can also be personalized. When you flip through the pages your name is trickled throughout with beautiful quotes…This is one of the most detailed of the books, forcing you to forget your surroundings and really focus on intricate mandalas throughout.


The intricate designs in my personalized Keep Calm and Color On book from Put Me in the Story are beautiful… The time spent coloring is therapeutic and I don’t mind the time it takes to fill it out! The quality of the Keep Calm and Color On book is great! I have found that there is almost no bleed between pages so you can’t see what you colored on the previous page. It’s also fun seeing personalized messages just for YOU!


My children received these beyond beautiful books from Put me in the Story. I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the books. My kids were amazed to open the pages and see their names and photos dispersed throughout the books. These are such special keepsakes! After just a few days, these are already special favorites in our home… They are truly more than just books but rather special keepsakes that I know the children will always treasure.


I love my personalized coloring book from Put Me In The Story. The designs are beautiful and relaxing, and there are some really sweet quotes throughout the coloring book. I work a pretty stressful job and sometimes I just need to zone out and not worry about anything around me for a while. Some of the designs are really intricate and take a lot of concentration, while others are a little simpler and I can just let my mind wander while I color. This coloring book may have my name on it, but my oldest, who is Autistic, loves to spend time with me coloring, and I'm more than happy to share my coloring pages with him. If you are looking for the perfect relaxing grown up coloring book for yourself or as a gift this is it!


Little readers will be captivated by the enchanting Christmas tale of Father Mouse and his exciting glimpses of Santa, as it unfolds in lyrical, addicting rhymes. And like all of Put Me In The Story’s personalized books, my niece’s copy of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas feels extra special because of all the personalized touches… Put Me In The Story excels when it comes to all the little details.


I have been trying to teach my 5 year old son with autism the meaning of Christmas. We’ve talked about the Christmas story, we’ve talked about why we celebrate and give gifts, but I’m not sure how much he really understands. My son loved that he was a part of the story and that his picture appeared in the book… God Gave Us Christmas is one of the sweetest books I’ve ever read!


Put Me In The Story has revolutionized the personalization industry. When they arrived in the mail, it looked like the books were actually made for her at the publisher!


I love that Princess Leia is included in [Star Wars: The Force Inside]. Overall, this is another great book from the folks at Put Me In The Story. I loved it and I’m going to be ordering a few for the tiny humans in my life and maybe a few grown children too.


November 2015

If you are looking for that perfect gift for your kids, or your geeky significant other, you need look no further.


Perfect for the compulsive doodler, the personalization is such a fun touch! (The quality of the book is fabulous, too—the pages are hefty and the designs impressive.)


I’ve been loving this new trend of adult coloring books. It gives me a reason to relax in front of a movie and use my brand new sharpies. I’m giving Keep Calm and Color On to a friend this year and I know she will LOVE it!


I love the fact that Keep Calm and Color On can be personalized by adding a person’s name, but I really appreciate the thoughtful dedication page in the book. All of the coloring pages are beautifully designed with intricate, creative designs ideal for relaxation. I also really enjoy all of the quotes featured throughout the book, they add inspiring messages to focus on while coloring… If you’re looking for gift ideas for adults consider giving a thoughtful, creative, personalized gift with Keep Calm and Color On.


October 2015

When my son counts numbers on his own he tends to forget a number here and there, but with the book he has a lot of fun and the numbers don’t seem to go missing. He loves that he was personally "selected" by the Peanuts gang to help count and repeatedly tells me that he helped. He even has a proud face at the end when he hears the gang thank him for all his help. Unlike other books, Put Me In The Story engages my son as a part of the story so he enjoys reading the book repeatedly and as a result his counting skills have already begun improving. Seeing that Snoopy and the Peanuts gang have become a part of my own kid’s childhood is an amazing reward. Such a cherished memory of my own childhood is now taking a new hold in my life with my children.


What better way to learn your numbers than to count with Snoopy and his pals? They are familiar characters, they have predictable behavior and they're fun! But while you laugh and enjoy the illustrations, you'll also be learning how to use numbers… You’ll want to read the book more than once so you don’t miss any of the antics of the characters.


Both books feature fun, lyrical, and accessible text and bright, amusing illustrations that, when combined, create such an engaging, educational, and entertaining reading experience for little ones. Since reading these to my niece, she has been reciting her ABCs and counting everything! Those looking to introduce their children to the Peanuts world or simply looking for a creative, enjoyable way to teach the ABCs and 123s, won’t find a better tool than these fantastic personalized books!


My First Peanuts: ABC - An Alphabet Adventure is a LOT of fun! This book is the ultimate alphabet adventure that will easily capture the attention of your children. What a fun way to learn your ABC’s! I will readily admit, that practicing the alphabet has never been quite as fun as this!


My littlest little is only 18 months old so a simple and sweet book was the best choice for her. Our Little Deer by Sandra Magsamen has such cute and vibrant illustrations and the book held her attention the whole time. Every time we finished the book she would say, ‘again, again!’


When I got [Our Little Deer by Sandra Magsamen], I opened it right away and I was reading the story and it made me cry. The story is beautiful… I truly love this book and I am sure [my son] will to once he reads it.


Both my niece and I have been completely charmed by this book! Our Little Deer gives the little readers in your life the chance to shine and celebrate how much they mean to you… Put Me In The Story is so, so good at making each of their personalized books feel truly unique and one-of-a-kind. When they see their picture and name throughout their own personalized book, little readers will feel like such a rockstar!


Twas the Night Before Christmas on Sesame Street! from Put Me in the Story is an adorable twist on the traditional story! [My son] just loves Elmo and Cookie Monster so seeing his picture and name side-by-side with some of his favorites is the coolest! My favorite part of this book is the Christmas card from your child, including their picture, hanging up on Cookie Monster’s fridge! It’s so subtle and yet so cute!


Unlike other holiday books, this one involves my son so he can directly relate to the story. Not only does the book tell a story about Santa’s journey, but it also captures the magic and spirit of Christmas that appeals to little kids. It’s the mystical essence of Christmas that I grew up with and now my son is also looking forward to. The spirit of Santa is revived in this story with all the details on Santa’s work. It reinforces rewarding good behavior and my son is looking forward to putting out milk and cookies for his visit. He gets excited that he’s a good boy in the story and that Santa is making a journey with toys just for him.


September 2015

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received my package in the mail. Once I opened the package I was over the moon with my book. Put Me In The Story went beyond and above my expectations with this book. If you want a gift that your child will cherish forever – please purchase a copy for yourself, family members, or a friend.


August 2015

This book was perfect for my son because while he enjoys school, he struggles to get ready and have a positive outlook on attending. With Elmo’s help, he gets excited about the concept and when we get ready I’m able to use references from the story to remind him how excited Elmo was. Unlike other personalized storybooks, Put Me In The Story is interactive. Throughout the story my son is asked to complete tasks to keep him entertained and engaged rather than just hearing a story about him.


The best part of these books are the excitement when the child sees their name in print. Adding pictures really personalizes the story, bring out even better smiles.


July 2015

My youngest is the Frozen freak of the family. She is also a struggling reader. I knew that this book would be a great gift for her that could also help to boost her confidence and bribe give her a love of reading!


My daughter loved this, but what she enjoyed even more was the way Anna and Elsa seemed to be talking to her throughout the book. It was really unique the way they worked her name into the story.


I love this book. It’s adorable, cute, incredibly detailed with story and illustrations alike. Not to mention how cute it is to see the reaction from my daughter when I tell her Anna or Elsa are asking her a question, or when she responds to the question with a big smile on her fact. There’s nothing sweeter than seeing that precious look.


Put Me In The Story has recently released a new Disney Frozen personalized book and I love it. I cannot get through it without choking up. It is absolutely perfect for my girls. This book has shown my girls that it is OK to be themselves and to love each other for who they are.


The girls, of course, were excited about more Elsa and Anna, and I was pleased with the story line. There was a great message, it was age appropriate, and my girls names were mentioned throughout the book. I also really appreciated that I was able to personalize the book for both girls instead of only being able to do it for one of them.


June 2015

When [Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide] arrived I was literally giddy to sit down and give it to him. A quick flip through the pages and I knew it would be fun and engaging and something we could work on together this summer. Needless to say, this was a BIG hit with my "super" guy!!


August 2013

You are sure to bring big smiles and laughter to tiny faces with a customized Put Me In The Story book. I would highly recommend this site and think that a beautiful and personalized book is incredibly special.


Braxton treasures this book. He loves reading it because it is HIS book


If you’re looking for the perfect unusual gift for a child then this is it!


I instantly fell in love with the adorable books!


I highly recommend the ‘Put Me In the Story’ program to get young readers REALLY excited about reading their special book.


My son’s reaction to this book was priceless.


April 2013

Parents, educators & librarians will be delighted to include these quality stories in their digital library and kids will enjoy all the choices, with or without enhancements, in print or digital. Recommended.


I am in love with the personalized book from Put Me In The Story… These would be a hit for any kid because a story just seems to come to life more when it is personalized with the child’s name throughout the story. I love the other books they offer as well and I am sure the app would be a big hit too for kids who love eBooks.


I love apps that teach my children or read to them and Put Me In The Story does both.


March 2013

Kinsley loves reading this book over and over. It feels personal to her, like I am not just reading a book but saying each word to her specifically. The book was so easy to customize and shipping was much faster than I expected. It was a huge hit with my baby girl!


All of these books are actual titles you could find in stores; they are just changed to include your child's name. Other personalized book places have their own stories they personalize, but that is not the case here!


January 2013 — Sesame Street stars coming to Put Me In The Story book-app


Digital Book World — Sesame Inks Deal With Sourcebooks to Bring Sesame Characters to Personalized Children’s Book Platfor


Good E-Reader — Sourcebooks Brings Sesame Street to a More Personal Level


We’ve been so pleased with the Put Me In The Story books that we recommend them to anyone looking for the perfect children’s gift. The books are a true keepsake that will be treasured in years to come.


There’s a very special little girl in my life. Her name is Ava, she is 5. Ava is my niece. My Valentine’s Day gift for Ava this year is as special as her: a personalized book from Put Me In The Story about how much I love her. If I could put my love into words, these would be it.


December 2012

The Literary Platform — Christmas App Roundup

THE LITERARY PLATFORM — The Perfect Gift: This App Lets Your OMGchild Star in a Bestselling Book

— OMGMOTHER.COM — Best Free and Fabulous Apps for Kids


AppDictions — Sourcebooks Launches the Put Me In The Story App

— APPDICTIONS — 2012 Holiday Gift Guide


November 2012

The New York Times — Children’s Books Starring Your Own Children


The San Franscisco Chronicle — Sourcebooks Personalizes the Reading Experience with Corona SDK-Built Put Me In The Story for iPad


The Chicago Sun Times — Sourcebooks eBook App Puts Children in Starring Roles


The Christian Science Monitor — ‘Put Me In The Story, Mom!’ Now Really You Can


Publishers Weekly — Sourcebooks Releases Picture Book App


Media Bistro — Sourcebooks Launches the ‘Put Me In The Story’ App


Good E-Reader — Sourcebooks’ New Digital PLatform Personalizes Children’s eBooks


The Daily App Show — Put Me In The Story


AOL on Tech — Put Me In The Story App Review


Apps4Kids — Put Me In The Story Personalized Books




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