Personalized Children’s Books with TimTimTom: MCBD Book Review

If you’re looking for customized books as a way to promote inclusion and representation for kids, you’ll want to learn more about our Multicultural Children’s Book Day review featuring personalized children’s books from TimTimTom.

If you're looking for customized books as a way to promote inclusion and representation for kids, you'll want to learn more about our Multicultural Children's Book Day review featuring personalized children's books from TimTimTom.

*I received a complimentary copy of this title for review purposes. See my disclosure for details.*

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

This year’s MCBD book fun connected me to TimTimTom and I am SO excited to tell you about this fantastic publisher.

MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY 2022: Personalized Children’s Books with TimTimTom

I usually focus on a particular book when I talk about what we’re reading for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year is different because TimTimTom is more than a single book, it’s an opportunity for kids to truly see themselves in a fun story. Learn more about why this representation matters here.

To begin their personalization process, you choose the book you’d like to personalize, select one or two languages for your book, and the format. There are currently three story options; I chose Underwater Adventure, but there are also stories about dancing and soccer.

I selected the Underwater Adventure story for my personalized kids' book from Tim Tim Tom.

Next, you enter your child’s name to be used in the story. You also select hair and skin tone and choose the desired languages at this point. I selected English for my copy, but you can also have the books printed in the following languages: 

  • Chinese (traditional or simplified)
  • Dutch
  • English (United States or UK)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

This is a fantastic resource for dual language books. If you’re looking for ways to build a home library with language diversity, this is a fun way to do so!

Lastly, you write a personalized message to appear at the front of the book before the story begins. This could be a note of encouragement, a gift inscription, or anything you’d like to include in the book. After entering all the personalization details, you simply place your order and wait for your personalized children’s book to arrive.

Representation in children's books is incredibly valuable.

I selected the Underwater Adventure story and personalized the book with my niece in mind. Now that I received her personalized story and have read through it, I am SO excited to send it to her as a fun surprise. I know she’ll love seeing herself as a character in this story! 

Learn More about Personalized Children’s Books with Tim Tim Tom

I encourage you to visit TimTimTom to learn more about their offerings and order a book for your kiddo today! While you’re there, be sure to download their free coloring pages and check out the multilingual read alouds from the Underwater Adventure book. 

My Past Multicultural Children’s Book Day Reviews

You can read more MCDB reviews here!


MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2022 is honored to have these amazing sponsors on board:


Special thanks to TImTimTom, our MCDB partner for 2022!


Alva Sachs Brianna CarterEbony Zay ZayRita BhandariGwen JacksonLois Petren/The 5 Enchanted Mermaids Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena PublishingJosh FunkAfsaneh MoradianEugenia ChuMaritza Martínez MejíaDiana HuangKathleen BurkinshawCultureGrooveSandra Elaine ScottDorena WilliamsonVeronica AppletonAlejandra DomenzainLauren Muskovitz and Sandfish PublishingTonya Duncan EllisKimberly LeeSusan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay FletcherNancy Tupper Ling Winsome Hudson-BinghamAmanda Hsiung-Blodgett Sivan Hong Michael GenhartDebbie Dadey Elizabeth Cureton Stephanie Wildman Maryann JacobSherri Maret Rochelle MelanderDia MixonKiyanda and Benjamin YoungShereen RahmingLinda Thornburg and Katherine ArcherRebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard Maxine SchurNatalie McDonald-Perkins

We're celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day with a personalized children's book from Tim Tim Tom.

MCBD’s wonderful CoHost Team also deserves our thanks. They not only host the book review link-up on celebration day, but also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View the CoHosts HERE.

The MCBD Media Partners also play a big part in making all of this happen. Thank you!

Learn more about MCBD

There’s more to Multicultural Children’s Book Day than celebrating diversity in kids’ books one day a year. Learn more about their efforts by checking out the MCBD website. There, you’ll also find lots of resources for teachers, homeschoolers, librarians, and other educators. 

Don’t forget to follow MCBD on Pinterest!

In particular, be sure to check out the following free resources: 

Lastly, be sure to follow along with all Multicultural Children’s Book Day fun by searching #ReadYourWorld on your favorite social media platform. You can also follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

Multicultural Children's Book Day Review: Personalized Children's Books from TimTimTom

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