My Little Surprises personalised books for children

Time Out Dubai profiles Carine Abbott's Dubai start-up of My Little Surprises personalised books for children, delivered across the UAE


When Carine Abbott welcomed her first child into the world in 2014, she started looking around for personalised, educational gifts for her little one.

Knowing that early reading has so many neurological, educational, social, psychological and linguistic advantages to children, Abbott saw a niche to create a range of beautiful, personalised books for little people in the UAE – and the company My Little Surprises was born.

My Little Surprises is a collection of stories captured in colourful, hard covered books. It includes story books, potty charts, personalised colouring books plus lots of wonderful gift ideas.

To be successful in the UAE, Abbott knew that the stories would need to be available in various languages – so each item from the range is available to order in Arabic, English and French.

We love the educational aspect of the company, with books available to prepare children for starting nursery, meeting a new sibling, and learning to use the potty.

Each of the books can also be personalised with details including the child’s name, photograph, and the names of siblings or pets. The colourful illustrations on every page make reading fun for kids – and a real joy for adults too.

Another highlight is the colourful books, which take on the same form as the stories with educational titles, but come as black and white outlines for the children to get crafty with their crayons. If your child doesn’t have the longest attention span when it comes to listening or reading, this could be the perfect way to educate and prepare them for a big change or event.

My Little Surprises delivers to doors across the UAE, with an easy online ordering process at Personalised books, Dh195; Colouring books, Dh70;
Potty Charts, Dh40.

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Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this magical story recounts the adventures of Stick Man as he gets separated from his stick family.

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
One little boy tries to catch a star with a rocket ship made from paper. Adults will enjoy reading this book as much as children will enjoy listening.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jnr and Eric Carle
This simple picture book teaches children colours with rhyming words and wonderful illustrations.

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