Vintage “Me Books”: Look back at 1970s computer-personalized storybooks, including My Friendly Giraffe

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“Our computer will write a story starring your child!” said the ads for these personalized vintage ME BOOKS — and they delivered on that promise.

Thousands of kids loved these custom-made books from the 70s, including titles like “My Friendly Giraffe,” “My Birthday Land Adventure,” “My Special Christmas” & “My Jungle Holiday.”

Me Books: “Our computer will write a story starring your child!”

Yes, we will actually write a book about your child, his home, his friends and his pets all mentioned by name!

Imagine your child’s delight in becoming the leading character in a story! Whether you read this charming ME-BOOK to your child or he reads it himself, think of his surprise as his name appears over and over again in a story that’s filled with people and places he knows.

Never before has there been a book like “My Friendly Giraffe.” It’s a true product of the Computer Age.

The story is a delightful one. Your child will step into a marvelous fantasy world as he meets the friendly giraffe in front of his own home, then rides away on the giraffe’s back (together with a friend whose name you’ll send us) to a magical jungle adventure.

It’s all completely believable because the names of your child and his friends are repeated throughout.

Me Books - A series of cute vintage computer-personalized storybooks from the seventies

Builds learning skills for children ages 3 to 9

Educators welcome personalized reading as a major breakthrough in learning. This ME-BOOK completely involves the child and holds his attention as no ordinary book can. As a result, his interest and enjoyment in reading grow at a rapid pace.

Your child or grandchild, niece or nephew deserves this book — not just for the fun it provides, but for the learning stimulation too. It’s for children too young to read to themselves, as well as for youngsters just learning to read. Even older children will enjoy it, because no child ever outgrows his interest in himself.

Give this wonderful gift to a child you love. Or for an extra-special treat, give two ME-BOOKS: just check the box on the order form to receive “My Birthday Book” too. Fill out the coupon below and mail it to us with your check today!

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My Jungle Holiday with the Friendly Giraffe

My Jungle Holiday - personalized vintage 1970s Me Book

My Special Christmas (Me-Book)

My Special Christmas (Me-Book)

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My Birthday Land Adventure Me Book

My Birthday Land Adventure Me Book

Vintage personalized ME Books

Walt Disney’s Jungle Book – Personalized Me Book from 1978

Imagine the laughter and delight when your child discovers his or her name printed throughout this Disney adventure.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s animated movie JUNGLE BOOK, it makes your child the star!

Walt Disney's Jungle Book - Personalized Me Book from 1978

These vintage Disney book/record combos from the '70s will take you back

Me-books: Over 70 places of personalization

The first totally-personalized children’s stories

Oneonta Star September 6, 1973

See inside this vintage Me Book: My Friendly Giraffe

My Friendly Giraffe – Your personal story by the magic computer! One of a book series from the 1970s that were personalized just for kids.

My Friendly Giraffe: A Me-Book - retro personalized books from the '70s

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A personalized computer book: Title page

This book was written especially for Nancy… with love and kisses from Nannie

This personalized computer book by Me-Books Publishing Co, a division of Dart Direct Merchandising Corp (1972)

My Friendly Giraffe: A Me-Book

A Me-Book for Nancy

My Friendly Giraffe: A Me-Book

Once upon a time, in a place called… there lived a little girl named Nancy…

Now, Nancy wasn’t just an ordinary little girl.

She had adventures that other little girls and boys just dream of.

This is the story of one of her adventures.

It’s the story of the day that Nancy met a giraffe.

Vintage personalized Captain Kangaroo records (1977)

The end of the story

my friendly giraffe book 1972 1

That night, Nancy dreamed of her wonderful day with Ycnan. She dreamed of the happy jungle, and of the giraffe’s warm, friendly home.

And as she dreamed, she knew that Ycnan would always be close by looking after her.

There would be many other exciting adventures for Nancy and her friends.

And maybe, just maybe, if you’re a very good girl, someday we’ll tell you about those, too.

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A brand new, full-color, hardcover personalized book — with 32 fun-filled pages about your child, family and friends. An unforgettable childhood treasure! An exclusive story!

Oliver and the Camping Trip personalized book from Brim coffee (1974)

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  1. My Grandma had these books made up for her children. Do they still make these? The new age personalized books don’t seem to be as good of quality.

  2. I had this book when I was a little girl and I just loved it. It was given to me from my mother who passed away a couple of years after I got this book. Several years back I moved and unfortunately this book got left behind. I would love to get another copy of this if at all possible. Is this still available for purchase? By the way, the giraffes name is Aral:)

  3. I still have my copy of this book, the giraffe’s name is your name spelled backwards, I cherish this book from my Nannie I am looking to see if they still make them to get one from my great nephew

  4. My mom just found mine in a box in her basement. I have the adventure in mother goose land from 1979. I’d love to have these made for my kids but not sure how to find out if these are still available to order.

  5. Love these! My mom had adventures in Mother goose land and my rainy day made for me & my brother. The quality was so lovely compared to what is available now. I wish we had better options or me-books was still around:(

  6. trying to find these books ..
    Anyone who can show me what the front of their book looks like, I will be soooo Happpy!!
    my mom had given me (and they were looong ago given away to our babysitter for her preschool bible class with me protesting LOUDLY!!) a giraffe book for my birthday. I remember it soomewhat (the giraffe was looking through the kitchen or dinning room window). and talking with ma, now I remember the giraffe’s name… mine backwards! duh!!
    ANYone who can send me the title or picture of the front of their book, I’d be soo Happy!! those who have, could you PleAsE!!?? Thank you sooo much!!

  7. I still had mine from when I was a child. I had the birthday land one and Christmas one and just copied the pages in color and whited out my name and replaced it with my kids and changed the address to their’s.😀 for the cover front and back I used card stock though – my kids have never been so excited to read a book in there life!!!

  8. We ordered these books for our children 35 yrs ago. Would like to order now for grandchildren. Can you please send the order information if books are still available.

    1. I ordered these books 40 years ago for my 3 sons.
      Now I would like to order for my 8 years old twin grandchildren.
      how do I do this?

  9. I am interested in purchasing a book for my granddaughter. My Special Christmas book. How can I order one?

  10. I have “The Circus Adventure” with the Friendly Giraffe, his name was Anitsirk, respectively.
    (I doubt the circus story would be P-C today, though)
    Anyway when I got older I wished I could have told the Sad Clown that it was okay not to be a “happy” clown; there’ve been many famous “sad” clowns: Pierrot, Pagliacci, Weary Willie (played by Emmett Kelly)

  11. I would like to order “my friendly giraffe” for my grandchild.
    How do I order the book? Is there an order form?

  12. My parents gave our children these when they were little. Now I’d like some for my grandchildren but the modern ones I’ve found don’t look nearly as interesting. Are these still available?

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