A love for reading and a background as a substitute teacher are the drive behind Beverly Bloom's business.
Bloom is the owner of Bloomin' Books, a Buffalo Grove business that involves publishing personalized story books.
Working with a publisher in Colorado, Bloom features 30 titles in which she weaves in aspects of the young reader's life.
The child's name, friends and teachers can be included in the books.
A popular pick are the books for a new baby that includes the infant's weight, length and doctor's name. Other personalized books are available in a variety of themes including, princess, sports, adventure or a new sibling's arrival in the family.
"I am able to make the books overnight," Bloom said.
She added that she is passionate about reading and believes the books help create a love of reading in children.
"It's a great way to motivate kids to read if they see their name in a book," she said. "Today's readers are tomorrow's leaders."
The books, which are about 36 pages, sell for $19.95. Bloom said the hard cover books are made of a material that can be wiped clean.
Bloom works with individuals as well as business owners who use the books to give to clients. …