Weekend Giveaway: Sparkle Stories

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Welcome to another one of our weekend giveaways–and one of my family’s favorite online discoveries, Sparkle Stories.

These audio stories are lovely for quiet times during the heat of a summer day or for road trips and summer travel! They accompanied us during our recent adventure in the United Kingdom–to keep little bodies entertained on airplanes and long car rides.

From Sparkle Stories:

“Sparkle is an online subscription to high-quality audio stories for children and families. Each week Sparkle Stories delivers delightful audio stories to subscribers around the world.

We offer five original Story Series, plus a sixth Series with classic stories, songs and games, all designed to entertain and inspire the whole family. (Jamie’s note: Two of the storylines, about Martin & Sylvia, feature a homeschooling family.)

Audio stories, or stories told out-loud, are untethered to images viewed on a screen. The child is free and able to paint her own pictures out of her own imagination. She becomes relaxed and entranced – committing herself fully to a fantastic adventure.

Sparkle Stories are fun, Sparkle Stories are inspiring, and Sparkle Stories are good for young minds and spirits! Our stories inspire a sense of wonder and magic in life, encourage creativity and a strong sense of self, and even illuminate common childhood challenges.”

Two Simple Homeschool winners will receive a one-year subscription to the new Sparkle Car series! 

You’ll get a new Sparkle Car each month – an hour’s worth of audio that features collections of new stories mixed with traveling verses, songs and fun car games.  (a $72 value!)

How to Win

To be entered for a chance to win, simply leave a comment in the comment section below!

Sparkle Stories is also offering readers these three special offers:

1. Download and listen to this bonus story for Father’s Day:

Martin & Sylvia’s Father’s Day

2. Try Sparkle Stories for $1!

We’re offering a $1-for-the-first-month of subscription. Head here and choose one of our Sparkle Stories Packages. Use the magic code SUNNYSPARKLE to receive your discount!

3. Another free Martin & Sylvia story: First Day of Summer

To learn more about Sparkle, and receive our weekly newsletter, email us at lisabeth@sparklestories.com, and we’ll send you this free summertime story.

This giveaway has ended. Thanks for entering!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. Road trip!!

  2. We love Sparkle Stories! We have a subscription for the Martin & Sylvia series and my kids (7.5, 6, and 3) love to listen to them at home or on the road.

  3. Margaret says:

    These sound so cute! We would love to win. 🙂

  4. we are, unfortunately, in the car a lot! This would be fantastic and help change it up a bit for my boys. Pick me! Pick me!

  5. michele says:

    I bet my kids would love this.

  6. I would love to win this for my girls!! It sounds like something they would really enjoy!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  7. Sparkle Stories is one of those resources that I keep thinking I need to check out. It would be wonderful to finally be able to do it!
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  8. jessamyn says:

    We love Sparkle Stories!

  9. I just read their article in ROTH the other night. Such great encouragement for storytelling. Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway.
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  10. We have a road trip coming up–these would be great!
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  11. Samantha says:

    My son would love to win this. He has listened to the sample stories and loved them!! Thanks

  12. For a family who all love stories and audio books this would be a wonderful wonder filled prize to win. Please and thank you!

  13. Charmaine says:

    My oldest has listened to the free stories on their website a number of times – we keep meaning to get a subscription! This would be great! Thanks for the chance!

  14. these look fun! and perfect for our little family.
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  15. We’ve been listening to the free stories and loving them. We are considering a subscription so this would be super!

  16. I’ve heard such great things about Sparkle Stories! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. I’ve never heard of Sparkle Stories and I would LOVE to listen in with my kiddos!

  18. Awesome! We have been wanting to subscribe to these for awhile but haven’t been able to because of a long year of medical issues for me. This would be such a blessing!

  19. Would love to win! Thanks for the chance.
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  20. Kate D. says:

    We love Sparkle Stories! My kids are completely entertained by Martin and Sylvia 🙂

  21. We love stories, audio and book format. 😀
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  22. KristiM says:

    How fun! My daughter loves listening to stories while we’re driving!

  23. Christine says:

    I’ve been “eyeing” some of the sparkle story subscriptions for some time now – they would be perfect for the inevitable car trips. This giveaway would be great for an upcoming road trip for a little holiday!

  24. We would love to win this! We love listening to stories while we are driving. 🙂
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  25. oh this is lovely, thank you for offering! would love to win!

  26. desiree says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! My kiddos and I would be VERY happy to win a year of Sparkle Stories 🙂

  27. melanie says:

    Summer camping and road trips 🙂

  28. Kimberly Knapp says:

    Ooo! Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

  29. Maureen says:

    Thank you for sharing this review…….this looks like an excellent resource especially with a 22 hour road trip with the kids this summer!

  30. Dara Huber says:

    I would love to check this out! Looks so fun!

  31. Sarahkay says:

    In the UK and would love for my kids to have this!

  32. Jennifer Ott says:

    We’d love this; my kids listen to lots of books on audio, and we would really enjoy these!

  33. We love Sparklestories and have done all the free stories – the South African Rand/ Dollar exchange has made me delay with subscribing so I’d love to win this. But will be heading to do the $1 thing right now!

  34. Keep hearing about Sparkle stories. Would love to try thee with my kids especially for a trip coming up. Thank you.

  35. Cristy S. says:

    Love the illustrations! Hoping I win …

  36. Oooo, been wanting to try sparkle stories!

  37. We love audio stories!

  38. Elizabeth Lundy says:

    Would love to win for our road trip later this summer!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  39. My four year old would love this for our upcoming road trip!

  40. We travel a lot so we would love this!

  41. Jennifer anderson says:

    I would love to try Sparkle Stories!

  42. Sarah C says:

    This would be perfect for my busy little boy (and his mama, who used to listen to books while she drove).

  43. We are new and huge fans of Sparkle Stories!

  44. I have wanted to try these out for a long time. I would love to win!

  45. I’d love to add this to our “bag of tricks”. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. We are planning an impromptu road trip and I would love the chance to try these out. I have a stack of Jim Weiss CDs ready to go but would love to add this new find to our collection.
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  47. my kids love listening to stores! pick me! (and thanks.)

  48. Jo-anna says:

    I would love to try is out. It seems so much fun.

  49. We do quite a bit of car schooling!!! This would be a fun addition!

  50. Faye E. Hunt says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! Sparkle Stories sound great!

  51. These would be great for hot summer days!

  52. Thanks!

  53. Sounds perfect for summer travels!

  54. Thanks so much for the giveaway! We’re big audio book fans, and we’ve wanted to listen to these.

  55. Stephanie says:

    My daughter would love this. She has recently discovered audio books.

  56. We are just getting into audiobooks…finally I don’t have to skip lunch to have a read aloud during that time! 🙂

  57. I keep reading great things about Sparkle Stories!
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  58. April B says:

    I would love to win this! LOVE Sparkle Stories!

  59. Sounds fantastic!
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  60. Kristen says:

    Would LOVE to win Sparkle Car!

  61. Kristen S says:

    This looks amazing, we are starting homeschooling next year and it might be a great fit for quiet time!

  62. I absolutely love these! We have listened to them before. Thanks for doing this. I hope we win.

  63. Isabel Wende says:

    My daughter would LOVE this! She loves to be told a story!!!

  64. Katja Magus says:

    We loved the first episode of sparkle car and we have lots more driving to do this summer! thanks for the chance!

  65. We’re in the process of moving to Japan next month and I would love to have Sparkle Stories as some entertainment along the way!
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  66. Would LOVE this fabulous prize. Pick me! Pick me!

  67. Got a 12 hour drive in a few weeks!

  68. I would love to try this!

  69. This looks wonderful. We have been listening to Roald Dahl in the car and are looking for something new!

  70. This sounds fun, I would love to try it – especially since we are moving next month and will have an hour drive to visit grandparents.

  71. Pamela R says:

    I’ve been meaning to try these! They would be great for our upcoming road trip. Thanks.

  72. Tracy Shringarpure says:

    My kids love Sparkle Stories! We would love to try the car series…

  73. Angelica Thompson says:

    I am just starting nursing school in Vermont and my daughter will begin kindergarten, but I would love to have these stories for commuting times or when I am needing a few minutes to get organized for homework after she goes to sleep. I am a single mom, do not use visual media as a babysitter, and read alot to my child. I also have a well-stocked supply of Waldorf art materials, and was a Waldorf child myself…yes, these stories would be so wonder-full!

  74. Rachel Thompson says:

    My daughters listen to Sparkle Stories when they go and stay with my mom. I am a single parent, paralegal, and am currently running for a county council seat, and would so appreciate a gift of these stories for my 5 and 7 year olds who love, love, love stories. They go to a charter school, but I grew up ‘Waldorf’, so long for anything that can enhance the imagination and creativity.

  75. Tiffany Evans says:

    I would love this!

  76. I would love to win this. I love sparkle stories!

  77. We love audiobooks and these sound like a treat!

  78. Kerrt Gawalt says:

    We have a Fjord-powered CSA as well as a milking herd of Jerseys. Our 5 year old daughter spends much time in the barn ! Having some audio stories would be so much fun for her, when she gets tired of helping …though she loves to do this and is getting quite skilled! The Jersey girls and horses might enjoy tuning in as well…

  79. Julie Herrington says:

    These sound fun! I’ve never heard of Sparkle Stories before now.

  80. Rachel H. says:

    My almost 4 year old would love this! (Not sure about the toddler and newborn.) We have been listening to Adventures in Odyssey, but it would be nice to mix it up a bit.

  81. Sounds like great fun! Thank you!

  82. Pamela Perkins says:

    What fun ! I am a grandmother and love to read; have just begun to get audio books to supplement my hands-on collection.

  83. I would love to win!
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  84. Hooray! We love Sparkle Stories!

  85. We are spending a LOT of time in the car this summer; this would be a pleasant way to pass the time!

  86. Cant wait to check it out, my kids LOVE audio stories!

  87. Always wanted to try this and I think it would be great for my toddler to start picking up more English (she is fluent in Russian)
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  88. Sounds like something my kiddos would love!

  89. heidi sink says:

    sounds fun for road trips!

  90. Love!!

  91. I would love to win this subscription for my girls. Thanks!
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  92. This new series sounds great!

  93. Thanks for the giveaway; my kids love listening to audio stories.

  94. Thanks Jamie. I am curious about Sparkle Stories. I have heard so many great things about them. Maybe this will be a good way to check them out for myself.

  95. My daughter would love this!

  96. Would love to win this!

  97. I’d love to try these with my daughter at bedtime!
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  98. Yes, please!

  99. I have been wanting to try these. Listened to a friend’s copy of the Martin & Sylvia stories awhile back. They are so sweet!

  100. I have a friend who LOVES sparkle stories! I hope I win for my home schooled boys. 🙂

  101. We LOVE Sparkle Stories – my kids always ask for a month’s subscription for birthdays/Christmas.

  102. Sounds fun! Would love to give them a try!

  103. Katie G. says:

    Audio stories are this tired momma’s best friend every afternoon! I’m excited to learn more about Sparkle Stories.

  104. We need is. My husband travels more now and this helps make our bedtime routine calmer. Feeling lucky!

  105. Bridget Stevens says:

    yeah, I want to win!!

  106. I would love to win this for my boys!

  107. We LOVE audio stories–these sound really fun–thanks for sharing! 🙂

  108. Lynette says:

    Sparkle Stories would be perfect at my house this week. I have a 5 yr old with a broken leg. We’re going to check these stories out right now!

  109. Violet Westergaard says:

    My children love their Sparkle stories! They request the same breakfast as Martin and Sylvia and mention them in their own play.
    We would love to try their car stories, too!

  110. We would love to win! I was just looking for some audio stories for an upcoming road trip.
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  111. Fingers crossed! My girls and I would LOVE this!

  112. We would love to win this!

  113. Mary-Sue says:

    Oh wow. I can’t believe I haven’t really “discovered” Sparkle Stories yet! It’s time! It’s time! It’s time!!! thanks!

  114. T. Beard says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. We would enjoy giving Sparkle Stories a try!

  115. We LOVE Sparkle stories. My 3 yr old daughter always ask for Martin and Sylvia when we get in the car. Thank you for giving us quality entertainment!

  116. This looks wonderful! Thank you!

  117. Sounds great – thanks for letting us know about them!

  118. Sounds awesome!

  119. This sounds like fun!

  120. Thank-you! We love listening to stories around the house or in the car!

  121. Hurrah! Sparkle Stories!!

  122. Thank you for offering this. I would love to be entered to win 🙂

  123. I’ve been wanting to try these.

  124. thanks for letting us know about this resource!

  125. Sarah Leoni says:

    Yeah Sparkle Stories!!

  126. Tammy Eldridge MacIsaac says:

    Would love to win this for my son!

  127. How fun! Thanks for a chance to win!

  128. Kristen says:

    We’ve just started listening to Sparkle Stories and really love them!

  129. My girls love Sparkle Stories! Thanks for the chance to win!

  130. Heather Y. says:

    I keep hearing about Sparkle Stories on various blogs and would love to try them out, especially with an upcoming road trip in the next couple of weeks.

  131. This sounds like something my kids will enjoy!

  132. My kids would love this.

  133. Love this! Thank you!

  134. Jocelyn says:

    I have been eyeballing sparkle stories for a while now, hope we win!

  135. Love these stories!
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  136. I’ve heard good things about these. We’d love to win. Thanks.

  137. I would love to win the Sparkle Stories. My 9 yo son is dyslexic. We love listening to audio stories. We driveover an hour once a week for therapy, and these would be perfect for that trip.

  138. i’ve had my eye on these stories so thanks for the opportunity to hear one for free and subscribe for $1 – looking forward to listening with our little one!

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  140. julie rogers says:

    I’ve been wanting to try out sparkle stories – this would be a nice jumpstart. Thanks for such a great blog, Jamie.

  141. We would love to try Sparkle Stories!

  142. Sounds great! I would love to try it out!

  143. We just listened to the fathers day story and enjoyed it quite a bit.

  144. Melissa D says:

    We would luuuurrrrve this!!!
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  145. Theresa says:

    My kids would loe these stories!

  146. We would love to win a subscription. thanks!

  147. Kate Berry says:

    Sounds like a ton of fun. I would love to try them out.

  148. Would LOVE to win this-my kids adore Martin & Sylvia!

  149. I have never heard od Sparkle Stories but would love to win the giveaway. My girls love good stories. Thanks!

  150. nopinkhere says:

    I need to try this next time I’m tempted to turn on the TV. Cool!

  151. We love Sparkle Stories and would love to win!
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  152. JoAnna Bettencourt says:

    My kids LOVE books on Cd’s but I’ve never tried Sparkle yet! Hoping to win so we can give it a try! Sounds like they would LOVE it!!! 🙂

  153. would LOVE to win this… we adore sparkle stories, in fact we listened tonite on our way home!

  154. We are just starting to use stories on CD at our house. My 5-year-old listened to Mr. Poppers Penguins several times during her afternoon rest time this week. I would love to have some options for her. And we have an upcoming road trip that these would be perfect for! Thanks for the chance to win!

  155. Michelle Olsen says:

    Would love to try Sparkle

  156. I’ve heard so much about these, but havent HEARD them myself yet! Would love to win! My kids would love it! 🙂

  157. I so appreciate your site!! We’re researching/preparing to embark on this journey called homeschooling in the fall with our 5 year old, and you’ve been very helpful in the process!! Thanks.

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