Weekend giveaway: Sparkle Stories

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I was tucking my eight-year-old son Jonathan into bed last night when he turned to me suddenly and said, “I wonder what trash company Martin and Sylvia use at their house?”

Seven-year-old Martin and five-year-old Sylvia are the main characters in one of Sparkle Stories most popular storylines. This homeschooled (woot-woot!) brother and sister live, love, eat, learn, argue, and work together–just like most of our little people.

Jonathan’s comment probably clues you into the fact that this duo has, along with other Sparkle Stories characters, become featured players in our home.

I download new Sparkle Stories each week onto my phone, and we often listen to one or two after dinner and before bed. They have added a blissful layer of calm to this hour that for some reason tends toward chaos.

Here’s an overview about this resource that has added so much to our family’s life:

Sparkle Stories produces weekly audio stories for children and families around the world.  Our Subscription Story Series follow the seasons, inspiring a sense of wonder and magic throughout the year.

We offer six original Story Series, plus a seventh Series with classic stories, songs and games, all designed to entertain and inspire the whole family.

Sparkle Stories is a creative collaboration between storyteller David Sewell McCann and his wife Lisabeth.

Sparkle Stories also make a fabulous gift this holiday season–I love it when I can give something that doesn’t add more stuff to someone’s life. Or maybe you can request a Sparkle gift for your own kids from the grandparents for Christmas!

Giveaway:  The Everything Martin & Sylvia Package!  ($102 value)

One Simple Homeschool reader will win an everything Martin & Sylvia Package! It includes:

The family that wins the giveaway will enjoy all of the stories from Sparkle’s most popular series. They’ll get to meet Martin and Sylvia, the enterprising brother and sister that create delightful adventures all throughout the year!  This is 20 hours of delightful audio stories, perfect for ages 3 and up.

How to Win

To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me what time of day in your home could use a little storytime calm! (If you’re reading this via email, you must click over to the main post to leave a comment!)

For an extra entry, “Like” Sparkle Stories on Facebook. Then leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

Special Offers

You can also check out these three special offers:

1. Download a FREE holiday Martin & Sylvia story–Living Room Nutcracker:

This year, Martin is invited to attend the local production of “The Nutcracker” with Momma.  It’s an exciting first!  But as it’s a long performance, it’s decided that five-year-old Sylvia is too young to join.  And oh is she disappointed!  Martin makes it up to his sister by promising to bring the Nutcracker right back to their own living room — and he does, in a full family performance!

Download this free story here.

2. Try Sparkle–$1 for 1 month

Are you new to Sparkle Stories? David and Lisabeth have created an easy and inexpensive way for families to try a Sparkle subscription.

Find out how to get your first month of stories for just $1!

3. 50% off the Martin & Sylvia Christmas Time Audio Book

Through the end of December you can get this holiday audio book at half off–for only $3!

Head here to purchase.

This giveaway has ended. Thanks for entering!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. Becky Bartlett says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on facebook.

  2. These would be great for my little one to listen to during dinner prep

  3. 4-5:00 is the craziest time in our house

  4. Listening to stories while eating breakfast before school would be wonderful!

  5. Charlotte says:

    I would love Sparkle Stories for my little ones (ages 1 and 3) when we are driving their big sister to and from her almost-daily swimming practice. The worst time of day in our house is called the “witching hour” and always happens when I’m trying to make dinner, so some stories and quiet play would be lovely as well. Thanks!

  6. I also liked them on FB

  7. Would love to try it out! Sign us up. My kids love audiobooks, so we are going to try out the freebie. Thank you.
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  8. During lunch.

  9. Would love to listen to Sparkle stories during out quiet time.
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  10. We love Sparkle Stories, especially in the late afternoon before dinner when my children tend to get a little crazy :)


  11. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB!

  12. Late afternoon…when I need to start working on dinner it’s always nice to listen to audios.

  13. Rachael L. says:

    A more apprpriate question might be, when couldn’t our house use some story time calm:)

  14. Lunchtime or just before bedtime.

  15. Liked on FB (as the sime ons 1990 at yahoo dot com)

  16. Around dinner time preparation, definitely!

  17. Andrea R. says:

    My kids refuse to take naps. This would be so helpful for some quiet time.

  18. Andrea R. says:

    I like them on Facebook.

  19. In the afternoon, it always gets a little crazy after 3pm.

  20. My children would love to enjoy these stories while waiting for Dad to come home in the evenings.

  21. You are such a wealth of great finds! I love these stories! Thank you.

  22. The time when I am trying to cook supper is always crazy… We could use Sparkle Stories during that time! My 4 year old just loves them!
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  23. I like Sparkle Stories on FB!
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  24. Certainly night time is when we need a little story time calm, however we like stories all day long in our house.

  25. I like Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  26. I just liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook. (I’ve never clicked “Like” on anything before. This is a first!)

  27. I think we’d enjoy these before we start our school day in the morning, while Mama enjoys her last sips of coffee and before the kids get started on their work- they often are a little aimless during that time of day.
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  28. The time of day we could use some down time is after our morning schoolwork. Lunch is hectic because we’re all hungry and tired from hard work all morning. After we get the little ones into bed for afternoon naps, this would be a perfect time to relax before we begin Part 2 of our day!

  29. Mine get a little crazy right before bedtime, these would be perfect!

  30. Liked on Facebook!

  31. Lawana Gray says:

    Definitely before dinner. It gets a little crazy in our house! :)

  32. Lawana Gray says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook

  33. Our witching hour is from 5:00-6:00 pm. Folks are tired and hungry, the house needs it’s final pick up, all our animals need to be fed and I need to finish dinner. Whew. I look forward to the first two specials to try this series out. I’ve had it recommended before but have never heard it.

  34. We would love to have this for our 2-3 pm time when Mama is so sleepy ;), or during our dinner prep time. Thanks so much for the opportunity

  35. Sparkle stories would be best for us just before nap time or bed time.

  36. Sparkle stories are great! We have a long drive once a week to our homeschool co-op. We use that time to listen to audiobooks. Sparkle stories would be a great option for that time.

  37. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB. Thanks.

  38. First thing in the morning is when we use stories. It gives me time to get organzied and ready for the day and calm the kids for school work ahead! Would love more stories!

  39. I “liked” Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  40. We would listen to these right before dinner.
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  41. I know exactly when we’d listen to Sparkle Stories in our home… dinnertime! We often hear a lot of whining during the dinner making process as our girls have trouble waiting for the food to be ready. A Sparkle Story would be just what they need at that time to bring them a sense of calm!

  42. I went ahead and ‘liked’ Sparkle Stories on Facebook. I look forward to seeing their posts!

  43. I think bedtime or afternoon would be best times! I liked facebook page for Sparkle Stories. :)
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  44. I could use Sparkle Stories in the late afternoon when I’m trying to prepare dinner and my kiddos are tired, hungry and we are all waiting for daddy to get home from work. That is always a rough time of day around here.

  45. the hour just before dinner or the hour just before bed….chaos busters needed here :-)

  46. I liked them on Facebook

  47. Erika Russell says:

    We could use a little story calm between 4pm and 5pm on most days! These stories sound like they would do the trick!

  48. between 5 and 6

  49. I like them on fb

  50. Kate Clemens says:

    We could use a little storytime calm right before dinner.