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. Around 4-5pm. :-)

  2. sparkle stories would make our pre-dinner hour a calm oasis. :) (thanks for the chance!!)
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  3. Amanda Gray says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  4. Amanda Gray says:

    I think the time we need the most calm is between 4:30 and 6:30. That seems to be the time in our house when everyone falls apart!

  5. Would love this resource. My family was called for me to quit my job and venture into homeschooling. Quitting my job meant giving up my company car and we decided not to buy a replacement. Needless to say, our sweet kids are in the car for about a hour to a hour and a half every afternoon to pick up Daddy! It is a super sweet and joyful “adventure” every day because everyone is excited to see Daddy but would love a resource for the kids to supplement the long drive;)

  6. My kids love Martin & Sylvia! Our favorite time to listen is in the morning as we’re preparing for school.

  7. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook

  8. While cooking in the kitchen, my girls and I love to listen to a good story – so breakfast, lunch, or dinner time,

  9. right before dinner! or maybe when I want to spend the extra time to blow-dry my hair! :)

  10. The afternoon hour when mama wants to rest with the little baby probably:) !

  11. We love to listen to sparkle stories on our long drives. It makes the hours we spend in the car pleasant for all, and a nice tradition of listening is being developed!

  12. Excited to be a follower of sparkle stories on facebook too!

  13. Faye E. Hunt says:

    Sparkle Stories would be most helpful during the witching hour (dinner time!) or certainly right before bed at night. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  14. We would love Sparkle Stories at lunch!
    I hope hope hope we win!!

  15. Christina P. says:

    Sparkle Stories may help calm the chaos that seems to happen while I’m preparing dinner. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. My girls would really enjoy these.
    Thanks for the chance!

  17. Oh boy! I would love these stories to have in the late afternoon before supper. Now that the girls don’t nap anymore, they are so emotional at this time of day! Thanks for the chance to win these!
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  18. I “liked” Sparkle Stories on FB.
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  19. I would love to win this subscription! Settling down for nap time would be a great time to listen to these! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Diana Stone says:

    Evening! We can always use a little more calm right after Daddy gets home. :)

  21. Diana Stone says:

    Liked on FB!

  22. I also “liked” their Facebook page!

  23. 4:30 pm is when our witching hour begins!

  24. My 5 year old son loves sparkle stories! They are particularly helpful when my very active 10 month old needs my attention and I am not able to read aloud. They are also great for when he plays in his room and car rides. Thanks!

  25. We love Sparkle Stories, although we’ve never subscribed. My 9 and 7 year olds will listen forever as they draw or paint. Even my 11 year old gets sucked in. They’re so sweet.

  26. We could use a little storytelling calm in the afternoons!

  27. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB!

  28. I like Sparkle Stories on FB.

  29. Right after lunch would be great for us.

  30. Winnie Lam says:

    It will be great before bedtime.

  31. We could use sparkle time story anytime during the day but especislly before bed. It would be helpful in helping calm the kiddies down and ready for bed.

  32. Karen Chaffin says:

    Sparkle time storytime would be great just before bedtime!! :)

  33. Karen Chaffin says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook. :)

  34. Margaret Hutchinson says:

    There was one Halloween Sparkle Story that my daughter and I listened to over and over, it was so good! Anytime I need to do food prep would be a perfect time to listen to a sparkle story. We would love to win this but will take advantage of the one month for a dollar is we don’t. Thank you!

  35. This looks great! I could use some storytime help while I’m cooking dinner!

  36. Margaret Hutchinson says:

    I just liked Sparkle Stories on FB :)

  37. We LOVE Sparkle Stories in our house, and use them to calm down before nap, at bedtime, and for something interesting to do in the car. I’d love to win this package to share with a friend; we have them all already, and want to give them to everyone!

  38. Rachel J. says:

    We listen to sparkle stories at bedtime the most. LOVE them to pieces. Some funny quotes from my five year old who is entranced with the Martin and Sylvia series, “Oh Mom, I just wish Martin and Sylvia could be a video!” Laugh, laugh, laugh. She has also asked my husband in all sincerity and with matter of fact curiosity, “Daddy, why aren’t you as nice as Martin and Sylvia’s daddy?” He answered back just as matter of fact, “Because he’s not real.” :)

  39. Rachel J. says:

    I liked SS on FB! :)

  40. I would love to win some Sparkle Stories! Thank you!
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  41. I like SS on FB!
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  42. making-dinner-time, of course!
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  43. i liked sparkle stories on FB!
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  44. Ruthie Wright says:

    dinner time! thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Rebecca B. Hill says:

    I would love to try out Sparkle stories during the dinner rush! Thank you for the offer.

  46. As. Homeschooling mama of 3, I can think of a number of times during the day that could use some calm. Maybe to keep the chatterbox 4-yr-old entertained while I work with her sister on math? Maybe for an afternoon quiet time?Maybe for the dinner-making hour? Martin and Sylvia might become MY new best friends!

  47. These would be great on the days we skip nap, but need some down time.

  48. After lunch is our downtime and listening to audiobooks is one way for the kids to immediately get into the “quiet time” mood!

  49. The time from dinner until bedtime can get long and everyone tends to get very hyper. Audio books seem to be the perfect thing to get everyone involved in a quiet activity, so they can hear the story!

  50. I put the boys in bed a little early and let them listen to something. They love it!