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. I think my son would love to listen to them during his quiet time. And also on long car trips, which we take a lot of during the holidays!

  2. I like Sparkle Stories on FB!

  3. Rachel H. says:

    Story time calm would be best during the time when I am trying to fix lunch! Maybe I would be able to prepare something a little better than PBJs that way? :-)

  4. Sparkle stories are great to listen to when i am getting coffee going in the morning and dinner going in the evening!

  5. Sarah Sandiford says:

    Crazy time at our house starts around 4-4:30, right before Daddy gets home from work.

  6. We could use a little story time calm mid-afternoon, which is around the time my two young children’s energy levels tank and their crankiness peaks. They could still use naps, but, of course, they fight off sleep with all of their might. This would be the perfect time for some story time calm.

  7. Sarah Sandiford says:

    I have “liked” Sparkle Stories on fb.

  8. I like Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  9. Angela K. says:

    The 30 minutes before dinner are the craziest minutes of our day. Everyone is hungry, Daddy has just come home, the kids are squirrely and vying for his attention, my patience battery is running low… ‘twould be a perfect time for some story distraction, especially for my 8 year old. I hope we win!

  10. I Liked Sparkle Stories on FB!! 😉

  11. Jennifer Anderson says:

    This would be perfect for around 4:00 at our home:)

  12. Jennifer Anderson says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on FB!

  13. We need quiet time between baths and bed. I would love to win this because we are starting homeschool after the new year and need all the help we can get.

  14. Right after supper could use a little storytime calm in our house

  15. I like sparkle stories on Facebook

  16. always right after lunch!!!

  17. I have liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!
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  18. After lunch and before supper would be great times for my kids to enjoy Sparkle Stories :)

  19. The time right after dinner, when the children have brushed their teeth, an are en route to their bedroom, is the most hectic time in our home. For some reason laughter and jest abound in our hallway every evening on that mysterious path, and the children just seem to linger there excitedly, frolicking and tumbling on each other… (instead of winding down :-) )
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  20. Jennifer H says:

    The crazy time for me is after nap and before dinner. That way I could possibly cook in relative peace! :-)

  21. Jennifer H says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on FB

  22. I have a 6 year old and a 2 year old. Prep time before dinner would be a fantastic time for us to listen to Sparkle Stories. The pre-dinner time can sometimes be a little crazy. I don’t let them watch much TV. Sparkle Stories sounds like it may be just what we need to fill in some of the gaps in the day. Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  23. I am newly pregnant with my third, and, for the third time, I have hyperemesis. Any time of the day would be a good time for a quiet activity for my 5 and 7 year old boys. :)

  24. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB

  25. I could use a quiet storytime right before the children go to bed. 😀

  26. Pre-dinner time!

  27. I like them on fb too!

  28. Between 5 and 6, the “witching hour”!

  29. First off thank you always for the great info. We are new to homeschooling and every little nugget of info is a blessing! My boys 2 and 5 are always on, and they love love love story time! I would say morning time before breakfast because there is no such thing as sleeping in in this house, or during dinner prep and always bedtime!

  30. I think I would try them during lunch or while I’m preparing lunch. I’ve been curious about them for a while.

  31. I liked them on facebook too. Thanks!

  32. You have given me an interest in the Sparkle Stories. My kids would love listening to them during the afternoon dinner prep time. I hope we win. Thanks.

  33. Sparkle stories would be such a blessing to our home right before Daddy comes home and I am trying to cook and clean. :)

  34. Our craziest time is now right before lunch, strangely enough! Thanks for offering this. :)

  35. Definitely nap time! :)

  36. Right before naptime or bedtime.

  37. We love listening to stories at bedtime! We started that tradition when my second was born, and I needed a bit of a distraction for my older child as I nursed her little brother to sleep. So after I read a couple of books, we’d play a few Barefoot Books podcasts for my daughter to listen to while I settled the baby. Now she loves listening to stories after lights out. We’d love to get to know the Sparle Story gang!
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  38. We could use some daytime calm around 2 or 3, when my daughter gets TIRED and CRANKY (and I’m tempted to, too!).

  39. And I like it on FB!

  40. Yeah, its that afternoon time while making dinner that such enjoyment would be most appreciated!
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  41. I liked sparkle stories on facebook. And I look forward to hearing more from them. I got the free story and think we will enjoy it Monday, for sure.
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  42. For us, with a new baby due to arrive this week, first thing in the morning would be great! We could snuggle up together for a few minutes and listen and enjoy each other. Sounds fantastic- thanks for the chance to experience this!

  43. Bridget Stevens says:

    This would be lovely for the dinner time hour which is rife with arguing and toddler melt downs while I’m trying to cook!!!

  44. Sounds great to use as part of our quiet time in our homeschool!

  45. I have never heard of these before, but would absolutely love to win this for my almost 4 year old little boy! We love to read all throughout the day, but especially before bed when my little guy begs me to read story after story to him. So we would use these a lot before bed! :)

  46. I also liked the page on facebook! :)

  47. The witching hour is around 4 int he afternoon here! Calm moments of listening to a story would be welcome then!

  48. liked on facebook as well

  49. Wow! These stories sound very adventurous, just like we like it here at home. If our family were to win this awesome package, we would read/listen to a story every morning before breakfast (while I’m cooking)! My kiddo’s usually read in the mornings and we could REALLY use some new material to help us get our homeschool day off to a great start!
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  50. We could always use more calm. : ) But truly, bedtime would be best.