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. Our busiest time is right before bed, I can never get my little ones to wind down. It would be such a blessing to be able to have this ‘calming down’ period before putting them in their rooms,
    I liked sparkle stories on facebook :)

  2. I’m thinking this through and my oldest often needs something to do to occupy him (can’t imagine asking him to occupy himself! :)) while I lay his brother down for a nap. It’s also a good winding down/resting time for him and I think he would enjoy these.
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  3. Pretty much any time of day could use a calm down at our house!
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  4. I “liked” SS on facebook :)
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  5. Stephanie Thorp says:

    We would definitely use the structured quiet time of these stories in the late afternoon early evening when school is done, Daddy isn’t quite home, everyone is a bit tired, and I have to start thinking about dinner…

  6. Stephanie Thorp says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on facebook.

  7. I know my three youngest would love Sparkle Stories!
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  8. We finally tried out sparkle stories with their free Martin and Sylvia thanksgiving story–my son could not get enough!
    We could really use sparkle stories in the dangerous late afternoon hours right before dinner time!
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  9. Our evenings could use a little calming… love the idea of audio stories, then all four of them don’t have to fight over sitting in my lap to see the pages best!
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  10. Our children have listened to several sample Sparkle Stories over the last year or so and they are smitten with the characters and story lines. We would love to receive this gift subscription for long car rides when the kids really want to watch a video, but I would prefer something a bit milder. Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Patty Pivirotto says:

    I would love to let these stories play in the car. we have an port that can play the stories from a phone or our laptop. we do not have a dvd in our minivan anymore and although I find it hard to create peace in the car with 4 children 6 and under, I am thinking sparkle audio stories could be the way to keep everyone engaged without watching a show or movie. we also plan on taking some much longer driving trips this summer when they could be a huge help!

  12. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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  13. Patty Pivirotto says:

    I just liked it on facebook too! fingers crossed as our kids (ages 6,5,4,1) would love this – and me too!

  14. Only one time a day? How about any time I am preparing a meal, and just before naps and bedtime. :)