Weekend giveaway: Sparkle Stories


This giveaway has now ended–thanks for entering!

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

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.


David and Lisabeth have just released a Martin & Sylvia Valentine’s Day audio book. It’s a fitting way to get to know these brother and sister characters this time of the year – and it’s available to download for only $6!

About the audio book:

In this hour-long audio book are three delightful and touching stories about love, sharing and festival fun. It is chock-full of delightful ideas for Valentines celebrations, and unique suggestions for how tell others that you love them.

One.  “Secret Love Code”

Martin and Sylvia’s family has a Valentine’s tradition in which they create little satchels of valentine gifts. They hang the satchels on friends’ front doors — each with the same small note: “You are Loved!”.  And all of it is done in secret. Oh, but it can be hard to keep quiet about all the fun! Martin and Sylvia find clever ways to keep their delicious secrets to themselves.

Two. “Four Kinds of Valentines”

In preparation for their town’s annual Valentines Family Dance, Martin and Sylvia learn that there is not one kind of Valentine, but FOUR.  In addition to the beautiful paper cards – there are valentines made of “loving words”, “tasty treats” and “special times”.  As they craft their valentines for their parents and each other, brother and sister consider all the ways to share love.

Three. “Queen of the Dance”

Martin and Sylvia have been preparing for the Valentines Family Dance all week — making valentines, decorating the Hall and learning dances. Sylvia is determined to find the bean in the Cupid Cake and become the Valentine Family Dance Queen. Her plans change, however, when she meets a shy new girl who wants to be the Queen just as much as she does!

You can find the M&S Valentines Audio Book here!

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 if your family listens to any audio stories and which ones have been your favorites. (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 – SparkleLove for Valentine’s Day

You can also check out these special offers:

1. Download a FREE Valentine’s Day story from the storyline Junkyard Tales:

Each year, the Junkyard animals celebrate their love and appreciation for each other with a Valentines Gift Exchange.  Everyone draws one name from a hat — to learn who will receive their gift.  When Ben Thompson, curious cat, picks the name of Georgia Bean, the kindly rat, he panics.  Georgia Bean is like a mother to all the animals!  There’s no one better at being kind, caring and generous.  What could he possibly give her?

Download this free story here.

2. Try one month of “At Home with Martin & Sylvia” — for FREE!

Try a full month of At Home with Martin & Sylvia without paying a thing.  There’s no credit card necessary — no ongoing subscription.  Just a one-month trial.  And if you like it, you can come back and enjoy more!

Take advantage of this promo here!

This giveaway has now 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. We love listening to Act!vated Storytellers (we saw them at our local library and then went home and downloaded their podcast). (I’ve also got Storynory and Barefoot Books podcasts saved for later.)

    I look forward to reading what others listen to.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
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  2. Jessica Brammer says:

    Our family loves listening to the free librivox books. My 5 year old finished Dr. Doolittle and really enjoyed that.

  3. Jessica Brammer says:

    I liked on Facebook.

  4. My daughter loves Adventures in Odyssey and Nancy Drew audiobooks.
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  5. Actually we haven’t listened to any as a family. But I do get books on CD from the library for my older child. She listens during her afternoon “rest time” while her little brother naps. She has especially loved Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Charlotte’s Web.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. We really enjoyed the recording of Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon on our last long road trip. My boys are finally starting to enjoy audiobooks after years of trying :)

  7. Also liked on Facebook. Thanks :)
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  8. Marguerite Corbett says:

    Thank you for this give-away, I’d love to win! My daughter loves audio books, we are up to book 26 in the magic tree house series, these are her favorite. We’ve also listened to the first two little house books and several other stories found at the library. Audio books are a life savior being as my daughter HATES being in her car seat and once a month we take the 8 hr (each way) drive to visit family. The last trip we listened to 8 tree house stories and a little house. I’m going to need more stories at this rate, unfortunately child selection at the library isn’t that big :)

  9. Marguerite Corbett says:

    I liked you on Facebook as well :)

  10. Bryna Ramones says:

    We are always looking for new CDs from the library..magic tree house, Ramona Books, nancy drew, old mother west wind to name a few. We have downloaded a few free sparkle stories as well and my kiddos have really loved them! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Ali Federwitz says:

    We have been using Story Nory for audio stories. I have been interested in Sparkle Stories and we have tried a few of the freebies but haven’t yet subscribed. Right now, my kids love listening to a story during lunch time. I’m thinking a subscription to Sparkle Stories would make a great birthday gift from the grandparents, unless we win! :)

  12. Michelle Disney says:

    My daughter loves listening to Beverly Cleary stories!!!

  13. We listen to the sample sparkle stories because it isn’t quite in the budget to subscribe right now. I have 3 boys so they don’t sit still but these captivating stories still hold their attention when others don’t

  14. We haven’t done any yet but I’m dy isn’t to start.

  15. Our family loves audiobooks — right now the kids are switching back and forth between _Farmer Boy_ and the _Magic Treehouse_ series. They always listen to the _Jesus Storybook Bible_ narrated by David Suchet before they go to sleep at night.

  16. What a great gift to my kids! We love the free stories and a chance to win some stories would be fantastic!

  17. We’ve just started listening to the Burgess Book of Animals for Children and are really enjoying it! I love that my kids can enjoy a good story, but I can just relax and enjoy it with them!
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  18. We have been enjoying Harry Potter. I think we are on the fifth book now. We love sparkle stories too!

  19. We haven’t listened to these, only Adventures in Odyssey on the radio and sometimes online. Thanks for the giveaway contest!

  20. I liked the page on FB.

  21. Kristina Best says:

    My boys love listening to Audio Stories while going to bed.

  22. Kristina Best says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on FB :)

  23. We often check out audio books from our local libraries. Each library has a different selection. Our favorites include the Little House series, Nate the Great, and my favorite – the Narnia stories.
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  24. We get audiobooks from the library. My 3 year old loves the magic school bus series.

  25. I liked on Facebook – Hey I didn’t realize they’re based in VT too!
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  26. We are very new to audiobooks and have just discovered the Sparkle stories. They have been so calming for my rambunctious boys, and I love how it encourages them to become better listeners.

  27. we do not curently listen to any audio books, but i downloaded the free one and my grandkids already listened to it. they seemed to really enjoy the experience and i would love to win more. thank you.

  28. I just liked Sparkle Stories on FB too.

  29. We haven’t listened to audiobooks, but this series sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity.

  30. we have never listened to any audio stories, but my children love to be read to, so I imagine it would be a tremendous hit.

  31. Liked on Facebook.

  32. We don’t use and audio books with our kids yet, but I have been wanting to! These sound perfect.
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  33. My children love getting audiobooks from our library and listening to them over and over again!

  34. “Liked” on FB
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  35. I downloaded lots of the classics for free from librivox: Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Five children and It, Peter Pan, etc. My daughters is allowed to listen to one chapter a day during her quiet time (if I let her listen to more than about half an hour, she gets kinda grouchy when it is time to move on to something else). Our favorites have been the books by Edith Nesbit (Book of Dragons and Five Children and It).
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  36. I already like them on facebook! :)
    Sarah M

  37. We haven’t listened to any audio stories routinely, but just made a “rhythm change ” and cut out a majority of Tv time. Audio stories might be a good substitute!

  38. I love Sparkle Stories. We actually just signed up for our first month a few weeks ago. We listen to The WIllowbee Tree, Junkyard Tales, and Martin & Sylvia at Home.
    Sarah M

  39. I liked them on Facebook.
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  40. we tend to listen to a lot of barefoot books, storynory, and things like that. We also rent from our digital library from time to time. We really love sparkle stories, here. This is a great giveaway!!!

  41. We listen to music together, but this would be the first stories we listen to if we won. They love books and my son has an audio story on his Tot Clock that he plays before bed.

  42. oh, and yes, I liked sparkle stories on fb!

  43. I like Sparkle Stories on Facebook :)

  44. We have enjoyed the free Sparkle Stories! Would love to win!

  45. And follow SS on Facebook
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  46. LibriVox and Storynory are our go-tos. Have tried some of the sparkle stories. Would love a subscription!

  47. My 4-year old loves the Sparkle Stories samples that we’ve listened to. She loves audio books in general, and I’ve been meaning to record myself (or my husband) reading some of her favorite stories, but haven’t gotten around to it. I would be elated to win this giveaway!

  48. And I have “liked” Sparkle Stories on facebook too!

  49. Margaret Hutchinson says:

    Thanks for having another Sparkle Stories giveaway! My daughter just asked yesterday to listen to Sparkle Stories :) We love getting audio books from the library, usually picture books, but have recently finished our first chapter audio book, Ella Enchanted. I love the suggestions everyone else has given. Need to go find out if the library has audio Magic School Bus.

  50. Margaret Hutchinson says:

    I’ve also liked Sparkle Stories on FB.

  51. We like audiobooks from the library.

  52. We haven’t listened to audiobooks, but we love Adventures in Odyssey, if that counts. :)

  53. We love audiobooks and I think Martin & Sylvia stories are my girls favorite. I can’t count the number of times we have listened to the M&S stories we have.
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  54. I like them on Facebook. My fb name is Iamsaving Haha.

  55. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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  56. Tandra peters says:

    I LIkED on FB 😉

  57. Jolene in Michigan says:

    We routinely check out audio books from our libraries. I love it as an alternative to screen time in the car. We would love to try Sparkle Stories.

  58. Lauren brown says:

    We have not yet ventured into the audio book thing, but this would be a great opportunity to! Would love to win!

  59. We do not currently listen to any stories but I would love to start. These would be something great to use during our rest time!

  60. Jolene in Michigan says:

    I’ve also liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook. :)

  61. mara maxwell says:

    Good Morning~ We don’t listen to any stories. I think its a great idea, and would love to win!

  62. mara maxwell says:

    Liked the FB page 😉

  63. Michelle O. says:

    I have just borrowed my first audio book from the library and am enjoying listening to it while on the treadmill but I just don’t know where to start with our kids! What to listen to, when to listen, how long, …. Being homeschoolers, this series sounds fantastic :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Adults and kids alike love Sparkle Stories in our house. We listen to our collection regularly and then listen to our ENTIRE collection on long car rides. Our favorites change with the seasons and as my daughters grow. Right now The Willowbee Tree is often asked for.

    I’ve always found David and Lisabeth exceptionally generous. They offer many free stories and so many wonderful giveaway opportunities. Thank you!!

  65. and, of course, we Like Sparkle Stories on FB :)

  66. We have enjoyed several audiobooks- Eric Carle books, Frances, Anne of Green Gables, Carry on Mr Bowditch, the Witch of Blackbird Pond, some Lamplighters- they are great when I don’t have the time or the voice to read and I still want us to all gather for some story time. I’d love the check out Sparkle Stories :)
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  67. We have been listening to Story of the World and the kids love it.

  68. we do not currently listen to audiobooks.

  69. Also “liked” Sparkle stories on FB.

  70. We check them out at the library. Love audio books!

  71. Listening to audiobooks is not a regular part of our days. We have listened to a few but it’s been so long, I can’t remember which ones. However, I just had baby number 4 and I’m trying to find some more low-mommy-requirement goodness for my kiddos.

  72. We don’t listen to audiobooks quite yet (my oldest is four), but I would love to start!

  73. My girlies love listening to Herman & Marguerite with their grandma.

  74. Lawana Gray says:

    We occasionally listen to Adventures in Odyssey, but not as much as I’d like.

  75. Lawana Gray says:

    I like Sparkle Stories on FB.

  76. We just started listening to audio books and plan to continue especially during longer road trips.

  77. Man, we’ve been hearing about these forever and would love to try them!!

  78. Liked on FB

  79. Amy @ Hope Is the Word says:

    We have a nice collection of audiobooks we own, and we also borrow them from the library. I’d really like to win these!
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  80. We always have a few audiobooks that we have checked out from the library. We’ve listened to too many to name them all. Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. This would be so perfect for my homeschooled son. I think it’s a great way to get to know the English language. We mostly listen to dutch audio stories from books we borrow from the library. We call them ‘Luisterboeken’. He always listens to stories when he’s in bed and falls asleep with them or listens to them while playing.
    I also liked Sparkle Stories at facebook.
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  82. Pamela Frohn says:

    We listen to audiobooks a lot in the car. Two of our favorites are all of a kind family and Wolf Story. Fun for everyone.

  83. Margo Frantz says:

    We like the Jonathan Park stories and those from Homeschool Radio Shows. These look fun too! Thank you

  84. We love Adventures in Odyssey and The Magic Tree House series. Would love to check out this audio book series!

  85. Lovely! My daughter spends SO much time listening to audio books and her current favourite is Heidi, which she is going through for probably the 15th time. She has just turned 5 and I love watching how audio stories are developing her language, logic, and sense of plot. It really is beautiful. She would love Martin and Sylvia!

  86. I loved Adventures in Odyssey as a child, but haven’t really used audio books with my two yet. :)

  87. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB.

  88. Our homeschooled family of 9 LOVES audio books! Some of our favorites include The Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, Charlotte’s Web, Tom Sawyer, Little Women, Ben Hur… We listen to audio dramas and audio books every. single. day. I grew up (and have raised my kids) listening to Adventures in Odyssey.. Now we also love the FOF Radio Theatre. We enjoy Jungle Jam, The Pond, and my littles really like Paws and Tales and Cam Jansen. We have XM Radio and regularly listen to Radio Classics. We also love LoVe LOVE Hank the Cowdog. We have to have a daily allotment of Hank and Odyssey. I could go on and on (and I have – sorry!). However, I have never even heard of Sparkle Stories (where have I been). They sound great! I’m going to take advantage of the free one month trial right away! Thanks!

  89. We’ve listened to the sample stories a few times from Sparkle Stories. My 7 year old loves them and I love how thoughtful and gentle these stories are. I love that there is a sense of character building going on and how well it captures the imagination. We’ve been discussing adding this to our budget and very much appreciate the opportunity! Thank you! We also “liked” Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  90. Audio books are something I would like to add to my children’s day. These sound really fun!!

  91. We’ve mostly listened to The Beginner’s Bible on CD because it came packaged with the actual bible itself. But I think my 2 and 4 year olds would love some more audio stories in their life! Thanks for this opportunity!

  92. Just liked “Sparkle Stories” on facebook. Thanks again! :)

  93. We love Curious George, the Barefoot Books Knights from around the World, and any that look good from the Library.

  94. I also liked on Facebook for another entry

  95. I have been meaning to give Sparkle Stories a try. Thanks for the chance.

  96. We haven’t listened to audiobooks in a long time. I used to get them from the library, but we don’t go as often now that the kids are too old for storytime there. I’d love to try out Sparkle Stories.

  97. I like Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  98. Michaela culpepper says:

    My kids love audio books! We listen to them in the car on our errand days. We don’t own any, but check them out from the library.

  99. We get audiobooks from the library. Our current favorites are the Magic Tree House series and Little House on the Prarie/Little House In the Big Woods. My dd is 4.5 and my ds is 2.5

  100. I also already “like” sparklestories on facebook!

  101. Star Alderman says:

    How perfect this would be to win! My children are the same age! One boy, age almost 5, loves to listen to Swiss Family Robinson. And one girl, age 7, loves to listen to The Secret Garden.

  102. We’ve never really done any audio stories, but my girls love when I read aloud, so I bet they’d love them!
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  103. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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  104. would love this. liked their page on facebook.

  105. Star Alderman says:

    I “like” Sparkle Stories on FB.

  106. Samantha Cook says:

    We’ve been listening to the Jesus Storybook Bible audio version in the car. Love the narrator and how the author presented the Bible for kids.

  107. Our children listen to their Classical Conversations memory work on their nanos, but I haven’t downloaded audio books before. I would be so grateful to try this series and provide quality entertainment in addition to their work.

  108. Samantha Cook says:

    I have also “liked” Sparkle Stories.

  109. We love to listen to Sparkle Stories! We had a month subscription with one of your promotions a while ago, we have some of the stories on CD and listen on our computer. The girls just love them and could listen to the same stories over and over! We would love to win, Martin and Sylvia is our favorite!
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  110. I like Sparkle Stories on FB!
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  111. We love listening to audio books! One of our favorites in Peter Pan.
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  112. Also just liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook… would love to win this!!
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  113. We have yet to try audio stories…but i have run across the ‘Sparkle Stories’ name several times now…maybe it’s time we try them!!!

  114. My girls have listened to Sparkle Stories at a friend’s house and love it. We have yet to subscribe, but love the occasional free story they have!

  115. We have never listened to online stories other than a few from the Barnes and Noble site. Would love to win this for my 3 kids. Thanks for the offer!

  116. Thanks for this opportunity! We have just recently dived into the world of audio books and I love it. It helps replace the asking for more media time. And I get some extra quiet time in the AM! Yippee.

  117. We haven’t done many audio books yet but my kids are ready for them now I think. I would love to give sparkle stories a try!

  118. I “like” sparkle stories on Facebook
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  119. My kids have not found an audio book they enjoy yet, still trying…

  120. Laura Floersheim says:

    liked on FB and we downloaded the free story to listen too. We haven’t done audio books before and I think it will be a lot fun for us.

  121. We have never really done audio stories but tried out a Sparkle story and my son loved it. He sat engrossed the entire time and was sad when it ended.

  122. I love Martin and Sylvia—perhaps more than my children!

  123. We are just venturing into the world of audio stories. This week we listened to two Veggie Tales stories and my kids loved them! thanks for the giveaway! Would love to try Sparkle Stories!

  124. I like Sparkle Stories on FB!

  125. My daughters are just starting to get into audiobooks and I am sure Sparkle Stories would be a hit with them. Currently they are enjoying a cd with a collection of Arthur stories.

  126. Thanks for this great giveaway .. hope to win this because my son loves to listen to audio stories — we check them all the time from library (The Narnia series, or other boy related stories or classics that is available on CD), Adventure in Odyssey, and other Focus on the Family Theater productions.

  127. We enjoy listening to The Story of the World audio stories, and would love to add Sparkle Stories to our reading time, too.

  128. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  129. We have enjoyed the Sparkle Stories that we have listened to, but do not have a subscription yet, so we would love to win! Our family loves audio books. Some favorites are Lamplighter Theatre and Focus on the Family’s Radio Theatre Dramas.

  130. Our family’s doesn’t currently listen to audiobooks, but we just began homeschooling and are anxious to jump into the audiobook world. These stories seem like a great place to start!
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  131. Our family loves audio books, especially Focus on the Family’s Radio Dramas and Lamplighter Theatre books. We have also enjoyed the Sparkle stories that we have listened to and would love to win a subscription.

  132. We like to listen to audio books in the car. We have listened to the “Tale of Despereaux” and “Paddington.” We checked them out from our local library :)

  133. *liked!*

  134. We do not listen to any audio stories at this time, but we’d love to give this a try!! I hope we win! :)
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    • We listen to stories by Jim Weiss a lot and the kids love listening to stories at bedtime and while riding in the car. I will also post on facebook. Thanks!

  135. We haven’t really gotten into listening to audiobooks yet, but I had just been thinking about seeing what the library has the other day. This would be wonderful!

  136. We don’t, but I like this idea

  137. Jennifer Lynn says:

    We have not listened to any audio stories before, but this sounds wonderful! Sparkle Stories will definitely have to be added!

  138. I like Sparkle Stories on FB, thanks!

  139. I love sparkle stories! such good, wholesome entertainment!

  140. Jodi Nairz says:

    I have a daughter who is 5 and we love to listen to audio stories. Her favorite is the Mrs. Piggly Wiggle stories. We try to check CD’s out from the library but we have a hard time finding longer stories that are appropriate for her age. We would absolutely LOVE to win this!!

  141. oh, and i totally liked them on facebook! thanks for the chance at a little extra joy and happiness!

  142. Jodi Nairz says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  143. We have’t listened to audio books before, however I love that you use them after dinner, our home is usually craziest about that time. That is a great idea!

  144. We borrowed a couple from the library when C was younger, perhaps too young. And we have the Jesus Storybook Bible Audio book which she loves. She is a visual learner, but she loves to be read to. I am excited about the opportunity to develop her ‘listening skills.’ Thanks! :)

  145. We LOVE Sparkle Stories!

  146. Heather k. M says:

    My boys would love to win this. We have listened to books on cd’s in the car and in home, they love it. Thank you!

  147. So far we have listened to Winnie the Pooh and the Martin Waddell little bear stories, both are nice. I have been wanting to try Sparkle Stories for a while now, think my son is the right age for it now, fingers crossed!!

  148. Heather k. M says:

    Liked Sparkle Stories on FB :)

  149. My son loved the nutcracker story (from Sparkle Stories) at Christmas. I think he listened to it while laying on the couch playing with legos about three times in a row. That NEVER happens. :)

  150. We are using audio books more and more around here – love the free Thorton Burgess books via Librivox. Heard so much good about Sparkle Stories – would love to try them!

  151. Liked Sparkle Stories on FB.
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  152. We love audio books!! Our favorites are those stories recorded by Jim Weiss. Also The Tale of Despereaux.

  153. I homeschool my 3 kiddos, and we have yet to use any audio stories! It would be so nice to try for car rides or bedtimes, especially when I could use a break from reading aloud! :) This series sounds great.

  154. I “liked” on Facebook.

  155. I have already liked Sparkle Stories on facebook. We love Sparkle stories, and would love a chance to hear some more. They have entertained our kids (3 and 5) for a long car ride (18 hours!), and their favorite is the Willowbee Tree

  156. Liked on Fb. Never listened to audio books. Just ran into this page. How awesome! We would love to start.

  157. Our family enjoys the Jim Weiss CDs on a regular basis. We have considered Sparkle Stories for a long time and would love a chance to win!

  158. I like Sparkle Stories on FB.

  159. Emily Stapley says:

    Yesterday at the library, my 11 year old plopped a tall stack of audio book cases onto the table next to me, “There! That should last me a week.” We love them! Also ‘Playaways’ are gaining in popularity in my household.

  160. Oour family loves audiobooks!! My oldest has spent a lot of time listening to favourite stories (many many hosr!) and my younger two love both audiobooks and online stories like Sparkle Stories/ BBC Audio podcasts/Storynory. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  161. We like Sparkle Stories on FB

  162. Emily Stapley says:

    Family liked Sparkle Stories on FB. Looks wonderful!

  163. Shelly Smith says:

    I like “sparkle stories” on FB!

  164. Shelly Smith says:

    Last audio we listened to was a Veggie Tales CD that we got from chick-fil-a in a kids’ meal! :) Would love to win this giveaway!

  165. Bronwyn Bulwer says:

    We have never used audio stories before, I didnt know about Sparkle stories either but will definitely use them with my two boys, especially great that they are about homeschooled children! Thanks Jaimie!

  166. Bronwyn Bulwer says:

    I have liked Sparkle Stories on FB.

  167. We LOVE audio books! My kids really have enjoyed the Sugar Creek Gang, Anne of Green Gables, and we’re currently listening to The Wizard of Oz. We like to listen in the car while we’re out and about. :)

  168. And I ‘like’ sparkle stories on facebook. :)
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  169. Heather Y. says:

    We actually do not listen to audio stories as a family (aside from long car trips), but would like to give it a try.

  170. Heather Y. says:

    I just “liked” Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  171. The audiobooks we’ve listened to so far have been picture books (The Three Kittens, Cat in the Hat, etc.) with an audio version of the story from the library. The Sparkle Stories have sounded great to us since we first heard about them a few months ago. I’ve added a subscription to the story series to my daughter’s birthday list. :)

  172. I already “liked” Sparkle Stories on FB. :)

  173. Our family loves to listen to Adventures in Odyssey and the Sugar Creek Gang!
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  174. We have enjoyed the few free Sparkle stories we’ve listened to and we have a lot of the traditional fairy tales on CD’s as well as some Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch. We love Robert Munsch!

  175. My 5yo listens to old radio shows every night before bed. Right now, it’s the 1930s “Cinnamon Bear,” a family favorite!

  176. Hi again! Just liked Sparkle Stories on FB. :-)

  177. Virginia Javurek says:

    We are trying Sparkle stories for the first time thanks to your recommendation. My ten year old , who once went to a Waldorf school that moved away, loves it. We listen to them together over and over. Thank you for bringing them to our attention. We really appreciate the author and his wife.

  178. We love sparkle stories.., its my sons favorite

  179. I liked them on Fb too

  180. We currently love listening to The Chronicles of Narnia each night!

  181. Liked on Facebook also (:

  182. We have not done any audio stories at home but my oldest at 3.5 yo is ready, i feel. I have heard many wonderful reviews of Sparkle Stories and would love to try them out!

  183. Rebekah Labell says:

    We just listened to a sample Sparkle Story yesterday and would love to win! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  184. Rebekah Labell says:

    Also, I like SS on Facebook. :)

  185. Nettie Black says:

    We LOVE Sparkle Stories! Martin and Sylvia are our 5 year old daughter’s absolute favorite. Our subscription ran out last month, so what a lovely giveaway. Thanks!

  186. We love audio books! My 4 year old listens to one every day while her brother naps. And my husband and I like to listen together in the evening while getting things done, instead of sitting in front of the TV. One that we all like is Little House in the Big Woods.

  187. Fun giveaway! We like to listen to The Know Fairy by Bobbie Hinman.

  188. We like listening to Lamplighter audio books as well as the Uncle Rick series from The Learning Parent. I have never heard a Sparkle Story, but it sounds like much fun!

  189. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  190. We haven’t listened to any for a while, but we’ve enjoyed Treasure Island, Ichabod Crane, and a couple from a series whose name I can’t recall right now-historical fiction written from a child’s perspective regarding certain eras in time.
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  191. Have been wanting to try our sparkle stories. Thank you!

  192. We’ve listened to Adventures in Odyssey and are dabbling more with the world of audio stories. My girls would love listening to these stories before bedtime.

  193. We are currently listening to Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. We live 40 minutes from town so we get in some good listening time in the car and after our lessons are done at home.

  194. We don’t currently listen to audio stories but I’ve been wanting to start so my 4-year-old son will have a calming transition into bedtime. He loves when I tell him stories but I’m not creative enough to keep up with his imagination! I downloaded a sample Martin and Sylvia story and loved it, so I would be thrilled to win this giveaway.
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  195. We love audio books on DVD. Our favorite recently have been Jonathan Parks, Laura Ingalls Wilder (got us through the flu) and Frindle!
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  196. We listen to audiobooks on road trips. James and the Giant Peach read by Jeremy Irons was fantastic. I also have our history book on CD (Story of the World) and it comes in handy on the way to fieldtrips, when my throat gets sore, or just when I’d like to eat lunch without reading aloud between bites.

  197. Renee Boring says:

    We have a big hand-me-down collection of books on tape with the story books. My oldest is enjoying turning the pages with the beep. We also have an Adventures in Odyssey tape which she listens to and enjoys.

  198. We just received a CD as a hand-me-down of faerie tales, and my 4-year-old daughter loves them, especially Sleeping Beauty. They aren’t scary, but they are vivid and very well-read. I think my daughters would really enjoy Sparkle Stories.
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  199. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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  200. Jennifer Anderson says:

    We’ve never listened to audio stories but would love to!

  201. Jennifer Anderson says:

    I have liked on FB

  202. I have sons ages 4 & 7 and some favorite audio stories are from the Adventure in Odyssey series called The Imagination Station. We have some free downloads from Sparkle Stories that my sons like to listen to during breakfast. On long car trips, we bring along audio books such as The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales by Usborne.
    My 2 little homeschoolers would probably find kindred spirits in Martin and Sylvia!

  203. We have liked Sparkle Stories fb page for some time :)

  204. We don’t regularly listen to any programs at present. I vaguely remember a program on our Christian radio station but my son was too young to understand the story at that time. Now he is 4.5 and we are starting home schooling so I am keen to get some fun resources for all kinds of learning :0)

  205. We listen to audio books all the time, we have been looking into sparkle stories and are so excited about the free trail.

  206. just liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  207. We love audiobooks! My son is working his way through the Beverly Cleary books lately.

  208. Faye E. Hunt says:

    The only audio stories we’ve listened to are ones that have come with picture books. We are now into the Magic Treehouse Series and we’d likely enjoy hearing those on tape as our friends have recommended. Having the opportunity to listen to Sparkle Stories would be a great addition to our family’s daily reading routines. Thank you for this chance.

  209. Angela in MT says:

    My family LOVES audiobooks. Probably their all time favorite is James and the Giant Peach. They also really love Little Men.

  210. nopinkhere says:

    We don’t really listen to audiobooks very often. We have listened to some of the Rabbit Tales Listening library CDs we’ve gotten from the library in the car

  211. We’re new to audio books but just started to listen to the Jesus Storybook Bible and really enjoying it! Would love to try Sparkle Stories as my eldest (4.5 years) is starting to appreciate audio stories now, thanks for the opportunity!

  212. Just liked Sparkle Stories on FB too! :)

  213. My kids love to listen to audio stories! Their favorites are Adventures in Odyssey, but they also enjoy a few audio Veggie Tales, Classical Kids and Story of the World. I think they would love Sparkle Stories.

  214. We go in fits and spurts in listening to audiobooks. We have listened to many of the American girl stories (Felicity, Julie, Kaya, Kit Kittredge, Samanatha, Kiersten, Rebecca), which have been a lot of fun. Other ones that come to mind that have been good are the One of a Kind Family series, The Candymakers (really loved this one), and Pollyanna. Would enjoy trying the Sparkly Stories!

  215. We haven’t listened as a family to audio stories, but it would be a really fun activity for us all!

  216. I ‘liked’ Sparkle Stories on Facebook! :)

  217. I was just thinking of Sparkle Stories last night; I was hoping to fit it in our budget for this year!

  218. Like on FB

  219. We love audio books and the Veggie Tales audio show on the radio :) My daughter is sick with a fever today and spend the day curled up in bed listing to Little House on the Prairie which is a current fav. We also loved Charlotte’s Web. We will have to check out these Sparkle Stories!

  220. We haven’t listened to any audio stories like this, but I’m sure my daughter would love them! We have a few books that came with an audio version and she loves listening to those as she looks at the books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  221. We enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia and A George Macdonald book (Day Boy and the Night Girl) last summer during our travels! We’ve also listened to A Wrinkle in Time. :) We travel alot during the summer to different conferences with my husband so we use this time to listen to great stories!! The kids love it!
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  222. I liked on Facebook! :)
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  223. We LOVE Adventures in Odyssey! I started listening to them as a child and haven’t stopped. :-) We’d love to give Sparkle Stories a try!

  224. I would love to win this! Liked on FB as well!

  225. We do miss M&S and would love the opportunity to get jumpstarted back with Sparkle Stories!

  226. We’ve never listened to audio stories before (but would love to)! My 5 yr old daughter would really enjoy these, I think. :)
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  227. Liked them on fb. :)
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  228. Carrie David says:

    My kids (all three of them!) are 2 1/2 and we haven’t really started listening to audiobooks yet. But this sounds like a terrific way to start!

  229. we love audiobooks–in the van, at night before bed–my kids love the junkyard tales–and we would love to listen to Martin and Sylvia (we haven’t tried them yet)

  230. We love audio books and listen to many. Right now our favorite is a Beatrix Potter collection!

  231. I just “liked” Sparkle Stories on facebook! :)

  232. Michelle S. says:

    Like you on FB!

  233. Michelle S. says:

    We don’t listen to audio books, but I’m going to checkout some at our library soon!

  234. We haven’t listened to any Sparkle Stories yet, but a subscription has been on our wish list the last two Christmases. What a fantastic giveaway.

  235. I like both on FB :)

  236. Also just liked SS on FB.

  237. Bernadette says:

    We do not listen to audio books very often, but my sons did love listening to The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary last year. I am intrigued by the Sparkle Stories!

  238. Nope, we haven’t tried audio books yet. We’ve done Storyline Online and the kids love it. Would love to try Sparkle Stories!

  239. Just liked Sparkle Stories on fb! :)
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  240. Never tried audio books, but sounds great!

  241. Just started listening to audio books— so far, so fun!!

  242. I ****liked****** Sparkle Stories on FB!

  243. Meaghan Ellis says:

    I grew up listening to adventures in odyssey, and audio books- I have been searching for radio-theatre and we have listened to a sample sparkle story and my two girls loved it!!

  244. Meaghan Ellis says:

    Liked sparkle stories on Facebook!!

  245. Just liked Sparkle Stories on FB too!
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  246. We haven’t had any audio books yet that we listen to, the kids are 7, 5, and 2. Our one audio player broke so it has been hard to find a way to listen to them. I\’d love to try this out and am going to be sure to check out Sparkle Stories! :)

  247. We haven’t listened to many audio books – just a few from the library. I have heard of Sparkle Stories and would love to give it a try! I’m excited to share the Junkyard Tales free story with my kids!

  248. We haven’t listened to audio stories yet, but we would love to.

  249. I like Sparkle Stories on FB.

  250. We’ve really enjoyed Jim Weiss’ stories- our most recent fave is the Sherlock Holmes for Children stories.
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  251. I love the idea of sparkle stories! I only have stories on tapes and no longer have a tape player. It’s time to update my audio books!

  252. Our favorite audio stories were always Adventures in Odyssey. :)

  253. Emily Prater says:

    We love audio books, and our favorite was the Tale of Despereaux.

  254. Jenna Sorensen says:

    I’ve “liked” sparkle stories on Facebook! Crossing my fingers now:)

  255. We like Adventures in Odyssey here & also Down Gilead Lane.

  256. Shaunta Chambers says:

    My littles are still learning the skill of listening to audiobooks. We have tried The Jesus Storybook Bible.

  257. I “Like” Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  258. Laura Aiuto says:

    We’re just starting to listen to stories. Currently, I’ve just read stories that we know and love and put them onto a playlist for my daughter to listen to, which she loves. I think that she’d love these sparkle stories!

  259. Laura Aiuto says:

    I “like” Sparkle Stories on FB!

  260. Bridget Stevens says:

    The children are captivated by the Original Winnie the Pooh stories on audio right now. They’ve listened to them all the way through several times over!!

  261. We love audio books and regularly check them out at the library. We also enjoy Adventures in Odyssey.

  262. I also liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  263. Oh Sparkle Stories sound fantastic!! We’ve been listening to Alice in Wonderland, and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which we got via Lit2Go on iTunesU :)
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  264. Already a “liker” of Sparkle Stories on facebook too!
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  265. We have a few cassette tapes of stories at home and have checked out some from the library, but I’m still searching for something that will ‘click’ for my little girls. I’m excited about the idea of Sparkle Stories!

  266. I ‘liked’ Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  267. My boys are 2 and 4. We love Winnie the Pooh read by Peter Dennis and James Herriots Treasury for Children.

  268. I am a retired elementay school teacher with about 200 books and cassettes. My granddaughters are almost old enough to sit and listen to them. I have never heard Sparkle Stories and they sound wonderful. Hope we win.

  269. I have never heard of Sparkle Stories but they sound wonderful. We listen to a lot of music (Peter and the Wolf is a favorite) but have not really done much with audio books. Looks like we should start!

  270. Liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  271. We listen to StoryNory and would LOVE to add this series to our listening! Meal times and/or pre-dinner times are smoother with a good story to calm our minds.

  272. My boys really enjoy audio stories especially those from Sparkle Stories. They enjoy the sweet innocent tales infused with classic morals of family and the goodness of life. Hope they get to enjoy the six months’ subscription!

  273. I “liked” Sparkled Stories on Facebook.

  274. We listen to a lot of audio stories in the car. Our favorites are a collection of Roald Dahl’s stories read by British theatre stars! They are amazing and we have listened to them all several times.

  275. We’ve listened to a couple sparkle stories and they are great. I’d like to start listening to more audio books though
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  276. My son and I both love audio books. I’d have to say my favorites are anything by Sophie Kinsella and the Outlander series. My son’s current favorites are the Jazz Fly books.