Weekend giveaway: Sparkle Stories


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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 like audiobooks from the library.

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

  3. 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.
    Marci’s latest post: Merry Christmas 2012

  4. I like them on Facebook. My fb name is Iamsaving Haha.

  5. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
    Marci’s latest post: Merry Christmas 2012

  6. Tandra peters says:

    I LIkED on FB 😉

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. Jolene in Michigan says:

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

  11. mara maxwell says:

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

  12. mara maxwell says:

    Liked the FB page 😉

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!

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

  16. 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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  17. We have been listening to Story of the World and the kids love it.

  18. we do not currently listen to audiobooks.

  19. Also “liked” Sparkle stories on FB.

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

  21. 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.

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

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

  24. Lawana Gray says:

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

  25. Lawana Gray says:

    I like Sparkle Stories on FB.

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

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

  28. Liked on FB

  29. 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!
    Amy @ Hope Is the Word’s latest post: A Day in Our Life–January 31, 2013

  30. 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!

  31. 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.
    Liefs Christel
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  32. 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.

  33. Margo Frantz says:

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

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

  35. 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!

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

  37. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB.

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

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

  41. 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!

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

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

  44. I also liked on Facebook for another entry

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

  46. 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.

  47. I like Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  48. 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.

  49. 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

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