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. 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.

  2. 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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  3. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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  4. would love this. liked their page on facebook.

  5. Star Alderman says:

    I “like” Sparkle Stories on FB.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Samantha Cook says:

    I have also “liked” Sparkle Stories.

  9. 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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  10. I like Sparkle Stories on FB!
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  11. We love listening to audio books! One of our favorites in Peter Pan.
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  12. Also just liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook… would love to win this!!
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  13. 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!!!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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!

  24. I like Sparkle Stories on FB!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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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  31. 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.

  32. 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 :)

  33. *liked!*

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. We don’t, but I like this idea

  37. Jennifer Lynn says:

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

  38. I like Sparkle Stories on FB, thanks!

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

  40. 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!!

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

  42. Jodi Nairz says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  43. 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!

  44. 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! :)

  45. We LOVE Sparkle Stories!

  46. 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!

  47. 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!!

  48. Heather k. M says:

    Liked Sparkle Stories on FB :)

  49. 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. :)