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 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. I “liked” on Facebook.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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!

  9. I like Sparkle Stories on FB.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. We like Sparkle Stories on FB

  13. Emily Stapley says:

    Family liked Sparkle Stories on FB. Looks wonderful!

  14. Shelly Smith says:

    I like “sparkle stories” on FB!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. Bronwyn Bulwer says:

    I have liked Sparkle Stories on FB.

  18. 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. :)

  19. And I ‘like’ sparkle stories on facebook. :)
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  20. 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.

  21. Heather Y. says:

    I just “liked” Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  22. 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. :)

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

  24. Our family loves to listen to Adventures in Odyssey and the Sugar Creek Gang!
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  25. 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!

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

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. I liked them on Fb too

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

  32. Liked on Facebook also (:

  33. 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!

  34. Rebekah Labell says:

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

  35. Rebekah Labell says:

    Also, I like SS on Facebook. :)

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

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

  39. 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!

  40. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  41. 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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  42. Have been wanting to try our sparkle stories. Thank you!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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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  50. I liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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