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’ve really enjoyed Jim Weiss’ stories- our most recent fave is the Sherlock Holmes for Children stories.
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  2. 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!

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

  4. Emily Prater says:

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

  5. Jenna Sorensen says:

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

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

  7. Shaunta Chambers says:

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

  8. I “Like” Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  9. 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!

  10. Laura Aiuto says:

    I “like” Sparkle Stories on FB!

  11. 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!!

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

  13. I also liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  14. 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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  15. Already a “liker” of Sparkle Stories on facebook too!
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  16. 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!

  17. I ‘liked’ Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Liked Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. I “liked” Sparkled Stories on Facebook.

  25. 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.

  26. 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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  27. 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.