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A home for Sparkle audio stories, crafts, recipes, and kind words!

Storybox Playlist: Stories from the Windward
September 23, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: Stories from the Windward

This week we are presenting a fresh set of Windward Ho! stories and looking for Fiona, the lost shipmate. You'll get to know her a bit more in tomorrow's blog post, but for now, come explore the five books of the Windward Ho! collection.

friday's kind words
September 20, 2019
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friday's kind words

Thanks so much for an amazing, screen-free, gentle product. ~Kristen

Martin & Sylvia Paper Dolls!
September 18, 2019
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Martin & Sylvia Paper Dolls!

Today we are excited to announce the release of the Martin & Sylvia printable paper dolls.

sparkle kitchen: Breakfast with Martin & Sylvia
September 18, 2019
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sparkle kitchen: Breakfast with Martin & Sylvia

This week we've been highlighting the Martin & Sylvia series and today I present you with four beautiful and "so so so good" breakfast recipes taken from the Martin & Sylvia stories. All of these recipes are very healthy and easy to make. So come have breakfast with our favorite brother and sister duo.

Meet Martin & Sylvia!
September 17, 2019
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Meet Martin & Sylvia!

We've gathered some fun facts about Martin and Sylvia to help your get to know them a little better.

Storybox Playlist: The Very Best of Martin & Sylvia
September 16, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: The Very Best of Martin & Sylvia

This week we've put together a double playlist, one featuring Martin and the other Sylvia. Most stories have both brother and sister in them, but the playlists below specifically feature either Martin or Sylvia as the main character.

friday's kind words
September 13, 2019
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friday's kind words

I absolutely LOVE Sparkle Stories for my son. We started listening when he was 4½. His favorite series is Junkyard Tales ~Lisa

sparkle crafts: paper animal ears
September 12, 2019
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sparkle crafts: paper animal ears

There was a time when the wearing of paper animal ears was a very, very popular activity at our house.

sparkle kitchen: tuna cakes
September 11, 2019
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sparkle kitchen: tuna cakes

Tuna cakes are our family’s ordinary-day substitute for fancy crab cakes. A can of tuna and an egg or two are pretty non-negotiable, but you can customize the rest depending on what you can scavenge from your own junkyard…er, refrigerator.

Meet Ben Thompson!
September 10, 2019
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Meet Ben Thompson!

The adventures of Ben Thompson are often at the center of the Junkyard Tales stories. A clever and world-savvy cat, he is friend to all in the Junkyard. He is always ready to share an adventure or pull together a group for some community fun.

Storybox Playlist: Stories of Ben Thompson the Junkyard Cat
September 9, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: Stories of Ben Thompson the Junkyard Cat

This week we meet Ben Thompson! If you haven't met Ben, he's the Junkyard cat. He is kind and mindful of what others need. He's adventurous and cautious at the same time. In this playlist, we get to know him better and we get to see just what kind of awesome cat he is.

friday's kind words
September 6, 2019
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friday's kind words

I am so impressed with the elegant simplicity, depth and richness of the Libby & Dish story, "Threesome" I enjoyed last night. ~Susan

sparkle craft: easy cat wand
September 5, 2019
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sparkle craft: easy cat wand

This week's craft project is an easy-to-make cat toy. These “cat wands” use around-the-house materials and are simple enough to whip up in just a few minutes. Don't let their simplicity fool you, though — they'll be good for weeks of fun for you and your best feline friend.

sparkle kitchen: pastelitos
September 4, 2019
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sparkle kitchen: pastelitos

As Mr. Cortez says in the story, pastelitos hail from Cuba. A cousin to an empanada, they are made by enfolding sweet guava paste and cheese into fluffy pillows of puff pastry. These warm pockets of gooey goodness make a wonderful midday snack or dessert.

Libby & Dish Paper Dolls!
September 3, 2019
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Libby & Dish Paper Dolls!

Do your kids love coloring? Do they love the Libby & Dish series? Well now your kids can play along as they listen with the Libby & Dish paper dolls.

Meet Libby!
September 3, 2019
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Meet Libby!

This is Libby. She is a fantastic kid whom we know you'll love. Through her stories, she teaches us all about big feelings and how to navigate them. Below are some things we thought would be helpful as you get to know her better.

Storybox Playlist: Stories About Libby
September 2, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: Stories About Libby

This month we are exploring one character from a different series each week, and this week is all about Libby from Libby & Dish.

friday's kind words
August 30, 2019
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friday's kind words

I wanted to say thank-you for the wonderful stories your team produces. [My son] has been a long-term listener to the podcast, loving the “Martin & Sylvia” series. His favorite story in the past has been the Nutcracker. ~ Gabe & Timothy

The Benefits of Reading Aloud
August 29, 2019
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The Benefits of Reading Aloud

This week at Sparkle HQ, we’re celebrating books. We love how many ways you can tell a story — reading aloud is one of those awesome forms of story-telling. Read on for all of its magical benefits.

Sparkle Team's Favorite Reads for Kids
August 28, 2019
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Sparkle Team's Favorite Reads for Kids

We've compiled a list of books that our Sparkle team has read to their children or that their children are reading. It's broken down into three age brackets to help you decide what books might be work best for your family — but don't hesitate to break free of the mold if you'd like!

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