Due to the nature of my job, I have to travel fairly often and while I am sometimes able to take my boys with me, other times I have to leave them with family while I’m away. I know that they have a great time while I’m gone, but I also know they miss some of the routines we have established. In fact, one of the boys’ favourite activities, reading a bedtime story together, is something that I miss almost as much as they do!
Whether you’re a parent that often has to travel or you just sometimes find yourself too busy to answer a little one’s request to “read this book again,” a new device has an innovative way to let your children enjoy a special story time when you can’t be there. The Sparkup Magical Book Reader is an innovative recording device that lets parents record a child’s favourite book so that the child can enjoy it whenever he likes! I received a Sparkup Magical Book Reader to test out and I couldn’t wait to get started.
The Sparkup was incredibly simple to use. I simply clipped it onto the back cover of a book, pressed the record button, and read the title of the book out loud. Then I pressed the middle button to stop the recording. I turned the page and repeated the steps until the book was done. Just like that, the Sparkup was now able to recognize the book when it was placed in the reader, thanks to a cleverly placed camera that scanned each page of the book as I was reading. In fact, if kids skip a few pages of the book, the Sparkup Magical Book Reader recognizes that and skips to the correct page as well!
I recorded a few the boys’ favourite books on the Sparkup Magical Book Reader including some Franklin and Berenstain Bears books. Seeing how the reader was able to instantly recognize which book was in the Sparkup was rather amazing, and the device has the ability to store up to fifty books! For even more fun, the Sparkup Magical Book Reader can be connected to a computer so families can download professionally recorded stories complete with sound effects!
Sparkup wants to help you encourage your child’s love of reading, so the company is very generously offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader their own Sparkup Magical Book Reader and two bonus books, an $80 value! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about your child’s favourite book. And if you just can’t wait to get yours, right now you can take advantage of a great Black Friday sale and get the Sparkup Magical Book Reader and bonus picture books for just $30! This deal won’t last long, so don’t miss out!
I absolutely love the concept of the Sparkup Magical Book Reader, so the next time I have to leave for a few days, I’ll be recording a different book for my boys to enjoy at bedtime each night until I get home. And when their favourite loved ones come to visit, I’ll be asking them to record a few books as well! My boys love having their “Nan” read stories to them, but they don’t get to see her very often. With the Sparkup, now they’ll still be able to enjoy her reading even when she’s not here! Find the Sparkup Magical Book Reader at select retailers including Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo, and let your child enjoy listening to their favourite stories read out loud by you as often as they like!