I was sent a SparkUp Magic Book Reader in order to facilitate this review. I was also compensated to write this review, however all opinions remain my own.
When my kids were little, all we did was read. Their favorite past time would be to visit our library, load our bag up with books for the weeks ahead and then head home to pile up on my bed and get lost in a book. Those were some of my all time favorite memories. Some of those books I had to read numerous times. There were days that I wished I would have had another voice available to read for me — simply because I was exhausted.
I wish I would have had a SparkUp Magic Book Reader when they were small.
When I first got this little book reader in the mail, I was so curious, I immediately pulled it out of the box. Inside the box were two books — Shrek and Tiki Tiki Tembo. I grabbed the Tiki Tiki Tembo book and put it together with the reader because I just had to see this little magical book reader work.
I checked out all the features on the SparkUp. I was watching it as it was reading the covers and the pages and I loved how animated the voice was. As a child, I could not stand when a teacher read a book and she never made the voices of the characters, so to hear that being done with the SparkUp made me happy.
I also love that with this tool, you can download lots of other books, but you can also record your very own voice so that if you are not around, you can still read to your child.
Why SparkUp Was Created
Sparkup was invented to imbue the story time experience with another dimension of fun, creativity and interactivity. It is meant to keep families connected during story time even when they physically can’t be together in the same place.Picture Grandma Betty who flies up from Florida to visit her grandson Jimmy in NYC. She records a few books together with him onto his new Sparkup, so he can listen to her voice as she reads his favorite books even after she returns to Florida.Or imagine a family of 5 dressing up and each reading a different character in their favorite Disney book. They can record the performance, and have it as a keepsake for years to come.We in no way, shape or form view or endorse the Sparkup Magical Book Reader as a substitute for real parent-child interaction during story time before bed. As proud parents ourselves, we know just how important those magical moments before bed can be, where after a long day, kids and their parents have a chance to bond over a story.And don’t forget – bedtime isn’t the only time for stories! With Sparkup, kids can chose their favorite books and attach Sparkup by themselves at any point in the day (or night!). Sparkup encourages independent reading and literacy building.