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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sparkup Magical Book Reader


   Disclosure: The items in this post were given for review purposes only; all opinions expressed are completely honest and 100% my own.

I am and have always been an avid reader. I love reading wanted to share that love of learning with my children as well. They love sitting down to hear new stories and meet new characters, so I knew thee Sparkup Book Reader would be perfect for us. I thought it would be an fun way to make memories, while building their love of learning.


The Sparkup Book Reader is a very cool innovative reading device that clips onto the back any picture book and reads it aloud. Our reader came with two books; Shrek & Tikki Tikki Tembo. The books came pre-recorded, but I love that I could re-record the books in my voice to make it personal to my kids. It can store up to 50 books (or 250 minutes of audio), which I love.

The Sparkup reader also comes with a USB cord. The USB lets you download pre-recorded books from the Sparkup website or upload what you’ve recorded to your computer. Once you’ve uploaded the books you’ve recorded, they can be sent via email. This is an amazing feature for sending your parents books being read by your child. Great keepsake material right there! :)


Sparkup has a tiny camera attached to the front. It captures a picture of the front cover and each individual page then stores it in it’s memory. Each time that book is connected after it’s recorded- the Sparkup automatically starts reading the book. I love that it doesn’t read too fast or too slow-it follows their lead, reading as they turn the pages. It will even read pages out of order which is pretty amazing!

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I had never heard of the Sparkup reader until recently. It immediately caught my eye. It teaches and encourages kids comprehensive reading skills, growing confident in reading independently. Aidan (7) has been doing an amazing job at reading this year, while Adisyn (5) is just beginning to learn. He started A.R. (Accelerated Reading) in his 2nd grade class. This is where they quiz the kids on what they’ve learned from the books they’ve read.

I love that I can record his A.R. books and he can re-read them as many times as he needs/wants to. Memorization and repetition, as well as interaction is what helps kids remember what they’ve been reading. We read it together a couple of times, while I ask him “what are they doing?”, “What did he do wrong?” Stuff like that (depending on the story).. Then I record it and let him re-play it.

My kids can now pick up a book from their “Spark-up” collection and read by themselves. They can sit in their “reading corner” and enjoy their books whenever they wish. It made my kids love reading even more, because it brings life and interaction into their books. It helps build their imagination and reading comprehension, while also helping build their confidence. We will definitely be adding more books to our collection!

Story time together as a family is magical. We can now take turns recording different character voices and our own sound-effects to any book. They can then go back and listen to themselves reading, which they love. Or we can download professionally recorded stories, complete with sound effects, directly from the Sparkup website.

If you have a child learning how to read or just want to give them something to help them learn, this would be a perfect gift!


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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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