I received a Sparkup Reader in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
I cannot imagine my life without books. There have been so many that have inspired me, comforted me and taken me to places I would have never imagined on my own. The gift of reading is one of the greatest things and I want to make certain all of my children experience reading first hand.
Reading is time travel for the mind, an introduction to friends, a guide for learning, enjoyment, and more. Young reader do better in school. I remember Jake learning to read well playing video games. For more than 25 years, my parenting must-do has been to have my children read for 20 minutes every day. It has been the minimum expectation.
Miss M reminds me of our enthusiasm for Junie B. Jones. She tells it like this, “Mom, remember when I was in first grade and every night after bathtime, we’d get in our pajamas and snuggle together while you read to us Junie B. Jones? Remember how you’d tell us we were reading only one chapter and then you HAD to know what happened next and before long we had finished the book and you said, “we’ll have to get a new Junie B Jones book before bedtime tomorrow”?”
It hasn’t always been a task my children took well. Take last year when Li’l Man came home after a library book with a book. He retreated to his room and emerged before dinner exclaiming how much he LOVED this book. This was the routine for several days. And then one day, dare I admit, I asked, “What’s your book about?”
He sold it to me…a plot, amazing characters, and all the enthusiasm of a kiddo who embraced reading.
He sold it so well that I picked it up and read a couple of chapters, then started a conversation with my son. It was here that I realized, my child had deceived me. He hadn’t read the book.
Reading hasn’t changed much since its invention. Not until now. Introducing Sparkup, the magical book reader. It knows tricks Houdini could only dream of! Using a camera-sensing technology, Sparkup scans the page and allows the user to record a brief sound file. When that page is opened again, Sparkup recognizes it and replays the recorded sound file.
What’s Included with the Magic Reader:
Sparkup comes with everything needed to get started:
- The Sparkup
- USB Cable
- Sample Book
- Instruction Booklet
- Preloaded with 3 AA batteries
- 256MB of memory
Sparkup with yeild about 30 hours of playback time for each batteries cycle.
Sparkup will learn about 50 books with its current memory and store approximately four hours of audio. Use the USB cable to connect the device to your computer to save files and download new ones.
How the Magic Reader Works:
I found using Sparkup to be easy. Attach the Sparkup Magic Reader to the rear cover of the book, or reading material, press and hold the record key. When I heard the tone, I started reading out loud. It was painless, just reading a book out loud and remembering to press the center button after reading each page.
Here’s a video of Sparkup in action…
To work Sparkup, you’ll need good lighting. My kiddos tried to trick it by skipping a page here and there, but Sparkup was wise to their shenanigans and skipped the page too.
Once we knew how to work Sparkup, the fun really started. My kiddos are working on doing different character voices and adding fun sound effects and voices to their favorite books.
They are also planning on writing and illustrating their own book over Winter break and reading it to Sparkup. they’re picking out a notebook and deciding on their theme and characters. I’m excited to have their book come to life with Sparkup. It’s imagination elevated!
If you don’t like your voice, you can visit sparkupreader.com and select professionally recorded stories complete with sound effects and music. These books are available through their website ranging in price from $9.99 to $19.96
The Sparkup Magical Book Reader is available for purchase at sparkupreader.com for $59.99.
For me, there is no greater gift than reading. Gift someone you love this season with the Sparkup Magical Reader and make their love of books something to last a lifetime.