It’s not very often that I find a product that is really cool, that I recommend to my friends, that I like, that the kids like, and that everybody I mention it to wants to check out. That pretty much describes the Sparkup Reader to a tee.
What is the Sparkup Reader? It allows parents (grandparents, friends…anybody!) to create personalized audio recordings of any illustrated children’s book in the world. Really! Now what’s so cool about this is that the kids can listen, read along and feel connected to the person who is reading the book…even if that person isn’t there.
It helps children to practice their reading skills while also providing the emotional connection of a loved one’s voice.
So how does the Sparkup Reader work? You attach it to the top of a book and and it records the reader’s voice while tracking each page with its built-in camera. Sparkup uses a tiny camera as its “eye”, and a tiny computer chip as its “brain”.
You can record the book yourself, in any language, and add your own personal touches. You can also download professional recordings with sound effects from the Sparkup website. Then any time the device is re-attached to that book, the camera recognizes its images and plays the appropriate recording for each page. Now what’s cool about the Sparkup Reader is that it follows the child’s pace and reads aloud as he or she turns the pages – even out of order!
The reader is now used daily in our house. Mia absolutely loves to read…so much so that she would be happy if we did nothing other than read all day, everyday. I feel lots of guilt telling her that I can’t read to her right now because I don’t have time/am working/don’t want to read the same book over again for the 1,112,456 time. But she can do it herself with the Sparkup Reader!
This morning I came downstairs to find Mia reading with the Sparkup Reader. She loves being able to pick from a selection of books and hear me read her a story, even when I’m not sitting next to her. And she is now trying to find her sight words as she reads. I couldn’t be happier!
Even Lila, who is not a huge fan of reading, loves to hear her Mommy read Guess How Much I Love You on the Sparkup Reader. Look at that smile!
Christmas is on the way…buy a Sparkup Reader for your kids now. That leaves you plenty of time to have Daddy, the grandparents, you, and any other people close to the kids record a book for them. What a great family gift idea, right?!
Disclaimer: I received a Sparkup Reader in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.