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Sparkup Magical Book Reader - Turn Any Book Into an Audiobook


Disclaimer: I received products for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Though the product was free, opinions are 100% my very own.

I just love, love, LOVE to read and I also love being read to. Sometimes though that isn't always possible although I would love it to be. There are times when mommy is so tired that all she can do is read one book to me before it's time for bed while I want to read at least twenty. Then there are times when I'm by myself and I just grab a book and start reading, well I do try and read but since I don't know the words I can just look at the pictures which is fine with me. Well what if I tell you that there is a product out there that would help to solve all my problems and I've found it. I bet you want to know what I'm talking about. Well let me introduce you to Sparkup The Magical Book Reader.

Now you're probably saying: "well I've seen those read along books that when you turn the pages it reads the story to you, I'm sure it's the same thing". Well that's where you're incorrect my delightful reader. Not only does this read to you when you turn the pages, but this turns ANY book into an audio book.


Each Sparkup Magical Book Reader comes complete with a hardcover preloaded demo book to get you started, instruction manual, USB Cable and three AA batteries already installed.

The USB feature is super great. This means that you can download pre-recorded books and even upload the ones you've downloaded to your Sparkup Reader so that you can have space for even more book. The reader holds approximately 50 books or 250 minutes of audio. That means that you'll always have your favorites available, and you know that our favorites change pretty often. Having that feature is a great way to always have them on hand.


So now you're wondering, "well how does it turn any book into an audiobook?" Let me explain it to you. That photo above my friend is the Sparkup Magical Book Reader. On this reader is a camera which you can see right above the little green play button. On the side of the button is a record button. The lower half is what attaches to the back cover of any picture book.


Now this is how it works. Once you press record it starts taking a visual snapshot of the pages as you turn. It's how it recognizes each page that you're on. You can start recording from the cover of the book, once there's a picture, with the name, author and illustrator of the book and Sparkup will record it. You turn each page and it does the same. When you are done recording, just close the book and it's all done.

You can do this for ANY picture book in your home library.


When you want to read a book, just attach it and Sparkup will recognize it and start reading it to you. If you decide that you want to skip a few pages, Sparkup actually recognizes that you did and will also skip those pages as well. It's that video technology that recognizes that there's a different picture on the page that you're on. Isn't that awesome?

Now the other thing that I really love is that ANYONE can record these books for you. So if mommy has go to away for her job I'll have her voice reading to me even though she's not there. This is great for mommies and daddies who travel for work and is not always there to read a bedtime story. It's also great for grandmas and granddads as well. This truly makes a great gift for all.


So far we have recorded quite a few books and I'm just amazed at how easy it is to use. It recognizes each book consistently and I have yet to have a problem with it recognizing which book I'm reading that day. Now I no longer need to have mommy around to read to me. Mommy loves that it takes the "electronic" feel away from reading and pays more attention to books themselves, and I love that I'm able to do it all by myself.

This makes the perfect gift for the holidays and is a great way to encourage your little ones love of reading. It also makes a great bonding gift. What better way to bond than to sit with your little one with a book. For all those reasons and more is why the Sparkup Magical Book reader gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!

Check out Sparkup Magical Book Reader in action!




You can purchase your very own Sparkup the Magical Book Reader on Sparkup.com. For a limited time only – buy a Sparkup Reader and get Introductory bundle: Sparkup Reader + two bestselling books for FREE! ($20 value).

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Annmarie John
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  1. I love how you can record your own voice for busy families on the go so the kids have a book read from mommy or daddy!

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  2. I forgot about Tikki Tikki Tembo! I love this whole concept, I'd use this too sometimes, and I bet the kids would love it.

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  3. Congratulations, Amanda and Growing Up Madison! You’ve been Nominated for a Liebster Award by Vee at Made Actually. Check it out and accept the award at www.madeactually.com
    (because you use blogger, I can't seem to log in using my WP ID)

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  4. WOW. Where was that when my little guy was learning to read. That would have been awesome!!

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  5. This is a great way to get kids excited about reading. I love exposing children to literature as early as possible.

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  6. That is a seriously brilliant idea. I love anything that encourages children to read.

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  7. I love this. This is a great gift for the beginning reader and also even for those who don't know how to read. I'm so glad someone thought of this. Now I can get one and record my books and give it to my niece. She loves when I read to her.

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  8. This must be the best product ever for kkids. Best for beginning readers. I seriously need to get one for my first graders.

    I miss you Madison. You've grown so big. Is it only a few months? Hugs from Zay and me.

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  9. I would love to have this for my son! He is special needs and I am trying to encourage him to read more.

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  10. Oh my gosh this is great. My daughter could sure use this and benefit from it.

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  11. Not sure why my first comment didn't go through. Trying again. This is a super cute device. I was noticing it this morning and I actually left a lengthy comment about it seems so unbelievable that this could be a technology that works. So I read the post initially thinking how incredibly cool and then I thought but now way it works. Then you went on to explain exactly how it works and I was stunned. That's a pretty cool device. It totally makes sense if it takes a picture of the page first. It's almost a scanner type app. We have had all sorts of different books and reading things over the years here, but one universal device that reads all the books is kind of a money saver, isn't it? Very cool. Glad someone thought of this.

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  12. What a great sounding idea - I thought it would be a bit limited but love that it works with any book and can be recorded by anyone fantastic! x

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  13. I love this, my son always wants me to read to him. While I think it is great he has such a big love of books, sometimes I have to - make dinner, vacuum, etc. This would help a lot for those times.

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  14. Now that is an awesome recorder and book reader. Makes things fun for mom and dads who have to travel for business they can still enjoy storytime with child.

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  15. It must be so much fun with that recorder!
    Definitively asking Santa to put this under a few kids' trees!

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  16. I'm already obsessing over this. This will definitely encourage my 4 year to read more.

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  17. What a wonderful product. I know what I'll be buying for the kids on my list this year!

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  18. I wish I had one of these when my husband used to travel for work a lot. This is definitely perfect for parents who travel a lot for work, or would be great from grandparents who don't see their grandkids often. You could record them reading the book and give it as a gift!

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  19. That is so neat. I can see my 2 year old loving it but my 5 year old would love it to and be able to read some of the words along the way.

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  20. I've never seen a book like that before! I love it and think my toddler would love it.

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  21. I think it is wonderful that parents can record their own voices! This looks like a wonderful products- I know my daughter would like it very much.

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  22. How cool is that! I absolutely love that and wish I would still have a copy of something like that where my grandma was reading to me. I must tell my friends about this.

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  23. I'm amazed that this reader turns any book into an audiobook. Definitely want this for my little man.

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  24. WOW! When I saw 'turn any book into an audiobook' I immediately clicked on this post. I want something like this - I record books for my son by reading them into a recorder. This will be so much more efficient and such a timesaver! I'm so glad I stopped by to read your post! You did such a great job of explaining how the Sparkup Magical Book Reader works!

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  25. This is great for families who are on the go or for families who have parents who word odd hours. My husbands hospital work causes him to be gone in 12 hour shifts. This would have been a great item for kiddo when she was younger.

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  26. What a great way to help children to read. I wish I had this when my girls were younger.

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  27. That is very cool. Would love to get something like this for my little one. Amber N

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  28. I love this I have never seen this before I bet my son would really like this.

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  29. This is such a wonderful gift idea! I can think of a special little one who would love it!

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  30. What a great idea. This would be great for helping kids learn to read, I think.

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  31. What a neat device! I love to read and to be read to, as well. It is fabulous for kids and adults who love multitasking :)

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  32. Oh my! As much as I love to read, I HATE reading out loud, which is hard with three kids! I only do it when I need to. I know, I'm awful. This book would alleviate a lot of the repetitiveness of reading a book that I don't like. My kids would love it.

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  33. This would make such a great gift for younger kids. My little one knows to read still there are days when she wants me to read for her. This book reader looks like it would come in handy during those days.

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  34. My youngest would LOVE this! She always wants me to read to her but unfortunately, I can't sit there every waking minute & do it. This would make her happy & let me get some other things done. :)

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  35. I love to read and I have a goddaughter who loves it as well. Sometimes I babysit when her mother has to go to work and I always read to her before going to bed. I would love to get this for her for Christmas and record a few books so she can hear me reading to her at night.

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  36. Reading is so important and I love that any book can be used. Our nephews would love this.

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