Sparkle is an online resource for high-quality audio stories for children and families. Each week Sparkle Stories delivers delightful audio stories to subscribers around the world. We offer twelve original Audio Story Series, plus a thirteenth Series with classic stories, songs and games, all designed to entertain and inspire the whole family.
For years, “Sparklers” have enjoyed our hundreds of stories on their desktop computer, mp3 players and burned CD's. More and more, however, are listening with their smart phones or tablets – and all agree the experience could be easier.
It is time for a Sparkle Stories App!
Right now, Sparklers have their own unique log-in that opens a Story Box on the Website. The Story Box holds all the audio stories they have purchased – and those that subscribe find fresh stories every week.
With the Sparkle Stories App, Sparklers will have a “Smart Story Box” that will not only store the many stories they purchased, but free stories and podcast stories as well.
Sparklers can then search for a particular story by theme or keyword, and then find just the right one for that moment.
Perhaps there is a story that helps your child fall asleep. Or maybe your child is feeling nervous and you want a story that helps them relax. Maybe you are headed to a doctor’s appointment or a new school and you want a story that will entertain them, but also give them reassurance and resilience.
Search for the story and then start listening. The player will not be interrupted and will remember your place if you have to stop.
And the Sparkle Stories App has delightful graphics for the different stories and story series, so it is clear and easy enough for a four year old to navigate.
Our goal is to start with an iOS app for smartphone and tablet - and then – with a series of stretch goals - extend the functionality and ease of use to an android app and our website – making the Sparkle Stories site responsive and bringing the “Smart Story Box” and robust player to the desktop experience as well.
Here are all the fun rewards you can enjoy if you back the Sparkle App campaign!
Pledge $2 or more:
SPARKLE INTRODUCTION: A Martin and Sylvia audio story “Planting the Seeds of Summer Camp”.
A link to the mp3 download sent within a day to your address. Plus a thank you from the Sparkle Team.
Pledge $12 or more:
A FULL DAY WITH SPARKLE: In addition to the free story and Sparkle Team thank you, you will receive a collection of our Twelve Best Podcast Stories - one for each hour of the day. Over 3 and ½ hours of stories in an mp3 download.
Pledge $24 or more:
SPARKLE SUMMER CAMP: In addition to free story, Team Thank you and Twelve Best Podcast Stories, you will receive an Exclusive Martin and Sylvia Audio Book: "Goose Eye Wilderness Summer Camp".
Follow Martin through his week at Goose-Eye Camp, while Sylvia has her own camp experience at home! This Audio Book contains five stories, and is available only through Kickstarter in an mp3 download.
Pledge $50 or more:
SPARKLE CAMP SHIRT: In addition to everything above, you get super comfy first ever Goose Eye Summer Camp T-Shirt OR "Sparkler" T-shirt." Kids sizes, Men’s and Women's cut. Wear this shirt and find other Sparkers in your community!
Pledge $75 or more:
TWO SPARKLE T-SHIRTS: Have two children? Need two shirts? Want one for yourself? Get the story, the Twelve Best Podcast Stories collection, the Summer Camp Audio Book and two Goose-Eye Summer Camp or Sparkler T-Shirts.
Pledge $140 or more:
SPARKLE CAMP FAMILY PACK: Four Sparkle T-Shirts! Wear them together and proudly tell everyone that you go to Summer Camp for Sparklers!
ALSO INCLUDED: PDFs of Camp Badges that you can download, print on transfer paper and iron on your Camp Shirts! Family Pack also includes, of course, the free story, the Twelve Best Podcast Stories collection and the Audio Book.
Pledge $200 or more:
SPARKLE VOICE MAIL: In addition to FAMILY PACK listed above, you can have an original voicemail recording with the voice of your favorite Sparkle Stories Character: Martin, Sylvia, Sergeant, Spiro, Georgia Bean, Clancy, Winnie the puppy. Your choice!
Name the character and David will send you an mp3 recording just for you!
Pledge $500 or more:
SPARKLE DRAWING OF YOUR CHILD: You get the Family Pack, the Voice Mail and also a signed, original Sparkle Drawing of your child with Martin and Sylvia!
Pledge $1000 or more:
SPARKLE COLLABORATION: All of the Above – the Family pack, the voice mail, the drawing, plus a collaboration with David on a Helping & Healing story. This story will be based on your family's needs, personal challenges and successes. 2 skype sessions included - 30 minutes each.
Pledge $4500 or more:
SPARKLE IN YOUR HOME: All of the Above – Family Pack, voicemail, drawing and collaboration PLUS – David will come to your home. Plan a storytelling event, a storytelling workshop, and/or lecture in your town, your school, your church or your business. (Includes up to $500 airfare).
This story is probably one of our most sleepy – about a young bald eagle named Luke Alden who has lots and lots of ideas. All day long he thinks of ideas, and then one evening those ideas get in the way of falling asleep.
Luckily his mother has an idea herself about how Luke Alden can let go of those ideas and feel his sleepy body. This is just the thing, because it doesn’t take long for Luke Alden to fall deeply and peacefully asleep.
It is a few days before their big trip to California, and Daddy has some errands to run. Brother and sister reluctantly come, but hope the trip will be short and quick.
When Daddy proposes they take a new route, they all enjoy the magic that can happen when taking short ways, long ways, right ways and wrong ways.
Building the new back end of responsive Sparkle Website including Smart Story Box, affiliate marketing system, and versatile gifting.
If we reach this goal EVERYONE gets the all new “Martin and Sylvia in the Junkyard” audio book where our beloved brother and sister actually go to Ben Thompson’s Junkyard!
Redesign, user experience and implementation of new Sparkle Website - responsive design, delightful ease-of-use and robust audio player.
If we reach this goal EVERYONE gets a PDF copy of “The Martin and Sylvia Cookbook” featuring the recipes from your favorite stories.
Building a Sparkle Android App.
If we reach this goal EVERYONE gets PDF copy of “The Junkyard Advent Calendar” that you can print and use this December.
Building a Sparkle iPad App.
If we reach this goal, we're going to give EVERYONE something wonderful. And we think we'll just have to ask you what you all want!
Risks and challenges
What is not raised through this crowd-funding campaign, will be funded through investment capital and/or business loans. These routes may leave us with less flexibility, and may affect the current pricing of our products. (And with any debt, there is risk.)
Also the Kickstarter campaign is about significantly advancing the time-table for this project. The greater the funding, the faster the product will come to completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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