Consider creating keepsake recordable children’s books for your grandchildren, nieces, nephews or a special young child. My father read to my brother and me every night until we were middle schoolers. My mother made a recording of him reading “The Wind in the Willows” to us on her reel-to-reel recorder. The recording is a priceless family treasure.
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all” – Jacqueline Kennedy
Technology has come a long way and today voice recorders are built in to books. You can read your special child a bedtime story, even if you live miles apart, through recordable children’s books.
I discovered recordable children’s books through one of my favorite websites, A Sharp Eye. This fantastic website’s motto is “Be Current. Be Clever.” Two LTBTers curate pertinent information from the web and the world. Their award-winning lifestyle blog is a growing of collection over 1,000 articles featuring things and ideas that they love.
Imagine staying connected by ‘reading’ a bedtime story to the young children in your life – even if you are far away. Voice capture technology makes it possible. When I am with my young grandchildren, they often want me to read them a book – or three.
Recording a story is easy. You just press the record button on the page and read out loud. When you are done reading the page, push stop. Playback the page to hear your recording. Don’t like it? No problem, you can simply re-record the page.
How to record your voice on Recordable Storybooks from Hallmark
Best Tips for Recording Your Voice on a Recordable Storybook
A Sharp Eye Tips for successful recording:
- Make sure that the book is laying flat on a solid surface.
- Speak slowly and clearly.
- You can pause periodically, especially if you have asked a question like, “How many blue birds do you see on the page?”
- When you have finished recording, click on the ‘lock’ feature to preserve your project.
Here are few more recording tips that I have gathered together:
- Read the book and then practice reading each page out loud before beginning to record.
- Record in a quiet place.
- You should be 12-18 inches from the book.
- Read the book like your special child is by your side: say their name, ask questions, give the characters life through your voice.
“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” – JK Rowling
Where to Get Recordable Children’s Books
Visit Hallmark for Recordable Storybooks
It is no surprise that the greeting card giant, Hallmark, has great selection of recordable storybooks. You can order online and pick the book up the same day at your local Hallmark store if it is in stock. No store? Books arrive at your home as soon as 5 days via standard shipping, or sooner with expedited or rush shipping.
Here are few favorite classic children’s books that any young child would love to hear you read:
Search Amazon for Recordable Books for Grandchildren
Amazon’s recordable offerings include new and used books. If you are looking for a specific out-of-print classic book, you might find it here. The selection varies, but I found these classics in a recent search:
Frosty the Snowman
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Good Night, Little Engine
By now I hope I have convinced you that recordable storybooks make great gifts for the young children in your life. A true gift that “keeps on giving,” a recordable book with your voice will become a family keepsake that will be handed down to the next generation.