Holiday Gift: Record a Story | books with your voice reading them


All of our family is out of state, so reading a bedtime story to the girls at night isn’t an easy task (yes, we could video chat, but that seems to get them hyper!).

We were happy we (and Grandma) discovered Record a Story books.  They allow grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, cousins and more to easily record their voice narrating a story, and the narration then plays when each page is turned.   It would also be great if you travel a lot for work or you havemilitary service members. New titles this year include, My Grandpa is Special and My Grandma is Special, Good Night, Sesame Street, The Day You Were Born, Thomas: Good Night, Little Engine, I Love You So Much, Ten Little Pumpkins, The First Christmas and Frosty the Snowman.

When the books come to you, they have a prerecorded voice reading them.  #2 thinks the Elmo one is just awesome, and of course, I like the I Love You So Much!

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Right inside the book, are the super easy to follow directions explaining how to record your own voice reading each page.

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And, my one issue….the buttons being exposed.  I wish they could get all of the buttons under the panel (where you slide it to record).  The kids can’t actually mess up the recording with these two buttons, but they think it’s hilarious to push them while reading and hear the directions again.  I’d like those buttons not accessible.

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The pictures are super cute, bright and fun.

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And, the I Love You So Much has adorable illustrations and loving parents and babies.

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These books make a great gift for anybody that’s away from kiddos they love.

Right now, they are ramping up their program, Operation Record a Story.  They will donate thousands of books, many from the Record a Story Collection to the USO and the non-profit United Through Reading.  Service members can record the stories for their children before they deploy, and the books, along with a DVD of the parents recording the story will be shipped to their kids in tim for the holidays.

I’m so glad to hear of companies giving back!

*We received the two books shown to facilitate our review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  No compensation was received.


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  1. That is wonderful! My mom would love to get this for Lizzie so she can read her stories even if she can’t be there in person.

  2. I saw a commercial recently with a similar product (I think it was Hallmark) and it made me cry like a baby. It showed a Father at war who got those story books as a package but instead it had the little boy narrating the book so he could show his Dad he could read… So precious.

    Kindness is the best accessory,

    1. Those are very similar. We have one, too! I would have cried, too!

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