Hallmark Recordable Story Books

September 20, 2011

A few years ago, I was watching a TV commercial and saw the new Hallmark Recordable Story Books.  I about cried learning about them, because just a few weeks before I saw this commercial my Mother-In-Law passed away.  She was an an amazing woman who loved to read – Especially to her Grandchildren. I would have loved to have a book read by her for Andrew.

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So over the past few years I have made it my personal mission to get a recorded storybook from each grandparent to both of their grandchildren so that they will forever have a story that is personally read to them by their grandma or grandpa.


These are a perfect gift for anyone to give to a loved one – even if they’re a bit older.  Because you just never know when they won’t be there any more to read a book to them.

There are SO many great Recordable Story Books to choose from, you can also find them in the Hallmark Gold Crown Stores.

I love that you record the books and then you can lock your recording in.  Even if you have to change the batteries, the recording stays put.  You can unscrew the cover, unlock, and then record over the old recordings if you’d like – but otherwise you just leave the recording locked.


These books came in perfect time for me to review – Right before I left for BlogHer last month.  I was able to record all of them with my voice, lock them in – and the kids had mommy reading to them each night!

I made sure to add in my personal message either at the beginning, the end, or both places.  You can record whatever you want – and be as dramatic or fun with your voice as you would be normally with your kids.

DSC00698Joe recorded the Curious you in a fun dramatic voice, and it’s often the book Andrew reaches for when he wants to hear a story.


On the Night You Were Born is a little bit more of a serious book – hard to be dramatic with – but is a good one for sentimental purposes.


And Goodnight Moon – well that’s a classic bed time story – You can hardly go wrong with that one if you want your voice to be heard before bed time every night!

We love the Hallmark books and will continue to invest in them just due to their pure sentimental value and enjoyment they can bring.  Perfect for a birthday gift, holiday gift – or any day gift!

A few other great ideas for this book would be for military families who are often separated, parents who travel, grandparents or other distant relatives, teaching your children how to read while they follow along your voice  – or even sending it the other way  – Having your children record the story and sending the book to a relative!!



  1. Mandi Richards says:

    I’m expecting my first child and my parents live many states away. I would love to have these storybooks so they could “read” to their grandchild everynight even though they are so far away!

  2. I love this giveaway. We don’t live anywhere near family, so these books would be great to have the grandparents record their voices on so our son can hear them whenever he wants. I’d love to record my voice on one too so that I can still read a book to my son even if I’m out for a Mom’s Night Out event. 🙂

  3. I’d love for my little girl to be able to hear my voice when I’m away at work. Wish I could stay home with her, but since I cannot right now, that’s at least a small consolation.

  4. Such a sweet and ingenious idea, Reading is a great way to keep family from afar close to my son.

  5. I’ve always flirted with these recordable books and I think they’re absolutely adorable and so, so cute. This is our first born, so I would love to record some of these for our little baby son.

  6. Love these! I would record grandparents who my son does not see often.

  7. These books are so great! I would love to have my daughters’ grandparents record the stories since they live several hours away and rarely get to visit.

  8. Yolanda Robinson says:

    I would love to win because, when i am away at work my three year old can listen to me read here a book before bed. To calm here down and know i’m not far away.

  9. Mandy Kauffman says:

    I’d love to own this set of books, so that Nanny and Gramma, who live about two hours away from us and our little guy, could record their voices for him! 🙂

  10. I think this would be great fun for my son. He LOVE’s books and I think I would be great to have his great-grandparents record their voices on this book for him to keep forever!

  11. love these books, both sets of grandparents are out of state so these would be perfect
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

  12. I would love to win a set of these! We have grandparents and great grandparents that are out of town. I think it would be awesome to have my son’s Great Grandmas record a book for him. What a treasure that would be!

  13. Heather Stewart says:

    would love this as I’m always reading to my daughter, yet sometimes I need her to be able to sit and look at the book by herself while I do things like fix dinner.

  14. I would love to win this as we read Goodnight Moon to my daughter every night and she loves the other 2 too. My husband works a lot of nights, so I would love to have his voice recorded so she can hear him before bed!

  15. I would like these books because my parents live far away and then my daughter could hear her grandparents voices.

  16. We are a military family located in CA while all of our family is in MN. It would be nice to have the Hallmark stories so that my kids grandparents could read my boys stories from 1500 miles away!

  17. I work a couple of nights and this would be a great for my kids to hear me read them a bedtime story.

  18. i would love to win because we don’t live close to either set of grandparents, so this would be a great way for them to get to ‘read’ to her very often!

  19. I’d love to have these… 1 for Grandparents to record, 1 for Daddy to record, and 1 for me!

  20. I would love to win this giveaway, because since the father of my child and myself are not together, it would be really nice to have eachothers voice in a book for when we’r not around. It would also be good, because going back to school is already going to be hard, but i know if i have something with my voice in it, it will help me feel better about leaving her with grandma so she has something to feel more at home while neither of her parents are able to be there.

    mikaelar41 at gmail dot com

  21. I would love to own these so that my my parents can record the stories for my children.
    hschonrock at yahoo dot com

  22. Jamie Adkins says:

    Love this idea! My husband can “read” even when he is away!


  23. Lori Guillen says:

    I would like to own these because Goodnight Moon is one of my favorite children’s stories

  24. My parents recorded one for my son for Christmas last year and I love it. I think it’s awesome that his grandparents can tell him a story and they live 1800 miles away.

  25. Theresa Jenkins says:

    my husband and I are grandparents and I still would have loved to have a book with our grandparents….we have 5 grandkids and for Christmas last yr both sets of great grandparents recorded them each a book .This year is our turn and they don’t have the books in your giveaway……very nice giveaway

  26. I’d love to win my own set of these books because my son lives near one set of his grandparents, but much farther away from his other set. They visit when they can, but he loves them very much and I think he’d get a kick out of hearing their voices. He loves to call them on the phone and we also read stories before EVERY nap and bedtime. Thanks!

  27. I would love to win these for all the little kids in my life, from my own niece to my friend’s kids.

  28. Stephanie Barmann says:

    I would love to win these so my children can all share a book together even the one’s who don’t know how to read yet. This would also be great for my visually impaired daughter.

  29. Carrie Phelps says:

    Reading is one thing I like doing most with my grandchildren so I would love to have a book for them with my voice so I can “read” to them at home before bed.

  30. Valerie Mabrey says:

    granny needs these cause she 500 miles away from the grandkids

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  31. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would like to have my youngest daughter bio mom and grandmother record books for her

  32. I just became a Grandma for the first time to twins Hannah and Colin so
    I would love to win this!

  33. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I would love to get my sister to record one for dd since she lives 9 hrs away and we only see her a couple of times a year. Dd loves her and always talks about the next time we go visit! This would help keep my sister close to us while we are away!

  34. it is the perfect keepsake! not getting into family details but it would be wonderful to capture the spoken words of people who are near and dear

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  35. Vickie Couturier says:

    Id love to win because I have 5 grandchildren who live 1200 miles away,an this would be perfect to have for them

  36. I would love to win these because having a background in early childhood education I am a strong believer and supporter in early literacy, and because of that my daughter has loved books since she was only a couple months old. These books would be great for to sit down and listen to over and over at times during the day when I need to get chores done around the house.

  37. This is would be a great family keepsake to treasure. Thanks for the opportujnity to win.

  38. I always read to my son but if for some reason I can’t be there these would be great for him to hear.

  39. Holli Moore says:

    I read to my son daily. But we received some as presents from my son’s great grandparents so he can hear them even after they pass away.

  40. I would like to have them because my husband works out of town and it would be a way for him to still read to my daughter at night
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

  41. What an incrediable idea!

  42. My parents live two states away, so we’d love to have these so they could read to our girls long distance.

  43. This would be great to start reading early.

  44. We live about 120 miles away from our only grandchild and I would love to win these to record for him. I love to read to him, but don’t see him near often enough.

  45. I would love to win these for my 11-month-old son & my new baby due in April. My husband is in the navy and will be gone most of next year, as well as for the birth of our second child. This would be a great way for the kids to hear his voice!

  46. Jessica Beard says:

    I would love my son’s grandparents to record themselves reading these stories. I love the book “On the Night you were born.”

  47. My girls are lucky enough to have 3 Great Grandmas. I would love to get each Great Grandma to record one of these books. Thank you!

  48. Our family all lives out of state and it would be great for our son to have books with their voices on them!

  49. These would be perfect for the grandparents to do for the children that they could keep forever.
    anissacoupons (at) hotmail (dot) com

  50. Martha Ruth Brecht says:

    My mom and dad loved reading to my baby boy when they visited him, but they live in another state, so I’d love to have a set of these, so they could still “read” to him.

  51. I would like these so my son can hear my voice when I’m not here to read to him.

  52. Stephanie G says:

    I would love to own these because it would be a great way to have a memory for my daughter.

  53. I’m a college student and love the girl I nanny. I would love to get her something, but because I pay for school, it is too hard to get her presents. Her birthday is next month. This would be a great gift. I’d hate to not be able to get her something for her birthday.

  54. this would be great for my little one because dh works 2nd shift and she is in bed before he arrives home and she would love to hear daddy read her a bedtime story

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  55. I would love to have this to give to my granddaughter – some great sharing time!
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  56. I want to have the books for my grandchildren. I live in a different states and want them to hear my voice reading.

  57. I’d love to win this for my brothers soon to be daughter or son :] I could record a book since I live an 8 hour drive away and won’t be able to see the baby often. Then the other I would give to my brother for him and his wife to record!

  58. Julie Grimberg says:

    I would love to win this for when my daughter spends the night with her dad. That way she can still hear my voice

  59. i’d love to win for my little guy- to be comforted when i’m not home

    annae07 at aol dot com

  60. I would love to have these books. My mom died a week before my daughters first birthday and she doesn’t remember her, only through pictures and stories. Even I would love to hear my mothers voice again.

  61. We just moved away from all our family, and these would be perfect to record their voices when they come to visit. My kids miss their Grandmother soo much!

  62. Kelsi Morrow says:

    I would love to win this because my boys love having their grandma and grandpa read to them, but they don’t live close enough!

  63. Heather Lovell says:

    I would love to win these because they have a special place in my heart. My niece who lives 1,000 miles away loves books. And for Christmas every year I send here These recordable books, so that I can still read to her even though I am far away.

  64. Every since these books came out last year I have wanted to own them for my children. I think they will be a wonderful addition to their collection.

  65. This is such a wonderful idea! I am expecting my first and I know I will have to the three grandparents that are still with us to record a story. No matter how many years pass, I will always remember the voice of my grandparents. How great that children growing up today can actually keep it to share with their kids some day!

  66. Would be great to have for our baby we are adopting since grandparents don’t live nearby!
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

  67. Paula Lee says:

    I would love to have these for my grandson. He doesn’t have any yet 🙂

  68. I would love these books for my grandsons.

  69. I love that these are so personal and such a neat way for kids to stay connected with parents, grandparents, etc.

  70. I would love to have these recordable storybooks for when my husband is deployed! How neat would it be for him to still be able to “read” a story before bedtime.


  71. we live very far away from our large families. I’d love to get my kids grandparents to “read” to them.

  72. great stories for the little ones

  73. My husband works a lot and our littlest guy misses him constantly…he would love to hear daddy’s voice read to him during the day while he’s away. They love to read books together!

  74. Bianca Roman says:

    I would love to own my own set of Hallmark recordable story books because I think my son would do better with them. His attention span is pretty much non existent and as soon as I start reading, he wants to take the book back 🙁 so I think having my voice or grandma’s voice already inside, may make him want to listen/sit still more.

  75. Wendi Niccole says:

    I would love to have this set b/c it would be wonderful for my daughters to hear me read them a story any time they wanted.

  76. I always thought the books were a wonderful idea. I would love to share them with my kids

  77. I would love to give these to my goddaughter who lives far away from me 🙂

  78. I would love to win this for my mom to record them for her 3 great grandchilderen who she loved to read to but because of illness she is slowly losing her ability to see good enough to read and theres nothing that can make it better. With this the kids will always be able to hear her read to them.

  79. This is such a great idea to have grandparents record the story before it is too late. My last grandparent, my grandma, passed away a few weeks ago.

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