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The Sweet Sound of Gigi's Voice

Well, I don't know if my grandkids think my voice is sweet; however, I do know that they have recognized it since they were very young and I sure believe that their words are the sweetest I've ever heard. Since their birth, I've enjoyed reading to them, talking to them and singing to them. I do know that both of my 3 year old granddaughters have this wonderful gift of gab and have very inquisitive minds. Can't help to wonder if they got their gift of gab from their Gigi - ha ha!

This Christmas, for many of us, we may not be spending it with our grandchildren but are looking for a special gift for them. Consider creating a keepsake recordable children's book. The recording is a priceless family treasure. If we can't be with our grandchildren, let them hear our voices and know how very much they are loved. Imagine staying connected by "reading" a bedtime story to the grandchildren in your life - even if you are far away. When I am with my young grandchildren, they often want me to read them a book or three to them.

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.

Best Tips for Recording Your Voice on a Recordable Storybook

  • 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?”

  • 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 grandchild is by your side: say their name, ask questions, give the characters life through your voice.

  • When you have finished recording, click on the ‘lock’ feature to preserve your project.

Here are my top recordable books. These are from Hallmark and you can certainly order online; however, check with your local Hallmark store to see if they have in stock. Hallmark stores are individually owned and these days small businesses could use any help they can get to stay afloat during these tough times.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world". Love of books is the best of all."

Jacqueline Kennedy

May your families stay healthy!


Gigi Susie


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