Win a Hallmark Recordable Storybook…

by Janice

Win a Hallmark Recordable Storybook PLUS ten more to giveaway to a local charity of your choice!

When Hallmark sent me, All The Ways I Love You, one of their Recordable Storybooks as a thank you gift at Christmas, I immediately fell in love with the concept of these incredible keepsake books.

Hallmark Recordable Storybooks feature voice-capture technology that records the reader’s voice directly into the pages of the Recordable Storybook. When a page is turned, the book automatically plays the text on that page in the reader’s voice.

The books are beautifully illustrated and written with the quality we expect from Hallmark, but personalizing each one with your own recording makes it a priceless gift for a loved one!

My two year old daughter ADORES her “special book.” (My eight year old son loves it too, but Olivia tries to keep it all to herself!)

Watch Olivia’s face light up and listen to her squeal as we read All The Ways I Love You at bedtime.

Hallmark now has ten Recordable Storybook titles available in Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide. Each title retails for $29.95. For more information, visit

Also, there’s a “Share Your Story Tab” on Facebook where people can submit their own personal stories. You can see how these books have touched others and submit your own story too if you want.

I cannot recommend these books more!!! They are brilliant — each one you give will be treasured forever.

Win for you AND for Charity!

We have one Hallmark Recordable Storybook to giveaway, PLUS ten more copies for a local charity of the winner’s choice!

As these Storybooks have touched lives from coast to coast, Hallmark wants to share all the Storybooks have to offer with members of your community, particularly those who may be separated from family or in need of gifts to share with loved ones.

Hallmark is providing 10 copies of a Recordable Storybook (selected by Hallmark) to donate to a local charity of our randomly selected winner’s choosing.

The selected charitable organization must be local to the winner, serving their area, (for instance, a military base, children’s hospital or shelter).

Because these books record voices, people who are separated from loved ones, such as children or people in the hospital, military families, or families in crisis, would be wonderful receipients.

Enter To Win

To enter, simply leave a comment letting us know the local charity to whom you would like to donate the ten additional copies if you win.

The winner will be chosen by random.

This giveaway will close on Friday, August 6th. We will announce our winners on Saturday, August 7th. This giveaway is open to US residents and is void where prohibited. Please see our site’s terms and conditions of use for more information.

While in order to simplify entering for you we no longer accept extra entries, please feel free to share this contest on Facebook and Twitter, and/or sign up for our newsletter, or add our feed to your reader. And you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you want!

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

Please Note: Hallmark provided prizing for this giveaway along with product samples. This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Hallmark. As usual, my opinions are completely my own!

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1 Keonte' Smith July 23, 2010 at 3:44 am

My grandmother recently had a health scare. The local fire department was called in to assist her. They responded quickly and acted with compassion. I would like to donate the books to HARWOOD-LOTHIAN VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT INC. This would be great for the workers to send a book home to their children.


2 Kelly Massman July 23, 2010 at 6:25 am

I would send the extras to the Rape & Crisis Abuse Center…maybe it would bring some cheer to some children who have pretty rough lives…


3 Linda Stewart July 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

I would send the books to Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled/Burned Children in Greenville, SC. My daughter was a Shriner child for 17 of her first 18 years of life. During her first surgical admission we met several young children who had been in the hospital for a wide variety of procedures and they had been there for several months without a family member with them. Their parents would come on weekends but were not able to stay 24/7 due to having other children at home and needing to work and maintain a home that their child would eventually be able to come home to. It was so sad to see these children stand or sit and watch their parents leave knowing it would be several days or weeks before they would be able to return for a visit.


4 Erica Mueller July 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

I would pick the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. They are a fabulous organization and so much good comes from what they do in our community.


5 saly July 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

I would donate the books to Women and Children’s Hospital in Bufalo, NY


6 saly July 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

*Buffalo, NY


7 Mozi Esmes Mom July 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

I’d pick Sunrise Enterprises – a vocational rehab for people with disabilities.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com


8 Kelly Ann T. July 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

I would donate the books to Santa’s Helpers a group here the adopts families for the Christmas. I help with a toy and stocking stuffer drive for them each year.


9 Amy July 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

I would love to win one for my own daughters. I would donate the others to East TN Children’s Hospital in honor of my daughter who was born 8 weeks early and spent a few weeks there after birth.

Thanks, Amy


10 Ruth Hill July 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

I would send them to my church as I’m sure they could use them in their children’s ministry.


11 Casey July 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

What wonderful books! I would dontate these to the Bids for Cici auction for their fundraising efforts. Cici is a two year old who at 11 months choked on a piece of diced fruit. This resulted in an anoxic brain injury. She is severly disabled now as a result. Their auction goes to support the families medical expenses. 100% of proceeds goes to the med expenses. Thanks!


12 Linda M July 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Oh how I’d love to win this for my Granddaughter’s who are at the perfect bedtime story age! I’d also love to donate the books to our local hospital that has a children’s wing & receives quite a lot of children in crisis. Thanks for yet another wonderful give away!


13 a little bit of everything July 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I would donate the books to Big Brothers, Big Sisters.


14 Jessica July 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I would donate them to a local day care or church. We live in a military town, and they would know of children with deployed parents to give them to.


15 purple moose July 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I would donate them to our local Pregnancy Care Center, which helps moms who face an unexpected pregnancy. They have had expectant mothers as young as 12 or 14 come in! The care center provides practical help and support for moms who face difficult decisions for their babies. This book would be a great addition for them.


16 Beth C July 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I would give the 10 to our local hospital Pediatric Unit. Thanks!


17 Erica July 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I live in a military town and would see that some of the children of those over seas would get a book to have their parent’s voice to listen to whenever they wanted.


18 Jena July 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I would donate to the organization I volunteer with: Interfaith Homeless Network. It’s a homeless day center for families with overnight accommodations for the families provided by local churches.


19 stacy July 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I’d donate them to our local crisis nursery.


20 Barbara Manatee July 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

What a neat idea! If I won, I’d donate the books to Hurley Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where my twins spent the first 2 weeks of their lives and many of my friends’ babies stayed for longer. What a special gift to leave a new mother and her baby(s).


21 Donna Sadler July 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I would like for St Jude Childrens Research Hospital In Memphis, TN to get the extra books. St Jude is a pediatric treatment and research facility for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.


22 Vickie Couturier July 24, 2010 at 4:18 am

I would donate these to the House Of Hope that is close by for abused Women to take shelter an their kids,this would be great for the kids to have so they arent so scared



23 Darcie K July 24, 2010 at 9:29 am

I would pick The Pink Daisy Project which helps young women with breast cancer. Young women are often diagnosed with breast cancer at a more advanced stage with a more aggressive cancer. If they are mothers, they often try to find ways to let their children have memories of them if their cancer is terminal. One of the ways that they do this is by writing out birthday cards for the rest of the child’s life. If they live to see that birthday, they can destroy the card. If not, it provides a valuable keepsake for the kids. This would be another great way to provide a memory for the kids.


24 Tracey July 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

I would love for the Read to Grow organization to receive these books.


25 Angela W July 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

I would send them to Denton County Friends of the Family. It’s a shelter for victims of relationship violence and sexual assault. What a great gift these would be for the children staying at the shelter!


26 Erica H. July 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

I would give the others to the library on the Air Force base we’re stationed at so that they could give them to families who have a deploying mommy or daddy, who can record their voice for their kiddo’s to remember while they’re gone.


27 katklaw777 July 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Cute video…she is a happy, happy child!
My best friend runs the local walk-a-thon for the American Cancer Society.
She is sorely in need of raffle prizes for this and these would be perfect.
Each year we go to the local HS and spend the night walking and having a great time while raising money for ACS. We are a small town yet still manage to raise over $10,000.00!!! Thanks ever so much for this wonderful giveaway!


28 Marj M. July 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm

If I win I would like to donate the books to our local Salvation Army who does wonderful things for children at Christmas.


29 Gale Starnes July 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I would donate these to Butterfly House (affiliated with Stanly Regional hospital in Albemarle, NC) which serves abused/molested children. thanks so much!!!!


30 melissa n July 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

this is the cutest book! i’d love to donate mine to the uso here, we live by an air force base.


31 Idaho Jill July 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

We have a great children’s hospital – I would love to give these to them, thanks!


32 Jessica T July 25, 2010 at 12:25 am

Could I divide them between 3? Surrey Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Surrey Crisis Pregnancy centre? If just one, then the pregnancy centre . . .but, I kinda like to spread the wealth!


33 staceyk July 25, 2010 at 12:30 am

Neat! This would be a great thing to have, especially when my kids are away from us.


34 staceyk July 25, 2010 at 12:31 am

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35 Shannon July 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Our local Foster Care Agency would love them!


36 LaVonne July 25, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I would send the 10 copies to the Friendship Shelter for Women and Children… 360-336-2418
922 South 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273


37 Dixiemom7 July 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I would donate the books to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL.


38 Lisa H. July 26, 2010 at 3:16 am

I would donate the books to the Shriner’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.


39 debp July 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

I would choose our local crisis pregnancy agency.


40 Melissa P. July 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I think I would donate to Hope Alive.

Hope Alive, Inc. is a nonprofit Christian ministry called to embrace homeless women and their children with the life-changing love of God.


41 april yedinak July 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I would donate to the Larue County Community Action. They really help local people with food, clothes, toys and books when they are in need.


42 Jill July 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I would share the books with ASK, a local pediatric cancer organization (


43 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews July 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

I would like to give these to a local after-school program that I used to help with. Most of the young children there don’t have books of their own. And most of the books at the after-school center are old and out-dated. New books are always exciting for these kids.


44 Marcella Cook July 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I think I would like to donate my storybooks, if I win, to the VA hospital. Believe it or not, there are Veteran’s in the hospital that have small children. And if I can’t donate to the VA Hospital, I would love to donate it to the Fisher House in Houston. They helped Monster and I tremendously when DH was in the hospital.



45 Luana Johnson July 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I would share the books with the Children’s Center of Avera McKennan Hospital.


46 Jamie July 27, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I would donate them to the NICU of South Alabama Hospital. A friend of mine’s son jusut came home from there after 50 days adnI know she would have loved to know that even when she could not be beside him he could still here her voice.


47 Jamie July 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I’d like to donate the books to St. Jude’s.


48 sarah t July 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

i would donate them to the lazaus house homeless shelter in my town


49 Lisa July 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I would donate them to Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn IL


50 Dena July 28, 2010 at 12:55 am

I would donate them to our county empowerment – early childhood committee to use where needed.


51 Dee July 28, 2010 at 12:56 am

I would love to have one of these books. I would donate the others to the local preschools.


52 Tiffany Christian July 28, 2010 at 6:28 am

I think I would donate the books to my church- our youth do outreach ministries and it would be great for them to be able to give these books to kids they encounter as they are out and about, sharing God’s love.


53 Janelle July 28, 2010 at 10:46 am

I would donate these to the Blank Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward in Des Moines, IA. It is the same charity that my kids Sunday School supports each year with a toy drive.


54 Kristen Eby July 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

I would donate these to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because I have seen firsthand the work they do. My first daughter (who we lost at 12 days), had HLHS and was there for the duration of her life and my son, who had hydronephrosis, had 3 surgeries there. It is a wonderful place that gives hope to both the families and their children.


55 Meg July 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I would love to donate to the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in my town. Thanks!


56 Jessie July 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I would give them to the hospital where my brother in law works because it is a pediatric cardiology department where there are very sick children who would probably love to have one of these great books.


57 Karen M July 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I would like the 10 copies donated to any homeless shelter for the children.


58 shawn July 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I would give this books to my church.


59 Eloise Carlson July 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I would donate these books to either Every Woman’s Place here locally which is a battered and homeless shelter for women and their children OR I would send them to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital which is located in Grand Rapids, MI about 45 minutes away from where I live. They would really love to get those there for sure. Thanks so very much for hosting this truly wonderful giveaway.



60 Florence July 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

It’ll be a toss up between our church’s youth group or the local military families organization.


61 Elsie July 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm

This is adorable and so worthwhile…
I would love to give the books to the area Ronald McDonald House…

So often parents bring a child to the area hospital for an extended stay, and one parent needs to return home to work…this book( with the leaving parents’ recorded voice) would be a comfort to the child, and to the parent!!
What a blesing!


62 Angel H. July 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm

My daughter is severely autistic so if I win I would donate to a charity that has personally helped my family, the autism services center of Huntington WV.

I think that the kids would really enjoy these books. It would be great to record a parent voice because they really respond to things like that.


63 Nanette ~ AMomBlog July 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I would choose the Texas Children’s Cancer Center to donate the books to.


64 Michelle July 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Oh I would love to give this to the early learning center that my wee ones just graduated from and that I was PTO president of for the last two years. One of our goals has been getting up to the recommended goal of 250-500 books per classroom, and we’ve made so much progress (we started with some classrooms at 10). Fingers crossed!


65 Some Lucky Dog July 29, 2010 at 4:10 am

I’d love to donate these to Children’s Hospital in Seattle!


66 Mrs. Marine July 29, 2010 at 5:33 am

I would donate them to the Family Readiness Officer on the Military Base where I live. The books can go to “some” of the families who will have a parent deploying to the Middle East next year. My Husband is one of them… He’s currently on Deployment number 7. I would LOVE to have one of these books for my kids with Daddy’s voice!


67 Sarah July 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

I would love to have one of these to share with my two sons…what a special gift! I would donate the rest of the books to the pediatric center in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospitial:)


68 abi July 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

I think these would be cute to give to the childrens wing in the hospital.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com


69 judy brittle July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I would really love to donate them to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.


70 Angela July 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I have seen these at Hallmark and thought they were a great idea. As a single mom I just can’t afford $30 on a book so it would be GREAT to win one :) I would like my 10 copies to go to the Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham NC.


71 Felicia July 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I would donate the books to the Iowa National Guard’s FRG. The Iowa National Guard is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan for a year beginning in August and there are many children who would love to receive a book with their mother or father’s voice reading them a story. While there are many advances in technology allowing communication between the soldiers and their family members back home there is no guarantee as to the availability to the soldiers for phone or email. This is especially difficult for children to understand and while it is not the same as talking to their loved ones its nice to hear their voice.


72 Peggy Gorman July 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

What a wonderful gift for children! I would love for the books donate to the local shelter,New London Homeless Hospitality Center


73 bonnie walker July 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

These are awesome books! I would donate them to our local YWCA women’s shelter.


74 nicole July 30, 2010 at 11:19 am

id love to win one of these so my mother who always reads to my daughter, could record one for her!

my charity would be my local FOP, so they could distribute at Christmas to families they adopt!


75 nan lara July 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm

i would donate them to our local childrens hospital
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76 shelly aka allysmama July 31, 2010 at 2:32 am

If I win, I want the books to go to the Duke Children’s Miracle Network! Thanks


77 Sherrye August 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

I would donate the books to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.


78 roechelle August 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

I would donate these book to the shriners children’s burn hospital here in Kentucky


79 joyce proctor August 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

What a great idea! My children would love this book. I would donate the extra copies to the local hospital. What a wonderful thing for a child to have who is stuck in the hospital without his or her family. I think it would be comforting to at least hear a parents voice .


80 Mary-Frances C. August 2, 2010 at 1:48 am

Wow. What a great giveaway! I would choose Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They are great, and do a lot in making our community of drowning prevention. (My baby cousin was a drowning victim) I would love to have the children at the hospital listen to a familiar voice reading them a story during their stay. Thanks for the opportunity!


81 Carolyn August 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

I would donate the extra copies to a local battered women’s shelter


82 Ginger August 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

What a great way to build interest in Hallmark’s recordable storybooks! I would love to be able to give recordable books to the Delaware Association for the Blind. The Delaware Association for the Blind is a private non-profit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) agency serving legally blind and severely visually impaired adults and children in Delaware.


83 Karen Propes August 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I would donate my 10 books to Duke Children’s Hospital It would be a great to give to these children who are battling illnesses that they don’t understand. This would be a great gift for the younger children to help them have a bright spot in their day.


84 Holly Craw Phoenix Homeschooling Examiner August 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

This would be a perfect gift to donate to Covenant Home School Resource Center in Phoenix. They service hundreds of homeschooling families each year, and many of them are struggling to make ends meet. Covenant offers a new and used homeschool bookstore, classes for students, testing, workshops for parents and incredible encouragement and equipping so families can be successful in the homeschooling journey. These books would be ideal gifts for some of the moms who lack confidence in their skills.



85 Christy H. August 5, 2010 at 12:39 am

I would donate these books to The Primary Children’s Hospital. As a young child I spent some time there when I had my first open-heart surgery.


86 Amanda A August 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

I would donate the books to St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids


87 Megret August 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I’d love to donate to our local teen crisis pregnancy center. That would be awesome!

meg (dot) wilson (at) gmail (dot) com


88 Kerrie mayans August 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I would donate them to the christmas giving tree at our church that provides gifts for homeless children.


89 Danielle Gulick August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I would donate to the Upper Valley Haven – a local charity and and shelter that provides incredible support and education for both adults and children in need.


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