When my dad was dying, I wish I would have realized how much I would miss the sound of his voice. I wish I would have saved the voicemails on my phone with his mundane check-ins and requests for a call back. Thankfully, an incredibly thoughtful friend was thinking ahead for me. She sent over a package with three Hallmark recordable storybooks and told me that I’d want these for my children some day.
Initially, it felt strange and somewhat morbid to ask my dad to record these books for the grandson he knew and my potential unborn children, but I’m so glad I did it.
The books themselves are incredibly easy to record and thankfully (knock-on-wood) are very difficult to erase, even if you have little ones messing with the book.
It means so much that my kids can still hear from their grandfather even after he’s gone. Candidly, I like opening them to hear his voice too, even when my kids aren’t around. So now, whenever I have a friend dealing with a loved one at the end of life, I always send a package of these books. Luckily, they’re on Amazon, so I can get them there in a day or two. I can’t tell you how meaningful they’ve been for me and for every friend to whom I’ve sent them. I’ve included some of my favorite picks below.
1.) Under the same moon
I could recite this book by heart by now. It’s all about two loved ones separated in distance, but still drawn together by their love. It’s so sweet and fun to read along with the narrator.
2.) All the ways that I love you (Original Version)
This is my second favorite of all the Hallmark books I’ve recorded. The story is sweet and simple and the book has been going 5+ years without needing a change of battery.
3.) My wish for you
This is one of my favorite Hallmark Recordable Storybooks. It’s gender neutral and very sentimental.