If you haven’t embraced the world of podcasts yet, I highly encourage you do so. We know you are enjoying the vast multimedia kidlit resources right here on KidLit TV and KidLit RADIO. For the classroom or bedtime, a podcast is a great choice for so many kids. Therefore, we put together a list of the best podcasts for kids because we love our tech-savvy bookworms!
Best Podcasts for Kids!
First of all, I want to make sure you are taking full advantage of all the resources right here on KidLit TV! It’s easy to miss since there are such a plethora of different resources.
Play along with ExtraBLURT, an interactive audio game show! Hosts Charlie and Aleah invite you to shout out your answers in a variety of fun-filled games. Each episode immerses you in a different theme, from underwater to outer space to pirates. There are free episodes as well as subscription offer for full access to the podcast. I highly recommend this one to play with family, friends, or even by yourself in the car.
For everyone who loves to explore the mysteries of nature, Earth Rangers is the top choice.
This podcast is hosted by a wildlife biologist and covers all things nature – the environment, sustainability, animals and more.
Earth Rangers is on its second season exploring the deep jungle, the frozen Arctic and splashing around some wetlands. As climate change disasters are becoming more of an issue, this is a great option to get kids involved in fighting for climate justice.
Based on the best-selling book series Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls, this podcast is full of the same stories about women who inspire us. Some of the well-known and some are still very much hidden figures. The common theme among all of these women and girls: dream bigger, aim higher and fight harder.
A really important note; this podcast is not just for girls. Women role models are for everyone. The whole family will enjoy these interesting, well-told stories.
This podcast offers FREE audio stories for kids. These include fairytales, original stories, myths, poems, music, history and audiobooks. Each story is read beautifully by professional actors. You can use wi-fi or download over 30 podcasts for on the go listening.
Pro-tip: Use these travel hacks for bookworm kids on your next trip.
A podcast for parents and teachers to help keep you updated with the latest children’s books and recommended reads. Tune in for reviews, interviews and other special content.
Tales Untold is a series of audio stories for preschool-age kids and adults to experience together. Right now there are six series of “tales” on offer.
- Radbert: about a 5-year-old monster who lives with a human family)
- Inspector 9: an adventure story about a parallel universe accessible through a magic bunk bed
- A Little About a Lot: a nonfiction show about how the world works
- Dingus Fly, Private Eye: a throwback to 1930s radio detective dramas
The first episode of each tale is available for free on the app, but you can choose to purchase more episodes.
For those without an Apple device, all seasons of the tales are available for text download on Kindle, and many of the episodes are available as audiobooks on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.
Brains On! is an award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults from American Public Media.
Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world. The mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder using science and history.
As an adult, I love hearing the laughter of kids listening to Smash Boom Best. It is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and let’s you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. In other words, it’s wildly entertaining.
You can listen to Brains On! at home, on the go, or even as kids nodding off to sleep on your favorite podcast app. Pro-Tip: Select episodes of Brains On! also available on YouTube.
Our list of Best Podcasts for Kids would not be complete without Bedtime Explorers. This is a meditation podcast, designed specifically for little ones. After a full day of play and exploration outdoors, the calming voice of mindfulness coach Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is the perfect way to end the day.
This podcast offers beautiful sound design. Furthermore, each episode invites kids on an imaginative journey, using easy-to-learn meditation techniques to get them ready for bed.
Ear Snacks is a musical podcast for kids about the world. Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled podcast that parents enjoy and younger kids eat right up. From road-trip mixtapes to diving deeper into the world of the squiggly and the wriggly, Ear Snacks is a hit.
On the Stories Podcast, a stellar cast performs a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.
The Story Seeds Podcast celebrates the creativity of ALL children by modeling the magic that sparks when diverse authors and children collaborate to grow a child’s story idea into an original story. Each episode chronicles a Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee type field trip between a child age 6-12 and author and a storytime segment. The show is hosted by kidlit maven and uber librarian, Betsy Bird, with theme music composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT.
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