I listened to my first podcast last year and instantly became hooked. Some days I even think that I’ll start my own podcast! If you do a little digging you can find some great podcasts that feature storytelling and books for kids as well as resources for adults who want to nurture a love of literacy.
My kids love to listen to podcasts in the car or while they are laying in bed at night. It’s a great use of technology for kids. I love to listen to the adult podcasts while driving, folding laundry and prepping dinner.
Let’s take a look at a few of my favorites that you can add to your playlist.
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Podcasts About Children’s Books and Literacy
Just search the titles in iTunes to hear a sampling or subscribe to any of the podcasts listed below.
Resources for Kids
#1 Barefoot Books
It seems natural for Barefoot Books to have a podcast since so many of their books include an audio cd. Though there are no new episodes, you can still access 50 audio books many of which are multicultural titles. These are well done!
#2 The Story Home
The Story Home has a collection of classics and original stories for kids. Most of them average about 10 minutes.
Storynory is a good one to listen to before naptime or bedtime. The narrator’s voice is very soothing and calm. You will find new stories, fairy tales, poems, myths and adventures.
#4 Sparkle Stories
Sparkle Stories is another good one for soothing stories. Weekly original stories from around the world are shared.
#5 Activated Stories
Activated Stories is told by professional actors who share folktales. I love all the different character voices! New episodes are added monthly.
Resources for Adults
#6 The Read-Aloud Revival
My very favorite podcast is also the first one I ever listened to and I was hooked instantly. The Read-Aloud Revival is all about building a culture of reading in your family. The host, Sarah Mackenzie is wonderful to listen to and conducts interviews that are a great mix of authors, experts and everyday parents and bloggers who all have one thing in common- reading to kids is so important! You should also check out Sarah’s The Read-Aloud Revival website for lots of goodies.
#7 The Yarn
This is a brand-new podcast started by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker. It’s has a super interesting angle in that they look at all the different pieces/threads that go into a creating a single book. All the episodes this season center around the book, Sunny Side Upby Jennifer Holm.
#8 Publishers Weekly PW Kids Cast
A children’s editor interviews authors and illustrators about their books. I just recently listened to the interview with R.L. Stine (Goosebump books) and Marc Brown (Arthur books) who have teamed up (which sounds like the craziest match I know) to create a book together called, The Little Shop of Monsters.
#9 Let’s Get Busy
Let’s Get Busy is a new discovery for me and I’m enjoying listening to past casts. Matthew Winner of The Busy Librarian talks about books for kids with friends and colleagues. It’s a fun one for learning about new books. Also check out The Best Book Ever for 5 top books each week.
So this list should keep your ears busy. But, help me feed my podcast addiction. Which podcasts about books for kids and literacy have I missed?