I listened to my first podcast almost 5 years ago 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 children’s stories podcasts 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. They are wonderful for the classroom too. 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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Children’s Stories Podcasts and Literacy Themed Listens for Adults Too
Enjoy listening to a podcast on your favorite device or platform.
Podcasts for Kids
Julie Andrews…need I say more…that name/voice alone should be enough to make you want to listen. Julie partners with her daughter to bring stories to life. They also mix in some vocabulary too. The show is called Julie’s Library. Great for ages 4 and up.
Kids Ask Authors
Author, Grace Lin, is bringing kids’ questions to authors and illustrators. From asking Mo Willems to where he gets his ideas to wondering which Jarrett J. Krosoczka likes better- writing or illustrating. Check out Kids Ask Authors. Great for ages 6 and up.
My oldest son adores Stories Podcast. I can not tell you how many times he listened to the Dog King series. They really are a treat. Check out Stories Podcast. Great for ages 5 and up.
The Story Seeds Podcast
Take a story seed idea from a child mix in a children’s author and you’ve got The Story Seeds Podcast. Great for ages 6 and up.
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 audiobooks many of which are multicultural titles. These are well done! Great for ages 3 and up.
The Story Home
The Story Home has a collection of classics and original stories for kids. Most of them average about 10 minutes. Listen to The Story Home Podcast. Great for ages 4 and up.
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. Check out Storynory. Great for ages 3 and up.
Sparkle Stories is another good one for soothing stories. Weekly original stories from around the world are shared. Listen to Sparkle Stories. Great for ages 3 and up.
Activated Stories are told by professional actors who share folktales. I love all the different character voices! New episodes are added monthly with over 200 stories now. Check out Act!vated Stories. Great for ages 4 and up.
A story that revolves around history from the Grand Canyon to The Titanic. They are short and delightfully perfect for nighttime. Take a listen to Bedtime History. Great for ages 6 and up.
This Podcast Has Fleas
There are no new episodes which is a shame because my kids adore this podcast. You can still listen to the past episodes though and you should. Take a listen to This Podcast Has Fleas. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
A whole cast brings you Story Pirates including lots of sound effects. They take stories from kids and turn them into sketch comedies. There are now Story Pirates books too. Take a listen to Story Pirates. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Podcasts for Adults
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! Listen to The Read-Aloud Revival.
This podcast was started by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker. The gentlemen take you behind the scenes fo children’s literature. Take a listen to The Yarn.
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.
The Children’s Book Podcast
Matthew Winner brings us The Children’s Book Podcast. He has such insightful opinions on books and shares those as he interviews authors and illustrators as well as others involved in book making. Children’s book lovers will adore this one. Listen to The Children’s Book Podcast.
So this list should keep your ears busy. Help me feed my podcast addiction. Which podcasts about books for kids and literacy have I missed?