Podcasts for Kids (A List)
Remember when web directories used to be hand-curated? When the world wide web was small enough that people could categorize a lot of the public webpages into individual categories? Well, if you're below the age of 40, you probably don't, but me? I do.
Podcasts for kids are at that stage right now. What follows below is a list of podcasts created specifically with kids in mind. I can't promise it's complete -- it is and will be a work in progress -- but I think it captures most of the most popular and well-done podcasts for families.
I've also tried categorizing them, though some of that is probably a fool's errand. (Lookin' at you, Ear Snacks.) I've added the podcast's own description (usually via iTunes).
If I've categorized one poorly, or missed your favorite, or you just have some comments to share, send me an e-mail. Thanks!
Tumble Science Podcast for Kids: "Tumble is a science podcast... created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher)." [No review yet, but recommended!]
Brains On: "Brains On is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from MPR News and KPCC. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats..." [No review yet, but recommended!]
World of Wonder: "World of Wonder is a podcast for kids about the diversity of cultures around the world. In each episode your hosts Helen, Ethan, and their dad, Joe, will introduce you to their friends from around the globe who will share stories about their own cultures and what we can all learn from them."
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids: "But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world." [No review yet, but recommended!]
Short and Curly: "An ethics podcast created for both children and adults. Hosted by ABC 3’s Carl Smith, Molly Daniels from the upcoming Tomorrow When the War Began television series and Dr Matt Beard from the Ethics Centre." [Review]
The Show About Science: "Hi. I'm Nate and the host of The Show About Science. I'm 5 years old and when I'm not studying hard in kindergarten, I'm working on my podcast. This is an awesome show about science. Every episode is filled with interesting facts and information from scientists around the globe."
Bedtime History: "Inspirational history stories for you and your children as they drift off to sleep."
Classics For Kids: "Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way." [No review yet, but recommended!]
The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl: "A weekly music show for the whole family." [Recommended!]
Spare the Rock Spoil the Child: "Music that kids will love and parents won't hate." [Recommended! Without a doubt!]
OWTK Kid’s Music Monthly: "The OWTK Kid's Music Monthly Podcast showcases 10 of the best kindie songs past, present, and future." [Recommended!]
Good Stuff Kids: "As a parent, are you always on the lookout for new--and good--things for your kids? Host Mike Mason is an educator, musician, and parent of three. Each week he introduces new music for kids, interviews a special guest about their "good stuff" for kids, and invites you to join in the fun (and griping) of parenthood. It is a podcast the whole family can listen to together."
The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids Podcast: "Each episode includes (but is not limited to) engaging storytelling, educational elements (fictional stories with factual information), interviews with fictional characters (pirates, robots, dinosaurs, and the rest of the Sugarcrash Kids), kid interviews (listen to real kids tell their own stories and elaborate on various topics), and a brand new Sugarcrash Kids song each time!"
CBeebies Radio: "CBeebies Radio takes you to a world of sound and music, where you can share imaginative adventures and listen to stories with your favourite CBeebies friends and characters." [Note: not available in the U.S.]
Book Club for Kids: "The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde." [No review yet, but recommended!]
Buttons & Figs: "Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense."
Chloe's Friendship Circle: "Chloe is a 5 year old that talks about kids stuff and plays kids music."
Confetti Park: "Confetti Park is a playground of magical music and stories spun in Louisiana. Showcasing songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful musical medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!"
Podcast Kid: "A weekly kids & family podcast by Father-Daughter team James and Jenna Kennison. They talk about character issues and other topics that matter to kids like movies, books, TV shows & Games!" [Note: not updated since 2015.]
Microphone Talking: "Microphone Talking is what Penelope calls it when we record our conversation. It seemed like a pretty good title for a podcast, so here it is."
Lena Wants To Know: "Lena is a very curious kid. She and I research things she wants to know about, and tell you what we've learned!"
Wacky News: "Jaxon and Dylan use the Wacky News Machine to bring you fun and interesting news stories each week that you can share with your friends on the school bus, at the playground, or wherever you want."
Toothy Trivia: "KIDS: Brushing your teeth twice a day for TWO MINUTES can get sooo boring! Twice a day, every day, 10-year-old Emma will share two minutes of cool trivia while you brush your teeth. Learn fun facts while keeping those pearly whites...uh...white. No more rushing your brushing!"
The Mutant Season: "13 year old Gil talks to adults with cool jobs and shares things that he likes with you!"
Best Quiz Ever: "People of Earth are being heard saying that Best Quiz Ever is "the best kid and family friendly quiz podcast ever." Everyone is also doing agreements that Galactible Brands is a safe merchant for intergalactic trade. In other speak If you like cartoons like Adventure Time, Teen Titans Go, Clarence and Steven Universe in addition to video games like Overwatch, Plant's versus Zombies and Angry Birds and always being acting with parents permission than Best Quiz Ever is your family for fun Podcast for family travel on the roads."
Bumperpodcast: "The Bumperpodcast is an oftentimes hilarious weekly romp around Headquarters, in Coffee-Can Alley, with Natty Bumpercar and his entire gaggle of pals! Giggle in wonder as Robot sneaks into the studio. Smile with joy when Baby Bumpercar visits the studio. Stare with amazement when Doodle Poodle and a bunch of other characters say a lot of things about a lot of things and just know that Pig is the best pig that has ever stepped to a microphone - ever."
The Imaginary Accomplishments Podcast: "An imaginary NPR style rock and roll space comedy broadcast twice monthly from a red and white rocket hurtling through the Galaxy featuring friendly monsters, imaginary sports, interviews, and more. It's an ongoing radio show but you can jump in at any time." [Review]
Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd: " If satirist Stan Freberg and Jay Ward, creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle, had created Mystery Science Theater 3000 mixed in a little Time Bandits and gave it an educational spin, the result would have been...The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd! The Podcast for Gifted Children and Adults!" [No review yet, but recommended!] [Also note: running repeats, but the repeats are updated weekly.]
Story Pirates: "Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater. Story Pirates Podcast features highlights from our weekly radio show on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live." [Review]
Gather 'Round Kids: "Gather ‘Round Kids is a weekly family friendly podcast brought you by San Diego based puppeteer/improviser Gaston Morineau and his awesome improv peeps! Every week they perform a never heard, completely improvised audio drama, all created from a “title” of a book that does not exist."
The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified: "Join our hero, Eleanor Amplified, the world-famous radio reporter, as she foils dastardly plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story. Listen in as Eleanor's pursuit of truth takes her into orbit, out to sea, through a scary jungle, and even to the halls of Congress!... From WHYY in Philadelphia." [No review yet, but recommended! And here's an interview with its creator]
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: "The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized science-fiction story for kids [which] centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe." [No review yet, but recommended!]
The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous: "The Secret Diaries Of Tara Tremendous is a musical superhero adventure series for kids, about 11-year-old Tara Callahan who goes from ordinary to extraordinary after receiving the powers of every superhero in the world! Listen in as Tara adjusts to her new life at Power University where she lives and learns about what it takes to be the most powerful superhero in the world!"
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel: "[A] high-quality serialized audio drama for middle graders, performed by actual kids. Think Goonies, meets Spy Kids, meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year-olds. Listen along as eleven-year-old Mars Patel and his pals JP, Toothpick, and Caddie set out on a audacious adventure in search of two missing friends. The mysterious tech billionaire Oliver Pruitt might have a thing-or-two to say about their quest, because as he likes to say, To the stars! In fact, that’s just where they might be headed..." [No review yet, but recommended! Here's an interview with one of its co-creators.]
Stories Alive: "A fun, unique audio theatre experience for all ages. Each episode features three to four amazing, original stories written by elementary students. Stories Alive brings them to life with professional actors, sound designers and musicians. Randall the Reading Rat is your host, along with his good friends, Nut, Bolt, and the Story Machine."
Ohrenbär: "OHRENBÄR das sind Radiogeschichten für kleine Leute. Von Autoren original für die Sendereihe geschrieben und von bekannten Schauspielern gelesen. [or, "These are radio stories for small people. Originally written by authors for the series and read by well-known actors." In German.]
Aftenpodden Junior: "Aftenpodden Junior er en podcast for nysgjerrige barn og unge. [or, "Aftenpodden Junior is a podcast for curious children and adolescents." In Norwegian.]
Sparkle Stories: "Sparkle Stories produces original audio stories for families around the world. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we'll be sharing a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series!" [No review yet, but recommended!]
Storynory: "Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends. Let Natasha's voice beguile you with classic fairy tales, new children's stories, poems, myths, adventures and romance."
Stories Podcast: "On the Stories Podcast, we perform 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."
Story Time: "Do your children like listening to bedtime stories? Story Time has lots of great stories for everyone to listen to. Each story is usually less than 20 minutes long, hopefully just long enough to keep your toddler, preschoolers, and little ones engaged. Story Time is a free fortnightly audiobook podcast for children ages 2-12."
What If World: "Each week, Mr. Eric and his fearless friends will act out a story answering a "what if" question from one of YOU! What if I had a pet dragon that lived in my closet? What if the President got turned into steamed cabbage? What if a bear came to school and asked to eat my teacher? Your questions can inspire funny stories, wacky adventures, or important lessons. Each episode is as long as it needs to be (usually around 15 minutes)."
The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast: "Created for children ages 8-12 (but loved by listeners of all ages), Adventures in Odyssey is a 30-minute drama that combines the faith lessons parents appreciate with characters and stories that kids love! The official podcast gives behind-the-scenes information on the show, gives deleted scenes and answers fan questions."
Family Folk Tales: "... Storytime on demand; whether you're running errands, trying to make dinner, or getting little someones ready for bed, you can listen to a story or two. The stories may be new to you or old favorites, or even different (possibly gorier) versions of those stories you now share with your children." [Last updated 2015]
The Cricket: "The Cricket Podcast is a project to capture the art of storytelling at bedtime with the stories that we tell our kids. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes they are scary, usually a bit of both. But they are always kid-safe, entertaining, yet calm enough to fall asleep to... [W]e try to preserve the craft of storytelling by presenting the story exactly as we would when telling our own children, using only our voices.
April Eight Songs and Stories: "Each week April Eight shares original songs and stories full of imagination and delight for the innocent heart in all of us."
Activated Stories: "Professional actors bring your family a different folktale from a new location in every episode. Laugh and learn with "act!vated" actors as they tell silly, thought-provoking stories while touring with their national touring children's show."
Children Stories and Joyful Podcast: "Developed by Amr Al-Hariri, MD author and a board certified neurologist to help trigger imagination of kids through the power of the word in amazing stories from cultures all over the world."
Goop Tales: "Goop Tales is a weekly children's story podcast. Each children's audio book is centered around a Goop that travels to a strange or foreign land. Each Goop has a naughty little character trait that gets them into trouble and out of Goop World and they have to learn a little lesson in order to get out of trouble and back home to Goop World."
1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales: "A collection of past-paced, fun, and informative narrated short stories and bios designed to entertain, educate, and inform. The stories are a mix of classic literature and popular stories from our related website "1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries."
Mr. Dog's Christmas: "Every week until Christmas we'll be reading another of Albert Bigelow Paine's classic, Victorian-era stories about the Hollow Tree and the animal friends that live there. Paine wrote three books of Hollow Tree stories, one for each of his three daughters."
Barefoot Books Podcast: "These classic children’s stories, fairy tales, poems and songs tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun."
Biddy the Duck's Bedtime Stories: "Far off on hill, in a Treehouse in the Great North woods of Minnesota live a Duck named Biddy, a lumberjack named Douglas and all of their treehouse friends. Join Biddy for a bedtime story like none other. You'll go to sleep laughing, and you'll wake up smiling!"
Buzz Kidz Podcast: "An audio story for kidz up to 9 years old. It follows the adventures of three friends: Thandi, Ben and Ravi. Each adventure is themed and includes original music for kidz... A new episode is delivered weekly! Where will the adventures take them next?"
Little Stories for Tiny People: "[A] children’s podcast featuring original children’s stories and poems that will delight the tiny people in your life. Perfect for bleary-eyed parents, innovative preschool teachers, and at-wits’-end babysitters looking for an alternative and non-annoying way to engage the toddlers and young kids they love at bedtime or anytime!"
Molly and the Sugar Monster: "The Sugar Monster has a simple mission in life: Never let kids eat healthy food. Young Molly and her friends also have a mission: Never let the Sugar Monster do his job."
The Mucky Princess: "The Mucky Princess is a series of children's books written as if fairy stories, but in a modern style. Entertaining and humorous touching on moral issues."
Myths and History of Greece and Rome: " Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by EM Berens was originally intended for young readers. Written in an easy and light style, the author attempts to bring the pantheon of gods into a comprehensible format. He organizes them into different dynasties and chronologies to make it easier for the reader to understand..."
Tales from the Lilypad: "Lily, a frog, tells fairytales, folk tales and bedtime stories to kids."
The Story Home: "A wonderful world of stories awaits you... read by a very special storyteller named Alan. Here you will find enchanting original children?s tales that cannot be found anywhere else, plus many of your favorite story classics that will delight and inspire your imagination every other week."
That Story Show: "That Story Show is a family-friendly clean-comedy podcast that shares funny real-life stories from listeners all over the world. Join hosts James Kennison and John Steinklauber and laugh along every week."
Shakespeare Retold: These are Shakespeare's stories retold for a younger audience by the BBC. Not available in the United States.
Yarn Story Factory: "A new free audio stories podcast for kids! Bedtime stories, and stories for road-trips! We bring stories to life with music, sound fx, and narration!"