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Podcasts for Kids

Podcasts for Young Children:


Bedtime breathing exercises and visualizations to help young yogis sleep :  Peace Out — Relaxation and mindfulness stories for kids

Bedtime FM Storytime :  Original bedtime stories narrated by a professional actor for ages 2-12

Fairytale Songs :  April Eight Songs & Stories is a charming original fairytale podcast series for the whole family. 

Songs and Music:  A musical podcast for kids around the world.


Podcasts for Elementary School-Aged Children:


General Topics:

A Mindful Frog:  Mindful guided meditations for children ages 3-8

Buttons & Figs:  Jokes and Other Fun Nonsense

Dream Big A family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. Your hosts Eva Karpman (currently 7-years-old in 2nd grade) and mom Olga Karpman interview world-class performers who do what they love and live their dreams each and every day.

Eleanor Amplified:  This serial podcast follows a plucky journalist who goes on adventures looking for her big scoop

The Past and the Curious:  Comedic actors performing little-known stories from history

Sesame Street Podcast Features the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie. Celebrate sunny days with all of your favorite Muppets with new episodes every Monday!

This American Life:  A weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week a theme is selected and different stories are put around that theme.

Science:

Brains On! :  An award-winning audio show for kids and families. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world.

But Why? A show led by curious 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.

SHABAM!:  Uses fictional stories to teach listeners about science. Best for ages 8-18 

Tumble Science Podcast for kids: A science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. 

Wow in the World :  Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. 

Books and Stories:

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian Podcast:  Serialized sci-fi story about the interplanetary adventures of Finn Caspian

All The Wonders: A home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways. 

Bookclub for Kids:  A 20-minute podcast where middle graders talk about books with host Kitty Felde.

Circle Round:  Story podcast from WBUR

Kids Like You and ME:  NPR Podcast featuring stories by children about what it feels like to be teased for being different and how it feels to be accepted

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd:  An adventurous continuing story in which Dr. Floyd tries to thwart the plans of his evil arch nemesis, Dr. Steve, all the while exploring the people and events that shaped history.

Saturday Morning Theater:  Short imaginative, adventures featuring superhero tales, westerns, and mysteries.

Stories Podcast:  The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages.

Story PiratesStory Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.

Storynory:  New kids’ stories,classic fairy tales and original poems, myths, and adventures

The Unexplainable Disappearance Of Mars Patel:  Continuing mystery story in which Mars Patel and his pals who are on a quest to find their missing friends

What If World Podcast:  Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by your questions! Call to leave a voicemail at 205-605-WHAT and be featured on the show.


Songs and Music:

Classics for Kids:  Introduces listeners to different composers, often taking several episodes to study specific pieces or aspects of a composer’s work. The site also offers lesson plans, games, and other activities to supplement the show. K-5

OWTK’s Kids Music Monthly:  
Children’s songs past, present, and future hosted by Jeff Bogle

Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl:  Weekly music show for the whole family

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child:  Familiar childhood songs from NPR



Podcasts for Middle School-Aged Children:


All Girls Considered:  Created by middle school girls at Leander Middle School that is dedicated to telling and sharing the stories of the women that inspire us.

The AllusionistExplore the English language, with all its oddities and lots of humor.

Freakonomics Radio:  Host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics,  has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature.

Rebel GirlsA fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us.

Star Talk Radio:  Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about all things space: stars, planets, humans in space and interviews interesting people.

Stuff You Missed in History Class:  Part of the Stuff Media ("HowStuffWorks") is the world's leading for-profit publisher of podcasts. With more than 25 shows, including Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Atlanta Monster and now Cabinet of Curiosities, the Stuff Media team reaches audiences on every platform where podcasts are consumed, with a library of over 10,000 episodes and well over 1 billion downloads to date. 

Short & Curly - ABC Radio ethics podcast for children and their parents, with questions and ideas about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future.

Welcome to Night Vale:  In the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.


Podcasts for Parents:


Little Sprigs:  Host Christina Perez interviews early childhood experts about parenting with no punishments, bribes, or threats.

Mamalode:  Essays about parenting, read by their authors, along with author interviews about their work and parenting experiences.

The Modern Dads Podcast:  Host, Matt Schneider, interviews expert guests and authors, discusses current events and issues in parenting and focuses on involved fatherhood.

The One in a Million Baby:  Tells the stories of the special needs children and their parents and how they come to cope.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts with Susan Cain:  Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking     hosts this ten-part weekly series on parenting and teaching introverted children. Susan will dive into why quiet kids are unique and require different parenting and teaching methods.

Spawned:  For Parents of children 5 to 11 years old. Chase and Gumbinner talk about current parenting issues in the news and host the occasional expert guest and sometimes offer entertaining chatter about pop culture and parenthood in the elementary school years.

Unruffled (Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury) : Each episode addresses a reader's parenting issue. Janet is an author and guest lecturer. She has written No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame and Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting.


Podcasts for Teachers:

The Bedley Brothers:  (Teaching Strategies):  Teacher-of-the-year brothers from California interview high-profile guests and discuss a variety of topics, full of anecdotes and practical info.

Talks With Teachers:  (Teaching Strategies): Brian Sztabnik invites teachers to chat about their stories and challenges.


Directories and Reviews:

Bello Collective:  Reviews of recommended podcast episodes and new podcasts

Kids Listen:  A group of podcasts just for children that continues to add new members

Podcast Land:  A directory of new podcasts for adults and families