Continuing the series of Great Podcasts for Kids, here are some more excellent podcasts for your kids, and you, to enjoy, on a variety of topics and themes selected by Josh Carlson, Manager of Youth Services.
All of these podcasts should be available on any service you use to listen to podcasts, such as Apple Podcasts, Apple Music, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, etc. If you have some additional great podcast recommendations, leave them in the comments below!
The Big Fib
Setup as a game show, The Big Fib is a fun way to examine fact and fiction in an era of fake news while helping with media literacy skills.
The Good Words
Recommended for elementary school aged kids through adults (though nothing really precludes younger kids beyond comprehension), The Good Words podcast introduces listeners to an awesome word each episode, diving into its meaning, history, and listening to excerpts from literature, songs and poetry that use it in context. Interesting and educational, sure to build vocabulary! While The Good Words is no longer regularly updated, there is an extensive episode list with amazing words like, “fungible,” “quagmire,” “ostentatious,” “pulchritude” and “kerfuffle” to learn about. If this podcast interests you, be sure to check out my Peculiar Picks for National Dictionary Day.
A Kids Book About
Based on the book series of the same name, and brought to you by the same people that make the Camp Adventure podcast recommended last month. A Kids Book About dives into frequently challenging, hard-hitting, or potentially complicated topics in ways that children can understand and parents and caregivers can help to make sense of, such as racism, depression, emotions, COVID-19, and religion.
Kids Listen Activity Podcast
Not one podcast, but a compilation of great episodes of many podcasts for youth. The content is varied, both in terms of age range and theme. It’s a great way to discover a wide variety of podcasts kids may want to explore further, but the really cool part is Kids Listen Activity Podcast pairs an at-home activity with each episode presented.
We Got You
Nominated for a 2021 Webby Award, We Got You features younger (middle school aged) kids asking hard life questions and having them answered by older teens who have already lived through those situations: “Teens discuss issues they faced as middle schoolers, as a means to inspire ante educate the younger generation to know they are not alone in their struggles.”
REACH: a Space Podcast for Kids
An entertaining and informative podcast all about outer space and space exploration. Generally great for all kids, though the scientists may at times use jargon that the younger kids (and maybe older kids and adults) will need some more help understanding. A really cool combination of space industry experts and scientists from places such as NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Adler Planetarium, as well as entertainment personalities like Sean Astin, Darren Criss, Marc Evan Jackson, Rachel Dratch and Lamorne Morris and makes this a great listen for anyone interested in learning more about space.
An actual young boy named Aaron began Aaron’s World when he was five years old, finally concluding the 50th episode when he was 11. Aaron’s World is an imaginative time-traveling journey to prehistoric times, filled with science, and LOTS of dinosaur information! Fun, educational, and totally cool that it was written and created by a kid!
Books, Reading & Stories Podcasts
Perhaps Girl Tales explains itself the best: “Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures. Written by women, non-binary, and trans male playwrights, Girl Tales offers a feminist twist on classic fairytales, fables, and myths. With energetic voice actors and professional sound design, these radio plays burst to life at the touch of a button.”
Little Stories for Tiny People
Featuring short and fun stories, perfect for bedtime or anytime, for younger listeners. The podcast’s website has a great feature where you can pick out episodes by theme.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters, excellent writing, great music, Timestorm is the awesome story of the Ventura twins as they have action-packed time-traveling adventures while learning about, and preserving, their rich Puerto Rican heritage and history. It maintains a sense of positivity and hope for the future, while also dealing with heavy large-scale topics such as oppression and colonization or smaller, personal issues such as bullying. Recommended for upper elementary – middle school ages.
What If World
Combining kids' questions with imaginative storytelling, What If World is full of whimsy, adventure and wacky fun. Great for younger kids.