Podcasts

Screen fatigue has many people turning to podcasts for a break from time spent in front of computers and mobile devices.  Interest in library and book-related podcasts for children has exploded over the last year.  Below are a few of our favorites for you to explore, including a podcast list developed by Anne Bensfield and Pam Rogers of ListenToAndFro.com especially for the 2021 Summer Reading Club theme: Tails and Tales!

Tails and Tales Podcast List

30 shows, 7+ hours of listening

This playlist includes African folktales about dogs and jackals; classic fairy tales about ducks, wolves, and goats; nonsense stories about cats competing for cake, panthers making phone calls, and lions eating spaghetti. Plus, book recommendations about sharks, skunks, and badgers; bedtime stories about ants, llamas, and octopi; and calming stories about porpoises, camels, and cicadas. The list also features a couple of fabulous serial podcasts about dogs, including The Adventures of Power Dog in Dogland and Hank the Cowdog, the latter voiced by Matthew McConaughey.

 


 

Smash Boom Best

If you like Who would Win, you might like this debate style podcast. The podcast website includes extras like Smash Boom Best Bingo, debate tips and even a listening party kit!

 


 

Wow in the World

Inquiring minds want to know! Questions about crazy, cool science-y things are explored. A podcast that will make you say WOW!

 


 

Newsy Pooloozi

Join Lyndee and Leela, a mother – daughter podcast team based in India, as they present current news stories in a lively and engaging way. They record each week from under the bed!

 


 

At Your Level

Host Ari Kelly and his mom started this inviting, interactive podcast during the pandemic. Jokes, riddles, and even ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) sounds to guess! A podcast for kids by kids. Vote on a topic for an upcoming episode, submit a recording or just listen and enjoy. Tip: listen for Ari’s brother’s trombone on each episode!

 


 

Story Seeds

On each episode, kids collaborate with famous authors to grow their story ideas. Listen as the story seed adventure grows with authors such as Jason Reynolds, Dan Gutman, Tracey Baptiste and more. Listen, Explore, Write.  Imagination in full bloom!

 


 

Mystery Recipe

Kids AND their grown-ups uncover the fun, fantastical, and fascinating sides of food. Each ingredient-themed episode builds to a grand finale: a mystery recipe cook-along. Get excited about cooking (and eating) by digging into the deliciously silly and unexpectedly educational podcast!