Podcasts for Little Listeners

Podcasts have the power to inform, educate, and entertain. Podcasts for children are still relatively new, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a good enough selection available already.

If you listen to podcasts yet aren’t sure what’s out there for kids, or if you’re looking for other ways to entertain podcasts offer a shared listening experience that can be worked into a routine. They can reduce screen time, and, they’re free. Whether it’s stories, education, or music Sonny Bear’s recommendations can be a starter guide.

Storytelling

Story Pirates

One of the most downloaded family podcasts in the world. Story Pirates are a group of world-class actors, musicians, and comedians who work together to bring stories to life.

The stories are all written by children and woven into a brilliantly entertaining narrative about the misadventures of a musical theatre group.

Girl Tales

Girl Tales take classic fairytales and reimagine them as modern, feminist tales for kids.  The stories are all performed by energetic actors and playwrights. New episodes are uploaded monthly and each one has inspiring messages for the next generation.

The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified

Think Nancy Drew but a modern podcast version. This adventure series tells the story of Eleanor, a world-famous reporter who’s always searching for the truth. It takes you on a journey with Eleanor. Crossing jungles, outsmarting villains, and uncovering devious plots. It will likely spark some great conversations and ‘who done it’ moments.

What if World

This podcast takes “What if?” questions submitted by kids and turns them into entertaining stories. From “What if sharks had legs?” to other amusing topics. The host manages to turn these questions into entertainment with valuable lessons.

Education

Ecolution

This podcast by RTÉ Jr Radio is presented by James Dunne, a 16-year-old climate activist. Each episode takes a different topic and helps kids to understand the importance of climate activism while introducing them to climate initiatives around Ireland.

“But why?”

A show for curious kids. Children ask questions and the podcast host finds the answers. But why tackles big and small questions and topics are wide-ranging. Learning guides can be downloaded from the site if kids want to know more about any topic and deepen their understanding.

Wow in the World

Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz take children (and parents) on a fascinating journey around the world. They discuss science, nature, technology, and answer lots of burning questions children might have.

KidNuz

Five-minute podcasts that cover current events, top stories, entertainment, sports, politics, and science. Each episode is age-appropriate and aims to ‘inform without fear and educate without opinion’.

Book Club for Kids

Children can pick an episode based on their age and reading interests. Each episode features a panel of kids discussing the chosen book, an interview with the author, and a reading by a celebrity. It’s a great way to get kids thinking about stories and to encourage reading.

Music

Ear Snacks

Musicians Andrew and Polly host this musical podcast about science, art, and culture. They write and perform catchy songs that are fun and digestible for all ages.

Bígí ag ceol

A music show that features varied genres. Songs are performed in Irish, followed by a discussion in Irish. Kids can dance, sing along, and enjoy a bit of Irish culture.