Podcasts for Kids
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian
Recently, I attended a workshop that was all about podcasts for kids. While I know many people who listen to Serial or other popular podcasts, I didn’t know a lot about podcasts just for kids. However, the idea of podcasts for kids makes so much sense because they are a great way to enjoy some screen-free time. Kids can listen to a podcast in the car on a long road trip, in the evening before bed, or even while cleaning their rooms (one can hope). Podcasts often have regular episodes, so kids are motivated to listen so they can keep up with their favorite story or show.
There are countless podcasts available, but there a few kids’ ones that stand out. Ear Snacks is a fun musical podcast for the whole family that is about a wide variety of topics. The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is an exciting science fiction podcast about a boy who lives on an interplanetary space station, visits other galaxies, meets aliens, and gets into trouble. But Why is an NPR podcast where kids ask questions about any topic they are curious about and then get their answer. Book Club for Kids is exactly what is sounds like — a recurring podcast of kids discussing a book they have all read. It’s a great way to hear about new books and what your peers think of them. You can find many more kids podcast recommendations at kidslisten.org.
So, download a podcast for your next long trip to see what you think — maybe you’ll become a regular podcast listener! (And don’t forget about the library’s large audiobook and Playaway collections for your listening enjoyment as well.)Tags: Audiobooks, Kate Easley, kids, playaways, podcasts, recommendations