Podcast – Disney Story Central

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If your kids are not into Disney, just skip this post.

If they are (like mine, despite my efforts in trying to shift them away from consumerism), by all means, check out this free podcast.

These short episodes basically re-tell the story of the more recent Disney movies, but without the movie. My daughters’ favourites, like Frozen and Moana, are included. Except now I don’t have to turn on a screen. I’m going to call that a win.

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Podcast – Circle Round

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This is a relatively new storytelling podcast that we’re loving right now!

As per their website, Circle Round “tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world with an eye towards inclusivity. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute diverse episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.”

What’s not to love about that?

Podcast – The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

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I’ve posted about a number of non-fiction science podcasts, but this is the first science fiction podcast that we’ve started listening to.

Finn Caspian is an eight-year old boy who lives aboard the Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. Together with his friends and pet robots, Finn tries to solve the mysteries of the universe, and maybe help some aliens along the way!

This podcast is fun, free, and serialized (so start with episode 1), and aimed at kids aged 5 to 10, or for any budding science fiction lover.

Podcast – BBC School Radio

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BBC School Radio is the division of the BBC that provides audio resources for primary schools.

There’s so much material here that I haven’t had time to explore the entire site! So far just the Early Learning section has kept my two little ones busy. Specifically, the Listen and Play podcast, which includes songs, stories, nursery rhymes, and is perfect for preschoolers.

And there’s more stuff, including animated video clips, that teach English literature, history, and other subjects, available for older children too.

Under the English section, you can find audio adaptations of works by William Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop, and many others. Even Greek mythology!

Narrators include well-known British actors such as David Tennant, Jonathan Pryce, Derek Jacobi, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, and Penelope Wilton – to name a few.

And of course, being North American, I just love those droll British accents.

Please check this free resource out. I promise it’s a great find!