The premise of Story Pirates podcast is “Kids write stories. We act them out. Kids write more.” And the results are hilarious!
All the stories are original works, written by kids, with definite kid sensibilities. The stories are then adapted by professional comedians, actors, and improvisers.
My daughter is often in stitches. Me too!
Seriously, who doesn’t remember and love Judy Blume and her delightful tales about Peter and Fudge Hatcher? And don’t forget their friend Sheila Tubman.
I’m most familiar with the first three books in the series, having read them as a kid myself. But there are five in total:
And they are read by the author herself!
My older daughter (being the big sister) loves the sibling aspect of these books. We have definitely laughed out loud many times listening to Fudge’s hilarious antics. Peter is definitely a good, long-suffering big brother.
As a kid, I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss books. They are just so silly and fun!
Although wonderful for younger kids, these two collections of stories are full of enough big name comedic stars (like Billy Crystal, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, and more) that even adults will enjoy the readings.
We found the matching books at our library and followed along too. Definitely still childhood classics!
We listened to this audiobook collection on a road trip from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR, about a six hour drive one way. It was perfect. Charmingly read by the author, Louis Sachar, this zany series kept us all entertained for hours on the road.
The students are weird, the teachers are weird, and everything they do is a little bit strange. My kid (even at age 4) loved it – but older children and adults (including my husband!) will definitely appreciate the humour too.
They have definitely stood the test of time; I remember reading these books when I was a kid!
The collection contains three books:
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School
- Wayside School is Falling Down
- Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
The chapters are fairly short, and can almost stand alone, especially the first book. Great for both home and car!
There is no kid on earth who can resist Robert Munsch. He’s one of those delightful authors who reads his own stories. If your kids have never heard the audio versions of his classic books, they are in for a treat! And you can listen to many of them free on his website!
Our favourites are:
If you have the physical books, you can definitely read along too. I found these to be great listen-in-the-car stories, as they are nice and short. I sometimes risk a tantrum if I try to turn the car off mid-story.
Two collections are also available if you want to listen to them all in a row. Check if there’s a copy in your library!