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!
Maybe you need a little screen time for your younger child, but want an alternative to regular television. Check if your school or town library has a subscription to the Tumble Book Library (I am definitely lucky that Vancouver Public Library has so many digital resources). Tumble Books are interactive, talking picture books complete with animation, text, narration, and music! You read along on your computer or tablet. I haven’t fully explored all the features yet, but there are puzzles and games, books in other languages, National Geographic videos, graphic novels, and more.
Slightly older children may enjoy Tumble Book Cloud Junior, same idea but meant for children in grades 3-8. My kids aren’t in school (yet – almost), so I haven’t gone through the content in great detail.
And of course, there is Tumble Book Cloud for teenagers and adults. Yes, something for everyone! Did I mention this is all free through our library!?