Podcast – Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

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The name says it all – it’s a science podcast for kids!

Tumble is another excellent free podcast for the young scientist. Hosts Lindsay and Marshall interview guest scientists on each episode, in a fun way that brings each topic to life. They cover many a kid-friendly subject. Like poop and ninjas.

If you like Radiolab, you just might love Tumble for your children. Wonderful listening for the whole family!

Series – Whatever After

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My daughter loves fairy tales, and this series is no exception. Whatever After, by Sarah Mlynowski, follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah as they enter different fairy tale worlds through a magic mirror in their basement. Of course, they mess up the story, and hilarity ensues. It’s a neat twist on classic stories that often need a little updating (as in the princess learns to fend for herself).

I really enjoyed audiobooks mainly because of the narrator Emily Eiden, who brings 10-year old Abby to life perfectly.

Ten books in the series already, and counting! Fun for kids age 8 to 12.

Check them out through Audible, or at your library!

Series – Harry Potter

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So. Good.

I thought this beloved series by J. K. Rowling was fantastic from the first time I read them. Then I discovered the unabridged audiobook series narrated by Jim Dale when my daughter M was born. Seriously one of the best narrators I’ve listened to. He does every character’s voice just slightly differently. Amazing.

These books have a special place in my heart. During the first three months of M’s life, I somehow finished listening to all seven novels, and I truly feel they kept me sane during that foggy period of late night cluster feeds. Mischief managed.

My kids are too young right now as there are some darker themes. But I cannot wait to listen to this series again when they’re ready. Again, this is a must listen.

Check it out through Audible (well worth getting to listen to over and over), or at your library!

Series – Bunnicula

I can’t stop looking up my old favourites to share with my daughter. And this series about everyone’s favourite vampire bunny by Deborah and James Howe is no exception.

Even though it’s meant for slightly older kids (perhaps age 8 to 12), my almost five year old still really enjoyed these books! True, some of the jokes in this funny, slightly spooky series went over her head, but I definitely loved re-listening with her.

While I could find the first collection at my local library, I eventually bought the second collection through Audible. Victor Garber is wonderful as the narrator in the first six books. I’d say the seventh book that doesn’t quite live up to the earlier works, but overall, still worth checking out the series.

Podcast – The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

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Got older kids who would enjoy a serialized mystery story? Performed by kids? Check out this award-winning free podcast! It’s about an Indian-American boy named Mars Patel and his misfit band of buddies who go on the hunt for their missing friends. (Stranger Things anyone?)

I can already envision listening to this when my girls are older, maybe as we take a nice long family road trip somewhere. The recommended age is 8 to 12, so we have a few years, but I even enjoyed listening to it by myself!

Podcast – NPR Wow in the World

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If you and your kids like science, check out Wow in the World from National Public Radio. NPR makes dozens of different podcasts (I wish I had time to listen to them all), and have recently put out their first ever family-friendly podcast looking into different stories in science and technology.

Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz are the two funny and fully-experienced podcast hosts. And the podcast is definitely free!

Recommended for ages 5 to 12. I’ve checked out a few episodes and think my daughter (at age 4) is just slightly young for it right now, but I can’t wait to start listening with her soon!