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12 of the best book and storytelling podcasts for kids

From retellings of ancient myths and fairy tales, to entertaining interviews with some of the greatest children’s authors, these podcasts are perfect for book-loving children.

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Puffin Podcast: Mission Imagination

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Are you surprised that we’re kicking off with our very own Puffin Podcast that won an Aria Award this year? Hosted by comedian, actor, and Celebrity Gogglebox star Babatúndé Aléshé, every episode he and two Puffineers team up to whisk young listeners away on an adventure to a magical world. Each week they’re joined by one of our fantastic Puffin authors – and guest appearances so far have included Humza Arshad, Greg James, Robin Stevens, and Jen Carney. Our new season kicks off in August and spoiler alert: it’s going to be the best one yet. Stay tuned!

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Acast

Story Pirates

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The crew behind the award-winning Story Pirates podcast is a renowned group of top comedians, musicians, authors, and teachers who take stories written by kids and turn them into comedy sketches and catchy songs. As well as interviewing the kids behind the stories, they’ve had some super special guests too including Julie Andrews, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristen Bell, and David Schwimmer.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Acast

Girl Tales

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Fans of fairy tales, myths, and legends will love this podcast that puts a feminist spin on your favourite classics. Hosted by Rebecca Cunningham, all the stories are written by women, non-binary and trans male playwrights, and feature no damsels in distress or princesses in need of protection. The girls in these stories are in control of their destinies. New episodes air every Monday.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Acast

Fun Kids Book Worms

An image of the Fun Kids Book Worms logo. It features a photo of the host Bex who is blonde, wears glasses and is in a red and white striped t-shirt. She is surrounded by illustrations of books and pages flying in the air and behind her is a red, orange and yellow sunbeam. The title is in a big and bold yellow font.

If you’re looking for a book club-style podcast, try Fun Kids Book Worms. Every fortnight, host Bex meets and greets top children’s authors to talk about all things book related and gets them to read chapters from their new books. Some authors who have recently appeared as guests include Chris Smith, Alison Hammond, and Michael Rosen.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Greeking Out

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You’ll be able to Greek out to all your friends after listening to this podcast by National Geographic Kids. Classic stories of ancient Greece are humorously retold for kids and families and feature all your favourite heroes, gods and goddesses, sea monsters, cyclops, and more. Join Jason as he hunts for the golden fleece, witness Theseus defeat the fearsome Minotaur, and discover how the Olympians came into power.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Buttons & Figs

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Some of the best children’s books use wordplay and the Buttons & Figs podcast is all about having fun with words. From puns and acrostic poems, this witty podcast explores all the different things you can do with words and there are even stories written by children.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Kids Listen

Storynory

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Storynory is the perfect podcast for little ones to listen to before bed or on long journeys. Featuring traditional stories from all corners of the globe as well as original tales, the soothing voices of the narrators make this calming podcast a must-listen. They typically release a new short story every week.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Acast

Circle Round

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This creative story podcast has been created and produced by parents of young children. Circle Round takes folktales from around the world and adapts them into radio plays for kids aged between four and 10. They enlist the help of well-known actors, comedians, and authors to help tell the stories, and each episode has original music by award-winning composer Eric Shimelonis.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Stitcher

Book Club for Kids

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Originally starting life as a segment on a radio programme back in 2000, Book Club for Kids has now become its own super successful podcast. Hosted by Kitty Felde who is also a children’s author, in each episode a trio of kids comes together to talk about a middle-grade novel, followed by an interview with the author and a reading of the book by a celebrity. It’s quite literally a book club in your pocket!

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Stories Podcast

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Another brilliant podcast for those who love to listen to stories read out loud. The Stories Podcast features retellings of classic tales like Peter Rabbit and Little Red Riding Hood as well as original tales by other writers. Episodes are usually between 10 and 20 minutes long and are perfect for the whole family to listen to together.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify

The Story Seeds Podcast

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This Webby Award-nominated show is different in that it focuses on how to create a story. In each episode, a child aged between six and 12 is matched with a children’s author and they come together to collaborate and write an original story, using the child’s initial idea – the ‘seed’. The author then reads the story out! This podcast is ideal for budding young writers.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Stitcher

What If World

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Inspired by Skype story time sessions with his nephew, this imaginative podcast sees host Eric O’Keeffe take a ‘what if?’ question from a kid and turn it into a story. What if The Beatles were actual beetles? What if we could turn off gravity? What if a dog was a dentist? This podcast will have you learning and laughing along with the wacky stories.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Stitcher

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