Podcast Storytelling: Great Podcasts for Children's Stories

Podcasts are a great way to learn, stay informed and expand your mind. They're also a terrific medium for storytelling. The list presented here includes ten podcasts that focus on stories for children, including a wide range of styles and genres.

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1. Activated Stories

Activated Stories is a weekly podcast that uses professional storytellers to present folktales. Each podcast is recorded in a new location from throughout the world. Your child will not only hear great stories, but also learn about the world around him or her.

2. Storynory - Stories for Kids

Storynory is a weekly podcast featuring classic fairy tales, modern children's stories, poems and more. The stories include adventure, romance and other genres sure to entertain your child. Each story is primarily read by Natasha Gostwick, who trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama and has been producing Storynory since 2005.

3. BigStoryTime.com - Bedtime Stories for Kids

BigStoryTime.com is a podcast featuring the reading of children's books with a twist. Instead of an adult reading the stories, they're read by 5-year-old Mitchell. He reads each story to his parents, with accompanying artwork from his Auntie Lisa.

4. The Story Home

With stories read by a storyteller named Adam, The Story Home features original and classic children's stories. Among the classic stories are Pinocchio, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Three Little Pigs. New podcasts are added every other week.

5. My Baby Monsters

Created by a 6-year-old girl and her father, My Baby Monsters is a series of collaborative storytelling-themed podcasts. What makes this podcast series unique, aside from the playful banter between the girl and her father, is that the listener gets to complete each story. This brings a level of interactivity to the stories that will keep your child engaged.

6. Sleepy Time Theater

Sleepy Time Theater is a podcast series intended for bedtime. The stories are read by Robin MacBlane and Larry Whitler, also known as Robin and the Giant. Each podcast includes both a short story and a lullaby, to help your child fall asleep.

7. Stories for Kids - Learning Today

Stories for Kids features very brief stories, many of which are just one or two minutes long. They are designed to be both entertaining and educational. They teach concepts like cause and effect, rhyming and sequencing.

8.Sherlock Holmes Adventures Podcast

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective comes to life in these classic radio stories, now available as free podcasts. The stories find Holmes using his brilliant powers of deduction to solve a wide variety of crimes in late 19th century London. These podcasts also show children the power of old-fashioned radio dramas, which captivated audiences before television.

9. Biddy Bedtime Stories

With new stories released regularly, Biddy Bedtime Stories is a nighttime podcast intended to stay fresh and interesting for your child. The original stories follow a duck named Biddy, who resides in a tree house in a forest. He's joined there by his friends, Bruin, a bear, and Douglas, a lumberjack.

10. Barefoot Books Podcast

Each week, Barefoot Books Podcast releases a new podcast featuring an award-winning children's story from independent publisher Barefoot Books. The podcasts are a mix of classic and new stories, poems, fairy tales and songs. The stories originate from not just the United States, but from around the world.

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