Whilst the idea of putting a child in front of a screen can often induce guilt in parents, a podcast seems somehow more acceptable. Listening does, we tell ourselves, require more engagement on the part of the listener than passive screen watching, more imagination, more concentration. As the spoken word becomes increasingly popular as a form of entertainment, we have compiled this selection of podcasts for children of all ages.
David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast with Classic FM
Released on 4th February, the ever popular Mr Walliams introduces a composer per podcast. Children (and adults…) will be introduced to marvellous music from Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven and Liszt as well as to different types of classical music and instruments. Edifying, amusing and easy on the ear.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Readers of the abridged and illustrated lives of 100 incredible women will be delighted to hear their heroines brought to life in this delightful audio series. Part biography, part fairy tale, these stories lend themselves perfectly to the podcast, taking listeners on an empowering journey in the company of trailblazing women from Elizabeth I to Malala Yousafzai.
Becoming Mother Nature
The atmosphere of this podcast about a 12 year old girl who may be about to find herself in charge of the world’s ecosystem is akin to that of a brilliant film or Netflix series. Becoming Mother Nature comes from the same Gen Z Media team who created the award winning The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. If the latter is often described as The Goonies meets Stranger Things then the former is Greta Thunberg meets The Chronicles of Narnia.
A voyage around the world where folk tales and fables are reinterpreted for today’s audience and recounted with the help of actor-readers. With 120 tales of 10 to 20 minutes each, Circle Round is the ultimate never ending story.
If your little listener is of the swashbuckling variety, this reimagined version of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson is worth a try. Young James Hawkins meets Billy Bones, a time traveling pirate from the 18th century and together they cross into a magical world situated 300 years in the past.