Podcasts for Kids (or How to Keep the Kids from Fighting in the Back Seat.)

There are some really awesome podcasts made for kids and by kids. Most of these are between 10 and 20 minutes long, which is the sweet spot for kids’ attention and also about the time it takes for most people to get to school or the grocery store.  Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Book Club for Kids Middle grade kids discuss books. There are also instructions on the website for recording and submitting kids’ short reviews, which can also be done by simply leaving a voicemail message. If you would like to record a book review to submit, contact Children's Services. UPDATE: A few of the  St. Tammany Parish Library Battle of the Books 2018 competitors are featured in a recent podcast!
  • Brains On! is an award winning STEM podcast for kids made by American Public Media. Listener favorite episodes include the science of farts, lasers, cats, and books. Kids can submit questions and mystery sounds.
  • Buttons & Figs is all about word play, nonsense literature, and books. Think onomatopoeia, tongue twisters, collective nouns, puns, etc. It is created by children’s librarians so you know it is fun.
  • Our very own St. Tammany Parish Library Podcast has the occasional episode for kids. Listen to some Slidell students interview author and illustrator George O'Connor when he paid a visit last year.

To find more podcasts for kids visit Kids Listen. There's an app!

(Shout out to Anne Bensfield, Children’s Digital Learning Librarian at Oak Park Public Library, for introducing me to the wonderful world of podcasts for kids.)

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