4. Stories Podcast
This podcast covers a mix of classic fairy tales and original stories. Some stories span over a few episodes, but the majority feature one short story, wrapped up in 20 minutes or less. Host Amanda Welden is upbeat and has a great, clear story-telling voice. Age 3 and up.
5. What If World*
In each episode, a child tells what he or she likes (American Girl dolls? Star Wars?) and asks a question: What if Dolphins Could Fly?” or What if babysitters sat on babies? Then talented host Mr. Eric tells a story that is inspired by those details with humor, creativity, character voices and sound effects. My kids beg for another story after each episode. Age 4 and up.
6. Story Pirates*
Think Second City or Upright Citizens Bridgade – but written by kids and performed by adult comedic actors. Kids write very short stories or ideas and the comedians turn it into a hilarious audio show. Their YouTube channel is amazing too. Age 5 and up.
7. Little Stories for Tiny People
The title says it all: this podcast features short stories meant for toddlers. I wish I had this podcast back when my four kids were all under age 5 – my older toddlers would pay attention and listen, while my babies would fall asleep to Rhea Pechter’s soothing voice. Age 2 and up.
8. Circle Round*
Produced by NPR, Circle Round tells international folk fables for children. Bonus: for every story there’s a correlating coloring page that goes along with it, making an easy and fun activity to color while listening. The speakers are diverse, professional actors and very engaging. Age 3 and up.
While other podcasts can tell stories a bit better, Storynory makes up for it with their massive amount of content. This show from the UK has been around for 13 years and offers a huge inventory of audio stories that include Greek myths, ancient historical stories, original stories and audiobooks too. Age 5 and up.