As a kid, Saturday mornings were a huge deal, and it was not because it involved Saturday morning cartoons. We did not have cable as kids, so turning on the TV only meant jumping white, black, and grey pixels. Saturday mornings were when Adventures in Odyssey came on the RADIO. I know right, the radio! We didn’t get to pick when we got listen to it, or check iTunes to download the latest episode. Nope, at 9:00 am sharp we had to have eaten our breakfast, cleaned up our rooms, and have our assigned chores done. Then for a brief time, probably the only time during the week in a house of 4 kids, the house became completely quiet. Our attention was totally focused on radio, every word, every sound that came from the radio captivated us.
When my oldest son stopped napping at the age of the 3, he transitioned into quiet-time. Quiet-time, in our house, is 30 minutes that he has books to look at followed by a designated toy/or activity for the next 30 minutes. Even at the age of 6, quiet-time is still a thing, and even though he goes to school, quiet-time sometimes is a way to decompress after school. He has always loved books, but with a more hectic schedule, I cannot always stop and read tons of books at the end of his school day. I started looking into audio books and podcasts for him. (You can get audio books via the world of CD’s but I avoid this because: A) I don’t own a CD player and B) I don’t trust my kids (cough cough Little Man) with CD’s).
So here is a list that I have complied of Podcast and Audio Book Resources for kids, Mama’s and Families:
Audio Book App:
Libby by Overdrive: Libby is an app that you can get through iTunes. It contains a digital library that you can use on many devices. It is easy to navigate and borrow books, and has a wide range of audiobooks as well. You can even place books on hold and be notified when they are available for your listening. You are limited on the number of books you can borrow at a time, but it is quick and easy to return books and get new ones.
Hoopla: Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library. Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. ” (From itunes.apple.com)
(Blog from Money Pantry with a list of free-audio books)
Podcast: (All Podcast have been linked just click on the title. All Descriptions are from the previews.)
Disclaimer: I have not listened to all the episodes from all the podcast. I encourage people to read and listen to an episode or two and see what works best for them and their family.
Wow in the World (Science): “Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We’ll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Stories (retold folk and fairy tales): “On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.” (from itunes.apple.com)
All the Wonders: “Hosted by Matthew Winner, co-founder of All The Wonders. The Children’s Book Podcast features insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from drawing board to bookshelf.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Dream Big Podcast: “The Dream Big Podcast is a family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. Your hosts Eva Karpman (currently 9-years-old in the 4th grade) and mom Olga Karpman interview world-class performers who do what they love and live their dreams each and every day. Eva also does solo episode where she answers questions from our audience and discusses personal development principles. The Dream Big Podcast’s short 15-20 minute format makes for the perfect length to listen to an episode in the car with your kids. Subscribe and together we can inspire each other to dream big and take action. To get to the podcast website, cut and paste the link DreamBigPodcast.com into your browser. Get ready to DREAM BIG!” (from itunes.apple.com)
Kids Corner: “This lively, half-hour radio program is geared for children ages 6-12. “Lizard-like” character Liz and his friends often get into trouble and make bad decisions. But they are guided to biblical principles by their parents and their favorite old people Grandpa Anole and Granny Gecko. Through the stories, children are entertained and helped to develop an interest in the Bible and in becoming a follower of Jesus. A lively website features stories, devotionals and other activities, as well as a Parents Corner.” (from podcasts.com) (This podcast is our current favorite. We listen to it all the time!)
Barefoot Books: “Discover a weekly selection of award-winning children’s stories and songs from Barefoot Books. We are an independent publisher specializing in carefully crafted books, gifts and digital content for children that combine the best of the present with the best of the past to educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow. These classic children’s stories, fairy tales, poems and songs tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Circle Round: Thoughtfully-selected folktales from around the world are adapted for today’s families and feature top talent from the stage and screen. With original music and sound design, these stories delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity. Geared for kids ages 4 to 10 and their grown-ups; created and produced by parents of young children. (from itunes.apple.com)
But Why?: “But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Ear Snacks: “Ear Snacks is a musical podcast for kids about the world. Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled podcast that parents enjoy and younger kids eat right up.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Sesame Street: “Download and subscribe to the Sesame Street video podcast featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie.” (from itunes.apple.com)
A Slob comes Clean: “Nony (Dana K White) from ASlobComesClean.com shares reality-based cleaning and organizing tips based on her own deslobification process. As she finds ways to keep her own home under control and combat “Slob Vision” she shares cleaning, decluttering, and organizing strategies, that work in real life. And she’s funny.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Parenting Great Kids: “Parents are trying to navigate children through a world they themselves don’t often understand. America’s Mom, Dr. Meg Meeker, the country’s trusted authority on parenting, teens, & children’s health, offers practical insights to help parents simplify. The pediatrician, mother, & best selling author engages with experts & parents to take on relevant issues, answer real questions, & provide simple hope & encouragement to every parent.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Couragesous Mom: “A weekly podcast with Isaac & Angie Tolpin with monthly special guests on biblical parenting. Learn how to equip confident Christian kids in an uncertain world.” (from itunes.apple.com)
Heart Lessons: “Inspiring and encouraging women to walk well in the story that God has written for them by interviewing amazing women who are doing that very thing. Real women. Real stories. Real faith.” (from itunes.apple.com)
The Mom Hour: “The most fun you’ve ever had with two moms you’ve never met. Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, preschool to teen. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We’re not experts, we’re moms who’ve been there. We’re not perfect, we’re real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.” (from itunes.apple.com)
These are just a few of the audio book apps and podcasts that we (and friends) have enjoyed. What are some of your favorites? Leave suggestions/recommendations in the comments!