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The Best Podcasts for Children to Listen to in 2022

Looking for some of the best podcasts for children to listen to in 2022? Check out this list of the best podcasts for kids! These shows are fun, and educational, and there are perfect options for listeners of all ages. (Yes, adults, you’ll enjoy these, too!)

There’s something for everyone on this list. And to help you make your choice even easier (although, I’m willing to bet you’ll be adding all of these to your playlist) we’ve included listener reviews.

So put on a pair of headphones and get ready to explore the world of podcasting with your kids!

First up, we have…

1. The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl is first on our list. If your little ones love music, then is show should definitely find a space on your playlist!

This podcast is a weekly music show for the whole family. It’s something different, and something the whole family can enjoy together!

What fans are saying…

This mom can tolerate this in the car! It’s kid music and my kids (4 and 2) enjoy listening to it in the car. But, even better is that it is kid music that I, as the mom driving the car, actually enjoy listening to too. It usually takes us the whole week to get through the two hours because we just listen to it in the car, but that’s perfect because it’s a weekly show.

2. Reading Bug Adventures – Original Stories with Music for Kids

Let’s Fly! Reading Bug Adventures is a story podcast for kids from The Reading Bug. Each episode is a new adventure with original songs — just hop into the Reading Bug’s magic book bag, and we’ll be transported to whatever time or place is in the books inside! Join us for action and adventure, and bring your crayons and paper so you can color your own illustrations. Reading Bug Adventures is created, written, and produced by The Reading Bug, an independent, family-owned children’s bookstore.

What fans are saying…

A Family Hit! This is a show all my children enjoy. As an adult, I don’t mind listening to it with them. It’s the perfect balance of fun and learning. I appreciate the lack of ads. We anticipate each new adventure!

Reading Bug is the best. I’m 8 and I started to listen to Reading Bug when I was 5 and I still enjoy it, and I really look forward to all the new adventures. I have told all my friends about it. I Iove Reading Bug.

3. The Story Seeds Podcast

Next up, we have The Story Seeds Podcast.

Our Webby Award-nominated show matches kids ages 6-12 and their story ideas with diverse, beloved children’s authors. Each episode chronicles the magic that grows through author-child collaboration and features an immersive story time read aloud by the author. Bonus episodes feature author interviews with our host Betsy Bird!

As a Common Sense Media Seal Selection, our show is recognized as a great choice for kids and families for its engaging stories, valuable content, and diverse voices, characters, and messages and has received an A+ for educational value. Our show has also been featured in Wired, Time for Kids, Parents, The New York Times, and CBC and wasThe Week Junior magazine’s 2020 Podcast of the Year. Our theme song and music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT.

What fans are saying…

Brilliant Show! We love this clever show, the authors, and the kids we hear. Thank you for sowing seeds!

Enchanting and magical. The Story Seeds podcast takes us back to being a kid. Where books are wondrous and captivating and with characters we fall in love with. This podcast is a must for adults and kids alike. It’s a dose of creativity mixed with honesty and humanness. An all around wonderful listening experience!

4. The Big Fib

Another interesting listen for kids (and their adults) is The Big Fib

In the era of fake news, kids need to learn to be able to tell what’s true from what’s false. And what better way to do that than a game show that puts kids in the driver’s seat, adults on the hot seat, and a sound-effects robot strapped to the roof?

Each week, a kid interviews two experts in a particular topic, one of which is a genuine, credentialed expert, the other a liar. Hilarious and fast-paced, the show teaches kids to ask insightful questions, weigh the evidence before them, and trust their guts.

What fans are saying…

The best! I love the podcast keep up the good work actually the amazing work.

5. Story Pirates

Next on the list, is another firm favorite.

The award-winning Story Pirates Podcast takes stories written by kids and turns them into sketch comedy and songs. Made up of talented comedians, songwriters, and frequent celebrity guests, the Story Pirates inspire kids to create, bringing laughter to kids and grownups of all ages with hilarious sketches, catchy original songs from all genres, and interviews with the creative geniuses behind the stories… kids!

What fans are saying…

This podcast is amazing and so funny me and my sister both listen to it and it always makes us laugh! The Story Pirates are all geniuses and really deserve praise. They are really creative and I love how they get their listeners involved by letting them write stories for the podcast. THIS PODCAST ROCKS.

6. David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast

Up next, David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast. This one only has a few episodes, but it’s a treat for the ears!

Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century rock star Franz Liszt. (Please note no composers were harmed in the making of this podcast).

What fans are saying…

Classical and Clever. Really well done. Gets my daughter interested in the different composers/musicians that are featured. I wish there was a bit more music played at the end.

Entertaining & educational! As a music educator, I love anything that makes classical music accessible to kids. My 3-year-old and I laugh through each podcast and my middle school students enjoy the show while barely realizing they are learning. I love the mix of facts, stories, and musical excerpts, interlaced with ridiculous characters, bad jokes, and a Simon Cowell rivalry. Thanks for giving me one more tool to teach my kiddos that classical music is exciting, beautiful, and fun!

7. Circle Round

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

What fans are saying…

We all love this show. My kids and I love Circle Round. Stories from various cultures are thoughtfully told with clear lessons. We enjoy the voices, the music, and the tale. It’s a favorite podcast of my family that I highly recommend!

8. Armchair Adventures

Next up, it’s time for some Armchair Adventures.

A fun-packed, adventure-filled series for kids – where you come along for the journey! You’ll follow teenager Connie, who lives with her parents above their struggling, family-run travel business. She’s invented a different way to take a holiday – by using your imagination!

In each, sing and move-along episode, you join Connie and her plucky team of explorers as they take you on a series of Armchair Adventures. You’ll visit magical places and meet extraordinary people.

Armchair Adventures is a podcast for kids and families. Listen on your own or together, during recreational time, family visits, in-person or over video calls – there are endless possibilities for your next adventure!

What fans are saying…

Great for the whole family. This is a lot of fun! Highly recommend.

Brilliant interactive kids podcast! Me & my kids started listening to this during lockdown and we’re still hooked. We really look forward to when there’s another episode out.

Lovely! Gets the kids up and busy on rainy days, love it!

9. Stories Podcast

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.

What fans are saying…

More Podchats please ! I really enjoy this podcast. I started at 7 and now I‘m 13 and I still listen to it. I would recommend it for all ages of kids. Podchats are the most amazing thing you’ve ever done. Please make more.

10. Anorak: The Happy Podcast For Kids

Anorak: the Happy Podcast for Kids invites children to voice the burning questions that they have about the world around them such as ‘how do whales pee?” and “should every house have a jetpack?”. These are answered by a global cast of guests ranging from rock stars to scientists, architects to ice cream makers. And there are jokes too!

What fans are saying…

Something we can all listen to! A fun and interesting podcast that our whole family can listen to. It features cool guests, questions from ‘real kids’, and the occasional joke our child will try memorizing to use at any opportunity. Feel-good and high quality… thanks, Anorak!

11. Bedtime Stories with Netflix Jr.

Another lovely option to help with bedtime, Bedtime Stories with Netflix Jr.

Wind down with your favorite Netflix Jr. characters in these bedtime stories designed to help your little ones relax and sleep. Created with Dr. Tina Bryson, childhood development expert and author of “The Whole-Brain Child,” each episode is crafted to help children successfully transition gently to sleep, while also building skills to navigate the world.

What fans are saying…

We Need More Episodes Please! My kids love listening to this podcast and these stories but we need more. This is one of the best kid’s bedtime stories out there! My kids love it!

12. But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Next, another great options is the But Why podcast.

This 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.

What fans are saying…

I really love this podcast!!!! I just love to learn things I have never learned before. One of my favorite ones is Why Are Pandas Black and White? But the only thing that has to improve is MORE EPISODES!!!!!! And thank you for all your hard work. Again such a great podcast!

13. Ear Snacks Podcast for Kids

Next, we have another firm favorite is the Ear Snacks Podcast for Kids.

Explore the absurdity and wonder of everyday life in this lovable podcast where kids learn about music, art, science and culture – one topic at a time. Andrew & Polly mashup jokes, songs and interviews with experts in an award-winning podcast that The New York Times calls “packed with earworms and made with heart” and Common Sense Media rates as one of the best podcasts for kids. Best for kids aged 2-7 and anyone young at heart.

What fans are saying…

Brilliant in all of the ways! The musicality, the playfulness, the JOY, and the masterful handling and weaving together of subjects. This is really the best of the best and I’m delighted every time I listen, as is my child. THANK YOU for existing and putting this into the world.

14. Super Great Kids’ Stories

Next, we have another super great story-focused podcast!

Don’t let the ‘kids’ in the title fool you, The Super Great Kids’ Stories is perfect for all ages.

Super Great Kids’ Stories is a collection of fun tales to make you laugh and cry, told by some of the best storytellers from around the world. Recommended for ages 5 to 105…

What fans are saying…

Road Trip Fun! This podcast is phenomenal! My kids, ages 11-4 absolutely love it. Perfect for helping long drives go by a bit faster. Very thankful for the wonderful story tellers and folklore from around the world!

And finally…

15. Story Shed

Last but certainly not least, check out Story Shed

Children’s storytelling podcast for kids of all ages. A new and original story each episode. Stories with a heart, designed to encourage discussion… Perfect for parents and teachers! A family friendly podcast which can be used for school assemblies, car journeys, bedtime, anytime! 

What fans are saying…

Fantastic work done to develop kids’ enthusiasm in learning! Great work in providing daily amazing content for kids of all ages. For a migrant family like us speaking Spanish and English in our London little house, the learning has been and is just fantastic. We have incorporated so many games and had such great conversations with the kids. Thanks! Gracias!

To Conclude

Looking for more great listeners perfect for kids? Then check out Sound Carrot! It’s a passion project of a dad for his podcast-loving kids. And it’s full of kid-friendly podcasts!

It’s a place that makes discoverability of great, kid-friendly super easy! And it’s a great resource for parents and kids to browse shows that are safe for them to listen to.

Check it out, and your kid-friendly playlist will always be fully stocked!

Related read: 10 Reasons Why Your Kids Should be Listening to Podcasts

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