Pod City: 14 Podcasts Your Kids Will Like (And Won’t Drive You Nuts)
I listen to podcasts mostly while driving—alone. When my toddler is in the car, she’s guaranteed to either scream while I’m trying to hear Radiolab or pay a little too much attention to, say, WTF.
Parents of preschoolers may want to subscribe to this video podcast, which releases a short ‘n’ catchy video each week. Recent highlights include "Grover Can Do It" (indeed, he still can) and "Best of Bert and Ernie."
Each short episode features a video version of a notable picture book, making it ideal for the crawling set as well as early readers.
What apps, games and other tech are kids into these days? On this show, a dad and his teen daughters share their latest obsessions.
Radio Rookies from WNYC
Even though new episodes haven’t been produced in years, this show is still a standout. In each episode, New York City teenagers share compelling stories about their lives, like what it’s like to have a parent serving in the Middle East and what it’s like to be a gay teen in Harlem.
FOR YOUNG READERS
This British podcast shares a new family-friendly story each week. Diverse selections include original pieces, poems, and fairy tales, and the full text is posted online.
Kids on Comics
Don Garvey loves comics, and so do his two young sons. In each episode, the guys chat about what they’ve been reading and doing (like going to Disney World). They haven’t posted an episode in a few months, but I’m hoping it’s just because they took a summer break.
Book Club for Kids
This charming new podcast appeals to my inner Reading Rainbow fan. Each episode features kids chatting about their favorite books and celebrity guests like a real-life FBI agent and a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
As you may guess by the title, this podcast addresses everything related to Harry Potter and, miraculously, has continued to churn out new episodes years after the series ended.
Poem of the Day
Want to get your kid curious about poetry? Episodes of the Poetry Foundation’s daily podcast are short and appropriate for all ages.
FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS
This podcast may be aimed at kids, but grownups can also learn from its succinct lessons about gravity, space, germs, fossils, and just about any other scientific subject.
The Old Time Radio Superman Show
This is one of several podcasts that rebroadcasts classic radio shows. Each episode features a thrilling, G-rated 1940s Superman adventure that lasts about 20 minutes.
FOR KIDS, STARRING KIDS
Podcast Kid with Jenna and James
This father-daughter podcast touches on kid-friendly pop culture, but it also addresses important topics like changing schools and dealing with mean girls. In one notable episode, James and his daughter discuss depression and how it affected their family.
Five Minutes with Dad
How does Nick Pavlidis connect with his 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter? In each five-minute installment, the family chats about their latest adventures, projects, and favorite things.
This podcast ended several years ago, but it remains a shining example of how schools can incorporate podcasting. Episodes feature students at an Omaha elementary school talking about what they’re learning and even making up jokes. (A sample: “What is a dent in the White House called?” Answer: “A Presi-dent!”)