If you thought that podcasts are only for adults, think twice. There are podcasts for children as young as three years, in English and in French. We’ve tapped the power of our bilingual community of parents and teachers and brought you the best audio stories that you can listen to with your child, whether in preschool, elementary or middle school. Next time you are stuck in the car, on the plane, or simply before going to bed, listen to a podcast with your child! Scroll down to find age-appropriate suggestions and start downloading in your favorite podcast app. Share your suggestions of good children's podcasts,to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to the list.
Preschool and Kindergarten
In French: “Une histoire et… Oli”, France Inter
Renowned French authors tell children stories for about 10 minutes. Writers include Marie Desplechin, Nina Bouraoui, Alain Mabanckou, Alice Zeniter, Agnès Desarthe, Claude Ponti and many more. The stories are at times surprising, sad, or funny, but promise to take you on a journey with your child. Note that this podcast is appropriate for early elementary-aged children.
In French: “La grande histoire” de Pomme d’Api
5-minute podcasts twice a month where a narrator reads the big story of Pomme d’Api Magazine. Stories revolve around the imaginary world of children and features animals, witches, castles and more.
In French: “La veilleuse du sommeil”
20-minute podcasts that promote relaxation and stillness in children before bedtime. Host Mélodie Orru whispers a nice story, combined with natural sounds and gentle music. Note that this podcast requires payment.
In English: Listen & Play from the BBC
The audio content includes familiar songs, rhymes, stories and sound discrimination games to develop children's phonological awareness and confidence with spoken language. There are 67 episodes in the series in total and each episode lasts about 15 minutes. Each episode is divided into sections: listening activity, song, story, etc.
In English: Molly of Denali
Meet Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl growing up with her parents, family and friends. Over eight episodes, Molly and her friend Tooey discover the identity of a mystery creature that has stolen Molly's birthday cake. Join Molly and the gang and discover what life is like for a typical kid on big adventures in Alaska! The Molly of Denali podcast is made by the folks behind some of your all-time favorite PBS television shows: Arthur, Curious George, Pinkalicious and Peterrific and more! Note that this podcast is appropriate for early elementary-aged children.
In French: “Les odyssées”, France Inter
Listen to amazing - and actual - tales rooted in history! From the story of Christopher Columbus, to space exploration, to the story of UFOs in Roswell… Host Laure Grandbesançon takes her young and not-so-young listeners on a journey across the centuries. This podcast is also appropriate for middle school-aged children.
In French: “La Tablette magique”
Ethan, Camille and Sacha love to play knights and witches in the ruins of a castle near where they live. One day, they meet a time traveler who will take them back to the Middle Ages, in 1254, in that same castle where they used to play. The five episodes last 15 minutes each.
In French: “Les p’tites histoires”, Taleming
Audio stories told by thoughtful narrator Mathieu Genelle for five to seven minutes. Dozens of episodes available.
In French: “Salut l’info !“, France Info et Astrapi
Listen to the news in this weekly podcast made for children! In 10 minutes, children and adults explain what is going on in the news, in a way that is easy to understand for a younger audience. The content of these podcasts is both serious and fun.
In French: Fictions enfantines sur France Culture
Long form fictional audio stories of about 30 minutes for children.
In French: Encore une histoire
Seven to ten-minute long audio stories for children. Two seasons available.
In French: Les ptits curieux
Children get their most-common questions answered by a well-spoken adult, in less than one minute.
In French: Des histoires en musique, Radio Classique
Famous children’s tales told over beautiful classical music. Each episode is around 5 minutes long.
In English: Wow in the World
Wow in the World is a brand-new NPR children’s podcast focused on science and technology. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz (from TED Radio Hour and How I Built This) tackle multiple investigations in each episode with an energetic tone and LOTS of sound effects. This podcast is also appropriate for middle school-aged children.
In English: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
A fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. This show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book series written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher and fight harder. This podcast is also appropriate for middle school-aged children.
In English: 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. 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.
In English: The Story Pirates Podcast
The Story Pirates is an education and media organization that dramatizes stories written by young authors. These stories are performed with professional acting and singing at writing workshops across America. Now, several favorite stories are performed on the organization’s podcast. Each episode features the original story sent in by a child author, the Story Pirate adaptation, and a phone call to the author. This podcast is also appropriate for middle school-aged children.
In French: “Ma vie d’ado”, Bayard Jeunesse
Listen to teenagers speak about themselves, about their teachers, their friends, their family. This podcast is made by and for adolescents. Each episode lasts between 5 and 10 minutes.
In French: Les p’tits bateaux, France Inter
Every week, children leave a message with real questions and experts take the mic to answer them. Fascinating for children and adults alike.
In English: Brains On!
American Public Media’s podcast Brains On tackles a single, more complex question in each episode. How do pianos work? How do you know how old dinosaur bones are? What is slime? Children and youth participate in interviews with leading experts in the field to answer these questions and more.
In English: Kind World
Kind World is a radio series and podcast about how a single act of kindness can change our lives. In each episode, Andrea Asuaje and Yasmin Amer bring you deeply intimate stories and interviews that uplift your spirit and restore your faith in humanity.