We are excited to work with new podcasts made especially for young people in our elementary collection. In order to keep our curated podcasts short enough for a classroom lesson, we often edit the full podcast to make it 3-5 minutes long for flexible classroom use. Therefore, there is much more to hear on all of these podcasts. Learn more about each source, and if you are interested, subscribe and listen to more of their podcasts through the usual podcast apps–Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc.
Earth Rangers podcast is produced by a non-profit kids’ conservation organization based in Canada. They are committed to “instilling environmental knowledge, positivity and confidence to take action.” There are more resources for teachers in Canada on their website. The podcast features a character called Earth Ranger Emma, who takes listeners on journeys all over the world to speak to scientists in action through the power of audio. You can subscribe through the usual podcast apps.
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The Past and the Curious
The Past and the Curious podcast is written and hosted by Mick Sullivan, a history buff from Kentucky. The podcast is built on the premise that history is amazing! Its goal is “to share true stories of inspiration, humor, and the incredible achievements of all types of people,” including those that may be unfamiliar to many. Mick is also the author of The Meatshower: The Mostly True Tale of an Odd (and Somewhat Edible) Occurrence. You can subscribe through the usual podcast apps.
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Tumble is a science podcast for kids. It is a production by a husband and wife team, Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla. Lindsay is the founder, co-host, and producer, and Marshall is the co-host and writes and produces all the music. Lindsay has a background in public radio and science reporting, and Marshall is a music teacher. Their silly and serious take on science is fun to listen to and always includes an interview with a real scientist involved in discovery.
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The Book Club for Kids
The Book Club for Kids was started by award-winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. She is also the writer of “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.” The podcast features middle-grade readers and the books they love. Kitty invites kids to tell her what books to feature, and the podcast includes young readers previewing the book and explaining what they like about it, a celebrity reading from the book, and often an interview with the author. You can subscribe through the usual podcast apps.
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The Good Words Podcast
The Good Words Podcast is “for kids and grown-ups to delight in hilarious, fascinating, wonderful words while we all learn together to use words better, and use better words.” It is written and created by librarian Lynn Hickernell, who also writes and performs music for kids and adults under the name Miss Lynn. Learn more and hear her songs at misslynn.com. You can listen to this podcast on the Kids Listen app.
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But Why from Vermont Public Radio
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids is a show inspired by kids’ questions about anything in the world. It’s produced by Vermont Public Radio and hosted by Jane Lindholm. But Why addresses “topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.” You can listen to this podcast on iTunes.
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Bedtime History is a series of educational, relaxing stories for kids. It is written and produced by Breck LeSeure who was inspired to make the podcast for his children. Learn about inspirational people such as Neil Armstrong, George Lucas, and J.K. Rowling. Other topics include space exploration and great feats of engineering such as the Transcontinental Railroad. Listen on iTunes.
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