Audiobooks and podcasts – perfect treat for kids staying at home (and a bonus – they will buy the parents some time to work or rest)

free audiobooks and podcasts for children

With schools and workplaces close due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents are looking for the options to entertain their kids at home. Obviously, with kids at home all day, the best option is to find things our kids can do by themselves (giving the parents a chance to work or rest). An audiobook or podcast may be just the thing to keep children entertained.

Audible – audiobooks for children 0-18 free for the time of coronavirus pandemic

Audible (owned by Amazon) is the world’s largest audiobook platform. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve recently announced that “for as long as schools are closed, we’re open”, offering a free collection of stories for children ages 0-18 to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. The books are available in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Italian and are separated into six categories: “Littlest Listeners,” “Elementary,” “Tween,” “Teen,” “Literary Classics”, and “Folk & Fairy Tales for All.”

Spotify – free (with ads) audiobooks & podcasts

Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs (tracks and playlists for kids too). But not only songs. You will find there audiobooks and podcasts. You can pay (subscribe and download) or have a free account (with ads and no download option). To find audiobooks on Spotify (in English, Polish, and many other languages), click search and select Podcasts. In Podcasts, there is a ‘Kids & Family’ category. You can also browse the ‘Stories’ category but there are also resources for adults, so don’t let your kids browse by themselves. Another option is just to type ‘audiobooks’ in the search bar, you will see for example audiobooks playlist like “Audiobooks for Kids (ages 3+)”, “Teens & YA”, “Audiobook for Kids – A Fairy Tales Collection”, “Sci-Fi & Fantasy”, “Disney Audiobooks”.

Apple – free podcasts and stories

Apple offers free access to audio stories and shows (tips on how to listen to Apple podcasts on different devices). Under the “Kids & Family” category, you will find “Stories for Kids” and “Education for Kids” podcasts in different languages, eg. “Learn Polish – Kids Fun”, “Little Stories for Tiny People”, “Fun Kids Science”, “The Universe in a Seashell”, “Curious Kids”.

LibriVox – free audiobooks read by volunteers

LibriVox is a free, non-profit and ad-free project, offering books (mostly from Project Gutenberg – free ebooks) in the public domain read by volunteers. The catalog includes books in many languages, children’s fiction as well as non-fiction. In English, you will find there, for example, “Doctor Dolittle’s Post Office”, “Little Jack Rabbit’s Adventures”, “Cinderella”, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.

Storynory – stories for children in English

Storynory offers free audio stories for children in English. Most of the stories are dedicated to an age group of around 7 to 11 years but you will find there some nursery stories and rhymes for preschool too. The categories include original stories, fairytales, classic authors, myths & world, educational, poems & music.

Loyal Books –  free public domain audiobooks

Loyal Books offers free public domain audiobooks (and ebooks) for adults and children. You can browse by language or by genres. Children’s fiction includes mostly classics. In English, you will find there, for example, “Anne of Green Gables”, “Andersen’s Fairy Tales”, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, “The Adventures of Reddy Fox”, “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood”.

Bearily Bear  – free reimagined fairy tales and audio stories

Bearily Bear Audio Stories feature diverse and confident characters and a lot less violence. These reimagined childhood classics include A Story of a Smart Princess and a Certain Pea, Gretel and Hansel, A Girl Named Rapunzel and more.

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