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Pinna: Audio Stories for Kids

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Listen to stories, podcasts, game shows on great audio app.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about various academic topics and practice listening skills. As kids select stories from different genres -- science, culture, historical fiction, comedy, and more -- they also learn about various forms of storytelling and verbal expression.

Ease of Play

Easy to use. Select audio by age, genre, popularity, and more. Tap play. Listen.

Violence & Scariness

Some content in the spooky, historical fiction, and suspense genres may have mildly scary or creepy elements. 

Sexy Stuff

Free 30-day trial, then subscription fee ($7.99/month or $79.99/year) charged to iTunes account unless users cancel by the end of the trial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pinna: Audio Stories for Kids is a subscription-based audio storybook and podcast app for kids age 4 to 12. Pinna provides "screen-free, ad-free, guilt-free" audio stories, podcasts, and audio games categorized by age, genre, listening setting (travel, family time, bedtime), and more. Parents and kids can search other content on Pinna or use other apps while listening to audio on Pinna. The developer says new content is added weekly. There's a free 30-day trial; subscription is $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To listen to the audio stories and podcasts on PINNA: AUDIO STORIES FOR KIDS, create an account. Sign up for the free trial, or purchase a $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year plan. To search audio content by age, choose your kid's age range from the top menu bar (4-5, 6-8, or 9-12). To choose by content type, scroll down to view selections: Featured, Pinna Originals, Activities, Popular, Audiobooks, or Genres. Genres include classics, adventure, animals, fairy tales, science, and more. Tap on a book title and tap the play icon. Users can pause, rewind, and fast-forward.

Is it any good?

There's a fun assortment of audio content -- fiction and nonfiction, game shows, science podcasts, and more -- on this app. Pinna Children's Audio Stories includes old favorites like Clifford the Big Red Dog -- just a 3-minute listen for little kids -- to 159-minute science shows, such as The Planets and The Solar System. Pinna includes Peabody-winning original series, classic fairy tales, and musical-based shows. Whether Pinna: Audio Stories for Kids is worth the subscription price depends on how much your kid likes listening to spoken audio content and how much new content is added weekly. The variety of choices at the time of this review is impressive, and the depth of content is solid but with room to grow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to select a podcast or story by genre on Pinna: Audio Stories for Kids. Explain to your kid what the word "genre" means, and read the choices on Pinna. Talk about what sorts of stories and shows they'll find under genres like suspense, culture, and historical fiction.

  • If your kid doesn't like to read but loves podcasts and audio books (which can be great for listening and auditory processing skills), check out Common Sense Media's article My kid can read but prefers to be read to. Is that OK?

  • Encourage your kids to record their own audio "podcast" about a topic they're interested in and know lots about.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling
    Science: animals, astronomy
    Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
  • Skills: Communication: listening
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Subscription price: free trial, then $7.99/month, $79.99/year
  • Release date: October 3, 2017
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 49.90 MB
  • Publisher: Panoply
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.1 or later

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