Pinna: Audio Stories for Kids

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Listen to stories, podcasts, music on great audio app.

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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, etc. -- they also learn about various forms of storytelling and verbal expression.

Ease of Play

Easy to use. Select audio by age, genre, 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.

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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 3 to 8. Pinna provides "screen-free, ad-free, guilt-free" audio stories, podcasts, and audio games categorized by age, genre, type of audio (podcast, audiobook, music), 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; subscriptions are $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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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 (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8+, or all). To choose by content type, scroll down to view selections: Featured, Pinna Originals, Podcasts and Audio Shows, Music, Audiobooks, Road Trip Listening, Favorite Characters, and more. Tap the Discover tab to browse by genres such as adventure, animals, fairy tales, family, and more. When you find what you want, tap on its icon and then tap the play button. 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: Audio Stories for Kids includes old favorites like Clifford the Big Red Dog -- just a three-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. It would be nice to see some additional control features, such as the ability to build a queue of your listening choices, or to mark favorites for easy finding later. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to select a podcast or story by category on Pinna: Audio Stories for Kids. Talk about what sorts of stories and shows they'll find under categories like adventure, family, science and nature, and mystery. Or explore the differences between podcasts, audiobooks, and music selections.

  • If your kid doesn't like to read but loves podcasts and audiobooks (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.

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