Best Podcasts for Kids Who Love Reading

Podcasts are a great way to expand kids' literary world while also helping them build their reading skills. In fact, research has shown that audio content can help improve reading comprehension in children of all ages. Not to mention, podcasts are a great activity for kids who love a good story but may not have a book handy or are still building up their confidence as young readers.

We've put together this list of podcasts for readers—and soon-to-be readers—of all ages, skill levels, and interests. You'll find fun storytelling podcasts with familiar tales for kiddos still working on stringing sentences together. Plus literacy podcasts to help support tweens and teens venturing into more challenging chapter books and novels. And book lovers will find shows that dive deeper into their favorite page-turners through interviews with authors and book-club discussions with kids their age.

These podcasts are sure to make reading fun and engaging for everyone. And if you just can't get enough, make sure to check out our list of Podcasts Inspired by (and That Inspired) Books.

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Circle Round

age 2+

Diverse folktales boast star-worthy cast, great messages.

Host: Rebecca Sheir (2017)

Bearily Bear Stories

age 3+

Reimagined fairytales are more diverse and inclusive.

Host: Miral Sattar (2022)
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Spanish Stories for Kids

age 4+

Mom and son retell kids' stories in Spanish.

Host: Marcelo (2020)
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The Story Seeds Podcast

age 6+

Creative kids work with authors to craft diverse stories.

Host: Betsy Bird (2020)
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R.L. Stine's Story Club

age 7+

Bite-sized spooky stories with humor and scares.

Host: N/A (2021)
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

age 8+

Daily vocabulary lessons that fit even the busiest schedules

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The Good Words Podcast

age 8+

Fun educational pod examines a new word each episode.

Host: Lynn Hickernell (2018)
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Tres Cuentos Literary Podcast

age 11+

Bilingual pod highlights Latin American literature.

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It's Lit! [Unabridged]

age 12+

Equity pod shines a light on representation in literature.

Host: Princess Weekes (2022)
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The B&N YA Podcast

age 12+

Interview style podcast brings in authors of famous novels.

Host: Melissa Albert (2018)
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Hey YA

age 13+

A showcase of new and diverse young adult books.