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Everyone loves a great story and they always sound even better when read aloud whether around campfires, at libraries, or before bed. We all know that reading aloud to our kids helps develop their imaginations, fosters language and listening skills, and lets them recognize what reading for pleasure is all about but it’s also ok to introduce new stories and voices via a storytelling podcast for kids that you can listen to anywhere, and anytime.
Introducing Circle Round
One of my favorite new podcasts is Circle Round. Circle Round is a brand new storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-10 that features timeless and beautifully narrated story episodes that are 5-20 minutes long. With original music and sound design, Circle Round’s stories enjoyable for parents and kids alike and provide a great option for families looking for an alternative to screen time.
3 Reasons to Love Circle Round Storytelling Podcast for Kids
Promotes Global Citizenship
Circle Round episodes provide global perspectives with voices representing cultures from around the world. Stories also delve into diverse and accessible topics such as kindness, persistence, and generosity.
Great Way to Start Family Conversations
Episodes are enjoyable and educational thanks to discussion prompts that give kids and parents plenty of food for thought long after the story ends. They’re also perfect conversation starters for a long car ride or your time around the dinner table!
Amazing Lineup of Stories and Narrators
Circle Round is narrated by Rebecca Sheir, a seasoned public radio host, and stars some of today’s most exciting theater, film and TV actors performing carefully selected folktales from around the world. Take a look at the amazing lineup of stories and narrators!
- Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) stars in a sneak-preview first episode, It Could Always Get Worse, available now on iTunes.com and at wbur.org/circleround
- Stella and the Dragon (Romania): Stella, a new mother of 100 children, must outsmart a fierce dragon in order to feed her family, starring Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” “Bad Moms”), James Konicek and Mia Rilette.
- Why The Ocean is Salty (Philippines): Two brothers, one kind and one mischievous, learn why it’s never wise to take more than you need, starring Lou Diamond Phillips (“La Bamba,” “Longmire,” “The 33”), Jon Briones (“Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary”) and John Lescault.
- The Happiest Person in the World (Various, including Uzbekistan, Africa, Greece, Italy): A depressed man believes he’ll finally be happy if he can track down the happiest person on earth, starring Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), Laura C. Harris, Delores King Williams, Anya Whelan-Smith, Keshav Moodliar, John Lescault and Mitch Hebert.
- Thunder and Lightning (Nigeria): A creation story about how lightning and thunder went from being honored members of a village in Africa to living in the sky with their friend Rain, starring Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh in “Hunger Games”).
- The Woman in the Vinegar Bottle (United Kingdom): An old woman who lives in a vinegar bottle wishes she could live in a cottage. A fairy grants her request. The woman’s wishes get larger and larger and the fairy grants them–to a point–starring Sela Ward (“Sisters,” “Graves,” “Independence Day”) and Annabella Sherman.
How to Listen to Circle Round
For more information about Circle Round:
- Visit the Circle Round website
- Like Circle Round’s Facebook page
- Follow Circle Round on Twitter @ComeCircleRound
Circle Round is produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR station and the home of national programs On Point, Here & Now, and Only A Game and Car Talk. The WBUR iLab is the eighth largest producer of podcasts in the country with audience favorites including Modern Love: The Podcast, Dear Sugar Radio and Kind World.
If you’re local to the Boston area, you’re invited to the Circle Round launch event this Saturday, September 24 at the Boston Children’s Museum (one of my favorites!). For more information and to register, visit this link.