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Kids Listen Sweeps

Seasonally themed episodes to help you get in the spirit of whatever the current spirit is! What is Kids Listen Sweeps? We take a common theme and present it in our diverse podcasts from several different angles. Think of it as the most enjoyable unit study you’ve ever heard.

by Kids Listen

    April Fools!

    Apr 01 2019

  • What if monsters were made of carpet and each step you took it hurted cause the teeth were sticking up?

    Cthunkle, Squiderella, and Scully think they have to scare chickens in order to get eggs from them. Could there be a better way? Find out in this EXTRA whacky April Fools’ story. Lessons include: Kindness and cooperation can be a lot more effective than being loud and scary; Messing with technology you don’t understand can be dangerous. Today’s episode was part of the Kids Listen April Fool’s Sweeps! Here some handy links to The Good Words Podcast and Cool Facts About Animals. I hope you enjoy t...more

  • 'When Fish Fly' | feat. HGTV's 'The Cousins:' John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino

    John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino (HGTV’s “Cousins on Call) co-star in this story about a man who gets a very tricky lesson about the dangers of gossip.

  • Poodle Poaf

    Do you like falsehoods and fallacies?  How about music and games?  A touch of tomfoolery?  We've got it all folks in this April Fools themed episode we call Poodle Poaf.  It's part of the #KidsListen April Fools Sweeps event along with other fine shows like Multiverse and Good Stuff Kids.  Press play and brace for giggles and rhymes.   Pizza Penguin (Echo Song/Pitch Matching) ✪ Kids Talking About Stuff - Steel Pan Trinidad Carnival Edition (Music Appreciation) ✪ Dance Dance Noodleution (Creative...more

  • VERISIMILITUDE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Very special Kids Listen Sweeps "April Fool's" episode!  Host Lynn Hickernell introduces the theme word, "verisimilitude."  Features an excerpt from the podcast, "How Do We Fix It?" on the topic of confirmation bias, a "Do Over" with Emily King about "The Bully," "GET IT?!?!?" and the debut of a new segment, "Say What?!?" about the phrase, "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." The episode concludes with an original poem, read by Tara Bahna-Outman. Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.pat...more

  • This Week in the Multiverse #20: Inter-dimensional April Fools

    Obnoxious Alexa schools SG on April Fools, in every sense of the word! • Backwards talking! • Outraged Puritans! • A burning at the stake! • Giant commemorative whoopee cushions! • Plus: Ginormous pt. 4!

  • April Fools Day All Jokes SPECTACULAR

    Let’s celebrate April fools day with a special all jokes episode hosted by Digger the Dog. You will hear silly jokes from Tilde, Birdie and even our real life listeners Aoife, Cecelia, Lincoln, Luka and Mason. We will also hear some up-roar-ious Ani-Mail from Evangeline, twin brothers Felix and Ross, Juniper and Vivien. - - - Story Spectacular is written and hosted by children’s book author Angela Ferrari. To learn more about the show and to purchase original children’s books go to: http://story...more

  • Minisode: Mysterious Voices

    Alexa and Beni research the comic book Take Back Time (TBT) and its mysterious creator. Creator / writer / director: Dania Ramos Sound designer / audio engineer: Michael Aquino ”In the Timestorm” written & performed by Michael Aquino   ALEXA VENTURA: Leilany Figueroa BENI VENTURA: Claudio Venancio MYSTERIOUS VOICES: ? ? ?   Full episode credits, scripts, and resources available at CocotazoMedia.com/timestorm Twitter: @CocotazoMedia Facebook: facebook.com/CocotazoM Instagram: @CocotazoMedia Suppo...more

  • Buttons and Figs: War of the Fools

    Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason...presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air in The War of the Fools. It was on this day, April 1st, in which weird happenings began to happen. Reporters began to report reportable events, reportable strange happenings, reportable odd sightings - a meat shower, a weird alphabet song, odd creatures sailing in a sieve making demands...what if it were all true?! Featuring voices from the pod-o-sphere, including The Past & ...more

  • April Fools' Day: Prank Club 2019

    Jonathan has something to say, but will BeeBop get the last word? This April Fools’ Day episode is in partnership with Kids Listen, with special shout-outs to Good Words Podcast and Cool Facts About Animals!

  • Good Stuff Kids: Episode #189 – Sonia De Los Santos

    Happy April Fool’s Day! This year I pranked myself by skipping episode #189 and going straight from episode #188 to episode #190. Absent mindedness in episode numbering aside it was a pleasure to welcome Sonia De Los Santos to the Good Stuff Kids podcast. “Sonia was born with a smile on her face (that’s what her mom always says) and she can easily find the things in the world that bring her joy. On ¡Alegría!, a bilingual album for families, Sonia thought deeply about the elements of her life tha...more

  • But Why: Why Do We Laugh?

    Why do we laugh? Why do you feel ticklish when someone tickles you? Why can't you tickle yourself? We learn about how humor develops with Gina Mireault of the Infant Laughter Project at Northern Vermont University.

  • Cool Facts About Animals: Unicorns

    We looked high and low for the information we needed to research our episode on unicorns. But try as we might, we could not find even basic facts like what unicorns eat, what the horn is for, and what their favorite jokes are.  Luckily, Professor Abacus P. Grumbler, resident What If World unicorn expert, was able to answer all our questions.  Special thanks to Prof. Abacus and Mr. Eric for this episode! And special thanks to Xia for the request. And of course, as always, thanks to Andrew of Ear ...more

  • Book Power: Episode S7 - Fjällbo

    Blobby pictures, a cast of bizarrely shaped screws and a book that makes as much sense read backwards as forwards? The Power kids may be facing their biggest challenge ever as they take a break from respectable literature and review the Fjällbo instruction manual from Ikea! Fjällbo instruction manual reviewed by Chaska, Leilani and Mirabel.   For questions or to suggest a book for us to review email us at bookpowerforkids@gmail.com .   Our website is http://bookpowerforkids.p...more

  • Our Best #Podghasts!

    Oct 30 2018

  • Ep. 32 Story 1: The Which Witch and the Goblin

    I’m so excited to have a Halloween Story for you today called "The Which Witch and the Goblin", it is Episode 32! Story 1 : On Halloween night, all goblins gather at Great Goblin Hall to share their tales of the gobliny deeds they've done throughout the year. But Gilbert Goblin doesn't want to - it's too scary! Gilbert goes to the tricky Which Witch for advice. Will she and her cat Jinxy help him or trick him? A special Halloween story about following your heart and honoring your own voice. Web:...more

  • Ep. 34 Story 2: The Which Witch and the Goblin

    Story 2: A goblin, a witch, and a muddy white cat walk into a Goblin Gathering... A shy young goblin named Gilbert looks for help from the dreaded Which Witch and her cat Jinxy to speak before the Goblin Council at the Great Goblin Gathering on Halloween night. A delgithful  story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.  Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! pat...more

  • Monster Masks: a kid’s bedtime, nap time story and relaxation

    Our dragon hears a lot of commotion and peeks out of the forest. Lots of strange monsters and creatures are out wandering through the streets. Dragon feels a little frightened until the creatures begin to laugh and Dragon realizes it just the kids trick or treating. The post Monster Masks: a kid’s bedtime, nap time story and relaxation appeared first on Ahway Island.

  • Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

    Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil. Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for "Hoodoo."

  • Episode 017 - The Whispering Skull (Lockwood and Co book 2)

    Lucy Carlyle is a certified ghost hunter who can take down a specter with a steel nerve and a silver rapier. But an evil talking skull in a jar with a smart-aleck sense of humor might be too much even for her!   Chaska, age 11, reviews The Whispering Skull: Book 2 of Lockwood and Company by Jonathan Stroud.   To see all of the Halloween Sweeps episodes got to: https://medium.com/@brennenpower/trick-or-treats-for-your-ears-kidslistensweeps-podghasts-7d5e78784361   For que...more

  • Ghost of podcasts past: Halloween Nonsense

    Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2016 - Halloween Nonsense with the Kit-Kats! This was a special Halloween episode hosted by the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi's 2nd grade class in Oak Park, IL. Be sure to download our spooky activity sheet filled with ideas for the season....and stay tuned....we will have more spooky stories heading your way...Bawhahahahaaaaaa! #kidslistensweeps #podghasts

  • Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?

    Why do we celebrate Halloween? Who created this holiday? Where do pumpkins come from and why do we carve them? This week we're answering your Halloween questions with a professor of all kinds of scary and creepy things, Regina Hansen of Boston University.

  • 'The Rice Cakes And The Oni' | ft. Tamlyn Tomita and Hudson Yang

    Tamlyn Tomita ("The Good Doctor") and Hudson Yang ("Fresh Off The Boat") star in this Japanese story about a mother and son team with a seriously good sense of humor. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • Vampire Bats

    It's our first Halloween episode! To celebrate this spooky holiday, we are bringing you a rather creepy animal - the vampire bat. Because the mom on this show does not much like vampire bats, the kids on this show try to convince her (i.e., me) that vampire bats are more cool than creepy. Do they succeed? Listen to find out!  This episode is part of the Kids Listen Halloween Sweeps. Make sure you check out some of the other awesome podcasts taking part in this, including The Alien Adventures of ...more

  • The Princess Musicians of Maple Street by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

    Kitty’s band with her friends Turtle, Birdie, and Rabbit are practicing for Battle of the Bands at their school but when her grandpa moves in, they lose their rehearsal space! Practicing at the abandoned house on Maple Street is their only option to win but there’s a chance the house might be haunted. What will they do? by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk Adapted from Town Musicians of Bremen by the Brothers Grimm Starring: Chad Chenail, Rebecca Cunningham, Polina Ionina, Gulshan Mia, Rebeca Rad, and...more

  • Episode #161 – Mr. Singer’s Halloween Spectacular

    Mr. Singer is back to talk about his brand new album ‘Happy Haunted Halloween’. It’s perfect for little ears who are going to go out on a trick or treating adventure! Make sure that your little ghosts and goblins feast upon this very sweet ear candy. You can also go back and hear Mr. Singer’s first time on the podcast, episode #136. Happy Halloween! Be sure to listen all the way through the episode to hear the brand new song ‘Ain’t Scared of Nothin”.

  • Issue 8: The Secret Origins of Graphene

    Issue 8: The Secret Origins of Graphene Listen Now! Not every superhero has powers that come from a science experiment or nuclear accident. Sometimes, an origin story is more unusual. More illogical. More… spooky. On this episode, we’ll travel back in time to the moment when Ameenah Amparo received her superpowers. These powers have made her into the superhero known as Graphene. But the powers did not come for free. BE A HERO! LISTEN TODAY!This is a serialized story, and a new episode...more

  • Zebra and Donkey's Halloween

    My first PICTURE BOOK, Little Fox Can't Wait to Dream, will be on sale November 4th! Take a moment to sign up for the email list at http://www.littlestoriestinypeople.com to be the first to hear about the book's release! And take a look at my social media pages to stay informed, too. Happy Halloween, friends! I'm here to share a VERY SILLY Halloween story, featuring mistaken identities, bad jokes, and a sweet friendship. ENJOY! Many other members of Kids Listen are releasing Halloween episodes...more

  • Pillowcase Pants

    Ever wonder what it sounds like when a tiny dog knocks on a door and asks for candy? Finding out has never been easier thanks to today's edition of Name That Sound.  Plus! Let your inner and outer children be inspired by Saint Saens' Danse Macabre as you paint an imaginary bubble from the inside.  Also!!! An echo song about the joy of making your own costume.   Name That Sound (Listening Skills) ✪ I Made a Costume (Echo Song/Pitch Matching) ✪ Bubble Painting (Creative Movement) ✪ SURVEY:  https:...more

  • Monsters and Ghosts

    Private and Skipper discuss the realities of the Loch Ness Monster, and Ghosts.

  • Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot

    Periwinkle "Wink" Mackenzie excitedly waits to purchase the next book in her favorite series, The Windward Chronicles, early on the morning of its release. She never suspects that receiving the new book will be only the beginning of an unforeseen adventure.   This story is a part of the Windward Ho! Collection.   For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • 79: Wanda the Witch

    You're invited to an enchanting Halloween bash with Wanda the Witch and her silly cat Jinx. Wanda can't wait to impress all of her guests with her magic dance shoes. But oh no! Wanda's shoes won't stop dancing!!! Who will save the day? Digger the Dog will also stop by and tell us some funny Halloween jokes. It's gonna be a "SPOOK-Tacular" Time!!! Story Spectacular is written and hosted by children’s book author Angela Ferrari. To learn more about the show and to purchase original children’s book...more

  • Bobs' & Tweets Trick-or-Treat 🎃 written by Pepper Springfield

    Written by Pepper Springfield and narrated by Rob Griffiths Lou Tweet and Dean Bob can't wait to go trick-or-treating on Bonefish Street on Halloween. This year, they're entering the Best Halloween Block contest, which means they need to visit every house and mark down each delicious treat that they receive. But with spooky houses, a power outage, and another big Tweets and Bobs family feud, will Lou and Dean be able to accomplish their task and win the contest? Find out in another spooky instal...more

  • Ep. 25: Fakes And Frauds!

    Some people just can't be honest, and some try to pass off something phony as something real. This episode is about a would-be Shakespeare named William Henry Ireland, and a gang of body snatchers who try to pilfer a president's dead body - gross! Featuring Rhea Pechter, Jonathan Messinger, and more. Written and produced by Mick Sullivan.

  • This Week in the Multiverse #12: Monster Fishing Expedition

    Piercing the barriers of the multiverse to bring you: • Dracula, Wolf-Man and Frankenstein on a monster-bro fishing trip! • SG ODs on gillyweed, becomes fishman! • A musical number! • Worst horror story ever: "The Vampire's Eternal Kiss!" • Vengeful ghost salmon! • Invisible man pranks! • Pitchfork-wielding angry villagers!

  • This Week in the Multiverse #13: Ghost Truckin' Pt. 1

    Earth 13: the creepy world where scary highway stories come to life! • The Hook-Handed Killer by the Side of the Road Preparatory Academy! • Ghost Truckers! • Haunted CB Radios! • The Ghost Trucker Ghost Stop! • Scary Monkeys with Clown Faces! • Cursed Sloppy Joes!

  • The Mask of the Crow Scientist

    Not a true crime story, but a true science story! Starring a murder of crows, a person in a creepy mask, and one very curious scientist named Kaeli Swift. We unravel the mystery of what appears like scene from a Halloween fright night, but is actually an experiment designed to reveal the reasons for some very weird crow behavior. Turns out, you can get a lot of strange looks on the road to science discovery. NOTE: This episode is about the scientific study of death in animals. No animals die in...more

  • 98 - What if unicorns lived in Halloween bushes?

    Mr. Eric is joined by young listener named Sloan who will help him tell a totally improvised Halloween special! Can Sloan the Little Unicorn find JFKat after he is scared out of their spooky house by an unapologetic Skeleton Ghost?Lessons include: It’s important to express even the less popular feelings, like guilt and fear; it’s easy to forgive others when you’re able to see from their perspective.This week’s episode is part of the Kids Listen Halloween Sweeps! Take minute to check out the fun ...more

  • Schools (almost) out for summer!

    Jun 01 2018

  • What If World: 77 - What if parents went to school and kids went to work and my doll Rosa came alive and danced with Fair Elise?

    Mr. Eric teams up with Rhea Pechter of Little Stories for Tiny People this week. Fair Elise and Pixacato are fed up with work and school, respectively. Good thing it’s Freaky Friday! Can Fair Elise survive a day in ballet school? Can Pixacato solve the mystery of the missing robot brains? Did Alabaster Zero also get Freaky Friday’d, or does the grizzled cop just really love ballet?Lessons include: both work and school take a special kind of endurance, we should respect each other’s efforts; pare...more

  • Tumble: The Sleep Camp Experiment

    You’ve never heard of a summer camp like this before. It’s a science camp, but the campers ARE the science! Imagine playing volleyball with electrode helmets, going to bed attached to sleep machines, and having scientists study popsicles made of your spit (“spitsicles”). We talk to the scientist who started Sleep Camp, a study that’s been going on for over 30 years. Join us as we learn what Sleep Camp has taught us about why sleep is so important for kids and teens. Our question from JoJo is, “W...more

  • The Past and The Curious: Ep. 21 Journeys Horatio and Bud John Ledyard and more

    The history podcast for kids and adults joins the Kids Listen Sweeps party and tells two stories about two great adventures. Melinda Beck tells the tale of Horatio Jackson and the first drive across the country (and his dog Bud), while Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy shares the story of John Ledyard - who would've made it around the globe if it wasn't for that touchy queen, Catherine the Great. Also features quiz time and a performance of "Long Journey Home" by Mick Sullivan. Stories written b...more

  • Story Spectactular: 21: Lawrence the Lighthouse

    The bay is a hustling bustling place. Everyone loves to play in the water. Everyone but Lawrence that is. Lawrence is a Lighthouse who is afraid of the ocean. He never wants to leave his lookout perch. Until one day Lawrence falls into the water! Find out what silly shenanigans are in store for Lawrence the Lighthouse. Then Tilde the Tortoise is back to tell us some fun facts about lighthouses. http://storyspectacular.com/

  • Shabam! BONUS - School's Out! But This Episode Will Make You Love Homework

    So, schools out and summer is here and no doubt there are a lot of listeners who are excited that they’re not sitting in a classroom or doing homework. Well, Shabam! is here to explain why doing homework and going to school is a luxury. Before 1938, if you were a kid who didn't have super wealthy parents, you’d probably be working…all day. Shabam will take you back less than a hundred years so you can appreciate last month.

  • Noodle Loaf: Some Sun Summertime

    When was the last time you clapped the rhythm of ice cream flavors?  Has it been awhile?  Well the long wait is over!  Also, to celebrate the transition from school year into summertime we have a special Echo Song and Name That Sound to get your music brain beach ready.   Clap It Back ✪ Echo Song (School's Out Soon) ✪ Name That Sound ✪  More singing, more smiling and more iTunes reviews pls :)  ALSO! Add your voice to the Noodle Loaf choir.  The echo song and instructions are here.  Plus! You ca...more

  • Little Stories for Tiny People: Schools Out for Little Hedgehog: A Story for Kids

    LITTLE HEDGEHOG T-SHIRTS are now available! OMG. Big people, don’t worry - I speak in code about this in the actual episode. I’m fairly certain your tiny people will not know the words ‘merchandise’ and ‘protagonist’. If they do, I am super impressed! Go to the new ‘Shop’ tab at http://www.littlestoriestinypeople.com or you can head over to my threadless store at http://littlestoriestinypeople.threadless.com to choose from two adorable designs. Little Hedgehog is BACK for a school’s out episode...more

  • ImagiNate: Episode 12 - Traitor

    Nate has lost his old good friends and his new fake ones. All on his onsies and wondering how he got here, he sits in class listening to his boring history teacher drone on about the American Revolutionary War and Nate's imagination fuses with the lesson to create a war time hideout where he'll wrestle with reality. Literally.

  • Good Stuff Kids: Episode #131 – Mick Sullivan (The Past and The Curious) / Steve Denyes Returns!

    Get the scoop behind the podcast with the greatest name and it’s creator, Mick Sullivan! Mick produces the outstanding The Past and The Curious podcast which is all about history and is designed for kids. We talked about music, the podcast, and Louisville among other subjects. Be sure to check out Mick’s podcast and our other friends at kidslisten.org Follow the Hashtag #kidslistensummer to see what all of your favorite family friendly shows are up to! It was great to catch up with ...more

  • Girl Tales: Beauty and Bea by Kathleen Coombs

    Bea is an aspiring young botanist, whose studies get sidetracked when she’s voted “Prettiest Girl in School”. Her new friends are all about looks, but when a magical new student joins her class, Bea is forced to rethink just how important her looks might be. Find out what happens as the Science Fair approaches in this month’s episode of Girl Tales! Beauty and Bea by Kathleen Coombs – Starring Gina DeMay, Tessa Flannery, Alex Mesaros, and Maria Ortiz-Marquez – Directed and Hoste...more

  • Be Calm on Ahway Island: The Forest's Secret

    Alice and Anora decide to explore the edge of the forest where they discover an old sign!  What does it say?

  • Cool Facts About Animals: (Bonus Episode) Schools of Fish

    We are bringing you this bonus episode as part of the #kidslistensweeps for #schoolsalmostout! In keeping with the school theme, we are talking about schools of fish. You'll learn about the difference between a shoal and a school, how schools form, why they do, and, the age-old question - are fish in schools smarter?  Check out the other participating Kids Listen participants here - you'll find some of our very favorite podcasts on here, and we can't wait to check out how they handled the theme!...more

  • Buttons & Figs: #28 - Summer at Imagination Inn

    School's almost out, summer's almost here, let's sail away in our sieve to the land of....oh no, I think we're lost! Quick, IMAGINE a place - a castle, a cabin, a resort or an inn! Wait, no worries, no fear, Nancy Willard is here and William Blake's Inn is just beyond that bend. On this episode Nancy Willard inspires us to let our imaginations soar, Buttons & Figs kids imagine places for summer fun, and we'll share ways for you to have summer reading and listening fun at your library. For mo...more

  • Book Power for Kids: Episode 015 - The Castle of Adventure

    A group of friends, an abandoned castle, a talkative parrot and a spooky mystery! Leilani reviews the classic summer vacation story “The Castle of Adventure” by Enid Blyton.   Check out all of the #kidslistensummer Sweeps episodes at: https://medium.com/kidslisten/schools-almost-out-for-summer-kidlistensummer-675714d0af93   For questions or to suggest a book for us to review email us at bookpowerforkids@gmail.com .   Our website is http://bookpowerforkids.podo...more

  • Book Club for Kids: Episode 68 - The Secret Zoo

    An episode for animal lovers and fantasy fans. Readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Bryan Chick's novel "The Secret Zoo" with host Kitty Felde. Haley Creamer from the Denver Zoo is celebrity reader. It's part of the Kids Listen School's (almost) Out Summer Sweep! 

  • Aaron's World: Bonus 04 - Podcasts for Kids!

    Aaron’s Dad travels to the past to bring kids several recommendations from the future for GREAT podcasts to enjoy while school is out! View full episode show notes at www.MyDogRocket.com