Don’t ever forget how magical it actually is that there is a system that allows you to send someone a note and items in the mail.

Of all of the things to be grateful for over my life, and especially the past year, the USPS, as well as the postal systems and interlibrary loan networks of the world, are in the top 5, easily. I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the mail, and it has continued to pour its magic into my life.

We saw the USPS come under fire on a whole new level in 2020 as the pandemic raged on and as those who would do evil sought to tamp down its magic for the purpose of voter suppression and disenfranchisement. One of the…


Please don’t hesitate to vaccinate.

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White poster with black lettering and color photo image. Image shows R2-D2 and C3PO, robotic characters from the film Star Wars, standing and surrounded by monitors and flashing equipment. Logo for 20th Century Fox in lower right corner of poster.
Center for Disease Control, c1977 (The National Library of Medicine believes this item to be in the public domain. http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/101437666)

Over the past week, we got the news that parents and grandparents have been waiting for that vaccines are moving along and getting a timeline for our children! And as the case rates surge here in Oregon, we could not be more relieved. Our son returned to in-person school a couple of weeks ago, after playing with no other children for over a year. That’s right, he didn’t get to have in-person friends for the entire time that he was six years old. We opted for grandparents in-person and friends by Zoom and Facetime.


These spectacular animals don’t deserve their spooky bad rep!

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Cartoon images of bats and a moon with the kids Listen logo banner in front of the moon.
Image by Jodi Murphy of Dorktales Storytime Podcast

Written by Jodi Murphy of Dorktales Storytime Podcast and edited by Phoebe Owens from The Adventures of Power Dog in Dogland for Kids Listen

April 17 is Bat Appreciation Day!

It’s time to bust the scary myths and shine a light on how essential bats are for our ecosystems. They’re some of nature’s most important pollinators and eco-friendly pest controllers. For example, did you know that bats help keep deadly disease-carrying mosquito populations lower?

Celebrate Bat Appreciation Day by listening to these podcast episodes about these misunderstood creatures and learn about a man who is showing the world how spectacular they really are:

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

“Bats and Beavers”…


Resources from Kids Listen member shows for talking to your kids about anti-Asian racism, providing representation, and fostering bold allyship.

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#stopasianhate graphic-based hashtag image with Kids Listen banner graphic in lower right corner.
The @kidslisten community stands against hate and White supremacy in all its forms. We encourage everyone to learn more and support groups like @stopaapihate doing the work. #stopasianhate #abolishwhitesupremacy #loveoneanother Graphic by Tal Kelly of At Your Level Podcast.

The racist language, outright bigotry, and hate crimes over the past year+plus towards the Asian members of our global community, and in the United States are completely unacceptable. All of the members of Kids Listen stand with our Asian creators, families, friends, listeners, and allies to denounce this evil.

Here are four great podcast episodes for you to watch and listen to from four great shows. These episodes are for your caregiving toolkit- whether you’re a parent, grandparent, another relative, or caregiver, to move the needle and help our youngest humans grow up in a more loving world.

Peace Out Podcast

Peace…


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By Jodi Murphy

When you think of podcasts, you might see them as solely entertainment for your family — listening to them as part of your children’s bedtime rituals or when you are out-and-about in the car. Both are fantastic reasons to listen, but did you know that there are numerous podcasts worthy of being a part of your homeschooling day?

Podcasts give children a much-needed break from screen time to engage them in “active listening.” Research has shown that active listening through audio increases focus, concentration, and comprehension; broadens vocabulary, and builds critical thinking.

Podcasts in the “Kids and…


Press play on these great shows & episodes from our members honoring women and girls to roll out the end of Women’s History Month 2021.

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Kiana Bosman @capturedby_kiana portrait of young Black girl holding up a “peace sign” & wearing tee with words “GRL PWR.”
Photo by Kiana Bosman on Unsplash

Although we think every month and every day is a great time to celebrate girls and womxn everywhere, the spotlight on this month as Women’s History Month in the United States is a great prompt to call out some fantastic kidcasts from women creators and shows about strong female characters as well as womxn & girls-centered episodes from our member shows.

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Meet Fina Mendoza. She spends her after-school hours in the U.S. Capitol where her father is a congressman. While hunting down a lost sweatshirt in the Capitol Crypt, Fina stumbles over a mysterious creature. Is it the ghost of…


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Bright pink BG, Kids Listen banner logo, bullhorn clipart, “introducing new shows,” and image tiles for new shows list below.
Hear the best in podcasts for kids with our app! https://app.kidslisten.org/

As our organization continues to grow and advocate for high-quality content for kids and their families, we are thrilled to be adding new member shows that exemplify great education and entertainment.

Here’s a quick introduction to some of our newest Kids Listen member shows that you should get to know:

Dorktales Storytime Podcast


Already burned out on scheduling and planning; and feeling all of those New Year’s resolutions, intentions, hopes, and dreams crawl back into the shadows until late December? Creative inspiration can still come.

Black & White portrait of Ursula K. Le Guin with yellow text: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Creative schedule.
Black & White portrait of Ursula K. Le Guin with yellow text: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Creative schedule.
Beautiful image by Oregon State University in Wikimedia Commons — Ursula Le Guin, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89862953

I have a confession to make. Ever since I wrote about schedules and daily planning, I have come to resent Ben Franklin and think his hallowed schedule completely obnoxious. In fact, I think journaling to-do lists made me sick this past week. Instead of feeling inspired by Benny’s morals-obsessed daily journaling, I started to think, “Oh go fuck yourself. Do I need to do good every goddamned day?” I consulted my Power Circle about to-do list illness, and I resentfully called him all kinds of unfair names.

For the record, I still do very much love my First grader’s schedule…


A money detox month for 2021, with a look back at what worked pre-pandemic, and what we can learn from the pandemic when it comes to becoming a low-buy/no-spender.

Image made with Canva by the author.

I wrote in late February of 2020 about doing a very self-educational month-long money detox month for March of last year. It felt fantastic to make a commitment. I really thought it out, got back in touch with the part of myself that needed a break from constant capitalism, and I got ready to get my spending under control. As a data nerd, I was also excited to see just how low I could go.

The March money detox kicked off with an awesome event — a naked lady party thrown by a friend. I had no idea how much…


April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, an annual celebration of handwritten correspondence!

Artist Lanova Bartlett’s gorgeous “Remedy For Ennui.”

Phoebe Owens

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