Ages: 3 - 12Developer: Pinna

Think of Pinna as an audio Netflix for kids. This exceptional, on-demand, audio-streaming website’s huge library of ear-worthy content groups its audiobooks, podcasts, audio games, and songs by category, and representing each title with an image.

Pinna’s hundreds of hours of programs include more than a thousand episodes, chapters and tunes. Emphasis is on entertainment, but with topics from science to mysteries, fantasy to basic ABCs, it’s educational, too. But what Pinna really teaches kids is appreciation for the heard word or musical note.

Whether searching for a program by age range, general category, or keywords, there’s a wealth of high-quality audio programming. The 10 episodes (13-20 minutes each) of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel will engage any listener with its engaging script, top-notch voice acting, dramatic soundtracks and sound effects. The original Pinna podcast Good Sport (ages 6-10) tells the inside story of famous professional athletes’ lives before they became famous. And clever musings of a 9-year-old girl in the audiobook Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls (ages 8-12) isn’t just for girls or just pre-teens—parents will find the inner life of Allie insightful and funny. Younger children can enjoy the adventures of Clifford The Big Red Dog audiobooks and get a thrill from Adam Gidwitz’s Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest podcast or Goose Bumps titles, among many others.

The diverse and happy music collection ranges from the lively, educational-fusion, bilingual Latin-style alternative rock songs (ages 3-6) from Chicago-based Mi Amigo Hamlet, to the rock-style kids tunes of Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, whose song Animal Tales (age 3-8) is a YouTube phenomenon.

Some programs are even interactive, such as Peace Out’s calming relaxation stories (age 4-8) that include guided meditation for winding down at bedtime; ExtraBlurt, a fun family, yell-out-loud gameshow; and Anytime Art, which guides listeners step-by-step in making their own artistic creations, from paper sculptures to self-portraits.

Pinna is kid-safe and ad-free. A subscription is required, so try it out with the 30-day free trial.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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