Liz Shanks presents this 17-episode video podcast for parents and children. In each podcast, originally published in 2010, Liz reads a mix of classic and new picture books to children in the “Listen, Learn and Grow sessions.” Most episodes feature a single picture book, although at least one has two related stories. Parents will benefit from Liz’s brief talks on the importance and benefits of reading to children. Children will enjoy the beautiful picture books and the warmth of Liz’s story-telling style.
I like to keep a couple of these podcasts on my iPad at a time. If things are going “crazy” around the home, the best strategy is to sit down and read a story with them but sometimes I might be in the middle of cooking dinner or bathing a baby and I just can’t get to it. These podcasts are the next best thing and my children will listen and watch with rapt attention. While the podcast is no substitute for my own story time with the children, they fill the gap with a bit of peace. My children have sought out particular titles and found other books by the authors featured as a result of watching the podcasts, and they each have their favourite stories that we watch again and again.
The podcasts can be played on any device capable of playing MP4 files. The podcasts are free, so download and enjoy.
You can also view the episodes on YouTube by clicking here.
- Liz’s Book Snuggery – Liz Shank’s blog featuring classic picture book reviews, including some video reviews.
- Miss Mallory Is on the Website (ourtownbooks.com)
- Otis by Loren Long – Penguin Storytime with Liz Shanks – Penguin Group (USA) (us.penguingroup.com)