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Story Explorers Podcast Launches

11 November 2020 Share


Top authors join Story Explorers: a new podcast for kids, by kids National Literacy Trust have today launched a brand new children’s radio and podcast series Story Explorers, which is all about stories for 7 to 11-year-olds, available weekdays at 6.15pm on the national children’s radio station Fun Kids.


The series, hosted by CBBC presenter Ben Shires, will feature a different children’s author and group of school children each week.

Budding young podcasters from Years 5 and 6 will interview and chat virtually with top authors about their work, the stories they love and also take part in fun games together.

Each interview will be broken down into five episodes, each five minutes in length and a new episode will be released weekdays at 6.15pm throughout November and December.

The episodes will be broadcast on Fun Kids during The Club with Bex, available on their website and in all popular podcast apps.

At the end of each week, there will be more fun content and quizzes on  specially created for listeners of Story Explorers based on the episodes from the week for teachers to share with their class or for children to do at home.

Episode one releases Wednesday 11th Nov.

The first episode launches today and features Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series, Hachette UK). 

Listen to Cressida and children from Ashmole Primary School in London chat about dragons, quiz Cressida on her writing and get her to finish their amazing story ideas.

The fantastic line up of authors also includes:

• Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl and the Fowl Twins series, HarperCollins Children’s)

• Greg James and Chris Smith (Kid Normal series, Bloomsbury Children’s)

• Katherine Rundell (The Good Thieves, Book of Hopes, Bloomsbury Children’s)

• Onjali Q. Raúf (The Night Bus Hero, The Boy at the Back of the Class, Hachette UK)

• Lauren Child (The Goody, Clarice Bean series, Hachette UK)


Podcast consumption has increased steadily in recent years. New research shows that 1 in 5 children and young people say they listen to podcasts and nearly 1 in 4 children and young people listened to podcasts or audiobooks more during lockdown than they did before.

Podcasts can be a great tool to support children’s learning, giving them greater access to a whole world of topics and this series offers insights into an author’s world from children’s perspective, with reading and storytelling at the heart of the discussions.

To listen to the show, please visit: funkidslive.com/podcasts