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Welcome to the Pinna blog - where we'll share the latest news, tips, and insights to help you seamlessly weave audio into your daily routines (and quite possibly rely less on screens).

Food Crimes Season 2 Appetizer — Was Justice Served in Season 1?

Food crimes are once again on the rise... will Judge Foodie and the kid-jury be summoned back for another season? Let's check in with our season 1 participants to confirm that's what's needed.

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What's Leaving Pinna in 2021 (And What To Listen To Next!)

Looking for a new listen? We’ve got plenty of new material coming your way in 2022!

In the meantime, catch up on programs leaving the Pinna platform and see our top picks for what to listen to next.

Celebrating World Kindness Day: How 'One Small Act' Of Kindness During the Holiday Season Can Make A World Of Difference

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - Aesop

To celebrate World Kindness Day, we’ve put together 25 simple ways your family can share kindness this holiday season - and beyond!

A Sitdown With Shira Ackerman, Educator And Children's Media Expert, On Developing Curriculum For The Pinna Platform

To extend the learning experience, Pinna works directly with educators to put together resources for the classroom that are aligned with national standards and adaptable for kids of varying ages and abilities. Hear from Shira Ackerman, a seasoned educator and curriculum developer, about the process that goes into creating teaching materials for the Pinna site.

Shake Up Your Listening Routine With Theme Weeks

From pop culture to dinosaurs, November is jam packed with podcasts, audiobooks, and more your kids will love!

An Exclusive Interview with the Star of Pinna Original Mystery Series, Opal Watson Private Eye— Let's Chat with Maya Graves!

To gear up for the second season of this exciting mystery series, Pinna sat down for a chat with the star, Opal Watson herself; or as family and friends know her, Maya Graves. In this candid interview, Maya shares how she got her start as Opal Watson, a bit about the recording process, what she has in common (and what she doesn’t!) with her character, and more.

The Ultimate Spooktacular Collection of (Screen-Free) Halloween Podcasts & Stories for Kids and Families

Halloween is just around the corner!

Check out our collection of spooktacular Halloween audio content that will keep you and your kids entertained all October long.

How to Teach Almost ANY Subject With Pinna: Part 2 — Writing

Are you a teacher or homeschool parent looking to supplement your curriculum with awesome audio?

We’re producing a series for educators showing you how it’s possible to teach almost ANY subject with Pinna. In today’s post, we’re breaking down how you can teach writing with Pinna.

Kid participation for our Pinna Original podcasts!

We have a bunch of opportunities for your kids to be on upcoming shows, and we’d love to hear from you! It’s easy, and you can record right from your computer.

9 Podcasts With a Focus On Literacy + Bonus Extension Activities

Looking to encourage a love of reading in your home or classroom?

Check out Pinna’s collection of podcasts with a focus on literacy + bonus extension activities!

How to Teach Almost ANY Subject With Pinna: Part 1 — Reading

Check out our series for educators showing you how it’s possible to teach almost ANY subject with Pinna. In today’s post, we’re breaking down how you can teach reading with Pinna.

FREE Teaching Tools and Extension Activities Available to Pinna Subscribers

If your students have enjoyed the wide range of audio content available on Pinna, it’s time to check out the educator resource section.

Keep Kids Entertained — Sans Screens — On Your Labor Day Road Trip This Weekend

We’re offering a fresh take on the topic — low-prep, easy, screen-free entertainment in the car.

A sit down with Sharon Bilman, founder of Monkey Bar Collective

Sharon is the face behind much of the Pinna content you and your kids listen to every day. She’s worked on productions like ExtraBLURT, ExtraBLURT Jr., Story Time with Benny and Buddy, A to Z Mysteries: Clue Club, Discover the Forest, and SO many more.

Why You Should Listen to Audiobooks With Your Kids — And a Booklist (Broken Down by Age!) to Get You Started

The benefits of listening to audiobooks include increased word exposure, improved comprehension, expanded vocabulary, exposure to new genres and styles, and access to entire libraries of content from any smart device.

How @FancyNancyin5th Uses Pinna in the Classroom - and Other Advice

Back to school is right around the corner - or already here for many of us - so we wanted to take a moment to connect with teachers to find out how they are using Pinna in the classroom!

Pinna for Parents: Parents Share Their Top Pinna Picks!

Pinna isn't just for kids – parents love it too for various reasons.

An Epic Collection of Classic and Reimagined Fairy Tales on Pinna

Fairy tales are classic stories told again and again, perfect for kids of every age. Check out Pinna’s collection of classic and reimagined fairy tales on the app today!

A sit down with Tara Altebrando, creator of Dream Breachers

Join us in our exclusive behind the scenes interview with popular author and Pinna contributor, Tara Altebrando. Creator of the Pinna Original, Dream Breachers and author of The Battle of Darcy Lane, and My Life in Dioramas, which can also be found as audiobooks on Pinna!

A sit down with Ron Roy on all things A to Z Mysteries!

Ahead of our Season 3 launch of A to Z Mysteries: Clue Club, we gave listeners the chance to Ask Ron Roy Anything! Here are some of our favorites from the interview.

Teach Your Kids All About Money With Million Bazillion on Pinna

Listen and learn where the concept of money comes from, why negotiation is an important skill, what effect advertisements have on the human brain, and how to save money when the temptation to spend is staring you in the face.

Drawing Inspiration From the Day to Day

Get a behind the scenes look into the inspiration for some of the most beloved characters or stories in the Pinna Original podcast Dream Breachers

6 Reasons Audiobooks are an Awesome Teaching Tool For Struggling Readers

Do you have a struggling reader? Keep reading for one simple teaching tool that is highly underrated, yet enormously effective.

Pinna Staff Summer Picks Are In - Hear What We Are Listening To... and Why!

The dog days of summer are upon us and we're sharing our favorite listens, perfect for the season!

Mealtime Moments: How Pinna's 'Daily Starter' Playlist Can Help You and Your Kids Bond Over Breakfast

While eating breakfast nourishes our bodies, sitting around the table together nourishes our hearts and minds.

Road Trip Picks: Podcasts, Audiobooks, and Music Perfect For Your Summer Vacation

If screens are your go-to choice for road trip entertainment, we’ve got an alternative the whole family will love — podcasts and audiobooks!

Listening to podcasts improves listening comprehension, literacy, and academic language

The truth is podcasts can also be a powerful tool for sparking joy and learning at home.

20 Ways Parents Can Prevent 'Summer Slide' With a Little Help From Pinna

Summer slide is a term coined for the weakening in academic performance that tends to occur when kids are out of school for 2-3 months on break.

Awesome Audio to Keep You and Your Kids Company While Exploring the Great Outdoors

If you’re itching to get outside, let us offer you the perfect summer soundtrack. Keep reading for our must-listen collection of outdoorsy podcasts, perfect for kicking off the season.

10 Super Simple Ways Teachers Can Fund a Pinna Subscription for The Classroom

Are you a teacher loving Pinna in your classroom? And are you looking for ways to fund a subscription? If you answered yes to both questions, keep reading!

We’ve got 10 ways teachers can fund a Pinna subscription for the classroom.

Kid involvement and participation on Pinna!

We're looking for your kids help with some of our Pinna Original podcasts.

Keep Kids Busy and Engaged This Summer With Theme Weeks From Pinna

Each week of summer, Pinna is highlighting content surrounding a particular theme.

For ten weeks, families can listen to a curated selection of audiobooks and podcast episodes handpicked by Pinna staff.

How Pinna's 'Decision Tree' Can Help You and Your Kids Choose What to Listen to Next

What do you do when you finish an awesome podcast? When there are no more episodes left and the next season isn’t out yet? Check out the Decision Tree!

Pinna Playlists: What They Are and How to "Edutain" Kids With Them Both at Home and in the Classroom

Learn how parents and teachers can use playlists both at home and in the classroom – as well as 37 primo Pinna Playlists worth checking out today!

Art Imitates Life in the Cover for My Life in Dioramas

Go behind the scenes to learn how the artwork for My Life in Dioramas was made. Hint: It's an actual diorama!

Why Music is Beneficial For Studying (and how Pinna can help!)

When your child is supposed to be paying attention to their assignments, it can be hard to tune everything out and get the work done.

Pinna has the solution!

The Definitive Guide to Listening to Audiobooks With Kids — all your questions answered!

If you’ve ever wondered how to listen to audiobooks with your kids, we’ve got your go-to guide right here

Hear What Pinna Staff are Listening for Spring - and Why!

With spring in the air and earbuds in our ears, we’re sharing our favorite listens for the season.

A sit down with Adam Gidwitz on all things Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest

Ahead of our Season 3 launch of Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, we gave listeners the chance to Ask Adam Anything! Here are some of our favorites from the interview.

5 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Fun for Kids!

Spring has sprung, and it's time for the annual spring cleaning. Here are some tips to get your kids involved and make it fun!

22 Kids Podcasts, Audiobooks, & Music for Earth Day - or Any Day

Celebrate Earth Day every day by listening to these great podcasts, audiobooks, and albums about Mother Earth, recycling, nature, and all things green!

A Practical How-To Guide For Adding Podcasts to your Preschoolers Daily Routine

Attention parents of preschoolers! If you’ve got kids between the ages of three and five, you’re probably on the hunt for ways to keep them engaged and entertained. Podcasts are a great way to do that. Read on for our guide to implementing podcasts into your preschooler’s daily routine.

The Great Big List of Podcasts, Audiobooks, and Music your Tween Can't Resist

Tweens can be a hard-to-please crowd. We have, however, taken that to heart in the content we create. When we say we have awesome audio for kids ages 3-12, we mean it. Check out our top picks for tweens.

20 Funny Podcasts and Audiobooks to Get The Whole Family Laughing

Looking for a guaranteed laugh? You've come to the right place. Laugh along to this collection of funny podcasts and audiobooks guaranteed to make your kids (and you) LOL!

The Ultimate Playlist All About Animals - "Perrfect" for Kids 3-8

Check out our paws-down best playlist featuring animals - perrfect for any fan of our furry, feathered, or scaled friends!

Podcasts Are Making "World Storytelling Day" More Accessible for Parents and Teachers

Nowadays, podcasts have narrators that draw you in. They have realistic sound effects. At times, they even have a full cast of talented actors playing each part to perfection. Check out our list of podcasts to celebrate the power of storytelling all year round.

Celebrate Pi Day With These Fun Podcasts, Audiobooks, And Albums All About Math

Pi Day is right around the corner and not only do we celebrate with free pie but we also mark the occasion by listening to fun audio about math, money, and more!

6 Spring Break Staycation Ideas You Won't Wanna Miss

Spring break is upon us. If you’re choosing not to travel this year, don’t despair. There’s still plenty of fun to be had in or around your home! We’ve got 6 staycation ideas to make your 2021 spring break an experience you won’t wanna forget.

Women's History Month Resources on Pinna for Parents and Teachers

Read all about Pinna’s resources for celebrating Women’s History Month with your kids.

How to Adapt Podcasts to Work With Any Learning Style (and why parents need to know about this underrated teaching tool!)

Podcasts provide an awesome screen-free educational activity for kids of all ages. They’re engaging, entertaining, and cover a multitude of topics. Read on to find out how you can adapt podcasts for any learning style.

Why Emma-Made Lemonade is the Perfect Intro to Entrepreneurship for Kids

Introduce financial literacy and entrepreneurship to your kids with 25 business ideas they can try out!

The Truth About Food Crimes: What They Are and How to Spot Them

What is the Food Court? What is a Food Crime? We've got all the delicious answers!

8 Pinna Podcasts Perfect for Young Sleuths

Do you have an amateur detective on your hands? Maybe you’re one yourself. If your kids — or you — love to curl up with a good mystery novel, then keep reading. We’ve got just the thing for you.

Screen Fatigue in Kids: What it is, how to recognize the signs, and how to prevent it from happening

Many parents are working remotely while kids are home doing virtual school. On top of using screens for learning, often we need to rely on them to keep our kids entertained too. Enter screen fatigue. We've compiled a quick guide on what it is, how to recognize the symptoms, how to prevent it in kids, and how else you can keep them entertained screen-free!

The Learning Benefits and Pleasure of Listening to Podcasts and Audiobooks

Celebrate the power of reading aloud, or in our world, listening, with your kids on World Read Aloud Day (February 3rd) with a podcast or audiobook. Plus, with so many benefits of audio, you'll want to keep the fun, and learning, going every day!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with these Fun & Sweet Audiobooks

Share the love with these Valentine's Day audiobooks — perfect for teaching the importance of love and kindness.

Black History Month Resources on Pinna for Teachers and Homeschoolers

February is Black History Month, when achievements and contributions of African Americans to U.S. history are honored. We've compiled a comprehensive listening guide to cover this important topic both at home and in the classroom.

New Year, New You: How vision boards can help you and your kids set your intention for 2021

Vision boards are not only a fun art project, but they’re a great way to introduce the skill of goal-setting to kids of all ages. And there’s no better time to set goals than the new year!

How to Use Podcasts in Your Classroom and Curriculum

Podcasts provide great learning benefits to students but if you are not currently using them in your classroom, it may be hard to think of a good place to start. Here are some ideas from one of our curriculum experts!

Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities & Resources for Teachers and Homeschoolers

Check out our curated collection of lesson plans, curricula, and multimedia resources for teaching the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

31 Classic Children's Picture Books You Can Listen to With Your Kids

We've rounded up some classic tales you may remember from your childhood that your kids will love too!

Pinna staff share their favorite winter listens - and why!

Ever wonder what we, at Pinna, are listening to? We're sharing our current picks for the season. So snuggle up, and take a listen to these suggestions!

Using podcasts, audiobooks, and music to engage kids in STEM

How do you instill a love of science, technology, engineering, and math in your kids? With audio!

Bringing Dreams to Life: Behind the Scenes of Dream Breachers

How we made this: Get behind the scenes of the Pinna Original podcast Dream Breachers to learn how a global pandemic and innovative solutions created two worlds.

Fun & simple activities to engage your kids during and after listening to podcasts this winter break

Keep little hands busy over the winter break - or anytime - with fun activities the whole family can enjoy together.

32 screen-free ways to entertain your kids this winter break

At this point in the year, you may have run out of ideas to keep your kids entertained. Luckily, we've come up with a great list - all screen-free!

How homeschool families can use Pinna to jazz up their routine and make learning fun

Whether you’re a veteran homeschooler or new on the scene, podcasts and audiobooks are great resources and will quickly become a staple in your learning toolbox!

14 Christmas-Themed Audiobooks to Listen to this December

We’re officially 24 days away from Christmas and now is the perfect time to turn on anything holiday themed to get you to the big day!

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on a Rainy Day - No Matter Their Mood

It's raining and you are out of ideas on how to keep your kids busy

The Origins of Dream Breaching and Why Some Stories are Just Better with Audio

Tara Altebrando, acclaimed middle-grade and young adult (YA) author shares how she decided to make Dream Breachers an audio-first story, and why it makes for a better podcast than a novel.

How listening to audio can spark a conversation with your kids

We've shared some tips on fostering an open line of communication with your kids - finding common ground through audio.

4 Sanity Savers for Road Tripping with Kids this Holiday Season

Wether it's a short or long trip, traveling with kids can be daunting. Fortunately, we've rounded up just 4 simple tips to make your next trip a positive one!

Fall Round Up: New and Noteworthy Podcasts & Audiobooks on Pinna

We've got new podcasts, episodes, and audiobooks that your kids are going to love!

15 podcasts that will engage your kids when you need time for yourself

We all need a break once in a while. Whether it's only for a few minutes or for a longer stretch of time, these podcasts will keep your kids entertained when you need it the most!

29 Things Kids & Families can do While Listening to Podcasts

Podcasts aren't just for car rides anymore! We've come up with 29 tasks and activities your kids - and family - can do solo or together while listening to podcasts. Who knows, maybe your kids will even start asking to do the laundry!?

Take the stress out of bedtime with a routine you can stick with

Bedtime with kids doesn't have to be a chore. We've laid out some expert tips and advice on how to get your kiddos to wind down for the night and look forward to bedtime.

Get in the Halloween spirit with these spooky podcasts & audiobooks for kids 3-12!

Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to set the mood than with spooky tales? From the not-so-scary to the true spine-chilling stories, we have your family covered with these spooktacular listens!