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Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month This June With On-Theme Podcasts and Audiobooks Perfect For Your Next Summer Road Trip

Did you know that June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month?

If you didn’t, now you do!

How do you celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month? By visiting a zoo or aquarium, of course.

And what’s the perfect soundtrack for your next summer road trip? On-theme stories to listen to in the car with your kids.

That’s where Pinna comes in. In this post, you’ll find 9 podcasts and audiobooks all about animals and life under the sea.

Let’s get started.

Keeping the Kiddos Entertained on All Your Summer Road Trips

There’s no better time to visit a zoo or aquarium than summer break. The skies are sunny, temperatures are on the rise, and the kids are out of school for the next three months.

However, if you’re going to visit a zoo or aquarium in your state, why not make an adventure of it and turn it into a road trip?

If you need ideas to keep kids busy in the car, look no further. Podcasts and audiobooks are perfect for screen-free fun on long scenic drives.

The roundup below shares both animal and aquatic themed stories for your listening enjoyment. If you’d like a bit more variety, check out these posts all about keeping kids busy on family vacation.

9 Timeless Tales For Kids Who Love Animals of Every Type

1. Kyle’s Wild World

Coming to you straight from the garage recording studio, Kyle brings you animal trivia, games, and interviews with the most special species of the animal kingdom. Guests on the pod include superstars like Cheetah, Dolphin, and Komodo Dragon. Every episode also features field reporter and friend, Gail, as she visits animal habitats all over the world.

2. Animal Sound Safari

Animal Sound Safari takes your ears around the world to explore the weird and wacky histories we humans have with animals. From camel beauty queens in Saudi Arabia to cooked roosters who save lives in Portugal. Each episode is jam-packed with cool stories, kooky facts and 'pawsome' puns. Are you ready for an adventure? Hop on board Animal Sound Safari!

3. Wild About Books

Librarian Molly McGrew introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading.

4. The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

When Ms. Frizzle drives the Magic School Bus full speed ahead into the ocean, the class takes a submarine expedition that's anything but ordinary.

5. Giraffes Can’t Dance

Gerald the giraffe longs to dance like everyone else, but his legs are too skinny and he just can't seem to get it right.

6. Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and when Crabby gets in trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish come to the rescue? You bet they will!

7. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

This delightful tale is among the best known of Rudyard Kipling’s "Just So" stories. Pride and arrogance prove to be the downfall of a lazy camel. Jack Nicholson’s reading is pitch perfect and Bobby McFerrin’s score is playful as only he can be.

8. How the Leopard Got His Spots

In the yellow hues of the African plains, hunting was easy for the leopard, whose light coat served as camouflage. When all the animals moved away, the hungry leopard had to follow them to the striped, splotchy, spotted forest. But he didn’t stand a chance of survival unless, of course, he acquired spots himself. Rich in language and subtle humor, this inspired adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic comes alive with the gentle sounds of South African a cappella harmonies.

9. How the Camel Got His Hump

This playful tale is among the best known of Rudyard Kipling’s "Just So" stories. A Parsee man seeks revenge on the nasty piggish rhino who eats the Parsee's cake. Jack Nicholson’s reading is pitch perfect and Bobby McFerrin’s score is playful as only he can be.

The Wrap-Up

Pinna’s audio library is always growing and offers something for everyone. The roundup above will give you the perfect starting point for your next summer vacation.

We’re all ears!

What is your favorite road trip memory? We’d love to hear from you! Find us on all our social platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest – or email us at

Amy Thetford

Amy Thetford

Amy is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom to her tribe of tiny humans. She's fueled by coffee and the desire to do ALL. THE. THINGS. She blogs about all things motherhood at