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Story Time - Free children's bedtime stories for your kids

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Children's bedtime stories delivered fortnightly as a free audiobook. For toddlers, preschoolers, and young children ages 2-12 and the whole family. Download the mp3, subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, iOS Podcasts or listen online.
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access_time23 days ago
The queen desperately wanted a baby, so when she hears about a magical dragon who might be able to give her one she is overjoyed. Will the dragon give her a baby? What will the baby be like? You’d best take a listen and see…. 👸🏽🐲

This story is appropriate for children aged 5+
access_time1 month ago
Waldo is a helicopter pilot who loves to help out. He has all sorts of amazing adventures! In this story Waldo is called upon to help deal with a sea monster called Slimey, who likes to tip people out of their boats! Slimey just wants to play but his games are no fun for the beach goers.

Waldo really has his hands full this time. Will he be able to get Slimey the sea monster to change his mischievous ways?! 🚁🐲🏖

This story is suitable for children aged 3+
access_time2 months ago
Brad doesn't believe in Father Christmas, and he doesn't want anyone else to believe that nonsense either. He's happiest when he's making everyone else miserable. His parents aren't bothered about Christmas either, so on Christmas Eve there's no decorations in the house, no tree downstairs, no stocking hung up. But, whether Brad believes it or not, soon he'll have to decide whether to stay being Bad Brad, or whether he'll get on his bike and save Christmas. Is it worth the effort for one person? For sure! And is it better to fix badness with kindness? For sure!

This story is suitable for children aged between 4 - 10.
access_time2 months ago
A cute story about a little girl who writes to Santa .and then Santa writes back! 👧🎅

This story is suitable for children aged 4-10.
access_time2 months ago
Why is Santa Claus also called Chris Kringle and Saint Nick?
How does he get to all of the houses in one night?
What are the laws of physics regarding reindeer flight?
These are just some of the questions Timmy is going to get answered, by hiding under the Christmas tree and sneaking into Santa's bag of toys.

But when his house is the LAST house he visits that year, Timmy is accidentally (or maybe not) brought to the North Pole.

There he discovers that all of the elves in Santa's Workshop were once curious kids like him, who wanted to know more about Santa Claus! So Timmy helps lead an elf uprising against Christmas, although, the three Santa's have different ideas.

This story is suitable for children aged 5-12
access_time3 months ago
Lilly and Dean love their dog, David. Lilly enjoys looking after him and feeding him, even if it isn't a very exciting job. At least it wasn't, until one day when Lilly found a special bag of dog food in the cupboard. What happens when she feeds it to David?

This story is appropriate for children aged 4-12. 🐶
access_time3 months ago
Luna and Geo escape into the forest behind their Aunt’s house. They already knew the forest was a magical place, but then they find the treehouse… just sitting there.

This story is recommended for children ages 5+
access_time4 months ago
Ethern is a ghost. He lives in a cave. But he’s not a scary ghost, and his cave isn’t a scary cave. Ethern loves jokes, and all he wants to do is tell people his jokes. It doesn’t always go very well, however. Poor Ethern. Will he ever find someone who will stay and listen to his jokes?

This story is appropriate for children aged 5 - 10.
access_time4 months ago
Lou Tweet and Dean Bob can't wait to go trick-or-treating on Bonefish Street on Halloween. This year, they're entering the Best Halloween Block contest, which means they need to visit every house and mark down each delicious treat that they receive.
access_time8 months ago
It’s Ruby’s turn to be the snack captain for her soccer team, and she takes her duties seriously. So, when she proudly opens the lid of the snack container to her teammates, only to see them back away in disgust, she is shocked! 😮

Who is responsible for this half-time disaster? Ruby thinks she’s knows, and she is ready to give him a piece of her mind!

A fun and lighthearted short story, highlighting the joy that can come from finding humour in our mistakes. ⚽️😖

This story is suitable for children aged 5-12.

EJ Schonauer is actually a writing team made up of identical twins Erin K. Schonauer and Jamie C. Schonauer. Isn’t that cool?!

Find out more about this talented duo and their writing over at:
access_time9 months ago
‘Tonight we have to go to bed really early,’ said Mum. 'Tomorrow morning we are going to have a surprise.' But what event would be so special to get you up in the middle of a cold New Zealand winter? The star cluster Matariki is rising and the Māori New Year is on its way! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A story in which a family celebrate Matariki and talk about what it means to different people.

This story is for children ages 3+

Written by Melanie Drewery and published by Penguin Group (NZ) in 2003.
access_time9 months ago
Luke lives in apartment 305 with his mum, his dad, and his new baby sister. One day, they start hearing loud noises coming from the upstairs apartment. These noises become a problem, as they keep waking up his baby sister. Luke decides he needs to do something about it, but he could never have guessed who, or what, he would find in apartment 405. 🐘

This story is appropriate for children aged 4 - 10.

This story was inspired by Rob, the creator of Bedtime FM, and his difficulty recording a story thanks to some noisy people upstairs.
access_time10 months ago
A narrative poem about a cat whose life is turned upside down after her favorite human goes away. Choosing not to remain alone in her room upstairs, she bravely faces her fears and discovers an exciting new world. 🌎🐈🐾
access_time10 months ago
Everyday Rosie would ask her parents for a pony, and everyday they would reply, “No, Rosie, don’t be silly. Where on earth would we find a pony?”

Then one amazing day, something happened. The circus was leaving town. Its lively procession bustled right past Rosie’s house, leaving something very special in its wake!

Had Rosie’s wish finally come true?! Listen to find out! 👧🏻🎪🐴

This story is suitable for children aged 3-10
access_time11 months ago
Too much drama!" Buffy thought to himself.

The last few holidays had been much too exciting, Buffy wanted to spend this Easter somewhere quieter where he couldn’t get into any trouble. Easter Island sounded like the perfect place to celebrate Easter. Surely he couldn’t get into any trouble on an island dedicated to Easter….could he? 🐰🗿

This story is suitable for children ages 4 - 10.
access_time12 months ago
The big contest, “Hero of the Mountain” is tomorrow. The small fox Bubu wants to see it at any cost but on the way he meets so many animals in trouble.
Will Bubu arrive on time for the contest and what it really takes to be a true hero?⛰️🦊

This story is for children ages 4 - 10
access_time1 year ago
🐉 Once Upon A Time, there was a town that had, in its best-loved spot, a large, long, scaly rock that looked amazingly similar to a sleeping dragon. Along with this dragon-shaped rock came a tale: ‘In times of trouble, the dragon will wake, and free the village, by making a lake’.

Well, trouble did come to that town, in the form of one very, very hot and dry summer. The townsfolk were desperate for rain, but it just did not come.
Would the tale about the dragon prove to be true?
Would it wake and save them from this drought, or was it just a made-up story? Listen to this exciting short story by Ellena Ashley to find out!🐉

This story is suitable for children aged 4-12
access_time1 year ago
Buffy Bunny is back and this time there's been a big Christmas mix-up. Buffy accidentally sets Christmas on a slippery slope, one that means his friends may not get the presents they wanted for Christmas, that is if they get any presents at all! Will Buffy be able to help Santa? You'll have to listen and find out.

Happy holidays everyone! Thank you for listening to Story Time this year, we so appreciate your support. Enjoy your holidays and we will see you in the New Year. 🎅🎄🎁🐰
access_time1 year ago
Do you remember Billy the Bathtub? The special bathtub who can move his feet and likes to play with his friends in the park?

Do you remember that Billy lives in a big old house in Winnipeg, Canada? Now, Winnipeg isn't too far from the North Pole (as sleighs and reindeer fly), and we all know who lives at the North Pole, don't we?

Would you like to hear about the time Billy the Bathtub helped Santa? You would?!? Then this story is for you!

This story is suitable for children ages 4 to 10 years old.

Merry Christmas everyone 🎅🎄🎁🛁
access_time1 year ago
Miranda was an inside cat and didn't get to do many of the outside things that cats like to do. Christmas time, however, was special because it was the only time she got to be around a real tree in the house. The Christmas in this story turned out to be extra special when a surprise visitor hid in the tree!

A short story suitable for young children aged 2-5 years old

Happy holidays everybody! 🎄⭐️⛄️🎁😊
access_time1 year ago
Bill has a terrible, unbearable, lousy beak-ache. He also happens to be a bowerbird🐦: a type of bird that collects scraps to create elaborate colour-sorted nests. Bill turns to his friends; zebra, frog🐸, yak, and others for objects that might help alleviate his ache. Will they be able to help him? If not, what will?

This fun, wacky story is told in playful cadence with rhyme and refrain. A riot of a tale, it also offers some wisdom on getting through tough times with patience, and a little help from your friends.

This story is suitable for children ages 3-7
access_time1 year ago
Chester’s parents have just made him move house🏡 and he is not very happy about it😠. Whilst sulking about the situation, he makes an amazing discovery in the most unexpected place…..his toilet🚽!

This story is suitable for ages 4-10.
access_time1 year ago
‘Twas Halloween Night, is all about the fun you can have on Halloween.

Twas Halloween Night and all through the town, The children were jumping all up and down…’

It's a Halloween like any other, until one trick-or-treater spots a very surprising visitor!

This poem is suitable for Halloween-lovers of all ages. 🎧 🎃 👻
access_time1 year ago
Happy Halloween! We have a special Halloween episode for you!
Midnight O’Clock, is all about what your imagination might dream up when you’re awake at midnight.

This story is suitable for children aged 6-13.
access_time1 year ago
Emily’s mummy and daddy have just brought home her new baby sister. Emily is so excited to help, but all she keeps hearing is “Not right now Emily”. Poor Emily, isn’t there anything she can do to help her baby sister? This story is suitable for ages 4-10.
access_time1 year ago
Emma is spending the weekend with her grandparents, but they are not really sure how to entertain her. When her Grandad pulls out an old bubble machine for her to play with, things start to get exciting, a little too exciting. Will Emma ever see her grandparents again?

This story is suitable for ages 4-8.
access_time2 years ago
Tomas set out on an adventure to look down from the top of the world. He meets a unicorn, a pair of graham-cracker eating dragons, and lots of small (and hungry) birds. But where is the chair on the top of the world? And what’s does the top of the world have to do with a marble?

A story suitable for 4–12 year old kids.
access_time2 years ago
When Bubu finds a bottle in the sea with a call for help inside it is clear for everyone – a new adventure awaits. And this time he is not alone – his friends Oskar and Rico are coming with him.
What lies ahead? Fearful sharks…a powerful storm…a sinking ship…and a new friendship.

One thing is for sure – no one will remain dry in this amazing sea quest.

This children's story is suitable for kids aged 4-15 years old.
access_time2 years ago
Poppy has moved to a new town and hasn't yet made any friends. She misses her old life. Things start looking up, however, when she finds a curious golden pen in the woods outside her new home; for this is no normal pen, it's a 'spentaculous pen', and it's magic!

This story is suitable for children aged 3-10
access_time2 years ago
Medward the marmoset was unlike any other marmoset that had ever lived. This was because Medward had a very, very long tail.

Some days Medward hated his elongated tail. It got in the way and would stop him doing things. Other times however, it came in quite handy, and in this particular story, turned out to be a lifesaver!

Sometimes, being different isn't so bad after all.

Bed time story suitable for kids ages 5-12
access_time2 years ago
Ug the Thug was nasty, and no-body liked him. One night, Ug finally realises how lonely it is when everyone is frightened of you. Is it possible for him to change his ways and make friends with people?

Bed time story suitable for kids ages 2-8
access_time2 years ago
It’s Easter and the Easter Bunny is sick and cannot deliver all the Easter eggs! Luckily, his cousin Buffy Bunny volunteers to help and finds that being the Easter Bunny isn’t as easy as he thought. A children's bedtime story suitable for ages 4-10 years old
access_time2 years ago
One day when Billy the Bathtub was feeling sad about being stuck inside while the children played outside in the park, he realised that there was actually something he could do to feel better. This was because Billy the Bathtub had a secret he could move his feet!

Join Billy the Bathtub on his exciting adventure out of the house!

Bed time story suitable for children ages 4 to 10 years old.
access_time2 years ago
Elsie and Arthur often go down the crooked path, into the old wood behind their little house. However one day, they come across an evil, old witch who lives deep in the woods. Will Elsie be brave enough, clever enough, and kind enough to save her brother from the witch?

This story is suitable for children aged 3-8
access_time2 years ago
Cooking can be hard, especially if you’re a bunny! Buffy Bunny wants to make his friends the perfect dinner, but he keeps having problems following the recipe. Luckily he has good friends to help him through and to remind him of his other talents!

This story is suitable for children aged 2 – 8 years old.
access_time2 years ago
It had started out like any other night for Peewee the Kiwi and his mates; scratching for bugs under the moonlight and calling out to one another across the bush. This particular night, however, they were to get the surprise of their lives. A kangaroo was hiding in the bush! What's more, he was lost and upset. He wanted to go home. Peewee and his mates knew they must help him but how?

Suitable fo children aged between 3 – 8 years old.
access_time2 years ago
It’s Nikini’s mom’s birthday tomorrow, and she is sad that she doesn’t have a present ready for her mom. She loves her mom and wants to give her something special. So she searches high and low for the perfect gift, but what is the perfect gift? Something big? Beautiful? Precious? Nikini isn’t sure but luckily she has her friends the firefly, a mynah bird, rabbit, and a spider to help her!

This story suitable for children of ages 4 – 9 years old
access_time2 years ago
A delightful story about the beauty and power of the imagination with the underlying message that if you really devote yourself to your dreams, perhaps they might just come true.

Suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years old
access_time2 years ago
Another story about Little Suzi. In this one, she gets a new cat. Sadly loses it a few days later, so the search begins to find the lost kitten.
access_time2 years ago
It’s Christmas Eve and Bubu the small fox is excited about what gifts Santa might bring. Little does he know that he will soon be needed to help deliver Santa’s presents.

A short story suitable for toddlers and young children, aged 2-5
access_time2 years ago
New house, new school, new friends. A lot is changing in six-year-old Henry's life and he doesn't like it.

A Christmas bedtime story suitable for children aged 4–13 years old.
access_time2 years ago
Why didn’t his friend seem excited about Christmas and all the toys he would get? Was everything with Tom okay?

A Christmas bedtime story suitable for children aged 5–13 years old.
access_time2 years ago
Don't ever let anyone try to tell you libraries are boring places!

A short story suitable for young children aged 3–8 years old.
access_time2 years ago
Two spiders are looking for a new home in the great beyond, and find a place called House

This story is suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years old
access_time2 years ago
King Leo is so tired looking after all the jungle animals. He decides to go away for a little break at the jungle hotel.

This story is suitable for children aged 2 – 7 years old
access_time2 years ago
The beloved toys from Jane Hissey’s Old Bear's series help Teddy No-Nose to find his nose and feel better about himself.

A short story suitable for children aged 4–12 years old.
access_time3 years ago
Bored, Lizzy ventures into her step-father's study after being warned not. This very special and magical room holds a secret, but what will she discover?

A short story suitable for children aged 6–12 years old.
access_time3 years ago
Another story about Little Suzi. In this one, she is shocked by her teacher's reaction during her lesson.

A short story suitable for young children aged 2–8 years old.
access_time3 years ago
Naughty Pirate Redhanky meets his match and vows to live a good life from now on.

A short story suitable for young children aged 2–8 years old.
access_time3 years ago
Bonnie goes on a quest, after she finds the truth about the origin of the village waterfalls.

A short story suitable for young children aged 6 years old to teenagers 15 years old.

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