As a kid, I have a vivid memory of carrying around my little, red, Sony tape recorder, listening to books on tape and radio theater programs. I loved it. I would clean my whole bedroom while listening to stories.
Times have changed. There are tons of ways to access audio story times and programs for kids.
Listening to audio rather then watching a video is beneficial as it allows kids to focus on auditory learning skills. Instead of total immersion, they can use their imagination to picture what is being described to them. They learn to critically think in order to interpret context clues.
Audio stories and podcasts are also great for the whole family to listen to together. They can even make road trips more interesting.
Here are a few podcasts that are great for kids. Check them out!
Any interaction with literature is positive even if they words aren't being read off the page. So get your kids listening to some interesting, educational or just plain entertaining audio!