As if I haven’t raved about the Rebel Girls books and the Rebel Girls app enough, I am now touting of the Rebel Girls Podcast. Since 2018, they have been producing three wonderful biographical audio stories a week, each just 14-20 minutes or so–perfect for restless kids (or busy parents).
Starting this week, in honor of the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, they’re featuring 10 engaging audio stories about Hispanic women that kids will enjoy getting to know, if they don’t already. What’s more, they’ve got a whole Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist on YouTube featuring 15 different audio stories.
(Note that you’ll see a featured image for each video, like the one below, but you’ll get the same audio story as their podcasts should you prefer the YouTube platform for listening or handing a device over to your kids.)
On their site, you’ll find them kicking off with stories (including convenient transcripts!) that will fascinate young kids and adults alike. Learn about about Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who kept dancing despite her loss of her eyesight at 19; Mexican-American mega-pop star Selena Quintanilla Perez who introduced Tejano music to massive crowds in her short 23 years; and Guatemalan-American farm worker turned major farmers’ rights activist, Lupe Gonzalo.
But poke around the the Rebel Girls Podcast in your favorite podcast app for even more terrific bios of notable Hispanic women you may or may not no. From Frida Kahlo (natch) to the Latinx-Asian band The Linda Lindas, Ecuadorian mountaineer Carla Perez, and Spanish games designer and activist Marina Diez Pereiro,
One of the fun aspects of their podcast overall is that you also get to learn about the narrators of nearly all the Rebel Girl story episodes in a short 4-minute follow-up episode. Wonderful considering they’re each notable in their own right.
I mean hey, if you’re going to listen to the story of Rosa Parks, I think kids will find it pretty fascinating to also know more about the woman reading it to us. Her name is Anita Hill.
Find the Rebel Girls Podcast on their website, download the Rebel Girls app, or listen to Goodnight Stories for Rebel Kids in your favorite podcast app including Apple and Spotify. Note that there is an option to upgrade your podcast subscription for special content, early access to episodes, and an ad-free experience.)