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Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures. With energetic voice actors and professional sound design, these audio plays burst to life at the touch of a button.

To connect fantasy with reality, our segment Little Girls Doing Big Things features interviews with young girls from all over the world who are creating change in their communities and not waiting until they're grown ups to start chasing their dreams.

New episodes air on the 1st, 10th, and 20th of each month. Subscribe now so you don't miss an episode!
51 Episodes
Paula Bunyan

Paula Bunyan


A bonus episode! When a town finds the biggest baby they’ve ever seen in the middle of a field, they’re in awe but immediately know they must take care of her. They name her Paula Bunyan. Listen and find out all the ways Paula helps everyone in the town including her animal friends in the woods. Written and Produced by Chad ChenailExecutive Produced and Performed by Rebecca CunninghamScore: Eli Denby WoodOriginal Theme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkFor the Grownups!Patreon: Time Donation:
Kitty’s band with her friends, Turtle, Birdie, and Rabbit are practicing for Battle of the Bands at their school but when her grandpa moves in, they lose their rehearsal space! Practicing at the abandoned house on Maple Street is their only option to win but there’s a chance the house might be haunted. What will they do? by Amy Gijsbers van WijkAdapted from Town Musicians of Bremen by the Brothers Grimm Starring: Chad Chenail, Rebecca Cunningham, Polina Ionina, Gulshan Mia, Rad Pereira, and Amanda RodheExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamProducer: Maria WurtteleOriginal Music by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk and Eli Denby WoodFor the Grownups!Patreon: Time Donation:
Myra is a mermaid who loves reading books. The problem is, every time she tries to read one it gets ruined by the ocean water! Will she become a human or figure out another way to solve this problem? Plus a special interview with kid podcaster, Ruby & The Literate Mermaid writer, Christina Quintana! The Literate Mermaid by Christina QuintanaStarring: Joseph Cordaro, Caitlin Morris, Ashton Muniz, and Elise SantoraExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamProducer: Chad ChenailOriginal Theme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkFor the Grownups!Patreon: Story Time Live Stream: Time Donation: to By Kids, For Kids:
Alba is a budding, young detective who doesn’t mind living on her own. When the Mayor of Strangetown sends out a notice looking for someone to uncover why her daughters wear holes in their shoes every night, Alba hops on a bus and heads toward adventure. With the help of a sorceress and a hawk, Alba tries to uncover The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses! A podcast play based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. Plus a bonus interview at the end with kid podcaster, Chloe & the writer Liza Birkenmeier! The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses by Liza Birkenmeier Starring: Kristina Mueller, Jean Goto, Bonita Jackson, Lisa Hickman, and Claire WardenExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamProducer: Chad Chenail Original Theme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkFor the Grownups!Coronavirus Vaccine PDF by Malaka Gharib: Time Donation: https://fun
We’re celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a rebroadcast of one of our first episodes. Rapunzel is a reimagining of the classic fairytale, with a curly, coarse, courageous twist! This time, Rapunzel goes on an adventure, makes a long-lasting friendship, and uses her smarts and Black Girl Magic to become her own hero. Rapunzel by Jahna Ferron-Smith Starring: Laureen Lembé, Bonita Jackson, and C. Kelly WrightProduced by Chad ChenailExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamFor the Grownups!Kids Listen: Time Donation: to the other Kids Listen podcasts celebrating Women’s History Month!Be Calm on Ahway Island: Book Power for Kids:
A musical adaptation of the fairy tale, Cinderella. There’s a big school party and Cinderella doesn’t feel like going. Her step-sisters and everyone at her school are obsessed with how they look and what everyone thinks of them and she wants know part of it. Her friend Symphony Rhodes is the perfect person to turn to. What will Cinderella do? Book, Music, & Lyrics by Dana BouléStarring Melanie Burg, Kelly Reader, & Kristen VaphidesMusical Direction by Megan BagalaProduced by Rebecca Cunningham & Megan BagalaOriginal Theme Music by Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkArtwork by Ana StretcuFor the Grownups!Listen to Petit Punk Rock: Patreon: Time Donation:
Nova, a scientist and inventor, travels back in time to France in 1921 and becomes Bessie Coleman’s airplane! Bessie Coleman was an African American and Native American pilot when flying airplanes in the United States was still illegal for women of color. Listen as Nova learns about how planes fly through the air!Written, performed, and produced by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music by Eli Denby Wood For the Grownups! Listen to Go With Nugget: Time Donation:
Here is a peaceful story about a king and queen who have a baby, a princess named Lotus! Listen as Lotus learns to meditate so she can one day grow up to be a kind and thoughtful leader. This story includes a meditation we can all practice! Written by Rebecca WeaverStarring Chad Chenail & Tessa FlanneryProduced by Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music by Eli Denby WoodArtwork by Ana StretcuListen to Be Calm on Ahway Island: to Noodle Loaf: Time Donation:
Kid scientist, Nova travels back in time to become the world’s first computing machine but she gets stuck! She needs your help to find mathematician Ada Lovelace and get the instructions on how to turn Nova back into her normal self!Produced, performed, and written by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkPatreon: Time Donation:
In this LGDBT episode, Rebecca speaks with 10-year-old Elinor, the co-host of a podcast called Conversations with My Daughter. Listen as they talk about how Conversations with my Daughter began and how it’s made Elinor and her mom a lot closer. Enjoy! Listen to Conversations with my Daughter: more about Lightbridge Academy: Time Donation:
Rudy’s had a dream her whole life; to make Santa’s sleigh team. But, it’s a boys club and this year is no exception. Nevertheless, with the help of her parents, Carol Claus, and her good friend Frosty Tips the Snow Ma’am, Rudy persists. Listen as Rudy saves Christmas! A rebroadcast from 2017. Rudy the Female Reindeer by Delaney Yeager Featuring: Delaney Yeager, Tessa Flannery, Russell Jordan, and Aaron Marshall-Bobb – Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham – Sound Design and Production: Chad Chenail – Original Music: Eli Denby Wood Music – Vocals: Eli Denby Wood and Aaron Marshall-Bobb Girl Tales Holiday Event with DQSH!
In this episode, Nova travels back in time to Hawai’i in the late 1800’s where she becomes the ukulele of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last sovereign monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Nova learns how ukuleles are made, how sound travels through them, and ways we can defend the rights of indigenous peoples. Come join her!Written, Performed, and Produced by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Produced by Rebecca Cunningham1915 Recording of Aloha Oe by Pale K. Lua, and David K. KailiGirl Tales Holiday Event with DQSH!
After doing the same thing everyday, Finch wants something new. So when she meets a singing tortoise named Torta, her whole world changes. Finch thinks Torta should sing in front of the other animals but Torta just likes singing for herself. Listen to hear how Finch learns what it means to truly be a really good friend. Written by Charly Evon SimpsonStarring: Barron Bass, Isabella Dawis, and Sophia QuirogaOriginal Music by Michelle J. Rodriguez & Lyrics by Charly Evon SimpsonProduced by Chad ChenailExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamEpisode Artwork by Ana StretcuGirl Tales Holiday Event! Tales Instagram: Tales Grown Ups:
In this Little Girls Doing Big Things interview, Rebecca speaks with Matilda Suh, an 8-year-old writer & illustrator. Rebecca first learned about Matilda’s work after finding her handmade books at her favorite bookstore in Brooklyn. Matilda tells her all about how she made that happen.Executive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamTheme Music by Eli Denby Wood and Amy Gijsbers van WijkPurchase tickets to the Holiday Girl Tales event with Drag Queen Story Hour! donate to The Ornament Project, email rebecca@girltalespodcast.comPatreon: Tales Grown Ups Group: to Story Spectacular: About Drag Queen Story
To celebrate Halloween, Nova travels back in time to 1818 and becomes the ink Mary Shelley uses to write the very first science fiction novel, Frankenstein! Learn all about what ink was made of in 1818 and hear a portion from the original story of Frankenstein. Written, Performed, and Produced by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamTheme Music by Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkSeason 3 Questionnaire: Tales Grown Ups on Facebook: join the Girl Tales Grown Ups Slack Channel, email rebecca@girltalespodcast.comInstagram: @girltales
Have you ever wondered how stories were invented? In this tale, the Sky Goddess Asase Yaa creates a spider named Anansi who brings stories to all of human kind using her smarts! Based on the character in many Akan tales, Anansi. by Bleu Beckford-BurrellStarring Barron Bass, Rama Orleans-Lindsay, & Cristina PitterProduced by Chad ChenailExecutive Produced and Hosted by Rebecca CunninghamTheme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkArtwork: Ana StretcuGirl Tales Season 3 Survey:
Rebecca interviews Sadie, a 7 1/2 year old electro-punk performing artist & musician. Sadie gives advice to kids on how to make their own music, how to get over stage freight, and lets us all know that kids can do anything grown-ups can do. And she loves to scream and yell about it!Produced by Rebecca CunninghamPhotograph by Elisabeth FuchsiaMusic by SadieListen to Sadie’s music on SoundCloud: Sadie’s music on BandCamp: Patreon:
In this episode, Nova travels to Norway in 2014 to become Malala Yousafzai’s microphone as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn all about how microphones work and Malala’s fight for girls’ education.Written, Produced, and Performed by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music by Eli Denby WoodMake a Megaphone: Fund: to Noodle Loaf: Tales Patreon: us the pictures of your experiments!
In this bilingual tale, Xo and Xul go to the waterpark with their mama. When they get there, they meet La Llorona underneath the water. They join La Llorona and try to help her find her son, Sol. How will they make their way back to their own mama? Based on Latin American tale, ‘La Llorona’.Written by Monet Hurst-MendozaStarring: Jen Anaya, Jacqueline Guillen, Annie Henk, & Benjamin MannoProducer: Chad ChenailExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkEpisode Artwork: Ana StretcuGirl Tales Facebook:
In this episode, Chloe, a kid like you, asks Liza Birkenmeier questions about the story she wrote for Girl Tales called “The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses”. Listen to The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses: our Patreon: to Chloe’s Friendship Circle:
Comments (3)

Monica Schiffman

fantastic. heartwarming. i can see the power of beleiving in yourself!!

Jan 31st

Monica Schiffman

Part I left me wanting more, but Part II quenched my appetite. I felt myself rooting for Elisa to make right her mistakes of turning her brothers into swans without losing her tenacity. And she did!!!She grew as a person right in front of our ears! Thank you! Cant wait for the next one.

Oct 20th

Monica Schiffman

Leaves me wanting MORE!!! Each new episode is so exciting. I can't wait to hear how the story will be changed. The characters are powerful, energized and intelligient. Girl Tales is our favorite podcast!

May 28th
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