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Ep 30 Charlie and Lucy on the Road, A Sing-Along Episode, An Original Fairytale Story with Folk Songs for Children and Family

Welcome to Episode 27 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Charlie and Lucy on the Road, a Sing-Along Episode,“ a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.   

Now it is a Sing-Along Episode, so I hope you have your singing voice ready. Charlie and Lucy told me to tell you not to worry. They said that the more out of tune and goofy you are, the more fun everyone will have. So sing with all your heart and don’t worry too much about the rest.

I’m so glad you are here, and I can’t wait to tell you today’s story.

“Listen now to CHARLIE AND LUCY ON THE ROAD”. 

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Today’s story references a few other great podcasts for kids as part of our Kids Listen “Hit the Road” Sweeps – you can find them all at app.kidslisten.org

The podcasts I share are
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
Buttons & Figs
Good Stuff Kids Podcast

and my story The Butterfly Adventurer – for the Wander Song…. 

Here is an excerpt from today’s episode:

Charlie and Lucy climbed into the rental car. Ugh. They were going to have to sit there in the back seat for HOURS! HOURS! They’d already been on a plane, which was pretty cool actually, soaring above the birds, above the clouds. They’d seen the tops of mountains covered in snow even in the summer-time and the patterns of rectangles that mom said were farm fields lying like a patchwork quilt across the Earth. Charlie watched as the fluff of white and gray clouds moved at their leisure, casting shadows across the countryside below. Lucy was fascinated by wanderings of the rivers as they wound themselves first one way and then another, never in a straight line, as they cut across the world below them. Lakes shimmered in the sun and looked like puddles from so far above. And then they’d seen the city, all gridded out, with buildings and busy cars, trains and trucks, all moving like tiny ants. And the airport with all of its flashing lights and runways and then they’d landed. Oh, it took forever for them to get their luggage and keys to the rental car and CHARLIE AND LUCY WERE SO HUNGRY!

Aunt Cookie and mom were taking them on a big adventure all along the coast of Maine. Charlie and Lucy were pretty excited. They’d been pouring over the map of Maine for weeks. And now here they were.

Hey, Wait a minute, Aunt Cookie? Charlie and Lucy have an Aunt Cookie? Well, yes they do. Her real name is Karen,  but they’ve always called her Cookie.

“The Rock Island Line” is a Leadbelly tune.

“The Happy Wanderer” was written by Antonia Ridge and Friedrich Moller in 1954

“Aikendrum” is a traditional Scottish folk song.

“Do Your Ears Hang Low” is a traditional English folk song.

Thank you for listening. If you’ve been enjoying these fairytales that I write for your children and for you, and for everyone who has an innocent heart. I’d love to hear from you – you can leave a comment below, on Facebook or send me an email. Or, leave a review on your favorite podcast venue and let everyone know. Spreading the word is a lovely thing to do.

April Eight has been cited as an expert by the Download on Podcasting. How fancy is that?

© 2017 April Eight, except songs cited above, all rights reserved.

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Ep. 29 Story 3: Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon, an Original Fairytale for Children and Family

Welcome to Episode 29 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Story 3 – Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon“, a great story for your kids at bathtime, bedtime, car time, and family time.

Welcome to Episode 29 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Story 3 - Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon", a great story for your kids at bathtime, bedtime, car time, and family time. aprileight.com instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories facebook.com/aprileight twitter.com/aprileightmusic
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LISTEN NOW to Story 3, QUINN QUILLOW and the BLUE RIBBON.

Quinn Quillow is a story catcher. On his way to the Town Beside the River with the Leaning Clock Tower, he caught this tale, Continue reading

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A Little Minute about Us!

 Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Us!” because today’s episode is the one-year anniversary of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast! It is Episode 28!

Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Us!” because today’s episode is the one-year anniversary of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast! It is Episode 28! I called it all little minute about us because I love us, you and me together, so much! I have loved sharing my songs and stories and joy with you, my dear listeners. And we’ve been doing that for a whole year! Can you believe it?   Find more April Eight at   aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories YouTube.com/aprileightmusic Facebook.com/aprileight

I called it a “Little Minute about Us” because I love us, you and me together, so much! I have loved sharing my songs and stories and joy with you, my dear listeners. And we’ve been doing that for a whole year! Can you believe it?  Continue reading

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Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon

Welcome to Episode 27 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon“. This story is a continuation of the story we started at Episode 24, “Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher“. I’m so glad you are here, and I can’t wait to tell you today’s story.

Welcome to Episode 27 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon“. This story is a continuation of the story we started at Episode 24, "Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher". I'm so glad you are here, and I can't wait to tell you today's story.

Listen to Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon now.    Continue reading

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A Little Minute About Donuts


Happy National Donut Day!

Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Donuts ” It is Episode Number 26! How about that? Did you KNOW there was such a thing as NATIONAL DONUT DAY?

Listen to A Little Minute about Donuts Now.

Now a few years ago I was teaching at a summer camp. I called it April Eight Songs for Peace Camp and the camp kids and I would write songs together all week. We would brainstorm all of our ideas about Peace on the first day of camp and then we would use that big list we made to write songs from all week. And we would also do other stuff like make crafts and do yoga and hike and stuff. It was really fun.

 

There was this one day that was hot and sticky and everyone was having fun making crafts and playing games but well, they weren’t really in the mood to write a song. The thing was, we had a performance to put on for their moms and dads in a few days so I said, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT. They thought and they thought and they drew and they painted but they didn’t have any ideas for a song. And then, well, I think they all got hungry. And because they were hungry, they started talking about what they really liked to eat. And once someone mentioned DONUTS, well, it was all over. That was the only thing anyone could talk about. So, I said, hey, let’s write a song about donuts. And they said, CAN WE REALLY DO THAT? And I”m like, when you are a songwriter, you get to write about whatever you want. And so we did. And their families thought that the kids’ donut song was the very best song of all. This song was written, with a little help from me, by a group of kids ages 6-11. They named their band PEACE LOVE AND DONUTS and this song is called “The Donut Song”. I hope you like it.

“The Donut Song”

by April Eight and Peace, Love and Donuts

We could write a song about peace,

we could write a song about friendship,

we could write a song about freedom,

but we want to sing about donuts!…

 

We like donuts with sprinkles and chocolate icing

Custard in the middle!

Ew, that’s totally disgusting.

We could sing a song about compromise

We could sing a song about hamsters

We could sing a song about serenity

But we want to sing about donuts.

We like donuts, they’re yummy with glaze and powdered sugar

Cinnamon and chocolate

For breakfast lunch and dinner

We could sing song about nonviolence

We could songs about inner wisdom

But donuts make the world go round

That’s why we sing about DONUTS.

 

Happy National Donut Day!

Bah bad dah!

Fiddle Faddle Fee – that’s a little minute with me.

Now next week I’ll have TWO, YES TWO, episodes of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast for you because, guess what, it will be the ON E YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my podcast. And there is almost nothing in the world I am more proud and pleased about than sharing these stories I’ve written with all of you, and so I’m ready to celebrate. And I hope you’ll join me and tell your friends too!

April Eight has been cited as an expert by the Download on Podcasting. How fancy is that?

© 2017 April Eight “The Donut Song” was written by April Eight and Peace Love and Donuts, © 2013 all rights reserved.

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A little Minute About Mothers

Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Mothers! because it is almost Mother’s Day… ” It is Episode Number 25! Hurray!  

Episode 25 "A Little Minute About Mothers" on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast at aprileight.com

Now of course to say all the nice things that we have to say about mothers we need WAY MORE than a little minute right? But a little minute is what we have and so we’ll make it work. That’s what mother’s do too, so they’ll understand… Continue reading

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Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher

Welcome to Episode 24 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher“.

Episode 24,

 

I’d like you to meet Quinn Quillow, walking through the Three Kingdoms of Greenbriar, catching stories as he goes. He is a fool Continue reading