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April Eight Songs & Stories
12 minutes | 3 days ago
It's April the Eighth and It's My Birthday!
I’m having a birthday party and guess who’s here? My Kids Listen podcasting pals from Stoopkids, Dorktales, Newsy Jacuzzi, Noodle Loaf, Little News Ears, Story On and Buttons & Figs! I hope you’ll come too… and you might want to bring your slide whistle!
6 minutes | a month ago
SONG: Swinging on a Star
A Giggle-Along Song from April Eight's childhood, "Swinging on a Star". A funny old-fashioned tune, with a few updated lyrics. Featuring my ukulele! The chorus is, "Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar, and be better off than you are? Or would you rather be a...?" Perfect for bedtime, snacktime, car time, or bathtime. Find out more at aprileight.com or on Instagram at @aprileightsongsandstories.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
Fairy, Pixie and Gnome Storytime Questions
April Eight has a fairytale riddle for you today and a few answers to some questions I have received from a gnome in Canada, a pixie in Ireland. And, a happy birthday to a fairy friend whose party I just could not get to plus a hint at what the next story might just be about… If you have a question from your children, send them to me on Facebook facebook.com/aprileight or on Instagram @aprileightsongsandstories or Twitter @aprileightmusic. Find out more at aprileight.com The April Eight Podcast is perfect at bedtime, bathtime or anytime you and your children need a story.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
STORY - Larken and the Troll
Larken and the Troll is an original fairytale for all-ages. “And so, there was Larken, covered in mud, shivering at the back door, socks wet, rain boots lost in a mud puddle and his raincoat who knows where… All his mother could think of to say was, “Larken, you look like a wet rat!” And Larken explained to her, well, he tried at least, over the top of his mug of peppermint tea she’d made for him as he sat by the fire warming up, that it was all on account of a troll. “A TROLL?” Said his mother… Let April Eight’s “magical voice” tell your family a tale both ancient and new. “We absolutely love April Eight Stories!” - Lynnsey P. Come find all the goodness at aprileight.com
8 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 53: SONG: "The Witchy Sing-Along Song"
Roxie tells a not-really-a-story story about her Halloween past. Of course, like any good witch, the Which Witch likes Halloween so much she wrote a whole song about it – “The Witchy Sing-Along Song”! Find April Eight at - instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories facebook.com/aprileight aprileight.com And join the April Eight Patreon for lessons and songs, bonus stories, excerpts from April's YA novel, and more - https://www.patreon.com/AprilEight
5 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 52 SONG: The Cuckoo and the Donkey
Today's episode features a traditional, and funny, German song, called the "Cuckoo and the Donkey". Roxie has a bit to say about it... Also, you'll hear the bird songs of the second graders in my class at the Cincinnati Waldorf School! Send me your bird call audio or video online on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (IG is my favorite) and I just might feature it in a future episode - I'll find it with the hashtag #a8lovesme - because you know I do! Find out more at aprileight.com
23 minutes | a year ago
STORY 4 of the Lost Fairy Series, "The Forgotten Star"
The prince took a step forward. He was just about to speak the magic spell... the magic spell that might just get him his great fairy friend Faith back. What a journey our Fairy Prince Orion has been on. And in today's tale, he knocks on the door of someone who doesn't get a lot of visitors. Who could it be? You'll find out in today's episode, the final story of The Lost Fairy Series. For more go to aprileight.com
10 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 50 Oh No! April’s Dog Roxie Takes Over the Podcast!
Well, it looks like Roxie, April’s dog, and podcasting sidekick, is taking over the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast because, no really, April’s daughters have accidentally turned her into a gnome! But no worries, Roxie has all sorts of brilliant songs and, uh, interesting stories to share. What happens next is anybody’s guess but Roxie's having a blast because she's a dog and dogs are awesome.
6 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 49 A Happy New Year Song!
I pulled out my ukulele for episode number 49 - a fun song I wrote to ring in the new year. And no matter when you listen to this, you’ll always have a whole year ahead of you, whether it is July 1st or January 1st! Isn’t that a funny idea? April Eight's Happy New Year Song by April Eight It’s New Years, hey! Such a lovely holiday A whole year ahead for something new… When you shine your light into something bold and bright It makes a magic that will always see you through It’s true! All the rest of the lyrics and uke tabs are on my April Eight Songs & Stories Patreon page. Subscribe at any level and see it all.
23 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 48, "The Lost Fairy Series, Story 3: The Golden Bee"
Today's tale is a continuation of our stories from Episode 44 and 46 another episode of part the “The Lost Fairy Series". In today's story, the Fairy Prince meets three new helpers who we've met before on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, one of them is quite large! A sweet, funny fairytale story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. An excerpt from today's story: Have you ever flown on the back of a falcon? Well, neither had the fairy prince. Of course, he had flown many times before, being a fairy and all. Flying is a fairy’s preferred mode of transportation, as we all well know. If you had wings, wouldn’t you fly everywhere? Yes, exactly. Still, falcons fly far higher and faster than any fairy and Haukka was a powerful bird. The prince had been hanging on for dear life to her neck feathers for what felt like hours. Every time Haukka had dipped or swerved he’d been worried that his crown would slide off his head and tumble down down down, far down into the thick forest below. As some of you may recall, The Fairy Prince had lost his crown once before, and he was not in the business of ever losing it again. Thank goodness that when he had lost it before, his dear friend Faith had rescued his crown and returned it to him before his mother’s birthday party or oh, the trouble he would have been in! Faith was the loyalist friend anyone could ever hope to have. But Faith. Where was she?... Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! patreon.com/aprileight An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 All rights reserved.
6 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 47, SONG: "My Lucky Day"
It's My Lucky Day! I'm back to my podcast and I have a song to sing for you. It's a stomp and clap song, so get ready to stomp and clap! Great for car time, bedtime, bath time, or anytime you need a little song to sing. "It's My Lucky Day" by April Eight, copyright 2016 It's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky dayBrother sun shine down on me Sister moon she done set us free. Look around and you will see This old world is the place to be. And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day... From Juntember to Saturday All good things gonna come my way.There is peace between all of us,In this old life, that's enough. And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day... Everybody talk and don't listen at allThey say pride goes first before a fallI can tell you a thing or two,But I can only tell you for myself what's true. And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day... Brother sun shine down on me Sister moon she done set us free. Look around and you will see This old world is the place to be. And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day... __ There's a craft posted up on the aprileight.com website, come make something, or is that someone fun with me. ;-)
15 minutes | 2 years ago
EP 46, "The Lost Fairy Series Story 2: In the Forest du Lutin"
Today's tale is a continuation of our story from Episode 44, “The Lost Fairy Series Story 1, The Tiny Trumpet”. In today's story, the Fairy Prince and his fairy fellows set out on a journey to find a lost friend. They stop for a rest and run into some pixie problems... A sweet, funny fairytale story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. An excerpt from today's story: “Oh no! It’s raining!” said Geraud in a panic, diving under a leaf to keep his wings dry. “What do you mean, I”m not getting wet?” said the Prince. Iris looked up, “That’s not rain, it’s pixies!” she shouted, pointing to the trees above them. Pixie giggles filled the air. Tee hee hee Tee hee hee... “Oh, not pixies!” cried the Fairy Prince! And there, standing on the branches of the tree above the Prince, as naughty as could be, were a dozen little pixies holding buckets of water. And the next thing the fairies knew, they were pouring water all over them. “I knew landing in the forest du Lutin was a mistake,” sputtered Iris, her delicate purple wings now drenched from the buckets of pixie water. “We can’t fly away with wet wings!” “Tee heee tee heeee thee heeeeeee!” giggled the pixies. “Fairies are so much fun! We love fairies!” And the Pixies were so delighted with themselves that they began to sing a little song that went just like this: "Oh fairies so pretty, oh fairies so wise But when you get ‘em wet these fairies can’t flies (tee hee hee hee) Yes they’ll howl and scold us, but what can they do, For a wee soggy fairy can’t chase after you! Pixies play tricks! Pixies play pranks! Pixies Pixies Pixies, Hooray Hooray! Tee hee heee heee teee heee hee!" But the Pixies didn’t quite know who they were dealing with here… this wasn’t just any group of fairies… If you'd like to hear the story I'm referring to in this story, listen to episode 36: "The Two Sister and the Wolf". Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! patreon.com/aprileight An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 All rights reserved.
6 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep 45 SONG: Halloween Songs!
Happy Halloween! Now I have a few songs for you! Are you ready to sing? Great for car time, bed time, bath time, or anytime you need a little song to sing for Halloween. Out in the night, there’s an eerie weary soundDown from the darkness and rising from the groundWitches and goblins are gathering aroundFor it’s Halloween! I learned the next song I am going to share with you from one of my first graders at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. Her name is Sophia. Isn’t it funny when you teach something to your teacher? It happens more than you know, dear children, more than you could ever know. Here it is:Halloween, there are witches in the air Halloween, and goblins everywhereSo beware, oh beware, or they’ll pull your hair! And I want to let you know that my friendly fellow podcasters have some Halloween stories for you while you wait to find out what happens next in my story about the Lost Fairy. Rhea over at the Little Stories for Tiny People Podcast has a very silly story about mistaken identities and friendship on Halloween! And of course, my wonderful friend David at the Sparkle Stories Podcast has a story wondering what would happen if all the children suddenly turned into their Halloween costumes! Wouldn’t that be fun? Fiddle Faddle Fee - that’s a little minute with me. And keep listening. I’ll have another lost fairy story for you soon. And have you heard my Gilbert Goblin Halloween stories yet? They are easy to find at aprileight.com. Or You can find them on the KidsListen app along with the podcasts I mentioned before. Check it out and see what I mean. Either way, it’s free!
20 minutes | 3 years ago
EP 44, "The Lost Fairy Series Story 1: The Tiny Trumpet"
Today's story has Jemi and Sander in it. Did you know they were friends? They have some magical visitors who have come in search of a lost fairy that Jemi knows. Fortunately, Sander has an idea of a way to help all the important guests who land in Jemi's backyard. A tale of friendship and kindness. And Thom and Brizbane are there too! A great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. This is the beginning of a series of stories I've been working on for a while. You'll find many of our old friends from other stories I've shared on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. But of course, if you have never heard a single one, you'll still be able to enjoy the tale. So come on. let's get on with it! If you'd like to hear the stories I'm referring to, then please listen to the first 10 episodes of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, as well as episode 20, The Lost Giant. Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! patreon.com/aprileight An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 All rights reserved.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 43 SONG - A Summer Song - "Wild Mountain Thyme"
Episode 43 is a song! It is a welcome to summer song because today, my friends, summer officially begins here in the United States. This is also the beginning of Season 5 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. I’ve been making this podcast for 2 years now, and I’m so glad that I started it. I love my listeners so much and I have new stories coming your way in the month of July. The next one has Jemi in it! If you don’t know who Jemi is, look no further than the aprileight.com website! Jemi was the friend we met in Episode 1 and she is the first character I ever made for April Eight. You can listen to all three episodes of that story right here. But now, down to business. We’ve got a song to sing. This one is an old favorite of mine, it is called Wild Mountain Thyme by Francis McPeake. It is an old Scottish song, and I like that because I’ve got some Scottish in me. I love to sing this with my children and I can’t wait to sing it with you. Here is how the chorus goes. Will you go Lassie go, and we’ll all go together, to pull wild mountain thyme all around the purple heather, will you go Lassie go… Now, do you know what a Lassie is? THat’s just another way that Scottish people say “girl”. If you’d rather sing it to a boy, you can say, Laddie, if you want. Whatever works for you works for me. Will you go, Lassie go? New stories are coming in July!
17 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 42 "Story 4: The Two Sisters and The Wolf"
The last story of the Two Sisters and the Wolf Series - Two sisters, Sar and Neiva, travel through forests, mountains and now a dense fog to reach the Fairy Ice Skating Ball. Will they make it in time or get lost in the mists? A great fairytale story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time with a sweet, happy ending. This story might remind you of April Eight Songs & Stories Episode 19, "Grammy and the Star Soup" - listen to that one and this one and see how they are alike and how they are different. Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! patreon.com/aprileight Here is an excerpt from today's story: “I suppose this is why folks call this place the Veiled Valley”, said Neiva. “But I think we can make it, sister. We have wolf and wolf can find anything.” Neiva ran her hand through wolf’s thick fur. “Right wolf?” she said. Wolf licked her hand and Sar nodded. Wolf *could* find anything. Still, Neiva tried not to think of her dream. She didn’t like this mist at all, and she didn’t want her sister to worry. Neiva was worrying enough for both of them... An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 41 Song: "Winter Lullaby, Time to Sleep"
Episode 41 is a Song! It is a winter lullaby called "Time to Sleep". If you ever listened to Episode 18 Meggie and Felix and the Snowy Little Minute, well then you might know it. If so, then please, by all means, sing along with me! And listen for characters you’ve heard about in some of the April Eight Songs & Stories podcast episodes, like goblins and fairies. http://www.aprileight.com Choose your reward and keep this show singing and storying at http://www.patreon.com/aprileight http://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstoriespodcast http://facebook.com/aprileight Time to Sleep by April Eight Time to sleep Winter's a dreamy time to sleep Curl up tight When the sun goes dim, it's time to turn in... Time to dream Soar through the stars on your fairy wings Howl at the moon like a goblin sings It is your dream to dream When the snow drifts have settled and the birds say goodbye The shelter of slumber kisses your sweet eyes Let go your troubles with your heart on your sleeve the world's at your feet let your dreamer dream. Time to dream Soar through the stars on your fairy wings Howl at the moon like a goblin sings It is your dream to dream Time to sleep Winter's a dreamy time to sleep Curl up tight When the sun goes dim, it's time to turn in... Until Spring comes again. Please share the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast with your friends and family and take a minute to write a review to help other parents find these stories for their kids. Until we meet again, remember, i love you and you are wonderful, just as you are right now. © April Eight 2018. All rights reserved.
17 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 40 "Story 3: The Two Sisters and the Wolf"
While traveling through the woods, two sisters come across a golden moose in great distress. Yet they are breaking all the rules by helping him - what will they do? A great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. This one has a little listener participation in it! Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! patreon.com/aprileight Here is an excerpt from today's episode: Sar and Neiva looked around. They did not want to get caught breaking the rules about stepping off the high road or touching the Giant King’s animals. And yet, here they were, standing near a giant shiny animal who was making the loudest noise anyone could possibly make. How could they possibly NOT get caught? Still. The girls were determined. They couldn’t just leave him there. Sar dropped her pack on a nearby boulder and carefully approached the golden moose. He was thrashing his huge head around and stomping his powerful hooves in the snow, trying to get his antlers out of branches. “Be careful,” whispered Neiva to her sister. But it was under her breath. There was no way Sar could have heard her over the howls and thrashings of this desperate creature. Sar walking delicately through the snow, singing her most soothing song to calm the creature. (SONG) An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018
4 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 39 Song: "Sarah Shining"
Episode 39 is a song episode. Today’s song is one of my favorites. Hmmmm, I think I say that every time don’t I? Well my friends, I love to sing. I wrote this song for one of my listeners when she was 6 years old. Well, she must be 12 years old today! This song is about shining with your heart - no matter what! A great song for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. http://www.aprileight.com Choose your reward and keep this show singing and storying at http://www.patreon.com/aprileight http://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstoriespodcast http://facebook.com/aprileight Sarah Shining by April Eight c 2012 Sarah it’s a lovely day The wind blows cold and the skies are grey Even the flowers are hiding away But who cares for we have you, Shining through. Sarah smile for us. Share the spark that shines from your heart There’s nothing more that the world could hope for Than the wonderful girl that is you, Shining through. Sarah happy birthday to you Six years old, so much to be and do Remember the light that shines in you Can never go away, Even on the greyest of days You’ll shine through Oh oh You’ll shine through. Happy 12th birthday, Sarah. Today’s episode is part of the All Kinds Of Love podcast series from Kids Listen. You can use the Kids Listen app or go to kids Listen dot org to find quality podcast shows for young listeners on this theme. Like Brains On. Their episode All Kinds of Love episode is about a snail named Sandy who looking for a snail partner who understands her. #AllKindofLove #kidsListen All songs copyright 2012, April Eight. All rights reserved.
15 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 38 "Story 2: The Two Sisters and the Wolf"
On their way through the snowy mountains of Way Over There, two sisters and their wolf encounter a magical creature who needs their help. But to step off the High Road to his aid means breaking the rules of the fearsome Giant King and risk everything. What will they do? A great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. Web: aprileight.com Kids Listen: app.kidslisten.org Insta: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Facebook: facebook.com/aprileight Get your Reward! patreon.com/aprileight and I also mention Kids Listen friend Brains On in this episode. #AllKindsOfLove Here is an excerpt from today's story: The fairy sisters left the pixies far behind as they followed their wolf through the ancient snowy forest until it began to thin out and grow steeper. Haukka scouted up ahead. She called down to let them know that they were coming to the foothills of the mountains. The Mountains of Way Over There they were called, but the girls always thought of them as the Mountains of the Giants. They avoided them if they could. For giants had lived in these snowy peaks for uncountable centuries and giants well, they weren’t always friendly. As they hiked, the sisters could see a small village in the distance where gray smoke wsa curling up from stone chimneys to join the gray of the winter sky. Villagers often told tales of these giants as they sat around their fires at night. Oh, for giants are great fearsome creatures who rule their territories with such strength that all who pass through their mountains never ventured off the High Road, the one and only road that lead through these peaks. To wander off the High Road, well, that was just not done, for the price, oh the price, it was was much too terrible to pay. For giants in general were not, let us say, flexible thinkers. And the least flexible thinker of all was the Giant King himself, who loved his mountains and all of his animals that lived within their rolling borders. l, the price paid for such a venture was very steep, much steeper than the mountains themselves. For if you broke the rules and were caught, well, you might forever be a servant to the Giant King. Perhaps if you lived in the mountain’s village you were safe, but a stranger, oh no. Don’t go off the road! And so the sisters and the wolf stayed on the High Road. It was long and winding as it swooped up steep mountain slopes and down long narrow ridges. The steady foot of the wolf never slipped, never stumbled. And these Earth fairies, they too walked with sure feet that no human possessed... An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018
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