Bedtime Stories Free Audio Stories Tales from the Lilypad for Kids & Family Podcast

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dayai the Balsam Poplar Dryad

This Tales from the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel is a sappy one about a dryad, or tree spirit, who inhabits a Balsam Poplar tree. She experiences arboreal time and uses her empathy to create a healing balm which is often used in the preparation of Balm of Gilead.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Episode 42: Peter Not-a-Rabbit Cottontail and the Easter Rabbit Hole

In this Tales from the Lilypad original Easter story for kids, especially for bedtime or a roadtrip with kids, Peter, who is not a rabbit, discovers where Easter baskets come from... happy spring! from the Lilypad. Story and narration by Marlene Wurfel.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Episode 41: Sleepy Time with Yak Yeti and Baby Mountain Goat

This is a 16 minute sleep meditation for kids designed to help children fall asleep. Caution: may cause drowsiness, sleepiness, napping, well-restedness and peace and quiet. You might want to download it as an MP3 so you can listen to it offline: Download this episode (right click and save) or set the Sleep Timer (or other setting) on your podcast app to prevent the next episode from automatically playing.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Episode 40: The Curse on the Crystal Castle

This story was created from a randomly generated fairytale prompt: The story is about a brave girl who must break a curse, defeat a giant, and find a magic ring to defeat a tyrant. Things are complicated by a jealous rival. Assistance comes in the form of a magic swan. You can try it too at:

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Episode 39: A Trip to Gingerbread Land

A Christmas Story for Kids & Family especially to help your kids fall asleep on Christmas Eve, one of the shortest days of the year, and the longest of nights. In this story, inspired by a 1934 version by Einar Nerman, siblings ride a gingerbread train to Gingerbread Land on the eve of St. Lucia's day.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Episode 38: Arachne Gets Revenge

This Tales From the Lilypad original by Marlene Wurfel is a mash-up of new story and ancient Greek myth. There are bits from Theseus and the Minotaur, bits from Arachne and Athena's story, bits from Charlotte's Web, and entirely new bits, all woven together for contemporary heros and princessess. Warning: contains lots and lots of spiders.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Episode 37: Hootie the Northern Pygmy Owl

It's the Lilypad's third birthday!  Episode 37 is a rerecording of the first Tales from the Lilypad Episode: Hootie, the Northern Pygmy Owl. Poor Hootie is very afraid of the daylight.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Episode 36: Theseus and the Minotaur

In this retelling and rearrangement of the Greek myth by Marlene Wurfel, the hero Theseus slays the dreadful minotaur at the heart of King Mino's labyrinth.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Episode 34: The Moosicorn Part I

Episode 34: The Moosicorn is a Tales from the Lilypad Original about a mythical creature of the boreal forests of Canada who is searching for someone like him.