The Yoto Blog

Welcome to our blog. It's a bit like our secret diary. Except it's not that hard to find. And we want you to read it.

Stories about Inspiring Girls and Women

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Stories about Inspiring Girls and Women

If you’re on the hunt for audiobooks with inspiring female protagonists that will appeal to girls (and boys alike), then Yoto has a brilliant selection of stories and biographies.

September’s Yoto Club Cards

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September’s Yoto Club Cards

This month’s Club selection has something for every young listener. Discover stories from ancient and modern history, sing songs about school or superfoods, or enjoy some family favourites from the likes of Disney and Roald Dahl.

August Yoto Daily Schedule

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August Yoto Daily Schedule

Every Sunday in August you can join Jake for a Draw-Along, followed by short mindfulness activities on Mondays with Monday Mindfulness. You can also participate in Yoto Daily’s Great Big Elephant Quiz on World Elephant Day (12th of August).

Summer days need music

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Summer days need music

When kids choose the tunes, great summer memories are theirs for the making. So whether you’re embarking on a summer adventure or embracing a stay-cation for all it’s worth, here are some inspiring musical Yoto Cards for your kids to enjoy

Choose the right player for your family

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Choose the right player for your family

Like siblings, Yoto Player and Yoto Mini have a lot in common. But also like siblings, they have some very important differences. If you're wondering which audio player is right for your family, this simple chart will help!

Musical Journeys with Yoto

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Musical Journeys with Yoto

Love of music starts during childhood and at Yoto we believe in helping kids and families discover a wide breadth of music and sounds. We want to help a new generation of kids fall in love with the power of music.

How to Prepare Your Player for Adventure!

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How to Prepare Your Player for Adventure!

Off on a family adventure this summer? Whether you’re soaring off to sunnier climes or packing up and hitting the road, get your Yoto Player or Yoto Mini ready for travel in 3 easy steps.

Get crafty with our Limited Edition Make Your Own Summer cards!

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Get crafty with our Limited Edition Make Your Own Summer cards!

At Yoto we’re determined to give kids plenty of fun and creative ways to enjoy their summer holidays. So, pick up a Make Your Own card - it's time to get in the spirit of summer! Make Your Own cards offer endless opportunities for your little ones to get creative.

Favourite Funny Stories

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Favourite Funny Stories

Some say laughter is the best medicine, and we couldn’t agree more. Luckily, Yoto has many amazing titles that will tickle the funny bone!

August Club Card Picks are here!

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August Club Card Picks are here!

Hello, listeners! It’s July, which means it’s time to pick your August Club Cards. This month, we’ve got a selection of classic childhood tales, hilarious historical stories, sing-along sounds and more that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Meet The Musician: Interview with Sonia De Los Santos

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Meet The Musician: Interview with Sonia De Los Santos

We’re big fans of music around here, in all its forms. What better way to celebrate the joy of music than to meet the awesome artists behind some of your favourite Yoto tracks? This month, we sat down with artist Sonia De Los Santos, Latin Grammy nominee and creator of Canta Con Sonia!

Songs, Stories and Activities for Ages 0-5

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Songs, Stories and Activities for Ages 0-5

As a mum of a five year old and a one year old, I’m constantly amazed by just how much discovery and learning is packed into a child’s first five years - and how much change and progression they go through every few months of life. 

World Music Day: Meet Yoto's Head of Music!

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World Music Day: Meet Yoto's Head of Music!

Happy #WorldMusicDay! 🎵 From the upbeat and playful to the sleepy and gentle, there’s a tune for every family with Yoto - and what better way to celebrate the joy of music than by sitting down with Dominic Hodge, Yoto’s very own Head of Music.

Yoto Around the World Competition: Check out our winners!

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Yoto Around the World Competition: Check out our winners!

Last month we hosted an Instagram competition where we asked community members to share photos of their summer adventures with Yoto. We had so many amazing entries, but we had to narrow it down to 3 winners. Check out the winning posts in this blog post!

Q&A with Caley Nunnally: Your Top Speech Questions Answered

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Q&A with Caley Nunnally: Your Top Speech Questions Answered

We recently invited Caley Nunnally - a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist - to chat with members of our Yoto Community and answer their speech and language development questions. 

Yoto creates new audio experiences featuring Disney and Pixar family favourites

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Yoto creates new audio experiences featuring Disney and Pixar family favourites

A collection of well-known Disney and Pixar stories will be launching on Yoto from May 2021 and throughout the year. Alongside licensing existing audio, they will also release brand new original content created by Yoto.

Interview with Zanib Mian: Author of the Planet Omar Series

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Interview with Zanib Mian: Author of the Planet Omar Series

Zanib Mian is a celebrated children’s author best known for the Planet Omar series. We got the chance to sit down with her and learn what inspired the series as well as her passion for bringing diverse representation to children's literature!

Get to know Jake: The host of Yoto Daily!

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Get to know Jake: The host of Yoto Daily!

Many of you may know Jake as the writer, producer, and host of Yoto Daily, but did you know he was also a primary school teacher before joining Yoto? We wanted our community to have the chance to get to know Jake a little better, so we recently invited him to chat with members on our Facebook group!

10 Cards for Mindfulness and Wellbeing

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10 Cards for Mindfulness and Wellbeing

The more that we discover about the benefits of practising mindfulness, the more we come to realise that building on our mental wellbeing must be treated as a life-long education, rather than a passing thought. 

Meet The Musician: Interview with Jazzy Ash

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Meet The Musician: Interview with Jazzy Ash

We’re big fans of music around here, in all its forms. What better way to celebrate the joy of music than to meet the awesome artists behind some of your favourite Yoto tracks? This month, we sat down with artist Jazzy Ash to find out why music is so special to her, and what inspired her album Songs From The Playground.

Scan a card. On your phone!

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Scan a card. On your phone!

So you’ve got a Yoto Card, but no Yoto Player to listen to it? Never fear, there is another way: Card Tap.

Yoto Announces Partnership with AMEET in New LEGO Books® Audio Deal

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Yoto Announces Partnership with AMEET in New LEGO Books® Audio Deal

Yoto has announced its partnership with AMEET Publishing. The global partnership will see Yoto and AMEET co-create six new audio card packs to complement its well-established LEGO DUPLO range available from June.

Get Baking with Yoto, with tips from the Little Cooks Co.

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Get Baking with Yoto, with tips from the Little Cooks Co.

Top Tips for Baking with Children. Cooking with your little one should be fun for both of you! We've set out our top tips to help make the most of this special screen-free time!

Teach Your Kids Phonics with Yoto

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Teach Your Kids Phonics with Yoto

Phonics is an essential part of language learning, and if you're a parent with young children then you've probably heard quite a bit about it. But what is phonics, exactly?

Meet Yoto Mini!

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Meet Yoto Mini!

It’s new. It’s portable. It’s our smallest announcement yet. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know what we’re talking about: Yoto Mini! Yoto Player has just become a big sibling and we couldn’t be more excited.

Yoto Community Favourites - Story Cards

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Yoto Community Favourites - Story Cards

From Ladybird Adventures to Funnybones, find out which story Yoto Cards our online community love the most.

Meet The Musician: Interview with LifeScore Music

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Meet The Musician: Interview with LifeScore Music

We’re big fans of music around here, in all its forms. What better way to celebrate the joy of music than to meet the awesome artists behind some of your favourite Yoto tracks? This month, we sat down with the dream team behind LifeScore Music.

Q&A with Dr. Larry Mitnaul: Your Top Sleep Questions Answered

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Q&A with Dr. Larry Mitnaul: Your Top Sleep Questions Answered

Sleep is a tricky subject. When it comes to bedtime, every child - and every family - is different. And yet, bedtime battles are something that all parents face. We recently invited Dr. Larry Mitnaul, Child and Adult Psychiatrist, to answer some of our Yoto Community's most asked questions around sleep. 

Disney at Yoto: what’s the difference?

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Disney at Yoto: what’s the difference?

We love Disney and we know you do too! Our store has everything from 5-Minute Stories, to Disney Classics, to Junior Novels... But with so many magical Disney titles on offer, it can be difficult to pinpoint their differences.

How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day

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How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day

It's no secret that we love books. They bring stories to life and get kids using their imaginations as they build, draw, learn and play. Even better, audiobooks are a fantastic way to foster a lifelong love of reading.

5 Tips for Entertaining Kids at Home with Yoto

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5 Tips for Entertaining Kids at Home with Yoto

Tips for enjoying Yoto Player at home and during school holidays.

Longlist Announcement: Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022

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Longlist Announcement: Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022

The UK’s longest running and best-loved book awards for children and young people, the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards has announced the longlist for 2022.

Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards

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Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards

CILIP partners with Yoto to create the "Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards" and unlock new future for the Awards which have been going since the 1930s.

July Club Card Picks are here!

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July Club Card Picks are here!

Hello, listeners! It’s June, which means it’s time to pick your July Club Cards. Yay! This month, we’ve got a wide selection of terrific travelling tunes, classic childhood tales, soothing sounds and more that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Happy choosing!

Meet The Musician: Interview with Caspar Babypants

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Meet The Musician: Interview with Caspar Babypants

This month, we sat down with artist Caspar Babypants to find out why music is so special to him and what goes into the creation of his upbeat, funky tunes!

Inspired Tales: The results are in!

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Inspired Tales: The results are in!

Last year, we launched Inspired Tales - our writing competition for kids. We were overwhelmed with incredible entries, so a massive well done to everybody who sent their stories in. It was no easy feat, but after much deliberation, the results are in… Meet your Inspired Tales winners, 2021-22!

Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly with Yoto

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Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly with Yoto

Bedtime can be a tricky moment in any household. It's a nightly event where wills collide and even the most agreeable of children might unleash their wild side. When we designed Yoto Player, we knew it had to give parents more than a screen-free way to explore great kids' audio. That's why we gave it a nightlight and a clock, and have continued to add new features that support parents every day.

Five Things We Learned From Podcasts

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Five Things We Learned From Podcasts

A curated a selection of the very best children’s podcasts so you can play directly on your Yoto Player.

Back to School with Yoto!

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Back to School with Yoto!

Learning shouldn’t stop when you leave the classroom. Prepare for back-to-school and unlock a world of inspiring educational audio with Yoto.

Introducing Yoto Mindfulness Corners with Sophie Ellis-Bextor!

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Introducing Yoto Mindfulness Corners with Sophie Ellis-Bextor!

We're giving away 200 dedicated mindfulness areas (#MindfulnessCorners) to schools across the U.K.! Read more and learn how to vote for your local school.

Yoto Community Favourites - Musical Cards

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Yoto Community Favourites - Musical Cards

From Mrs H Sings to The Wheels on the Bus, find out which musical Yoto Cards our online community love the most.

Yoto Raises $17 Million in Series A Investment to Help Bring Audiotime to Even More Kids Across the Globe

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Yoto Raises $17 Million in Series A Investment to Help Bring Audiotime to Even More Kids Across the Globe

Yoto announced today that it has raised $17 million in a Series A funding to help facilitate its rapid growth across Europe and North America. The investment was led by Acton Capital with participation from JamJar Investments, Global Founders Capital, Emerge Education, as well as MPL Ventures.

5 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

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5 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

While the past year has made us all rely on screens for work, school, and connecting with friends and family, taking time away from screens is great for your kids' health and creative energy. What better time to do that than Screen-Free Week?

Yoto's Referral Scheme is Changing

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Yoto's Referral Scheme is Changing

We love our referral scheme and are always thrilled to see our customers sharing the love. But it's been clear for a little while that there's work to be done to make it even better. So, in early March, we'll be moving to a brand new referral scheme!

Yoto Player's 1st Birthday

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Yoto Player's 1st Birthday

A year ago today, we packaged up the first of our 2nd generation Yoto Players and sent them off to their new homes. Forgive us if we're a little nostalgic, but sometimes you need to look back to see how far you've come. We've taken lots of baby steps to make Yoto what it is today, and we're excited about what it will be tomorrow.

Interview with Jeff Kinney - Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

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Interview with Jeff Kinney - Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. 

Getting Started with Yoto Player

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Getting Started with Yoto Player

Here are a few quick tips to ensure you and your family can enjoy your new Yoto Player right away.

Learn a New Language with Yoto!

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Learn a New Language with Yoto!

Have you ever wished that you could speak another language? You’re not alone! Six in ten UK adults wish they’d kept up the foreign language they studied at school. 

5 Ways That Kids Benefit From Learning Phonics

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5 Ways That Kids Benefit From Learning Phonics

Phonics is one of the first language skill-sets that young children learn. It teaches kids to read and write, helping them to identify different sounds in the English language. 

Inspired Tales: Tips for Entering

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Inspired Tales: Tips for Entering

There's still time left to enter our brand-new writing competition for children (deadline: 31st December 2021). Read our tips and tricks to get you started.

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