Bedtime Stories Podcast Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids


September 13, 2022 @ 8:28 pm

The Orange Shirt Story featuring Phyllis Webstad

“The Orange Shirt Story” read by author Phyllis Webstad with permission from Medicine Wheel Education

This is the true story of a little girl and her very important orange shirt. Six-year-old Phyllis Webstad was as excited to wear her shiny new orange shirt as she was to attend school for the first time. But her first day at the St. Joseph Mission near Williams Lake, BC was nothing like she expected. Her orange shirt was taken away from her, never to be returned.

Since 2013, each year on September 30th, we wear orange to honour the Residential School survivors like Phyllis. We honour their experiences and the experiences of their families. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to all come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations of children.

It is a day to reaffirm that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

Music by Alexander Reid Whelton

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July 5, 2022 @ 9:27 pm

Thor and the Storm Fairies

A chocolate lab named Thor is caught in a summer storm. He catches something in the rain: a storm fairy. 

A Tales From the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel

Music: Midsummer Sky by Kevin MacLeod & Danse Macabre by Kevin MacLeod

Storm sounds courtesy of a Creative Commons Licence via

Midsummer Sky by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


Danse Macabre - Busy Strings by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.



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May 22, 2022 @ 6:44 pm

The Moosicorn Part III

Lily is back for Season II of Tales from the Lilypad with an original story by Marlene Wurfel: The Moosicorn Part III. Mordecai is taking magic lessons from the Aurora Borealis. But what was his homework?

Intro Music by Reid Alexander Whelton

Sound Effects courtesy and Creative Commons Licence via 
Lake sounds and warbler sounds by BenBonCan, Story Logo sound by SergeQuadrado

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March 12, 2022 @ 10:30 am

Update from Lily

Update: Lily is just fine but still hibernating. She'll be back in May with a brand new season of Tales from the Lilypad Bedtime Stories and Folk Tales. 

Looking to stream older stories? Visit

Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can search for "Best of Tales from the Lilypad" to find the Best of Tales from the Lilypad Sleep Stories and Best of Tales from the Lilypad Stories albums.

Music for this episode "Bedtime" courtesy Reed Mathis 

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December 31, 2021 @ 10:05 am

The Dream Train

You are the hero of this audio adventure through a dreamscape. Happy New Year 2022! Wishing you great sleeps, much growth, and big love. 

Story, voicework, and audio mix by Marlene Wurfel >

Train sounds & miscellaneous by:

Benboncan; Caquet; Mredig & Inspector J
via a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

A Simple Lullaby by Jesse Keller via Jamendo

Blue Dream by Cheel via YouTube audio library

Sea of Ancestry by Jesse Gallagher via YouTube audio library

Snowy Peaks by Chris Haugen via YouTube audio library

* Emily Carr and Woo are real historical figures you can learn more about :)

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November 28, 2021 @ 6:14 pm

Joy the Christmas Mouse

From deep in the Tales from the Lilypad archive (2016) an original Christmas story by Marlene Wurfel. Joy! Magic! Sweetness! This story is about mice who live in a Candy Cane factory and the kind janitor who finds their village under the pile of rejected boxes. 

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October 31, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

Three Witchy Ghosty Fairy Stories for Halloween 2021

Happy Halloween to my favourite witches, ghosts, fairies, gnomes, golems, princesses, ghostbusters, Cruellas, Ted Lassos, dragon protectors, cats, mice, zombies, doctors, pokemons, skeletons, clowns, superheroes, athletes, jack-o-lanterns, and dinosaurs. 

Three stories about a tiny family that lives in a pumpkin, a little ghost who learns a lesson about overcoming his fears from a smart little witch, and a sequel to Twin Baby Unicorn's called The Witch's Recovery. 

"The Tiny Family Who Lives in a Pumpkin" and "Boo" by Marlene Wurfel
"The Witch's Recovery" by Tiffany Passey

Music: Tiptoe out the Back by Dan 'Lebo' Leibowitz courtesy YouTube Audio Library

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September 30, 2021 @ 1:05 pm

The Forest Library feat. Lexi the Squirrel Librarian

This Tales from the Lilypad original by Marlene Wurfel is a story within a story within a story. Enjoy! 

Original intro and outro music by Reid Alexander Whelton. 

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August 31, 2021 @ 10:15 pm

Star Lore

A blend of storytelling, ambient music and meditation celebrating the changing of seasons and the starry night sky. Ochek the Fisher from Cree star lore, Orion's dogs Canis Major & Canis Minor from Roman antiquity, the Blackfoot story of Lost Children in the stars, Lyra the Harp and Cetus the Whale reinvented plus Inuit, Indian, Ukrainian & Chinese mythologies combined in this episode with love to and from the stars and everyone who has gazed up at them and told a story.

Orca sounds from


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July 25, 2021 @ 12:42 am

Ranchland Gnomes

Ranchland gnomes Tumbles and Hilda, and their twins River and Kit, help gophers afraid of a rattlesnake. 

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