We love our Yoto players and use them daily. Yoto's Card Store has SO many card options available, and they are constantly adding new items! I see new cards available on their website about every other week. You can also get some Yoto cards on Amazon, so you can check there as well.
With so many Yoto cards, you may wonder which are the best ones. Here's a list of our favorites so you can be sure you're getting the best Yoto cards.
With over 350 cards to choose from, do you ever wonder which cards would be the best fit for your kids? We've reviewed hundreds of cards, to help you find some new favorites for your kids.
Best Yoto Cards for Kids Ages 0-4
This is a fun collection of all your favorite pre-school songs, including Hickory Dickory Dock, I'm a Little Teapot, The Wheels on the Bus, and over 20 others.
If you asked my three-year-old, this would be her favorite card, hands down.
Caspar Babypants: Dancing Songs
Children's music artist Chris Ballew is known as Caspar Babypants. Her records wonderful songs that are both fun and educational: Dancing Songs is hands down our favorite! My toddler loves "Run Baby Run" and so many others on this card.
If you're only familiar with the Winnie the Pooh movies, you're in for a treat with this card. This original story is delightful for kids with plenty of lines that will make adults smile as well.
This collection has six amazing stories about fantastical beings. Get ready to take a walk with a gruffalo, jump on a witch's broom, or meet the smartest giant in town.
This story is set in a land called Fairyland, where Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser. You'll get to meet all of her amazing fairytale clients (like Sleeping Beauty and other familiar faces) who will share their stories.
This is a really fun collection that your child will love!
If your kids love Splat the Cat, this collection contains 8 amazing stories.
If they've never heard of Splat before, they are in for a treat. Follow along as this hilarious cat goes camping, has his first day of school, and more.
Topsy and Tim: The Complete Audio Collection
Follow along with Topsy and Tim as they have fun adventures in the world. This collection contains stories of the two children going on their first sleepover, to the dentist, on vacation, camping, and more!
The stories also have sound effects and music, so they are fun to listen to!
This card includes a collection of 4 classic picture books narrated by actress Gwyneth Paltrow. In addition, the card also includes an interview with the author and a section with Spanish narration.
This music card by artist Jazzy Ash reimagines Black folk songs. The album is toe-tapping and catchy; I love having these songs stuck in my head after the kids listen to this card!
This classic is read by narrator Kevin R. Free and contains sound effects and music! The card also has other Eric Carle classics, including The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Lonely Firefly.
It also has a read-along version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by Eric Carle himself, which is super fun!
These Yoto cards tell a Disney story in about 30 to 40 minutes. Although they do not include the songs from the movies, these Disney Classics songs are great for young kids. As your kids are able to listen to audiobooks for a longer stretch of time, they'll grow into the longer Disney Junior Novel versions (more info below).
There are two volumes available: you can get the first volume here and the second volume here.
Several little creatures have taken over your audiobook and your kids need to do different actions and make different noises to free these creatures from the book.
Your kids will love this audio adventure with a monster, dragon, alien, elf, witch, and superhero.
If you don't want to get the entire Disney classics set but your child still loves Frozen, you can get this card on its own.
The card is a little over 30 minutes long and recounts the story of Frozen, so it's a great listen if you don't have too much time to spare.
This collection has several stories that are each around 5 minutes, so they are perfect for a quick bedtime story or if you only have to kill time for about 5-10 minutes.
There are also 5-minute collections for Marvel, Star Wars, Frozen, Girl Power Stories, Princess Stories, and Mickey Mouse.
Enjoy this hour-long collection of hilarious stories complete with sound effects. Your child is sure to be laughing out loud at these stories!
This is one of the best Yoto Cards to give for a new birthday, and they make it in every year! 4-year-old or for a 5-year-old.
Join Frog and Toad through five different stories. These fun stories are classics for a reason! They are funny and charming, and if your child hasn't heard them yet, I'm sure they'll enjoy the stories of Frog and Toad!
Best Yoto Card For Toddlers
If your baby is under 2, then start with Yoto's music cards. They probably don't have the attention span for most story cards.
The best cord card for toddlers is probably something that you make yourself!
MYO is Yoto-slang for putting content on a blank card, or a Make Your Own card. MYO cards are a fantastic option! They'll get your child comfortable using the Yoto and associating it with fun listening, and then they will be more willing to try new cards as they get older.
We recommend these ideas to make the best Yoto Card for a toddler:
- Making a playlist of their favorite songs. Just add the songs to a Yoto playlist and link it to a card
- Record yourself or a grandparent reading favorite picture books, which is especially tender if the grandparents are far away.
- Buying mp3 tracks from licensed characters they like, but aren't in the Yoto Card Store. We've got a huge list of ideas at this post, including Cocomelon, Bluey, Blippi, etc.
Our Top Three Suggestions
The best Yoto cards for a 2-year-old are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dancing Songs, and Wheels on the Bus.
The best Yoto cards for a 3-year-old are Splat the Cat, the Gruffalo series, and Frog and Toad.
The best Yoto cards for a 4-year-old are Who's In Your Audiobook?, Fairytale Hairdresser, and Topsy and Tim.
Best Yoto Cards for Kids Ages 5-7
Most Yoto Cards cover a lot of age groups! Definitely don't ignore the options above: Frog and Toad, Who's in Your Audiobook, the Disney cards, Fairytale Hairdresser, anything with songs, etc.
Hands down, pretty much any kid age 4-10 loves the Ladybird Audio Adventures! They are one of the best Yoto card options out there.
These themed adventures are a little bit like the Magic Schoolbus; adventurers Otto and Cassandra explore their environment along with their companion Missy (a clever crow).
There are currently 15 Yoto Cards in this series, including Ancient Egypt, On the Farm, Creepy Crawlies, and the Human Body, Volcanoes, and Dinosaur stories.
This link is for the first collection of stories, and here are the links for the second collection and the third collection.
You really can't go wrong with any of the options!
A special shoutout to this Ladybird collection is full of stories of witches, wizards, unicorns, and other magical creatures. It has ten fun adventures that are perfect for your imaginative child!
If your kids repeat the same three jokes over and over, this card is for you. My kids love memorizing the jokes on this card, to expand their repertoire.
This is a collection of the popular Funny Bones books by Allan Ahlberg. It contains Funnybones, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, and more!
This series is just magical for little kids. The formulaic structure of each book is familiar and comforting to kids who are just learning how to follow a story presented in an audiobook.
You can purchase the Yoto cards in a pack for a discount.
Disney Junior Novelizations: Moana
We adore Disney Junior Novel cards! These cards have a detailed description of an entire Disney movie, told by a narrator. (Just so that you're aware, the narrator changes her/his voice for different characters, but these are not full-cast recordings. Additionally, the songs from the movies are not included. Instead, the narrator does an excellent job describing everything to you.)
Most of the Junior Novel cards are about 2 and a half hours or less, such as The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Brave, Monsters Inc., Big Hero 6, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story.
A New Kids Album by Jon Samson
This music card is created by the first certified music therapist to receive a Grammy award. The songs are really catchy and enjoyable and encourage emotional development.
My First Classic Stories Collection
This set of 5 cards includes classics like Heidi, The Secret Garden, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The stories are each around 2 to 3 hours long!
This collection tells the story of Anna, who inherits an old hotel from her great-aunt. She decides to turn it back into a grand hotel, except her guests and employees are all animals!
This collection has all four stories from the series. They are really fun!
This collection contains over an hour of hilarious stories that your child will love. The stories have sound effects and are told in a way that came them engaging and enjoyable.
You can also get funny stories for a 7-year-old or funny stories for an 8-year-old.
Our Top Three Picks
The best Yoto cards for a 5-year-old are the Ladybird Audio Adventures, particularly the Dinosaur Times, The Human Body, and Volcanoes. Frankly kids 5-9 like these!
The best Yoto cards for a 6-year-old are Ladybird Magical Stories, Hotel Flamingo, and The Fairytale Hairdresser.
The best Yoto cards for a 7-year-old are The Magic Treehouse, their favorite Disney novels, and anything by Roald Dahl like Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Best Yoto Cards for Kids Ages 8-10
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This book is a classic for a reason. Charlie's adventure in Willie Wonka's factory is probably Roald Dahl's most famous story.
You can also get other Roald Dahl classics like The BFG, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach.
The Extraordinary Lives Series
These nonfiction cards tell captivating stories about people like Katherine Johnson (NASA mathematician), Mary Seacole (a selfless nurse during the Crimean War), and Serena Williams (tennis champion).
Kidz Bop is family-friendly cover songs of pop songs. Perfect for living room dance parties, these cards can each get the grown-ups moving.
Listen to Ramona's adventures on Klickitat Street with her parents and her older sister, Beezus. This audio collection contains 8 different stories about Ramona and her crazy shenanigans.
Follow along with your favorite crazy kindergartner - Junie B. Jones. These chapter books are sure to keep your kids laughing for a couple of hours!
This collection contains four Junie stories.
This collection will let your kids enjoy the excitement of the Marvel movies! It contains three audiobooks - Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor. The total running time is over 8 hours.
They also have Phase Two and Phase Three available if you'd like to get all three!
Disney Junior Novelizations: Soul
We love Disney Junior Novel cards, which tell the whole story of a movie in-depth. Some of the audiobooks are significantly longer, such as Soul (3 hr), Frozen 2 (4 hrs), The Lion King (4 hr 37 min), Aladdin (5 hrs), and Beauty and the Beast (5 hr 16 min).
If your child is old enough to enjoy an audiobook of this length, these cards are a great choice!
Have your kids ever wanted to learn to beatbox? Two world champion beatboxers walk you through the most common sounds. This card is just so fun!
Our Top Three Faves
The best Yoto cards for an 8-year-old are Hotel Flamingo, Matilda, and the Ramona series.
The best Yoto card for a 9-year-old are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Disney novels, and Junie B. Jones.
The best Yoto card for a 10-year-old are The Extraordinary Lives series or any of the other favorites above.
Best Yoto Cards for Kids Ages 11+
The details in these history books are... well... horrible. Kids will love how gruesome and gross these cards are, and parents will love how much kids actually learn! If you aren't already familiar with these books, the first several reviews of each book on Amazon include photos of the pages, for you to check out.
The classic novel in Yoto form! It is about four hours long to listen to and is read by a full cast (including Meryl Streep). If your child hasn't already heard this classic novel, they definitely should!
This is a follow-up card to the popular younger kid version! 97 1/2 Jokes for Big Kids is perfect for when their vocabulary has grown enough that they understand better jokes.
You can easily continue using a Yoto player with even older ages by using Make Your Own cards. For older ages, you can purchase mp3 files of books from Downpour.com and Libro.fm. For more info on finding sources for awesome MYO cards, check out our post here!
Honorable Mentions: Our Favorite Bedtime Stories
For a type of white noise, we love the Yoto cards in this series of soundscapes. Dreams of the Forest and Dreams of the Ocean are especially calming.
Meditation Cards by Christiane Kerr
For guided bedtime meditations, we love Enchanted Meditations for Kids and Bedtime Meditations for Kids. Christiane Kerr is a Montessori teacher and yoga teacher whose voice helps kids drift into sleep.
For kids who don't enjoy soundscapes or meditation, these cards are a good fit. Sleepy tales have a storyline, but also sneak some calming breathing exercises into the audio. The Ladybird Sleepy Tales card is great for younger kids, and then the Puffin Sleepy Tales is perfect for 7+.
We hope that these recommendations helped you find a good fit for your kids!
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