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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions.

Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. Children who keep wondering can thrive when faced with new ideas and challenges. What If World’s progressive stories aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood.

Call-in a what if question to 205-605-WHAT or email an audio recording to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com!

What If World - Stories for Kids Eric O'Keeffe

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.5 • 4.7K Ratings

What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions.

Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. Children who keep wondering can thrive when faced with new ideas and challenges. What If World’s progressive stories aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood.

Call-in a what if question to 205-605-WHAT or email an audio recording to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com!

    What if paper dolls came to life and put on a show?

    What if paper dolls came to life and put on a show?

    JFKat is recovering in the Whospital, and Fred the Dog and Alabaster Zero come for a visit. Will Jojo keep making unsafe choices, or will they find a way to play together responsibly?

    Lessons include: It’s important to put safety before silly; it can be hard to speak up to our friends, but good friends usually listen

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Great merch available at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to Miss Lynn, helper in What If World and lover of doughnuts. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 18 min
    What if Tuna interviewed Mr. Eric?

    What if Tuna interviewed Mr. Eric?

    Tuna the Invisible Dog asks Mr. Eric some hard hitting questions… about tuna fish.

    Lessons include: Imagination can feel real and help us experience new things; talking to others also takes a lot of listening.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Looking for the Gift of What If? Check out our merch at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to Miss Lynn, helper in What If World and lover of doughnuts. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 14 min
    What if dragons breathed sprinkles? (w/ Jonathan Cormur)

    What if dragons breathed sprinkles? (w/ Jonathan Cormur)

    ​​All-star adventurer and wizard, Igneous Draconius (played by Jonathan Cormur) is a guest lecturer at the Observatorium this week, and Abacus starts to feel jealous…

    Lessons include:  It’s impossible to have everyone like you, but it’s always possible to find people who like you for just who you are; competition can help us challenge ourselves, and it’s important to remember that failing is part of growing.

    Our guest, Jonathan Cormur, hosts Dorktales Storytime Podcast. Enjoy his great show for kids! You can also find him on social, @jonincharacter and @dorktalesstorytime on Instagram, and @dorktalesstory on Twitter.

    Also, here’s a slew of resources related to autism. Plus a book list for grownups is listed on our website. A huge thanks to Jodi Murphy and Kat R for compiling and sharing all of this!


    Books for kids on autism
    Geek Club Books, an autism nonprofit to tell the stories of autism through the autistic lens

    Videos (for both kids and adults)


    Amazing Things Happen - good video for Neurotypical children to understand autism
    Same Kind of Different Book - explaining to a child with Autism
    Float - a Pixar short film about the filmmaker's experience as a father of a son with autism
    Ask an Autistic - What is Autism - for adults
    Autism Superpowers - kids sharing their superpower/sparkles
    Fast Facts About Autism For Kids - kids sharing what autism is like for them
    Autism Explained for Kids - Sesame Puppet explaining
    Understanding Autism - explaining ASD for kids in school who have a classmate with ASD

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld.

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to Miss Lynn, helper in What If World and lover of doughnuts. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 24 min
    What if mad scientists had to wear diapers?

    What if mad scientists had to wear diapers?

    Professor Mooshpants and Dr. Nozetal are some of What If World’s maddest scientists. They also happen to be among the youngest. Can the brilliant baby and precocious puppy work together to free themselves from a maximum security day care? Or will they have to wait until their parents pick them up?!

    Lessons include: time flies when you stay engaged and challenged; good friends try out each other’s favorite things and grow in the process!

    This episode was brought to you by KiwiCo! Enjoy fun, affordable, and educational activities shipped straight to you every month. Get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code WHATIF at kiwico.com.

    This episode originally aired May 28th, 2018.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, and other great rewards: patreon.com/whatifworld

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld.

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to Miss Lynn, helper in What If World and lover of doughnuts. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 14 min
    What if a dog was a dentist? (Petey the Pumpkin Part 2)

    What if a dog was a dentist? (Petey the Pumpkin Part 2)

    In the final installment of our two part Halloween Special, Mamma Jamma meets her new dentist, and a surprise special guest gets transformed again and again and again!

    Lessons include: listening to the dentist can help us avoid uncomfortable future visits; big or small, everyone is afraid of something

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Great merch available at the Imaginarium! Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to Miss Lynn, helper in What If World and lover of doughnuts. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 26 min
    What if we are school buses’ breakfast? (Petey the Pumpkin Part 1)

    What if we are school buses’ breakfast? (Petey the Pumpkin Part 1)

    We’ve got two short, Halloween-themed stories to share today. Will Zach and Zizi face their fears together?

    Lessons include: Most things aren’t all that scary once we learn more about them; we may never feel fully ready to face our fears, and sometimes we have to take a little leap when it’s safe to do so

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, bonus audio, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    NEW MERCHANDISE available at the Imaginarium! We've added some new masks, double-sided T-shirts, and a gender-inclusive listing. Featuring artwork from Ana Stretcu:  whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Kids can share questions with a grownup's help via Twitter @whatifworldpod, Facebook & Instagram @whatifworldpodcast, or email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to Miss Lynn, helper in What If World and lover of doughnuts. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 24 min

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I like playing with my rats 🐀 my questions are what if fed the dog played in a sandbox that trud in to a portel to a candy world and what if JF cat had Tona alrges and he eate it and he sartid sneezeing and would not stop

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