Literary Safari

Literary Safari We are the studio behind The Story Seeds Podcast. Our award-winning studio creates inclusive and playful media for children & families rooted in learning science, curriculum, and narrative design.

We are storytellers at heart. We produce inclusive, thoughtful, and representational media for kids, families, and grown-ups. We value research and good storytelling and our work is rooted in finding ways to bring both together in innovative ways.

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Imagination Lab is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org. and Indie Bound! 🥳 You can now get your copy w...
04/08/2021

Imagination Lab is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org. and Indie Bound! 🥳 You can now get your copy with your next book shopping (or regular shopping) order!
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About: IMAGINATION LAB is the perfect companion to our podcast. It brings the best of a magazine, journal, and workbook together and features over 80 pages of writing prompts, craft projects, STEAM exercises, non-fiction, and tips from all the diverse and best-selling authors on Season 1.
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This sounds like the perfect day! @reebecki and her family took a road trip to meet these little guys and listened to St...
04/05/2021

This sounds like the perfect day! @reebecki and her family took a road trip to meet these little guys and listened to Story Seeds on the way. She also said the show has been helping her kids with their dysgraphia. They've used Dan Gutman's (@dangutmanbooks) index card technique from Episode 1 to write their own school stories. Love to see it 🙌
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#Repost @reebecki with @make_repost
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Keeping the kids off devices has grown increasingly difficult through the past year and they spend way more time on iPads than is good for them. We racked our brains yesterday for an easy activity that got everyone outside and off devices. I struck gold when I suggested we visit my brother’s new lambs. We had a nice drive while listening to @storyseedspod, played with the lambs, goats, pigs and chickens AND got to visit my brother and his family who we have not seen much of this past year. I also got a Dairy Queen Blizzard so it felt like a really good day.
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It's #NationalPoetryMonth! We are super happy to be celebrating with our friends at KidLit TV with a #PoetryPrompt from ...
04/02/2021

It's #NationalPoetryMonth! We are super happy to be celebrating with our friends at KidLit TV with a #PoetryPrompt from the pages of our activity book IMAGINATION LAB:
"Imagine you had an unusual or quirky trait. What are the weird and wonderful things might you do with it?"

This prompt is inspired by our episode “The View from the Top,” featuring 13 year old Jasper and his story seed match Chris Grabenstein Chris Grabenstein author of the NYTimes best-selling MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY series! In the episode, Jasper asks Chris to write a story about a 74-foot tall boy detective named Zeta whose height allows him to see and do things that others cannot.

Find the blog post that includes a writing template for this poetry prompt and a YouTube video of a Story Seeds writing workshop with Chris Grabenstein via the link in bio. Interestingly, the prompt also has a neat origin story of its own which you'll get to read about too over at KidLitTV!

If you want more prompts and projects make sure to check out IMAGINATION LAB: EXPERIMENTS IN CREATIVITY. Our activity book is inspired by our podcast and has over 80 pages of writing prompts, STEAM projects, non-fiction reads, and tips from all the best-selling authors on Season 1! Get a copy at www.storseedspodcast.com/activitybook

KidLit TV is an award-winning destination to to discover great children's books and connect with the people who create them. KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children's literature. It has been selected as a @americanlibraryassociation Best Digital Tool for Teaching and Learning and is available in over 700,000 schools worldwide via their website and video distribution partners. www.kidlit.tv

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SWIPE TO SEE STUDENT CREATIONS inspired by Story Seeds Episode 8: The Paintbrush of Doom.How cool is this! One of our te...
03/31/2021

SWIPE TO SEE STUDENT CREATIONS inspired by Story Seeds Episode 8: The Paintbrush of Doom.

How cool is this! One of our teacher listeners Ms. De Friese @pylusd used our activity book IMAGINATION LAB (link in bio) to create a theatre unit for her 7th and 8th graders, inspired by Episode where twins Siri and Zarana’s story seed was about hybrid mythical creatures.

Ms. De Friese broke down the podcast into two listening sessions; part one focused on the collaboration process and podcast components and part two focused on the outcome - a story. During part one, students noted the collaborative contributions and the podcast features (introductions, background, sound effect, on location interviews, relevant commercials, etc.). During part two, they listened to the story as inspiration for creating their own monomyth. She asked her students to draw their own hybrid characters and then build them by hand using Play-Doh. These creatures became part of the kids' own monomyths that they then developed. Once finished, they recorded an "elevator pitch" sharing the key events of their hero's journey. Carlos Hernandez (@writeteachplay ) asked Zarana and Siri to do the same on the podcast!

In the words of Ms. De Friese: "The theatre arts center on communication, collaboration, creativity, and emphasize process in conjunction with product. Tools provided by Story Seeds allow for teachers and students to explore these tenants with activities that are concrete, digital, and a combination of both.The professional quality and content inspires students to dream big. Following our lessons and unprompted, students developed their own project learning goals with the desire to script and produce their own podcast. This is one way we keep students engaged, curious creatively, and the arts alive."

So so cool to see these awesome creations, to hear how teachers are using our podcast and companion print materials in the classroom—and ALWAYS, to see young people's imaginations blooming! ⚡️ Thanks @msdefriese for sharing your work with us!

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A note from Story Seeds creator & executive producer Sandhya Nankani (@litsafari):⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀At our studio Literary Safari...
03/29/2021

A note from Story Seeds creator & executive producer Sandhya Nankani (@litsafari):
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At our studio Literary Safari, we believe that in order to be meaningful allies and create lasting change, we must listen, research, learn, and provide a space to tell the often hidden stories that recognize the rich diversity of this country.
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As BIPOC and Asian-American producers, my co-producer Anjali and I stand committed in creating media which gives children and families of all backgrounds, in the words of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, "mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors" that both reflect and represent them, as well as offer opportunities to discover other cultures and communities.
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In response to the horrific treatment towards Asians in the United States and around the world, Kids Listen recently included Episode 4 of Story Seeds in a list of resources for "Raising Anti-Racist Kids and Fighting Anti-Asian Hate." The episode brings together Korean-American author-illustrator Aram Kim and a 7 year old White New Yorker named Cici. You'll hear the two of them collaborate on an epic superhero adventure, but also, you'll hear two people of different cultural backgrounds and life experiences form a meaningful connection.
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The list also includes episodes from Girl Tales, The Ten News, and Peace Out Podcast, along with recommended reads which are just the tip of the ice-berg. Find the article via the link in bio.
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Can change start by listening to and reading more Asian American stories? We truly believe it can. Representation matters. Studies show that a lack of representation in media can lead to negative psychological outcomes for those with identities that are underrepresented or negatively portrayed. On the other hand, seeing people who look like you or have had similar experiences in books, movies, advertising, and other media is especially impactful for children. It not only provides them with positive role models they can look up to, but it also builds empathy in those that do not culturally identify. If we start early, I have no doubt that this stepping stone will bring an end to hate and racially based violence. #stopasianhate

Do you want to spend your summer with us? We're surveying our followers and listeners to gauge interest in summer virtua...
03/26/2021

Do you want to spend your summer with us? We're surveying our followers and listeners to gauge interest in summer virtual classes from our Story Seeds team of producers and educators. Via the link in bio ☝️you will be directed to a short and easy 4 question survey. It should only take about 2-3 minutes ⏱
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If you know a parent who may be interested in a workshop for their creative rockstar, tag them in the comments!
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#kidspodcasts #workshopsforkids #virtuallearning #virtualactivities #makeyourownpodcasts #diykids #diyactivities #bookstagram #middlegradeauthors #summercamps #summeractivities #summer2021

Excited to be on Apple Podcast's new Kids' Listening Club curation. You can find Story Seeds by clicking Common Sense Me...
03/24/2021

Excited to be on Apple Podcast's new Kids' Listening Club curation. You can find Story Seeds by clicking Common Sense Media Picks and scrolling down to shows for kids ages 6-9! We also have a home in their Kids and Family collection and within Story Time's Fairytales for All Ages 😁 Grab your headphones and get listening!
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#kidspodcasts #showsforkids #storiesforkids #applepodcasts #fairytales #podcastrecommendations #kidsandfamily #screenfreeactivities #screenfree #springbreak #kidlit #middlegradebooks #familytime #listeningclub

Excited to be on Apple Podcast's new Kids' Listening Club curation. You can find Story Seeds by clicking Common Sense Me...
03/24/2021

Excited to be on Apple Podcast's new Kids' Listening Club curation. You can find Story Seeds by clicking Common Sense Media Picks and scrolling down to shows for kids ages 6-9! We also have a home in their Kids and Family collection and within Story Time's Fairytales for All Ages 😁 Grab your headphones and get listening!
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#kidspodcasts #showsforkids #storiesforkids #applepodcasts #fairytales #podcastrecommendations #kidsandfamily #screenfreeactivities #screenfree #springbreak #kidlit #middlegradebooks #familytime #listeningclub

Thanks E3 Consulting (@e3consulting) for making March 24th Story Seeds day on your family calendar!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀E3 Consultin...
03/22/2021

Thanks E3 Consulting (@e3consulting) for making March 24th Story Seeds day on your family calendar!
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E3 Consulting is an organization that encourages a holistic approach to learning and wellness. Each month, they also curate a themed calendar of activities that families can do together. This month's theme is all about Growing Together by shifting our perspective on the last year and focusing instead on how much we have grown individually and as families.
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Check out the entire calendar of inspiring and mindful activities via the link in bio. And this Wednesday don’t forget to press play on an episode of Story Seeds to grow your imaginations too 🙃
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#sel #selfgrowth #kidspodcast #kidlit #kidsbooks #homeschool #homeschooling #activitiesforthefamily #activitiesforkids #makelearningfun #funathome #familycalendars #growtogether

Our Story Seeds podcast host Betsy Bird Elizabeth Bird has written a novel. That is the post people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀LONG ROAD T...
03/19/2021

Our Story Seeds podcast host Betsy Bird Elizabeth Bird has written a novel. That is the post people.
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LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS comes out later this year (October 5th to be exact) and we really are so proud to see our kind, funny, and wonderful host's name on the cover of this beautiful novel illustrated by Caldecott winner, David Small. This historical fiction novel is about 12 year old Suzy Bowles who lives on her family farm in Burr Oak, Michigan and by way of her "wayward" uncle meets legendary former circus queen Madame Marantette—eventually finding herself caught-up in the hilarious world of ostrich riding.
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We loved hearing Betsy talk about the backstory and inspiration for this book IRL. She also recently wrote about it on her Fuse 8 blog over School Library Journal:
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"I’m Michigan born and raised. My ancestors were, many of them, the same way. And in Michigan there is a small town called Burr Oak where many of them resided, and where some fellow descendants continue to reside. One story that has been told for a long time between my relatives involved a relative that would regularly skip out on his farm chores to walk to Mendon. There, he would visit an elderly ex-circus performer. By all accounts he wanted to learn how to teach the farm horses how to do circus tricks. It’s a good story. Her name was memorable too. Madame Marantette. Funny.
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Funny, that is, until we discovered that illustrator David Small lived in the “Marantette House”. Come again?"
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Betsy was a big admirer of David and it was then that the idea started to percolate. She would write a book about that family story and David would illustrate it. That story seed became LONG ROAD TO THE CIRCUS —a novel that has ties to her family, to David’s house, and to a real woman who led an extraordinary life.
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We've been hearing from teachers around the country and around the world about the ways in which Story Seeds can be used...
03/17/2021

We've been hearing from teachers around the country and around the world about the ways in which Story Seeds can be used in the classroom 🙌 So we decided to create a section on our website just for you, educators!
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You will find a composite of all the materials fellow teachers have created, lessons developed by our curriculum partner Listenwise, as well as other fun tid-bits for your students.
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Speaking of Listenwise, their most recent lesson is available for you to download too. It's called Cliffhangers and goes along with Episode 8 (A Girl Who Looks Like Me.) It explores mystery writing and has reading discussions, vocabulary, listening organizers, and recommended paired texts. Check out the Educators section via the link in bio.
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Read full review of our book —>⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Ms. Daludado is a 4th grade teacher and she dropped us this note last week. ❤️ W...
03/15/2021

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Ms. Daludado is a 4th grade teacher and she dropped us this note last week. ❤️ We're so happy IMAGINATION LAB is resonating with educators and can be inspiring in the classroom. Here's what she said:
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"It seems in public school, at least where I work, the children find the writing process is tedious. There’s no fun, or sense of creativity. I see the book as a way to model how ideas are birthed. The activities also help me as the teacher. I feel like the extension activities tie in so nicely to parts of the curriculum and I can’t wait to integrate a few of the ideas. I’m excited to use the resources."
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Check out our activity book via the link in bio. And educators, we also offer bulk discounts! DM us if you're interested in learning more.
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#activitiesforkids #podcastsfortheclassroom #teachersofig #teacherlife #teachermusthave #teacherlife🍎 #kidlit #middlegreadeauthors #SEL #steamactivities #teachertribe #miscoschooling #homeschool #homeschooling #kidspodcasts #classroomideas #makelearningfun #kidsandtech #screenfree

KidsListen (@kidslisten) recently put out a report with lots of findings on our podcast listening habits. Here’s one we ...
03/12/2021

KidsListen (@kidslisten) recently put out a report with lots of findings on our podcast listening habits. Here’s one we were interested in and wanted to ask you guys too:
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Parents, Teachers, Librarians, Storytellers: why do you listen to podcasts with your kids? Tell us in the comments! 👇
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#kidslisten #kidspodcasts #podcastfridays #showsforkids #activitiesforkids #listeningtogether #screenfree #authorsofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #kids

Read full review of the podcast —>⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We were so delighted to hear our fellow podcaster Pamela Rogers shout out IMA...
03/10/2021

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We were so delighted to hear our fellow podcaster Pamela Rogers shout out IMAGINATION LAB on her show Buttons & Figs! ☺️ She recently had an episode all about magic portals, and found an activity in our book that made for a perfect match! What a neat cross-over! Here's what she had to say:
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"If you want to learn more about writing stories, wacky or otherwise...then...BE SURE to visit my podcast friends at Story Seeds. They have the MOST amazing, new Activity Book out now, and it's all about helping YOU write stories. And guess what, they even have activities to help you make up nonsense words and portmanteaus, two of our favorite things! But that’s not all...in their book you’ll find story starters, science experiments, expert writing advice from creative kids and best-selling authors, easy access codes to their podcast, and so much more. So if you LOVE stories and words like we love stories and words, be sure to check out The Story Seeds Podcast Imagination Lab activity book!"
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Buttons & Figs (@buttonsandfigs) is a fun podcast for kids, parents, educators, librarians, and anyone who loves wordplay. The show introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry, and songs as a way to give them the freedom to play with words. You can find it wherever you get your podcasts!
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