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Literary Safari An award-winning studio that creates inclusive and playful media for children & families rooted in learning science, curriculum, and narrative design.

We create and curate children's print and digital content, including educational apps, that celebrates literacy and storytelling with a focus on multicultural and global traditions.

We just learned about Jolabokaflod, an Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition involving being gifted a new book, wrapping you...
12/21/2019

We just learned about Jolabokaflod, an Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition involving being gifted a new book, wrapping yourself in a blanket, and reading said book for the rest of the evening. Sign us up! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️
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Jolabokaflod translates to "Christmas book flood" in English and is one of the ways Icelanders celebrate Christmas. The tradition started during World War II, as paper was one of the few things not rationed in Iceland. Because of this, the Christmas family book exchange became the perfect gifting tradition 🎄
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#jolabokaflod #bookstagram #bookhaul #booktime #holidayreading #middlegrade #podcastchronicles #inspiration #happyholidays #kidlit #christmaseve #creativityforkids #kidsandfamilies #bookpodcast

Yesterday was our last Story Seeds session of the year, and what a way to close it off! We had the great delight of brin...
12/19/2019

Yesterday was our last Story Seeds session of the year, and what a way to close it off! We had the great delight of bringing together the incomparable Jason Reynolds and 11 year old Irthan. Jason and Irthan met at the Brooklyn Public Library, where they got to know eachother, talk about their love for music, and creatively collaborate on Irthan's story seed. (Irthan is a budding musician and here they are checking out some of his tunes 🥁) It's been a joyous and empowering couple of months watching our authors whole-heartedly validate their young collaborators' ideas. Thank you @jasonreynolds83 for being an inspiration and for spending your afternoon with us! We're truly honored! And thank you to the @bklynlibrary and @chutneysandwiches for having us and for all the work you do!
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Follow us @storyseedspod for updates on our podcast's launch!
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#jasonreynolds #brooklynpubliclibrary #librariesofinstagram #librarylife #brooklyn #bklynlit #middlegrade #kidlit #kidscreate #kids #bookpodcast #podcasts #kidsandfamilies #inclusive #podcastlife #authorsofig

Who checked out last night's Kennedy Center Honors (@kennedycenter) on @cbs?! 🙋‍♀️ We were delighted to see Big Bird, El...
12/16/2019

Who checked out last night's Kennedy Center Honors (@kennedycenter) on @cbs?! 🙋‍♀️ We were delighted to see Big Bird, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and all the residents of Sesame Street honored for their contribution to American culture! It's the first time the Kennedy Center has celebrated a TV show and in our opinion, they could not have picked a more deserving set of creatives. Congrats Sesame Workshop on this achievement and for also celebrating 50 years in 2019!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney was a documentary producer at Channel 13 when she received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to travel the country for three months to interview early learning experts and children’s television producers and filmmakers. Her report, "The Potential Uses of Television for Preschool Education," became the blueprint for Sesame Street and Children’s Television Workshop, and today, it is fresh and relevant to what we, as producers of children's media, think about today too.
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In her words:
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My own feeling is that it would not, that
if we are going to attract children to quality children’s
programs, they must have many of the production values (meaning pace, humor, professional performing talent, film inserts, animation and so forth) to which today’s young children have become accustomed.
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Amen to that!
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📸: AP
Full report ""The Potential Uses of Television for Preschool Education," republished by Joan Ganz Cooney Center and downloadable at https://joanganzcooneycenter.org/2019/12/09/a-letter-from-joan-ganz-cooney/
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#joanganzcooney #sesamestreet #sesameworkshop #bigbird #carollspinney
#childrenstelevision #earlychildhood #childrenstelevisionworkshop #inspiration #wordstoliveby #producerchronicles

#FBF to last week's studio recording session with lovely Aram Kim (@aramkimart), author of CAT ON THE BUS and NO KIMCHI ...
12/13/2019

#FBF to last week's studio recording session with lovely Aram Kim (@aramkimart), author of CAT ON THE BUS and NO KIMCHI FOR ME. Aram worked with our youngest Story Seed match Cici (who you may remember from our trailer, link in bio 👆) and grew her electric story seed into the superhero caper, The Adventures of Electric Kitty. 😺🦸‍♀️⚡️ #audio #fantasticnarrators #podcastchronicles #storyseedspodcast
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#kids #parenting #kidlit #kidlitart #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #bookstagram #picturebook #childrensbooks #raisingreaders #bibliophile #reading #readingtogether #littlereader #readingwithkids #picturebooks #middlegradebooks #middlegrade #podcast #audible #readaloud #storytime #holidayhouse

#BookShoutOut to our very own Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8), host of The Story Seeds Podcast which will launch in February 2...
12/12/2019

#BookShoutOut to our very own Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8), host of The Story Seeds Podcast which will launch in February 2020! Betsy's picture book THE GREAT SANTA STAKEOUT follows the ultimate Santa fan (perhaps inspired by Betsy's son, a "slick, smart spy guy") as he plots Operation Santa Selfie because who wouldn't want to snag a selfie 🤳 with the most elusive gift-giver of all, Santa Claus?! Funny and cleverly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist illustrator @dsantat, it's a perfect holiday read-aloud. (PS: If you *ahem* have a Christmas Eve midnight side gig, this book could perhaps help you avoid getting caught in the act.)🎅
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#readeradvisory #holidayreads #picturebooks #recommendedreads #authors #illustrators #scholasticbooks #Holidays #happyholidays #santa #merrychristmas #easterbunny #christmastime #picturebooks #bookstagram #chirstmaspicturebooks

Shukran شكرا  Thank You to Susan and Sulaf! It was a magical morning on the set of this weekend's young people's product...
12/07/2019

Shukran شكرا Thank You to Susan and Sulaf! It was a magical morning on the set of this weekend's young people's production of The Nutcracker at The Riverside Theater @trt_nyc at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, NYC. We brought author @susandarraj and 11 year old Sulaf, a student at @pono.nyc together to collaborate on a story seed about a young girl who discovers a secret at the heart of one of her favorite plays. The Riverside Theater was the perfect host for our author-child field trip. Built inside the historical Riverside Church in 1960, it was founded on the belief that the arts can be a transforming power in peoples’ lives. Its motto "because when you change the stage, you change the world" was a perfect backdrop to a story seed that is, at its heart, about the theme of representation of Arab American characters. If you are looking for theatrical, musical, dance, and film presentations that amplify essential stories and provide equitable access to the voices that tell them, do check out The Riverside Theater's programming, including this weekend's holiday production of The Nutcracker tonight 12/7 at 7:00 pm and tomorrow 12/8 at 1:00 PM.
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#podcastlife #thenutcracker #nyc #theriversidetheater #riversidechurch #middlegrade #kidlit #kidscreate #nyctheater #kids #podcasts #kidsandfamilies #holidayevents #ballet #inclusive #representation #syrianamerican #arabamerican

About half a century ago, on December 7, 1968, a man named Richard Dodd returned a very, very overdue library book - it ...
12/06/2019

About half a century ago, on December 7, 1968, a man named Richard Dodd returned a very, very overdue library book - it was 145 years late! - to the University of Cincinnati @uofcincy Medical Library. The book, an 1805 medical textbook MEDICAL REPORTS ON THE EFFECTS OF WATER COLD & HOT FOR FEVER AND OTHER DISEASES had been checked out by a medical student named John P. Harrison in 1823 and Dodd, a newspaper editor, found it in his grandparents book collection! Of course, the librarian waived that overdue fine (which would have totaled $22,646!) In 2019, public libraries around the United States revisited their policies to eliminate late fines. This is in response to a resolution by the American Library Association @americanlibraryassociation that recognized fines as "a form of social inequity." It impacts children and lower-income communities and drives away those who stand most to benefit from public library services and resources. Since implementing the ALA policy, many libraries such as @chicagopubliclibrary are finding that more patrons are returning to the library, with their late materials in hand, and more patrons are renewing their library cards. So, families and #readers, if you have a stack of overdue books from your public library, this weekend is a good time to return them. And, when you do, make sure to tell your librarian the incredible story of Richard Dodd's overdue library book and ask them if they are thinking about eliminating overdue fines.
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#kids #equity #libraries #librariansofinstagram #overduebooks #latefees #publiclibraries #books #reading #librariestransform #podcastlife

We are so pleased and grateful that author Susan Muaddi Darraj, who authored this op-ed in today's Baltimore Sun is goin...
12/06/2019
Black and brown children not represented in children’s books

We are so pleased and grateful that author Susan Muaddi Darraj, who authored this op-ed in today's Baltimore Sun is going to be here in NYC to do a field recording with The Story Seeds Podcast tomorrow. We have matched her up with a Syrian-American 10 year old who submitted a wonderful story idea to us about a mystery hidden inside a theater and they will be going on a field trip. At first, we were in search of a mystery author to bring her story seed to life. But then, we got to talking to the student, and she told us that it wasn't as important to her to have a famous mystery writer as it was to have an author who could "create a character who looks like me because there are so few books that show kids like me." Yes, representation matters. Darraj is the winner of a 2016 American Book Award, teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and is an associate professor at Harford Community College. Her forthcoming children’s book series, “Farah Rocks,” starring a Palestinian American protagonist, will be published in January 2020.

The publishing industry is failing children by not featuring racially inclusive characters in children's books.

We can't wait to bring author Susan Muaddi Darraj, a student from Pono, & The Story Seeds Podcast to The Riverside Theat...
12/05/2019

We can't wait to bring author Susan Muaddi Darraj, a student from Pono, & The Story Seeds Podcast to The Riverside Theater at @
@RiversideNY this Saturday to be inspired by the set of this weekend's children's production of
@mcdnutcracker MCD's The Nutcracker by MCD! We'll share more about the field trip this weekend, but in the meantime, get your tix for this diverse, family-friendly production of the timeless holiday show The Nutcracker at The Riverside Theater this weekend 12/6 at 6 pm, 12/7 at 1 & 7 pm and 12/8 at 1 PM at https://bit.ly/34KQ7 #localtheater #theriversidechurch #podcasting #thenutcracker #nycevents #timeoutny #timeoutkids #morningsideheights #familyfriendly #holidayevents

Recording day two with the wonderful Carlos Hernandez, author of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, another @kirkus_review...
12/05/2019

Recording day two with the wonderful Carlos Hernandez, author of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, another @kirkus_reviews Kirkus Best of 2019 Middle Grade novel. (🥳 Cheers to you @writeteachplay) Carlos worked with nine-year old twins Siri and Zarana on their story seed which grew into the magical and whimsical original story, Citaria's Paintbrush. 🔜 #audio #fantasticnarrators #podcastchronicles #storyseedspodcast
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#kids #parenting #kidlit #kidlitart #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #bookstagram #picturebook #childrensbooks #raisingreaders #bibliophile #reading #readingtogether #littlereader #readingwithkids #mgbooks #middlegradebooks #middlegrade #podcast #audible #readaloud #storytime #rickriordanpresents #disneyhyperion

And, it's a wrap on our recording session of Aina and the Magic Mirror, the original and truly wonderful short story wri...
12/03/2019

And, it's a wrap on our recording session of Aina and the Magic Mirror, the original and truly wonderful short story written for our podcast by @rajanilarocca, author of MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM, a Kirkus Best of 2019 Middle Grade (@kirkus_reviews) novel. Congrats Rajani! This original story was inspired by our young creative Liyana C. and their visit to @pippinvintage. We love having our Story Seeds authors narrate the storytime segment of our podcast and think kids will love it too. #audio #fantasticnarrators #podcastchronicles #storyseedspodcast
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#kids #parenting #kidlit #kidlitart #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #bookstagram #picturebook #childrensbooks #raisingreaders #bibliophile #reading #readingtogether #littlereader #readingwithkids #midsummersmayhem #littlebeebooks #mgbooks #middlegradebooks #middlegrade #podcast #audible #readaloud #storytime

Wow, C.S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, and Madeleine L'Engle all share a birthday today, November 29th.Happy birthday to th...
11/29/2019

Wow, C.S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, and Madeleine L'Engle all share a birthday today, November 29th.Happy birthday to these three Sagittarian authors whose works are popular with children and adults alike. They've got some mojo star power -- much more worth celebrating than #BlackFriday, wouldn't you say? Why not pick up one of their books as an all-family read this holiday season? #sagittarius #cslewis #louisamayalcott #madeleinelengle #childrenswriters #authorbirthdays #astrology

“Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?” - 👏🏾 This Zen Koan rings especially true today on ...
11/28/2019

“Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?” - 👏🏾 This Zen Koan rings especially true today on Thanksgiving Day. We feel so grateful for our colleagues, our clients, our independent contractors, and you, our cheerleaders and supporters - families, educators, authors, illustrators - without whom we would not be able to make our sound. Happy Thanksgiving ! #gratitude

Image credit to @starkeycomics

There is lots of chatter out there right now about the political divides that may make for awkward conversation around t...
11/27/2019

There is lots of chatter out there right now about the political divides that may make for awkward conversation around the Thanksgiving table this week. At The Story Seeds Podcast, we believe deeply in the power of STORY to build bridges and to connect generations. With that in mind, here's a little deck of conversation starters we've created. Bring these along to your holiday meal, then invite everyone around your table to share stories about themselves or someone at the dinner table. Laughter, giggles, and gasps of awe are sure to follow! [Note: This post highly inspired by our life-long admiration of @storycorps and #TheGreatListen.]
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#thanksgiving #nationalfamilystoriesmonth #storytelling #oralhistory #familyhistory #storystarters

"Your writing matters" is the motto of #NaNoWriMo. Over 300,000 writers around the world take part in this fun, innovati...
11/22/2019

"Your writing matters" is the motto of #NaNoWriMo. Over 300,000 writers around the world take part in this fun, innovative creative writing evenet where the challenge is to draft an entire novel of 50,000 words in just 30 days. For those taking part, there are only 9 more days, but not to worry if you didn't take part. NaNoWriMo has amazing resources for young and grownups alike. In fact, #parents, their Young Writers Program even has events all year round such as Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. It is a great resource for the young writer in your household and it's free! [ywp.nanowrimo.org]
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#keepwriting #youngwriters #creativewriting #imagination #30daychallenge #writingchallenge #kidscreate #free #teachersofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #writing

As a #womancreated , #womenproduced, #womanhosted and #womanowned production, today on #PlayMonopolyDay, we at The Story...
11/20/2019

As a #womancreated , #womenproduced, #womanhosted and #womanowned production, today on #PlayMonopolyDay, we at The Story Seeds Podcast pay tribute to Elizabeth Magie, the Quaker political activist who invented the original Monopoly game in 1902. It was called "The Landlords' Game" and though she held the patent, a man named Charles Darrow stole her idea and sold it to Parker Bros as the game Monopoly. Parker Bros eventually paid her - in her old age - $500 for all rights to the game, but she deserved so much more. Another bit of unknown history: Magie designed her game to teach how monopolies end up bankrupting the many and giving extraordinary wealth to one or two few individuals. "“Let the children once see clearly the gross injustice of our present land system and when they grow up, if they are allowed to develop naturally, the evil will soon be remedied,” she said. #creditwherecreditisdue #boardgames #gamedesigner #womenshistory #monopoly #hiddenhistories

As a #womancreated , #womenproduced, #womanhosted and #womanowned production, today on #PlayMonopolyDay, we at The Story...
11/20/2019

As a #womancreated , #womenproduced, #womanhosted and #womanowned production, today on #PlayMonopolyDay, we at The Story Seeds Podcast pay tribute to Elizabeth Magie, the Quaker political activist who invented the original Monopoly game in 1902. It was called "The Landlords' Game" and though she held the patent, a man named Charles Darrow stole her idea and sold it to Parker Bros as the game Monopoly. Parker Bros eventually paid her - in her old age - $500 for all rights to the game, but she deserved so much more. Another bit of unknown history: Magie designed her game to teach how monopolies end up bankrupting the many and giving extraordinary wealth to one or two few individuals. "“Let the children once see clearly the gross injustice of our present land system and when they grow up, if they are allowed to develop naturally, the evil will soon be remedied,” she said. #creditwherecreditisdue #boardgames #gamedesigner #womenshistory #monopoly #hiddenhistories

We are wearing our cardigans today on #worldkindessday in honor of Mr. Rogers and his message of accepting ourselves and...
11/13/2019

We are wearing our cardigans today on #worldkindessday in honor of Mr. Rogers and his message of accepting ourselves and others just the way we are ⭐️ Won't you join us too? #wordstoliveby #everydaycanbekindnessday #misterrogersneighborhood #bekind #cardiganday #misterrogers

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