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Posted @withregram • @kaaauthor I had a wonderful time collaborating with my friend @jocelyns_leukemia_journey on a @storyseedspod episode. Our story about Sally the wonder dog has been nominated for @TheWebbyAwards! 🐶❤️
If you haven't already, you can vote for us at the link in my bio. @mackidsbooks
It’s such an honor to share this post and have our book for sale at one of our all time favorite gift shops - the The Eric Carle Museum] !!! Are you a book seller? DM us for direct bulk orders. 🤗
Posted @withregram • The Eric Carle Museum] Our booksellers are having fun with the Story Seeds Podcast activity book! The Story Seeds podcast allows kids to get creative and collaborate with famous authors to grow their story ideas. The activity book features over 80 pages of episode inspired, screen-free prompts and projects inspired by interviews with #KidLit authors like Jason Reynolds, Carlos Hernandez, Katherine Applegate, Aram Kim, and more!
Find this book and more activity books for creative kids in the #CarleBookshop.
Learn more about the podcast and start listening at @storyseedspod.
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It's such an honor to have our podcast activity book be featured by one of our favorite children's museums.🤩 Imagination Lab is now available at incredible bookshop at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Northhampton, Mass !
Our booksellers are having fun with the Story Seeds Podcast activity book! The Story Seeds podcast allows kids to get creative and collaborate with famous authors to grow their story ideas. The activity book features 80+ pages of episode inspired, screen-free prompts and projects inspired by interviews with #KidLit authors like Katherine Applegate, Chris Grabenstein, Rajani LaRocca, and more!
What an honor to have our podcast with our fabulous cover art by @andreapippins featured in @timeforkids magazine’s Jan 11 issue in their Time Off /Culture column. They spoke with our podcast host Betsy @fusenumber8 and our creator Sandhya @litsafari. Read the piece below. 👇🏽
Have a great idea for a story? The Story Seeds Podcast pairs kids who have original ideas with professional authors. Together, they brainstorm and develop the idea. Then the author writes a story, which is read on the podcast.
Sandhya Nankani (top) created the podcast. She wants to highlight kids’ creativity. “When kids get to a certain age, there isn’t much space to imagine and create,” she told TFK. “I wanted to make a space . . . where collaboration and imagination can be centered.”
Betsy Bird hosts the podcast. She loves listening in on the teamwork between kids and authors. “This cross-generational collaboration is enticing,” Bird says. “Nothing helps you write better than actually interacting with kids.”
Thanks to our friend and featured author @chrisgrabenstein for these kind words about our activity book
Imagination Lab: Experiments in Creativity! 🥰
Sale alert! 🔥 Our activity book is available worldwide through our website www.storyseedspodcast.com. Use the code SHOPSMALL now through Dec 8 to get 20% off our activity book [link in bio ].
Our book is also recommended by
@wirecutter @parents @goodhousekeeping @verywellfamily but we gotta admit a stamp of approval from Chris Grabenstein, whose imagination wows us on a daily basis, means the world to us.
Our creative rockstar Jocelyn, age 9, a student from San Marcos Unified School District not only came up with a wonderful story idea for Katherine Applegate to grow on Episode 11 of Story Seeds. She also illustrated the final tale showing the main character with her service dog Super Sally - “Two Brave Girls, One with Four Paws," complete with an image of her favorite stuffed animal Bunny Bunny who accompanies Jocelyn to every treatment at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.
Our Imagination Lab, recently featured in Wirecutter and Parents is back with a brand-new downloadable companion activity kit for Episode 11: The Nose Knows featuring Katherine Applegate and 9 year old creative rockstar Jocelyn.
Our printable mini-magazine "Find a New Point of View" features:
- A guided exercise on creating a sidekick character
- A prompt to write from an animal’s point of view
- A listening comprehension and creative arts activity based on the episode story “Two Brave Girls, One with Four Paws”
- A pourquoi tale from Ethiopia
- A nonfiction article on animal communication
- A very “smelly” science experiment
- A personal resilience-building activity
Scan the QR code on page 1 to launch listening and learning adventures that invite kids ages 6-12 to explore how different beings (both human and animal) perceive the world!!
Did you know? Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate didn't always love to read as a child. In her words from our bonus interview episode of The Story Seeds Podcast:
"I confess this fully every time I do a school visit, I was not a reader and I am absolutely in the minority on this. I think you'll find most writers were reading Tolstoy in utero ...But I was … I was not one of those. I was one of those kids who just kind of didn't get the point. Now I happen to have a daughter who has dyslexia. And of course, in that case, writing is really a challenge. But that wasn't my particular issue. I just thought it was kind of pointless. And then I came across, you know what I call my best friend book "Charlotte's Web." And probably because it involved animals. And of course, because it's such a gorgeous and poignant story. It clicked with me and I thought, "Hey, you know, maybe there's something to this whole reading thing," but I think it's so important for young readers to realize that it's different for everybody. You don't have to love Charlotte's Web. Maybe it's a graphic novel. Maybe it's poetry. Maybe it's nonfiction, you know, everybody's different. And somewhere out there, there's a book that's just going to change the way you look at the world. Reading allows you for a brief moment or two to be a different person, and that is such a remarkable gift. Once you understand how much fun it is and the way to do that is keep experimenting because everybody is different."
We always create a bonus episode to pair with our Story Seeds collaborations because it gives us a chance to hear our host Elizabeth Bird ask thoughtful questions of our featured author and discover more about their creative and research process.
Happy Halloween to our listeners! 🎃 we love this time of year, the stories and poems and songs that accompany it!
This porch in @villageofpiermont made us smile as we imagined all the different types of hollers that will be heard on this stoop 👻
As we go about our day today we will be tuning into the sounds of Halloween:
Cackles, screams, doorbells, candy wrappers ripping, footsteps, the Monster Mash, and of course @kidslisten spooktacular Halloween playlist!
Tap to listen to an excerpt from the immersive storytime segment on the brand new episode of The Story Seeds Podcast sponsored by MacKids Books. "Two Brave Girls: One with Four Paws," is the brand new short story by Katherine Applegate which she grew from Jocelyn Strong true-life inspired story seed.
This heartwarming story is told from the point of view of Sally, a brave and spunky dog, who is determined to be there for his BFF Jocelyn when she is diagnosed with cancer. We love how Applegate took a complex topic like childhood cancer and crafted a story that has both empathy and humor while weaving in details from Jocelyn's life.
Listen wherever you get your favorite podcasts or at www.storyseedspodcast.com for behind the scenes pics, a link to our Imagination Lab activity kit, and fun facts about Katherine and Jocelyn.
We are storytellers & producers of inclusive media for children and families everywhere. Our studio is the creator of The Story Seeds Podcast and has published award-winning literacy and storytelling HangArt (Common Sense Media’s Best of EdTech 2016) and Grandma’s Great Gourd (Featured in USA Today). Our clients include educational publishers, kids brands, and global nonprofits such as Sesame Workshop and UNESCO.
The Longer Story
Literary Safari is an independent media studio. We create inclusive media for children and families rooted in an understanding of learning science, educational standards, narrative design, and good, old-fashioned fun! Our award-winning stories, games, and curriculum are grounded in the 4 C’s of 21st century education—Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration. We are committed to mindful design that celebrates diversity and global citizenship.
Our newest creation is The Story Seeds Podcast which celebrates creativity and imagination. On each episode, we capture the magic that sparks when kids 6-12 and best-selling authors meet up in person to collaborate and grow original stories inspired by children's story seeds! Our podcast is hosted by kidlit maven, author, and librarian Betsy Bird and our theme music composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT.
We have our own studio near Lincoln Center, NYC where we innovate and produce our own products. We are also strategic product development consulting and publishing professionals with over a decade of experience producing games, books, apps, sound educational design and curriculum for our clients which include educational and entertainment companies like UNESCO, Sesame Workshop, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Scholastic, and Benchmark Education. We regularly work with large and small brands, developing new ideas and concepts for emerging projects, and have a wide network and expertise to build superb teams of publishing, design, interactive, and educational professionals for our clients.
Tracy Croxen is raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in San Diego, who are working to cure blood cancer. You may recognize her daughter, Jocelyn, as my incredible collaborator on Literary Safari's Story Seeds podcast.
If you feel so moved, you can donate here: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/sd/sd22/tcroxen 🧡
Six years ago, Veenita Bhatia Bleznak & I had the pleasure & privilege of attending a remarkable conference on Gender, Media, & Toys at The White House.
We knew many of the attendees & more became friends (Literary Safari No photo?) but there was one remarkable woman we already “knew” but did not meet until that day: Ruth Ann Harnisch.
In the IAmElemental universe we say, "real heroes walk among us” & Ruth Ann is one of those heroes. I don't know where she hides her cape, but I know that she has one.
Not only has she been a generous IAmElemental supporter from the beginning, but she supports so many worthwhile causes through both the Harnisch Foundation & Awesome Without Borders that I don't know where to begin. She is a power for good & I feel privileged to know her.
When we launched our Childhood Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in 2016, Ruth Ann asked if she could purchase a large amount of Couarge figures & donate them back for distribution. I thanked her & told her I would look into it. Confession: I didn’t. She had already been so generous - as a Kickstarter Backer & through an Awesome Without Borders Grant - that the thought of taking more from her made me feel...greedy.
However, we had such an amazing response from the children receiving Courage that I rethought my position & emailed her.
Suddenly, we went from a handful to hundreds & we sent an army of Courage across the country.
I have kept the program going ever since, because, along with her generosity, Ruth Ann gifted me the most marvelous lesson:
“It’s never for you. You are always asking on behalf of a bigger idea, a principle, a concept, a goal. Even when raising for your business, it’s not for YOU. It’s for the empowerment toys that will change children’s play experience…. So if nothing else comes of this – and much else will, you know it will - NEVER hesitate to ask or accept again. Can you do that? Because it takes courage…. Nobody gives or spends what they don’t want to...it has nothing to do with you, really. Really.
With your words you manifested this gift to kids with cancer.
What else will you manifest?”
Ever since, I have been manifesting gifts.
Join me. It’s powerful.
I am very happy to take a moment from the holiday madness to provide an update on our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month donation distribution this year.
Thanks to your generosity during our Buy1/Donate1 program in September, we were able to send Courage to our new friend Jocelyn Strong for distribution at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.
Jocelyn is making sure that Courage lands in the hands of her fellow warriors, so that they can serve as both a talisman and a toy during a difficult time.
This amazing girl and her lovely family first came to my attention when I listened to her Story Seeds Podcast (Literary Safari) episode.
Story Seeds is a collaborative storytelling adventure series created by the wonderful Sandhya Nankani. Kids create story "seeds" and authors grow the "seeds" into stories.
In this particular episode, award-winning author Katherine Applegate writes "Two Brave Girls: One with Four Paws" based on Jocelyn's true-life inspired story "seed" about a brave dog determined to support an even braver Jocelyn when she is diagnosed with cancer.
Author Applegate crafted a lovely story that is both heartwarming and humorous.
I urge you to listen to the episode - and all the Story Seed episodes - with your favorite young Superhero storyteller. It is entertaining and inspiring.
I want to send out a big thank you to Jocelyn and her parents for helping us distribute Courage this year. Because of pandemic restrictions, it was no easy task.
So we are very grateful that we had the great good fortune to meet a Courageous Cancer Warrior to help us make it happen.
And, as always, thank you to our generous donors for continuing to support our buy one/donate one program.
Power is the ability to do good things for others. - Brooke Astor
Thank you for joining together to powerfully do good things.
I'm so excited to be taking part in Literary Safari's Story Seeds podcast. It's a great project that pairs kids and authors to collaborate on a story. ❤️🌱
My partner, Jocelyn, is such an inspiring young woman, and I can't wait to share our story with you!
We loved learning from Sandhya Nankani how Literary Safari created a children's media environment that goes beyond diversity to create a culturally responsive and engaging podcast with kids in conversation with children's literature authors. http://ow.ly/euCm50FfJ1a
It’s TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY🙌🏻I've narrated and done character voices for 11 #fracturedfairytales on the #DorktalesStorytime podcast! Listen and see if you can find the geeky, pop-culture Easter eggs I added in each episode (links in bio)⠀
Looking for more original and classic fairy tales to listen to? Check out some of my fellow members of Kids Listen #kidspodcasts⠀
Stories for Wonderful Children
Little Stories for Tiny People
APRIL EIGHT Songs & Stories Podcast
#StorySeedsPodcast Literary Safari
Soundsington Media #UnspookablePodcast