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.

Mission: 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.

Operating as usual

#ComingSoon: Here's a sneak peek of our Imagination Lab Activity Book! It feels so good to hold these real-life copies i...
10/30/2020

#ComingSoon: Here's a sneak peek of our Imagination Lab Activity Book! It feels so good to hold these real-life copies in our hands. It's been a few months in the making, so we were really excited to get these proofs and test the paper. 🤓 Can't wait for you guys to grab your copies too.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#activitiesforkids #homelearning #remotelearning #kidsbooks #kidspodcasts #podcastsforkids #activitiesforkids #middlegrade #teachersofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #kidsmagazine #screenfree

#Throwback Tuesday 🙃 Thanks @stitchcraftnwizardry for including us in this roundup of podcasts for kids. We’re in great ...
10/27/2020

#Throwback Tuesday 🙃 Thanks @stitchcraftnwizardry for including us in this roundup of podcasts for kids. We’re in great company! #Repost @stitchcraftnwizardry
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
・・・
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A late day post about my latest blog post for @feministbookclubbox blog. I went through so many podcast lists and round ups with my kids but I found 16 #podcasts that caregivers won't mind and that kids should enjoy that have the added benefit of being educational, funny and worth your time. I can't wait to hear what you think!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #littlefeminists #feministbookclub #storiesforkids #activitiesforkids #bookstagram #kidslisten #childrensbooks #diversestories

Thank you for the shout out @meg_themanylittlejoys! 🙏🙏🙏 On her blog, she wrote: "The former English teacher in me just l...
10/13/2020

Thank you for the shout out @meg_themanylittlejoys! 🙏🙏🙏 On her blog, she wrote: "The former English teacher in me just loves the concept of this podcast. ...It’s a fabulous way to expose kids to the writing process as well as hear some new and wacky stories by some amazing published authors!"
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
•Reposted [email protected]_manylittlejoys• Do you listen to podcasts???
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have to admit, I was late to the party on this one...until last year I hadn't really gotten onboard the podcast train, but now I LOVE them.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you know what really converted me to podcasts?
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ll give you a hint…it wasn’t a “grown-up” podcast...
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was STORIES.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I discovered a whole world of amazing story podcasts for kids...and #ontheblog I'm sharing a short list of our favorites: the best of the best that we've enjoyed over the past year of listening. Come take a peek!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And be sure to tell me about any podcasts you love (whether for kids or grown-ups)...I wanna know!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #kidslisten #childrensbooks #kidlit #storiesforkids #podcastrecommendations #parentsofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #homelearning #screenfree #applepodcasts #spotifypodcasts

Celebrating Sulaf, Zarana, Siri, Amalia, Willa, Hannah, Liyana and Cici in honor of #dayofthegirl 🦸‍♀️ Our Season One gi...
10/10/2020

Celebrating Sulaf, Zarana, Siri, Amalia, Willa, Hannah, Liyana and Cici in honor of #dayofthegirl 🦸‍♀️ Our Season One girls are fearless creatives and the storytellers of today and tomorrow!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#girlpower #storytllersoftomorrow #girlsruntheworld #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #childrensbooks #kidlit #storiesforkids #girlhero #generationequality #storiesruletheworld #diversestorytellers #kidslisten

Make Some Music, Make Some Noise with our final zine for Episode 10 (A Worm's Worth) companion zine! This zine is inspir...
10/07/2020

Make Some Music, Make Some Noise with our final zine for Episode 10 (A Worm's Worth) companion zine! This zine is inspired by the collab between the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason Reynolds (@jasonreynolds83) and 11 year old Irthan. Visit the Imagination Lab on our website (www.storyseedspodcast.com/imaginationlab)‬ to download your copy now!!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This zine includes:
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🐛 An excerpt of “Hoo and Wut,” the story created by Jason Reynolds and Irthan on the episode, along with prompts for kids to connect to the text and make inferences about the main character
🐛 A writing activity that combines the concept of shape-shifting with social justice
🐛A worksheet on using music to generate scenes, settings, and characters
🐛Fun facts about sonics and the practice of “worm-grunting,” along with research questions
🐛Step-by-step instructions to “see” sound waves
🐛“Design an Island,” a drawing and listening comprehension based on the episode
🐛A call for kids to honor their best traits, based on Jason Reynolds’ “Write. Right. Rite.” video series produced by the U.S. Library of Congress
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Additional Illustrations by @rajashree.me
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#activitiesforkids #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #kidslisten #librariansofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #parentsquad #podcasts #zines #kidswrite #kidsmagazine #kidsactivityideas #middlegradebooks #zinesforkids #blendedlearning #homeschoolcurriculum #curriculum #learningathome #kidslisten #jasonreynolds #nationalambassadorforyoungpeoplesliterature #socialjustice

A few weeks ago, The Story Seeds Podcast was featured in Wide Open School's resources for families and educators 🎒 Wide ...
10/05/2020

A few weeks ago, The Story Seeds Podcast was featured in Wide Open School's resources for families and educators 🎒 Wide Open School is powered by Common Sense Media and gathers FREE, high quality activities for kids and families to have access to during this challenging school year. Activities are divided by grades, subjects, and mediums, AND you can even select offline friendly ones too!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
EP 10, A Worm's Worth, featuring Jason Reynolds (@jasonreynolds83) and 11 year old Irthan was part of their daily plan for 6-8 graders a few weeks ago and is now included alongside so many other Reading and Writing activities which include audiobooks, writing prompts, and language games.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Visit www.wideopenschool.org and check out this really cool platform. It's a great resource for COVID times and beyond.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#wideopenschool #commonsensemedia #homelearning #homeschooling #middlegrade #jasonreynolds #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #activitiesforkids #offlineactivities #screenfree #teachersofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #parentsofinstagram

In every Imagination Lab zine, we crack open the story formulas each episode's creative rockstar and featured authors br...
10/01/2020

In every Imagination Lab zine, we crack open the story formulas each episode's creative rockstar and featured authors brought to the table. In zine 9, you can grow your own fairytale, using 11 year old Keshav's penchant for adding spice and twists to popular stories and Bil Lepp’s (@bil_lepp_storytelling) love of puns. Follow the prompts in the activity sheets, and you'll be off writing your own story! Download yours now at www.storyseedspodcast.com/imaginationlab
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#activitiesforkids #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #kidslisten #librariesofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #parentsquad #podcasts #zines #kidswrite #kidsmagazine #kidsactivityideas #middlegradebooks #zinesforkids #blendedlearning #backtoschool #homeschoolcurriculum #curriculum #printables #learningathome #kidslisten #billepp #fairytales #fracturedfairytales

It's International Podcast Day and we're delighted to celebrate this year alongside the Kids Listen (@kidslisten) podcas...
09/30/2020

It's International Podcast Day and we're delighted to celebrate this year alongside the Kids Listen (@kidslisten) podcast community!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Story Seeds is featured on the Kids Listen Activity Podcast this week, which is a show that helps kids and adults find new podcasts and activities to engage in. On deck is EP 3, The View From the Top, starring 13 year old Jasper, his tall tale story idea of a 74 foot giant detective, and the NYTimes best-selling author of the Mr. Lemoncello's Library series, Chris Grabenstein (@cgrabber1955)
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Alongside the episode, we've included an exclusive activity straight from our Imagination Lab. Your creative rockstars will also get to grow their own tall tales with help from Jasper and Chris' story formulas!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Check out the Kids Listen Activity Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts- you'll get to discover a new kids podcast every week!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#kidslisten #internationalpodcastday #kidspodcasts #podcastsforkids #activitiesforkids #kidsactivities #showsforkids #favoritepodcasts #applepodcasts #spotifypodcasts #educationalpodcasts #podcastlife #childrensbooks #teachersofinstagram #storiesforkids

Happy LatinX Heritage Month!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We're celebrating Carlos Hernandez (Pura Belpré Award Winner and the author match f...
09/29/2020

Happy LatinX Heritage Month!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We're celebrating Carlos Hernandez (Pura Belpré Award Winner and the author match for Episode 6) 🤗 Thanks Carlos for all of your work on Story Seeds and off! Our show is a thousand fold amplified with the diverse voices and stories that came together. Celebrando contigo!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#latinxheritagemonth #hispanicheritagemonth #carloshernandez #rickriordanpresents #kidlit #latinxauthors #latinxbooks #latinxwriters #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #bookishlife #hispanicculture #latinxreads #storiesforkids

We're now on Amazon Music! Which makes it all the more easier to listen to The Story Seeds Podcast on your Alexa smart s...
09/28/2020

We're now on Amazon Music! Which makes it all the more easier to listen to The Story Seeds Podcast on your Alexa smart speaker at home, on your phone, or wherever you go! Just in time to celebrate our first #InternationalPodcastDay this Wednesday, September 30! We're celebrating all week! 🥳
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#amazonmusic #alexa #internationalpodcastweek #smartspeaker #podcastlife #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #storypodcast #podcastweek2020 #podcasters #storiesforkids #educationforkids #podcastsathome #podcastsintheclassroom #podcastsforfamilies #storytime #audible #screenfree #audioforkids

Whip Up a Fairytale with Episode 9's (Look Before You Eat!) companion zine! This zine is inspired by the collab between ...
09/24/2020

Whip Up a Fairytale with Episode 9's (Look Before You Eat!) companion zine! This zine is inspired by the collab between Bil Lepp (storyteller and author of THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS) and 11 year old Keshav. Visit the Imagination Lab on our website (www.storyseedspodcast.com/imaginationlab)‬ to download the zine! Kids and families will be writing their own fractured fairy tales and making homemade ice cream!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This zine includes:
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔸A step-by-step guide to writing a fractured fairy tale
🔸A pun-writing worksheet
🔸“Chocolate’s Sweet Beginning”--an informational article with a listening prompt
🔸An ice cream recipe, that includes a challenge to invent a new flavor
🔸A listening comprehension and creative arts activity inspired by the episode story “Not By the Hare in My Chili Pepper Den”
🔸Prompts focused on using sensory details to elicit memories
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Additional Illustrations by @rajashree.me
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#activitiesforkids #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #kidslisten #librariesofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #parentsquad #podcasts #zines #kidswrite #kidsmagazine #kidsactivityideas #middlegradebooks #zinesforkids #blendedlearning #backtoschool #homeschoolcurriculum #curriculum #printables #learningathome #kidslisten #billepp #fairytales #fracturedfairytales

Yay for fan mail! Listener Sammie brightened our day with this really lovely note! Thank you for making us smile @sammie...
09/22/2020

Yay for fan mail! Listener Sammie brightened our day with this really lovely note! Thank you for making us smile @sammiebuddybench and for being a real-life superhero!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sammie founded her Buddy Bench project in 2017 and ever since has been working hard to place benches in schools and playgrounds for kids that might be feeling shy or lonely. "Sit on the bench and a new friend will find you...And if you see someone sitting on the bench go and ask them to play." Each bench is made out of recycled plastic caps and lids that Sammie collects. She's an inspiration and teaching us all to #bethechange 👏👏
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#kidsarethefuture #inspiringyoungheroes #bekind #makeadifference #empowerkids #spreadkindness #kidsofinstagram #mindfulkids #kidslisten #storyseeds #fanmail #givingtuesday

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we came across this essay she w...
09/19/2020

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we came across this essay she wrote at age 13 (in 1946) in the East Midwood Center’s Jewish Bulletin. Even as a teen, she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.

Please share with a young person in your life today.

Text of essay:

« One People

The war has left a bloody trail and many deep wounds not too easily healed. Many people have been left with scars that take a long time to pass away. We must never forget the horrors which our brethren were subjected to in Bergen-Belsen and other Nazi concentration camps. Then, too, we must try hard to understand that for righteous people hate and prejudice are neither good occupations nor fit companions. Rabbi Alfred Bettleheim once said: “Prejudice saves us a painful trouble, the trouble of thinking.” In our beloved land families were not scattered, communities not erased nor our nation destroyed by the ravages of the World War.

Yet, dare we be at ease? We are part of a world whose unity has been almost completely shattered. No one can feel free from danger and destruction until the many torn threads of civilization are bound together again. We cannot feel safer until every nation, regardless of weapons or power, will meet together in good faith, the people worthy of mutual association.

There can be a happy world and there will be once again, when men create a strong bond towards one another, a bond unbreakable by a studied prejudice or a passing circumstance. Then and only then shall we have a world built on the foundation of the Fatherhood of God and whose structure is the Brotherhood of Man. »

Our condolences and gratitude to you. Rest in power Notorius RBG. ❤️

#rbg #NotoriousRBG #SCOTUS #RestInPower #mightygirl #teenwriter #storyseedspod

Celebrating SIX months of The Story Seeds Podcast and what a ride it's been so far! We look forward to continue growing ...
09/18/2020

Celebrating SIX months of The Story Seeds Podcast and what a ride it's been so far! We look forward to continue growing this show and the story seeds that come our way 🤜 Here's to collaboration, imagination, and creativity! www.storyseedspodcast.com
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#weekendlistening #showsforkids #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #kidslisten #parentsofinstagram #storypodcast #kidlit #screenfree #applepodcasts #kidsmedia #podcastlove #weekendlistening#homelearning #backtoschool #kidsmedia #kidsentertainment #educationforkids #diversestories #alternativeeducation #kidsarethefuture

#TBT We hopped around New York City with every Story Seeds recording session on Season One: Dowtown to Uptown, Queens to...
09/17/2020

#TBT We hopped around New York City with every Story Seeds recording session on Season One: Dowtown to Uptown, Queens to Brooklyn. Here's the team are at Pippin Vintage with Rajani LaRocca (@rajanilarocca) and her creative rockstar match, Liyana!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pippin is an antiques store in Chlesea, NYC! If you've heard episode 5 (THE HUNGRY MIRROR), you'll know that the way you enter is through a narrow alley on 17th street that's lined with mirrors. Once inside, it's like stepping back in time It's a pretty magical place and a real New York City gem! #TimeOutNewYork
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#nyc #kidspodcasts #showsforkids #storypodcast #kidlit #screenfree #applepodcasts #spotifypodcasts #kidsmedia #podcastrecommendations #podcastlove #homeschool #homelearning #backtoschool #kidsmedia #kidsentertainment #educationforkids #rajanilarocca #chelseanyc #pippinvintage #nycantiques #citylife

Thanks for including us on your list of THE 26 BEST PODCASTS FOR KIDS New York Family.One of our goals for making the po...
09/14/2020

Thanks for including us on your list of THE 26 BEST PODCASTS FOR KIDS New York Family.
One of our goals for making the podcast was to give young people who have all kinds of interests a resource that shows them that they too can write their own stories. This was why delving into the process was an important component for Story Seeds. Creation, collaboration, and the smallest ideas brought to the table are as important as the story itself. https://www.newyorkfamily.com/best-podcasts-kids-2020-new-york/
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#nyfamily #podcastsforkids #podcastsfortweens #kidspodcasts #showsforkids #storypodcast #kidlit #parentsofinstagram #screenfree #freescreentime #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #applepodcasts #spotifypodcasts #kidsmedia #podcastrecommendations #podcastlove #homeschool #homelearning #backtoschool #kidsmedia #kidsentertainment #educationforkids

About a year ago, our producers had the good fortune of hearing children's author Joseph Bruchac (Joseph Bruchac) delive...
09/11/2020

About a year ago, our producers had the good fortune of hearing children's author Joseph Bruchac (Joseph Bruchac) deliver the keynote address at the annual Bank Street Book Fest. He shared this profound insight on the value of storytelling from Harold Tantaquidgeon, a Mohegan elder, in his talk. It has stayed with us and with his permission, we are honored to be able to share it here with you today. We invite you to share it with someone in your network who believes in the power of storytelling to make a difference.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On Storytelling
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 1: Listen. Remember we have two ears and only one mouth. Hear more than one side.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 2: Observe. See the the world and everything around you in a broad way.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 3: Remember. Hold on to that which we have heard and seen. We are the rememberers.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 4: Share. When you share, someone else listens and remembers. This is your job as writers, teachers, and parents.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
—Based on teachings from Harold Tantaquidgeon, Mohegan elder
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#josephbruchac #josephbruchacquotes #moheganstories #nativeamericanstories #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #kidlit #kidlitart #diversekidlit #mohegan #firstpeoples #storytelling #teachertribe #parentsofinstagram #advice #nativewisdom #storiesruletheworld

Tap into a mystery with our newest handy companion zine for EP 8: A GIRL WHO LOOKS LIKE ME. This zine is inspired by the...
09/09/2020

Tap into a mystery with our newest handy companion zine for EP 8: A GIRL WHO LOOKS LIKE ME. This zine is inspired by the collab between Susan Muaddi Darraj (see Kids Writers LIVE! Susan Muaddi Darraj), author of the new FARAH ROCKS series) and 12 year old Sulaf. You'll find 8 pages worth of creative learning activities that will help kids craft their own whodunit mysteries stories. Zine 8 is now up and ready to download from our website (‪www.storyseedspodcast.com/imaginationlab‬) (link also in bio.)

This zine includes:
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔍 A graphic organizer to help young writers develop a mystery character
🔍 Step-by-step writing prompt designed to help young writers create a mystery-story setting complete with spooky details
🔍 A brief history of some of the vocabulary used in the mystery genre
🔍 An interactive fiction story that includes a code-breaking activity
🔍 A cookie recipe and instructions on hosting a mystery tasting event
🔍 A listening comprehension page, where kids can draw clues from the episode
🔍 A space for kids to brainstorm about the changes they want to see in the world⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Additional Illustrations by @rajashree.me
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#activitiesforkids #podcastsforkids #kidspodcasts #kidslisten #librariesofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #parentsofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #parentsquad #podcasts #zines #kidswrite #kidsmagazine #kidsactivityideas #middlegradebooks #zinesforkids #blendedlearning #backtoschool #homeschoolcurriculum #curriculum #printables #learningathome #arabamerican #representation #writingmysteries #whodunit

Address

157 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
10023

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Literary Safari posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Literary Safari:

Videos

Our Story

The Short Story

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.

Nearby media companies


Other Broadcasting & media production in New York

Show All

Comments

I like your new look!