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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October kicked off with a lovely Saturday pop up sale of our @wirecutter recommended activity book Imagination Lab at @b...
10/05/2021

October kicked off with a lovely Saturday pop up sale of our @wirecutter recommended activity book Imagination Lab at @bunburysbooks @bunburyscoffee in Piermont, NY, one of our favorite coffee shops in one of the our favorite NYC area river towns!

Bunbury’s is a destination for bikers, coffee lovers, and bibliophiles and we are thrilled that our book is now available there alongside a number of beautiful children’s books published and written in the Hudson Valley, including some by owner/ author/ publisher Debra Pirsos.

We are excited for our book to find its way to more bookstores this season!

#shopsmall #shopindie #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #shoplocal #activityforkids #steamlearning #podcastersofinstagram #womensupportingwomen

09/30/2021

On #internationalpodcastday we are honored to have Newbery Award winning children’s author Katherine Applegate share why she chose to be part of our podcast Story Seeds.
As podcast creators and producers, it means the world 🌎 to us to have authors like her join us and our host @fusenumber8 on this audio experiment to unpack creativity.

Besides the fact that she thinks the premise of our podcast is “cool,” 😍 she is a huge fan of her creative collaborator, 9 year old Jocelyn @jocelyns_leukemia_journey, who is also a dog lover.

Thank you to both these creative rockstars and our sponsor MacKids Books for helping make the premise of our podcast a reality. Stay tuned for more #bts on their collab and their episode which drops a month from now on 10/28.

#podcastlove #thursdaymotivation #katherineapplegate #kidspodcasts #storyseedspodcast #mgauthor #podcast #womenwhopodcast

Today, on Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, 9/24, we are honored and thrilled to share that Newbery award winning author K...
09/24/2021

Today, on Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, 9/24, we are honored and thrilled to share that Newbery award winning author Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate is collaborating with Jocelyn @jocelyns_leukemia_journey this fall on a new episode of Story Seeds. Together, they are growing her story story seed about a dog 🐶 named Sally who helps a girl on her cancer journey. The story is inspired by Jocelyn's own experience and her dog Sally (pictured here).

Their collaboration will be captured on our podcast in a special episode sponsored by Macmillan Books MacKids Books which will drop a month from now on October 28. Stay tuned for #bts previews of this incredible creative collab!


#pediatriccancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #JocelynStrong #cancer #leukemiawarrior #childhoodcancerawareness #shemaybetinybutshesmighty #storyseedspodcast #storyseedspod #podcastsforkids
#mackidsbooks #katherineapplegate #kidslisten #kidspodcasts #kidlit #mgauthor

Today, on Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, 9/24, we are honored and thrilled to share that Newbery award winning author Katherine Applegate Katherine Applegate is collaborating with Jocelyn @jocelyns_leukemia_journey this fall on a new episode of Story Seeds. Together, they are growing her story story seed about a dog 🐶 named Sally who helps a girl on her cancer journey. The story is inspired by Jocelyn's own experience and her dog Sally (pictured here).

Their collaboration will be captured on our podcast in a special episode sponsored by Macmillan Books MacKids Books which will drop a month from now on October 28. Stay tuned for #bts previews of this incredible creative collab!


#pediatriccancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #JocelynStrong #cancer #leukemiawarrior #childhoodcancerawareness #shemaybetinybutshesmighty #storyseedspodcast #storyseedspod #podcastsforkids
#mackidsbooks #katherineapplegate #kidslisten #kidspodcasts #kidlit #mgauthor

09/23/2021

News ⚡️We are growing a new Story seed on our podcast this fall. Our story seed comes from a very special and brave 9 year old girl named Jocelyn @jocelyns_leukemia_journey whose idea is inspired by her own experience with childhood cancer and her mini Australian shepherd 🐶 named Sally. Stay tuned for our reveal of her author match right here tomorrow!

In Jocelyn’s own words: "I want to do a (story about a) super dog - that's Sally - and how she helps kids in the hospital feel better because this is what my Sally does for me--she makes me happy. So that's what I would do because … dogs make me very happy because they're family and everything to me —and my mom also says this is my sister!”

#storyseed #servicedog #superdogSally #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #JocelynStrong #leukemiawarrior #tcelllymphoblasticleukemia #tcellleukemia #ivmethotrexate #childhoodcancerawareness #morethan4 #covidswab #wedeservemorethan4 #shemaybetinybutshesmighty #leukemiamessedwiththewrongchick

Something super exciting is afoot. Drop your guess in the comments! 👇🏽 And stay tuned for the tea ☕️ #storyseedspodcast ...
09/22/2021

Something super exciting is afoot. Drop your guess in the comments! 👇🏽 And stay tuned for the tea ☕️

#storyseedspodcast #storyseedspod #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram

Something super exciting is afoot. Drop your guess in the comments! 👇🏽 And stay tuned for the tea ☕️

#storyseedspodcast #storyseedspod #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram

New bonus episode alert !! Priyanka and Riya are best friends. Morgan and Mercedes are daughter and mother. They are jus...
09/17/2021

New bonus episode alert !! Priyanka and Riya are best friends. Morgan and Mercedes are daughter and mother. They are just four of the voices you will hear in our new bonus episode - a montage of eight short interviews created by kids ages 8-15 during the inaugural Story Seeds On Air Summer 2021 Podcasting Camp. Listen as campers interview their best friends and mothers on everything from cooking & dance to podcasting & entrepreneurship. We loved these so much that we wanted to create this episode so that everyone could hear these interviewas and hopefully kids will be inspired to interview someone they love too!

This special episode of The Story Seeds Podcast is produced by Claudia Haines and Ella Rose Frankel. Editing and sound design is by Alyssa Baptiste.

#podcast #kidspodcasts #kidscreate #oralhistory #momsonair #kidsonair #interview #kidslisten #storiesforall #diversekids

New bonus episode alert !! Priyanka and Riya are best friends. Morgan and Mercedes are daughter and mother. They are just four of the voices you will hear in our new bonus episode - a montage of eight short interviews created by kids ages 8-15 during the inaugural Story Seeds On Air Summer 2021 Podcasting Camp. Listen as campers interview their best friends and mothers on everything from cooking & dance to podcasting & entrepreneurship. We loved these so much that we wanted to create this episode so that everyone could hear these interviewas and hopefully kids will be inspired to interview someone they love too!

This special episode of The Story Seeds Podcast is produced by Claudia Haines and Ella Rose Frankel. Editing and sound design is by Alyssa Baptiste.

#podcast #kidspodcasts #kidscreate #oralhistory #momsonair #kidsonair #interview #kidslisten #storiesforall #diversekids

Such good energy and lots of sharing and brainstorming with Preeti Vasudevan of Thresh Dance and Anu Sehgal of The Cultu...
09/16/2021

Such good energy and lots of sharing and brainstorming with Preeti Vasudevan of Thresh Dance and Anu Sehgal of The Culture Tree today! Excited to see where our conversations and sharing as creatives, female founders, and South Asian women lead and what blooms 🪴

So amazing to finally meet two amazing women from NY based sister organization in the heart of NYC!

We are coming together to create some critical and groundbreaking platforms for our children…stay tuned.

@vasudevan.preeti is the Founder of @threshdanceco @theredcurtainproject , which creates a provocative dialogue between Indian and western performing arts, connecting heritage cultures with contemporary lives.

Sandhya Nankani, Founder @litsafari and @storyseedspod , they are committed to helping children grow their ideas and imaginations to develop podcasting classes for children ages 8-14!

#womeninbusiness #nysmallbusiness #raisingmulticulturalkids #openmindedkids #theculturetree #literarysafari #threshdancecompany

We are super thrilled and honored to share that our activity book IMAGINATION LAB was recently added to @wirecutter 19 B...
09/13/2021

We are super thrilled and honored to share that our activity book IMAGINATION LAB was recently added to @wirecutter 19 Best Gifts for 10 year olds alongside some of our favorites like Paint Chip Poetry from @chroniclebooks @wacom Intuos drawing tablet and @lego architecture sets! Read full review 👇🏽

‘As kids get older, imagination is something that gets neglected ... At age 10, kids have hit a double-digit milestone, with their teen years just around the corner. Kids in this age group are growing into themselves and refining their interests, so giving a gift to a 10-year-old can be an opportunity to deepen those passions while also encouraging exploration. For the budding young writer and avid reader, Imagination Lab is an activity book with writing prompts and other activities to inspire curiosity, inventiveness, and storytelling’~ Wirecutter New York Times, The 19 Best Gifts for 10-Year-Olds

Our book is available wherever you buy books and on our website (link in bio) for birthdays, back to school collections, home schooling, or just as a gift for your favorite kiddo!

#wirecutter #bookstagram #booksreview #giftsforkids #imagination #booksellersofinstagram #holidayshopping

We are super thrilled and honored to share that our activity book IMAGINATION LAB was recently added to @wirecutter 19 Best Gifts for 10 year olds alongside some of our favorites like Paint Chip Poetry from @chroniclebooks @wacom Intuos drawing tablet and @lego architecture sets! Read full review 👇🏽

‘As kids get older, imagination is something that gets neglected ... At age 10, kids have hit a double-digit milestone, with their teen years just around the corner. Kids in this age group are growing into themselves and refining their interests, so giving a gift to a 10-year-old can be an opportunity to deepen those passions while also encouraging exploration. For the budding young writer and avid reader, Imagination Lab is an activity book with writing prompts and other activities to inspire curiosity, inventiveness, and storytelling’~ Wirecutter New York Times, The 19 Best Gifts for 10-Year-Olds

Our book is available wherever you buy books and on our website (link in bio) for birthdays, back to school collections, home schooling, or just as a gift for your favorite kiddo!

#wirecutter #bookstagram #booksreview #giftsforkids #imagination #booksellersofinstagram #holidayshopping

Hi! I'm Ella, and I'm interning for Story Seeds this summer. I did of lot of writing and a little editing, but my favori...
08/29/2021

Hi! I'm Ella, and I'm interning for Story Seeds this summer. I did of lot of writing and a little editing, but my favorite part was getting to watch the campers learn, grow, and smile. School doesn't usually make learning exciting, allow for following passions, or leave room for mistakes, and the fact that the Story Seeds camps did is why I loved helping with them so much.

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Another big thank you 👏🏽to our summer intern and camp concierge Ella Frankel. She is a rising sophomore at Northern Valley Regional High School - Demarest. This summer, she helped manage smooth communications with campers and their families with daily and weekly updates and rounding up camp resources. She also interacted with campers in our shared Padlet ,
giving them constructive feedback on their audio experiments and assignments. As a “near peer-mentor,” Ella meaningfully motivated and modeled participation in our virtual program, helping us create a Montessori style camp where kids 7-15 had space to learn together and from each other.

At our studio Literary Safari, we are also committed to mentoring students as they explore career pathways and build the 4C’s to 21st century skills -
communication, creativity, collaboration, and creativity. We love having HS interns and are grateful for the insight into young people we have the chance to gain along the way.

Please join us in wishing Ella a safe and successful new academic year where there is ample room for playful learning and space to experiment and learn through trial and error 🤗

#summerintern #campcounselor #nvdemarest #northernvalleydemarest #mentorship #thankyounote #behindthescenes #padlet #summercamp2021

Hi! I'm Ella, and I'm interning for Story Seeds this summer. I did of lot of writing and a little editing, but my favorite part was getting to watch the campers learn, grow, and smile. School doesn't usually make learning exciting, allow for following passions, or leave room for mistakes, and the fact that the Story Seeds camps did is why I loved helping with them so much.

—-
Another big thank you 👏🏽to our summer intern and camp concierge Ella Frankel. She is a rising sophomore at Northern Valley Regional High School - Demarest. This summer, she helped manage smooth communications with campers and their families with daily and weekly updates and rounding up camp resources. She also interacted with campers in our shared Padlet ,
giving them constructive feedback on their audio experiments and assignments. As a “near peer-mentor,” Ella meaningfully motivated and modeled participation in our virtual program, helping us create a Montessori style camp where kids 7-15 had space to learn together and from each other.

At our studio Literary Safari, we are also committed to mentoring students as they explore career pathways and build the 4C’s to 21st century skills -
communication, creativity, collaboration, and creativity. We love having HS interns and are grateful for the insight into young people we have the chance to gain along the way.

Please join us in wishing Ella a safe and successful new academic year where there is ample room for playful learning and space to experiment and learn through trial and error 🤗

#summerintern #campcounselor #nvdemarest #northernvalleydemarest #mentorship #thankyounote #behindthescenes #padlet #summercamp2021

Hi, I'm Alyssa, one of the summer interns for Story Seeds! I've been helping to run the podcasting camps this summer as ...
08/27/2021

Hi, I'm Alyssa, one of the summer interns for Story Seeds! I've been helping to run the podcasting camps this summer as well as create images and editing videos for the camps and IG. I have really enjoyed making the images, as well as seeing the campers express their creativity and share their podcast ideas!

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A big thank you 👏🏽 to Alyssa Baptiste. She is a rising sophomore at @svanyc studying animation. As our summer intern and Camp Concierge, she was instrumental in helping keep our virtual summer of Podcasts camps and classes running smoothly. She helped us create clips of the many podcasts we listened to, created fun videos and animations for our curriculum, and problem solved our tech challenges too.

At our studio Literary Safari, we are committed to mentoring the next generation of media creators, but at the end of the day, we always learn from working with them too.

Please join us in wishing Alyssa a safe, successful, and creative new school year! 🤗

#summerintern #campcounselor #sva #mentorship #thankyounote #behindthescenes

Hi, I'm Alyssa, one of the summer interns for Story Seeds! I've been helping to run the podcasting camps this summer as well as create images and editing videos for the camps and IG. I have really enjoyed making the images, as well as seeing the campers express their creativity and share their podcast ideas!

—-
A big thank you 👏🏽 to Alyssa Baptiste. She is a rising sophomore at @svanyc studying animation. As our summer intern and Camp Concierge, she was instrumental in helping keep our virtual summer of Podcasts camps and classes running smoothly. She helped us create clips of the many podcasts we listened to, created fun videos and animations for our curriculum, and problem solved our tech challenges too.

At our studio Literary Safari, we are committed to mentoring the next generation of media creators, but at the end of the day, we always learn from working with them too.

Please join us in wishing Alyssa a safe, successful, and creative new school year! 🤗

#summerintern #campcounselor #sva #mentorship #thankyounote #behindthescenes

08/22/2021

It’s a wrap for Story Seeds summer podcasting camp ⛺️

And it's a wrap on our first-ever podcasting camp! We had campers from Philly, Alaska, NY, NJ, and Seattle join us for 5 days of good fun & lots of learning. TY @claudiahaines & our interns Alyssa & Ella. And big shoutout to our guest presenters @genzshows @hrishihirway @andrewandpolly @buttonsandfigs @kidspoetryclubpodcast and Sperry Ash

#selfie #zoomcamp #podcasting101 #PodernFamily #Listen #kidslisten #medialiteracy

On deck this morning in Podcasting Camp - our guest is Ben Strouse, founder of @genzshows and maker of Molly of Denali @...
08/18/2021

On deck this morning in Podcasting Camp - our guest is Ben Strouse, founder of @genzshows and maker of Molly of Denali @mollyofdenali podcast, @marspatelpodcast amd so many more. So much for kids to learn from a producer who we greatly admire!! #kidspodcasts #producerlife #podcastersofinstagram #wgbh #genzmedia #marspatel #mollyofdenali

On deck this morning in Podcasting Camp - our guest is Ben Strouse, founder of @genzshows and maker of Molly of Denali @mollyofdenali podcast, @marspatelpodcast amd so many more. So much for kids to learn from a producer who we greatly admire!! #kidspodcasts #producerlife #podcastersofinstagram #wgbh #genzmedia #marspatel #mollyofdenali

Scenes from our live, virtual podcasting camp Days 1 and 2! Follow us over on Twitter @litsafarimedia for more ! #kidscr...
08/17/2021

Scenes from our live, virtual podcasting camp Days 1 and 2! Follow us over on Twitter @litsafarimedia for more ! #kidscreate #podcast #podfun #kids #summerfun☀️

Scenes from our live, virtual podcasting camp Days 1 and 2! Follow us over on Twitter @litsafarimedia for more ! #kidscreate #podcast #podfun #kids #summerfun☀️

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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.

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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.

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