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Literary Safari Apps | Narrative Storytelling | Editorial Design | Content Strategy We curate, produce and publish inclusive print and interactive educational content.

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 are over at Joan Ganz Cooney Center and you can now download our complete resources to support families, educators, a...
05/17/2019
Joan Ganz Cooney Center

We are over at Joan Ganz Cooney Center and you can now download our complete resources to support families, educators, and young people with social emotional tools to discuss gun violence as one printable.

Our friends at Literary Safari have produced some great resources, including a curated list of stories, games, and resources to help young people develop strength, empathy, and socio-emotional learning skills. Check out the #ArmMeWith lists of books and digital games, available as a free download here.

Swipe for pics of our team meeting with author Dan Gutman to chat about his My Weird School stories, writing with kids, ...
04/26/2019

Swipe for pics of our team meeting with author Dan Gutman to chat about his My Weird School stories, writing with kids, and to brainstorm around our Story Seeds podcast @storyseedspod - thanks for visiting us, Dan! #literarysafari #podcast #preproduction

We are over at Red Tricycle
04/06/2019
Red Tricycle

We are over at Red Tricycle

Here’s Literary Safari's list of video games for the times we live in now. What do you think?
(via Red Tricycle's Spoke Contributor Network)

Thank you to @elisereneemartinez @fusenumber8 and Edith Campbell of @indianastateuniversity - librarians who rounded up ...
03/15/2019

Thank you to @elisereneemartinez @fusenumber8 and Edith Campbell of @indianastateuniversity - librarians who rounded up rich recommendations for young people for our #armmewith books list. #mediamentors #librariansofinstagram #kidlit #booksforchange

Sign is one of the 20 games on our #ARMMEWITH GAMES list. Recommended by Nick Fortugno, co-founder of Playmatics, this i...
02/19/2019

Sign is one of the 20 games on our #ARMMEWITH GAMES list. Recommended by Nick Fortugno, co-founder of Playmatics, this inventive non-verbal live action role play game played through a set of instruction cards unwraps the base human desire to feel connected and understood. Visit literarysafari.com/armmewithgames for more #empathy and #SEL games.

One year after Parkland, what resources  can we create for families and educators ? That’s the question we asked ourse...
02/15/2019

One year after Parkland, what resources can we create for families and educators ? That’s the question we asked ourselves at Literary Safari. This #armmewithgames list of empathy games curates recommendations from leading game designers, researchers, and educators. Link in bio. #armmewith #sel #empathy #gamebasedlearning #games #literarysafari

So, there is this beautiful new logo we have rolled out this month. Storytelling is a powerful doorway to see, understan...
02/13/2019

So, there is this beautiful new logo we have rolled out this month. Storytelling is a powerful doorway to see, understand, and reflect the world and at Literary Safari, we are committed to using the elements of storytelling to designing and producing inclusive, educational, fun, and mindful media for children and families everywhere. Thank you to @wemakebelieve for taking our vision to the next level through her visual storytelling. #literarysafari #logo #design #watercolorlogo

Literary Safari
02/02/2019

Literary Safari

@davidobowles picks SHAME THE STARS by @guadalupemccall for our #ARMMEWITHBOOKS book list. We chose to highlight it toda...
01/10/2019

@davidobowles picks SHAME THE STARS by @guadalupemccall for our #ARMMEWITHBOOKS book list. We chose to highlight it today given the rhetoric around the southern border right now. Link to list in bio. Of his pick, Bowles says, "This book explores a dark moment in the collective past of Mexican Americans in Texas in the early 20th century, when violence against brown people--even teens and children--became commonplace, even sanctioned by the government. By depicting the ways two Chicano teens from different backgrounds find solidarity with each other and their community, standing up for their rights and against the perpetrators of injustice, García McCall provides modern young people with a powerful lens for examining their own roles in the struggle for dignity, freedom, and peace in 21st century America.”
#sschat #bookstagram #texans #tubooks #facinghistory

Thank you to Bank Street Center for Children's Literaturefor spreading the word about our #ArmMeWithBooks list. It featu...
12/20/2018
Bank Street Center for Children's Literature

Thank you to Bank Street Center for Children's Literaturefor spreading the word about our #ArmMeWithBooks list. It features recommendations for books that promote hope, strength, & inspiration. We hope that it will guide reading in 2019 and to come, and support parents, teachers, and librarians in building diverse home, school, and public library collections.

Great article and great list!
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/78865-children-s-book-community-responds-to-gun-violence-with-armmewithbooks.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=d532ab3b85-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_18_10_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-d532ab3b85-306375761

A preview of the coverage of our #ARMEWITHBOOKS initiative in Publishers Weekly this afternoon.
12/19/2018

A preview of the coverage of our #ARMEWITHBOOKS initiative in Publishers Weekly this afternoon.

On this sixth anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, our studio has curated a new l...
12/14/2018

On this sixth anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, our studio has curated a new list of book recommendations from over 50 award-winning authors and librarians for "children growing up in times of lockdown drills and mass shootings." #armmewithbooks #sandyhook #booklist www.literarysafari.com/armmewithbooks

#Repost The Nightingale-Bamford School with @get_repost ・・・Class III students were fortunate to be joined by game ...
12/06/2018

#Repost The Nightingale-Bamford School with @get_repost
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Class III students were fortunate to be joined by game designer, writer, and editor Sandhya Nankani today! After learning about the specifics of Ms. Nankani’s job and her professional focus on global citizenship, students were given the opportunity to chose a global goal and start the design process for a game that informs about and challenges the global issue of their choice! Thank you for an inspiring morning, Ms. Nankani! #nightingalebamford #girlswhocode #girlsinstem

This poster created by teacher Kristin Wiens of  http://northstarpaths.com is such a keeper. #growthmindset #teaching #s...
11/13/2018

This poster created by teacher Kristin Wiens of http://northstarpaths.com is such a keeper. #growthmindset #teaching #socialemotionallearning #kids #parenting #thingsiloven

This week or weekend, get in the kitchen with your kiddos and try out this Diwali Puffed Rice Stars recipe. Created by @...
11/04/2018

This week or weekend, get in the kitchen with your kiddos and try out this Diwali Puffed Rice Stars recipe. Created by @wannabeechef , it's an Indian spin on Rice Krispie treats and was featured in our award-winning children's storytelling app Grandma's Great Gourd, based on @divakarunichitra Kirkus Reviews award-winning picture book, illustrated by @pilgrimwaters. Link in bio to our free downloadable grownups guide for PDF.

11/02/2018

Celebrating the 2 year anniversary of our award-winning children’s storytelling app on the AppStore and GooglePlay - Grandma’s Great Gourd is based on @divakarunichitra #picturebook and has been featured in USA Today. It has an interactive story, games, and videos about South Asia. Link in bio. #kids #edtech #globalcitizenshipeducation #appsforkids #diwalifun #multicultural #diversebooks #familyengagement #india #bengali #southasia #bookstagram #apptrailers

11/01/2018

As Diwali approaches, flashback to a very yummy recipe from @wannabeechef for puffed rice stars. It’s featured in the Explore section of our award-winning children’s storytelling app Grandma’s Great Gourd, adapted from @divakarunichitra picture book Grandma and the Great Gourd. ✨ #diwalisweets #recipes #mithai #kidscookingclass #tbt #mithai #ricekrispytreats #coconutlover #appsforkids

Congratulations and Wado (that is Cherokee for ‘thank you’) to @tracisorell for this beautiful picture book about gr...
09/21/2018

Congratulations and Wado (that is Cherokee for ‘thank you’) to @tracisorell for this beautiful picture book about gratitude (the Cherokee word for that is ‘Otsaliheliga’) that we have added to our family collection. We loved learning new Native words and seeing contemporary representations by @franelessac of Native people. #kidlit #cherokee #gratitude #diversebooks #library #bilingual #fridayfavorites

It was the voices of teachers like the ones featured in this amazing and chilling piece from @nytmag that inspired the g...
09/09/2018

It was the voices of teachers like the ones featured in this amazing and chilling piece from @nytmag that inspired the graphic novella about mass school shootings that I co-created this summer on @instagram in the voice of the fictional @williambutlerms . We think this story is the perfect companion piece to our story. #graphicnovel #schoolshooting #teacherlife #speculativefiction #sundayreading

Who truly benefits if we don’t reform gun laws? Our new graphic novella which we created this summer on @instagram at ...
09/05/2018

Who truly benefits if we don’t reform gun laws? Our new graphic novella which we created this summer on @instagram at @williambutlerms & just published on @Medium alongside the news & research that inspired it explores this question. Link in bio. #backtoschool #teacherlife #schoolshooting #gunsense #GraphicNovel #fiction #activism #wednesdaywisdom

Here is a page from one of our recent graphic novels created for a Literary Safari client - more sample pages at illustr...
08/16/2018

Here is a page from one of our recent graphic novels created for a Literary Safari client - more sample pages at illustrator @yellowtribalwolf feed. The author is someone pretty darn cool who writes award winning comics for adults and did this under a pen name.
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So you guys know I’ve finally finished my comic art with Benchmark Education! I had the nicest editors one of which are here @litsafari she rocks! They both were so helpful and great people! I worked with Josh Neufeld from SVA who actually wrote the story and script and he actually help get me the opportunity, and I’m very grateful, so I’ll be sharing with you all my favorite pages! It’s a fun story about Sewer Gators and kids investigating this urban legend!
#comics #graphicnovel #myart #freelance #inking #digitalart #photoshop #mangastudio #manga #drawing #art #panel #city #bronxinspired #albanianartist #kids #kidscomics #sewer #alligator #urbanlegend #urband #flaslight #cityscape #building #literarysafari #illustration

#Repost @williambutlerms with @get_repost — another installment of our graphic narrative series about #gunviolence wri...
08/15/2018

#Repost @williambutlerms with @get_repost — another installment of our graphic narrative series about #gunviolence written in the style of Instagram posts. Have you read it yet?
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... Drumroll please ... Our final All-School Read selection for 2018-2019 is a contemporary, coming of age novel that we think belongs in every middle school English Language Arts curriculum: THE SCHOOL ON MANGO STREET, by Cassandra Cisteros. Students will read and discuss this book in March as we approach the one year anniversary of the devastating shooting at our school during which we lost seven students. We will have trained bibliotherapists on hand to provide counseling and support to our student body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📚 In THE SCHOOL ON MANGO STREET, we meet Desperanza Moderno, a girl coming of age in a middle school plagued by bullying and violence, who uses her poems and stories to express her emotions about this conflict-ridden environment. 📚
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#butlerstrong #read #oneschoolonebook #readmore #readersworkshop #middlegrade #readersofinstagram #whatareyoureading #librariansofinstagram #librariesrock #bookstagram #bookcure #bookish #booksforchange #gonebutneverforgotten
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#dystopianfiction #speculativefiction #endgunviolence #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #teachersmatter #iteachtoo #teachertribe #storytelling #graphicnovel #webcomicseries #thehouseonmangostreet #sandracisneros #instacomics #literarysafari
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Illustrations by @nakulsrinivas | Created at @theyard

The theme of this week’s installments of our serial dystopian comic story on the subject of gun violence was novels. A...
08/04/2018

The theme of this week’s installments of our serial dystopian comic story on the subject of gun violence was novels. A piece by Richard Russo that we read last weekend in the The New York Times Books really resonated with us.’ This Bookface Friday post is about that. Yes, how could we not tackle this topic? You can read and follow our serial story written in the style of Instagram posts at ww.instagram.com/williambutlerms

#bookfacefriday #bookface #novelcure #bibliotherapie #storytellingforchange

This week over at our serial Orwellian comic @williambutlerms, we are exploring the role of literature and stories. What...
08/01/2018

This week over at our serial Orwellian comic @williambutlerms, we are exploring the role of literature and stories. What would a dystopian school who has experienced a mass school shooting pick as it’s All School Reads selections? We will be sharing a real list of recommended reads from diverse award winning #kidlit #middlegrade and #ya authors in the fall. Follow our story @williambutlerms to watch our story and resources unfold. #bookstagram #bookclub #wednesdaymorning #comics #education #dystopianfiction #kidlitmarchesforkids

Our serial dystopian comic on the subject of mass school shootings continues at @williambutlerms. This is the 3rd instal...
07/31/2018

Our serial dystopian comic on the subject of mass school shootings continues at @williambutlerms. This is the 3rd installment from last week’s episodes which look at the commodification of bullet proof school supplies for children. Our story is based on real research and news stories. #tuesdaymorning #education #orwellian #comiccon #comicseries #fiction #schoolshooting #teacherlife

#Repost @williambutlerms with @get_repost. This week we are looking at the commodification of body armor ... do follow o...
07/27/2018

#Repost @williambutlerms with @get_repost. This week we are looking at the commodification of body armor ... do follow our unfolding dystopian comic-style story on the subject of mass #schoolshooting
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Please note this new addition – a bulletproof backpack – to our 2018-2019 district K-8 School Supply List.
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Reviews for the backpack are all around outstanding. Here's one from a parent of a high school student: "When it comes to backpacks, utility is everything. This bulletproof backpack has the dual-purpose of storage and protection. In light of recent events, I feel a sense of comfort knowing my daughter carries this product with her throughout the school day." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#butlerstrong #school #backtoschoolshopping #backtoschoolwithheart #schoolsupplies #bookbag #bulletproofbackpack #safetyfirst #protectouryouth #selfprotection #armmewith #gonebutneverforgotten
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#dystopianfiction #speculativefiction #marchforourlives #endgunviolence #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #teaching #teachertribe #storytelling #onlineshopping #comics #webcomicseries #instacomics #literarysafari
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Illustrations by @nakulsrinivas | Created at @theyard

Mass school shootings are a difficult subject to grapple with. The realities and solutions we hear about in the #media a...
07/24/2018

Mass school shootings are a difficult subject to grapple with. The realities and solutions we hear about in the #media are chilling. This summer, our creative team, including two amazing interns from @brandeisuniversity and @middleburycollege, are exploring this subject through a serial #comicseries here on Instagram. Do follow our story @williambutlerms . New installments every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. #storytelling #tuesdaymorning #isthisamerica #armmewith #gunsense

#Repost @williambutlerms with @get_repost. This post continues the theme this week where we are looking at responses to ...
07/19/2018

#Repost @williambutlerms with @get_repost. This post continues the theme this week where we are looking at responses to mass school shootings. Our story is inspired by by real news stories.
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These sticks and stones will break your bones. But your bullets will never break us.
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A shout out to the WHGB PTA & Board of Ed for buying a Classroom Weapons Kit for each of our teachers! These boxes contain a set of consistent tools for teachers to use against an active shooter. Our old policy of simply turning off the lights, shutting the door and hiding is no longer enough. Now we have the option of fighting back. #notonemore #armmewith
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#butlerstrong #backtoschoolshopping #ad #classroomsupplies #teacherwishlist #donorschoose #parentteacher #teachersupplies #gokit #gobucket #activeintruder #schoolshooting
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#classroomsafety #SchoolSafety #firstresponders #teachertribe #teachersofinstagram #honorthemwithaction #gonebutneverforgotten
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#dystopianfiction #speculativefiction #marchforourlives #endgunviolence #storytelling #comics #webcomicseries #instacomics #literarysafari
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Illustrations by @nakulsrinivas | Created at @theyard

Anyone seen Who is America? Our dystopian serial story is inspired by research we have been doing about guns and school ...
07/18/2018

Anyone seen Who is America? Our dystopian serial story is inspired by research we have been doing about guns and school shootings. Truly, fact is stranger than fiction in the climate today. ⠀ ⠀
This week: our theme is advertisements for items on school’s PTA wishlist. Here is installment 1 of 3. Do follow us @williambutlerms
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#dystopianfiction #speculativefiction #marchforourlives #endgunviolence #storytelling #webcomicseries #advertisement #instacomics #literarysafari
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Illustrations by @nakulsrinivas | Created at @theyard

#Repost @williambutlerms, our dystopian serial fiction story on Instagram —> in a world where the responsibility is fa...
07/14/2018

#Repost @williambutlerms, our dystopian serial fiction story on Instagram —> in a world where the responsibility is falling on schools not lawmakers to prepare for the future, what does one school do after a shooting?
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Read and follow the unfolding story @williambutlerms #schoolsafety #marchforourlives #honorthemwithaction #futurereadyskills #comicseries #speculativefiction #dystopianfiction #weekendreads

#repost from @williambutlerms, our fictional serial story on Instagram with @get_repost・・・On this day of our ficti...
07/13/2018

#repost from @williambutlerms, our fictional serial story on Instagram with @get_repost
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On this day of our fictional Summer Teacher Training Institute, facilitator Ms. Taylor shared examples of how computational thinking can be used to address everyday social issues. This math problems she shared illustrates how the mathematical concept of exponential growth can help us understand the impact that acts of kindness can have on school communities.
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Read & follow the complete installment @williambutlerms
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#socialemotionallearning #realworldmath #exponentialgrowth #learneveryday #actofkindness #soccer #professionaldevelopment #mathteacher #teachertraining #summerinstitute #middleschoolteacher #teachersofinstagram #teachertribe #notonemore #honorthemwithaction #schoolsafety #gonebutneverforgotten
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#dystopianfiction #storytelling #comics #fiction #webcomicseries #instacomics #literarysafari
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Illustrations: @nakulsrinivas | Created at @theyard

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