Literary Safari

Literary Safari An award-winning studio that 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.

04/21/2020

What's the secret of creating an electric story? Grab your key ingredients: oodles of imagination and one big creative idea (like Cici, age 7)! Sprinkle in some good 5W questions (like our author-illustrator Aram Kim @aramkimart). Stir together with empathy, deep listening, and smiles. Voila: The Adventures of Electric Kitty!
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Listen on Episode 5 of The Story Seeds Podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotfy, iHeartRadio, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Pocketcasts, YouTube, and whereveer else you listen (links in bio)
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Thanks Today Parents (@todayparents) for shouting us out and for including us on your round up of #homeschooling resourc...
04/20/2020

Thanks Today Parents (@todayparents) for shouting us out and for including us on your round up of #homeschooling resources. Check out the link in bio for a ton of ideas and resources including #quarantine schedule templates, virtual PE classes with @thebodycoach, storytimes from @imaginationlibrary, current events with @arishapiro, and of course podcasts 🙌 It's a great reference to have handy, and is also frequently being updated with new things to check out.
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It's #caturday so why not listen to a #cat tale 😹 on The Story Seeds Podcast. Introducing .... Electric Kitty, a new #ny...
04/18/2020

It's #caturday so why not listen to a #cat tale 😹 on The Story Seeds Podcast. Introducing .... Electric Kitty, a new #nycstrong superhero by 7 year old Cici and Aram Kim (@aramkimart) (author of NO KIMCHI FOR ME, Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of 2018.) Listen now on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite shows (links in bio) 👆

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#tb to last Saturday when Apple shouted out our new podcast. Sweet to be in the company of Girl Tales and Nickelodeon! #...
04/18/2020

#tb to last Saturday when Apple shouted out our new podcast. Sweet to be in the company of Girl Tales and Nickelodeon! #stories #kids #weekend #podcasts

Keep the kids entertained with these family-friendly podcasts full of stories and adventures: apple.co/Stories-And-Adventures

This is Kiki a deli cat, and the the alter ego of Electric Kitty who appears on Episode 4 of The Story Seeds Podcast. Sh...
04/17/2020

This is Kiki a deli cat, and the the alter ego of Electric Kitty who appears on Episode 4 of The Story Seeds Podcast. She lives in a #Queens deli owned by Sally's grandpa. Bodega, deli, & grocery workers: We thank you on #frontlinefriday. You are the fabric of #nyc
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04/16/2020
New Episode Drop: Heroes and Queens

⚡️New episode Thursday⚡️This week’s episode brings together seven year old Cici and Aram Kim (@aramkimart) (author and illustrator of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of 2018 NO KIMCHI FOR ME). Both call #Queens, NYC home which is where they met and collaborated to grow Cici's story seed about a new neighborhood superhero: Electric Kitty! 💥😺
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We would like to dedicate this episode to the resilience of Queens, which is one of the most diverse places on earth and which is at the tragic epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC.
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Join host Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8) on Aram and Cici's Story Seeds adventure and make sure you listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite podcasts including Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. (links in bio)
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04/16/2020

⚡️New episode Thursday⚡️This week’s episode brings together seven year old Cici and Aram Kim (@aramkimart) (author and illustrator of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of 2018 NO KIMCHI FOR ME). Both call #Queens, NYC home which is where they met and collaborated to grow Cici's story seed about a new neighborhood superhero: Electric Kitty! 💥😺
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We would like to dedicate this episode to the resilience of Queens, which is one of the most diverse places on earth and which is at the tragic epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC.
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Join host Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8) on Aram and Cici's Story Seeds adventure and make sure you listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite podcasts including Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. (links in bio)
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💥😺 Incoming: we're growing a new story seed this week and it's by our youngest creative rockstar, Cici, age 7. Cici live...
04/15/2020

💥😺 Incoming: we're growing a new story seed this week and it's by our youngest creative rockstar, Cici, age 7. Cici lives in #JacksonHeights, Queens, her superpower is curiosity, and she got to collaborate with Aram Kim (author and illustrator of Bank Street's Best Children's Book of 2018 NO KIMCHI FOR ME) on her story seed about a new neighborhood superhero: Electric Kitty.
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Listen tomorrow as the two Queens residents (Aram Kim is from #Elmhurst) honor the strength and community of their diverse neighborhood at a time when it is coping with being the epicenter of the #coronavirus in the US. Here's to Electric Kitty's light shining through the darkness. ⚡️
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Tune in on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows, like Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Deezer, Stitcher, Radio Public, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, and also YouTube! (links in bio)
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Our first virtual Story Seeds recording session 🕺 Here we have, Amalia, a 12 year old girl who lives in New Jersey and a...
04/14/2020

Our first virtual Story Seeds recording session 🕺 Here we have, Amalia, a 12 year old girl who lives in New Jersey and an author who also lives in the Garden State, Tracey Baptiste. We usually plan field trips for our kids and authors, to meet in person. But since we can't do that right now, here's a glimpse of our quarantine collaboration.
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Whether you are a kid or a grownup, a creative rockstar or a published author, right now we are all #ShelteringInPlace and staying home to do our part to fight the spread of #COVID-19. #comingsoon #NJStrong
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Thanks to Wired Magazine WIRED for including us in its roundup of "The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Sheltering at Home." ⠀⠀⠀⠀...
04/13/2020

Thanks to Wired Magazine WIRED for including us in its roundup of "The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Sheltering at Home."
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We so agree with the editors of WIRED who see the value of podcasts as a valuable form of entertainment during this time of #shelterinplace. They write:
"Before you turn on the screens though, consider a less controversial form of entertainment: good old-fashioned radio, aka podcasts. If you're a podcast listener yourself, you might be thinking that spoken audio will never entertain your kids. But the best kids' podcasts are more than people just talking—they're more like radio plays, incorporating music, sound effects, and multiple voices to tell absorbing stories your kids will love."
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And thank you 😊 to Scott Gilbertson, WIRED product reviewer who specializes in portable technology, who describes our show "as a bit different than other kids podcasts ... rather than a story, it is a meta-view of how to create a story."
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04/11/2020

🔈We heard from a dad in NYC whose family has started a Saturday Story Seeds Podcast Listening Club. We like that idea very much! Choose imagination as your family's lifeline and anchor yourself in stories as you #shelterinplace this weekend. We have seven episodes for you to catch up on, including original stories grown from children's story ideas by Dan Gutman, Veera Hiranandani, and Chris Grabenstein. If you're inspired by what you hear, do leave us a review at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadiio, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, or wherever you listen to our show, or drop us an email (link in bio). PS: We recommend getting cozy and gathering around to listen to our podcast with some homemade s'mores. #campfire
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We have a new bonus episode in our feed! Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8) and Chris Grabenstein (@cgrabber1955) chat about grow...
04/10/2020

We have a new bonus episode in our feed! Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8) and Chris Grabenstein (@cgrabber1955) chat about growing Jasper’s giant story seed in last week's episode "The View from the Top." Chris also talks about how he became the best-selling author of multiple award-winning page-turners for kids, including the very funny Mr. Lemoncello's Library series. And finally, it wouldn't be a bonus episode without getting writing tips, like this one! 👆Chris has a few up his sleeve so make sure you listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
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We have a new bonus episode in our feed! Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8) and Chris Grabenstein (@cgrabber1955) chat about grow...
04/10/2020

We have a new bonus episode in our feed! Betsy Bird (@fusenumber8) and Chris Grabenstein (@cgrabber1955) chat about growing Jasper’s giant story seed in last week's episode "The View from the Top." Chris also talks about how he became the best-selling author of multiple award-winning page-turners for kids, including the very funny Mr. Lemoncello's Library series. And finally, it wouldn't be a bonus episode without getting writing tips, like this one! 👆Chris has a few up his sleeve so make sure you listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
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04/09/2020

"Well, I was really excited when I first heard about story seeds. I wish something like that had been around when I was 10, 11, 12 years old cause I had a lot of ideas, but I wish I had some help making them grow. I do a lot of book tours and go to a lot of schools and talk to a lot of kids. I'm always meeting kids who are bursting with ideas. And this is a great way for them to channel that energy and really end up with a story at the end." –Chris Grabenstein (@cgrabber1955) on why he wanted to be on Story Seeds.

Face-to-face collaboration is the heart of The Story Seeds Podcast. Thank you to Chris for inviting us to his #UWS apartment 🙏
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Check out Chris' interview with Betsy (@fusenumber8) in our newest bonus episode. Chris talks about growing Jasper’s giant story seed and also shares writing tips and imagination improv exercises! And if you haven't already, do catch up on Episode 3 “The View from the Top.” Streaming wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!
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Is the young creative rockstar in your life a member of our Story Seeds Society already? Then keep your eyes peeled for ...
04/08/2020

Is the young creative rockstar in your life a member of our Story Seeds Society already? Then keep your eyes peeled for something special to arrive in your mailbox over the coming weeks! While in #quarantine, we are preparing a batch of letters to go out to members of our kids club ages 6-12 (or thereabouts!). And, if you know some parents or teachers whose kids would love to be members, tag them here. You can also visit our website (link in bio) to join! Members of The Story Seeds Society receive snail mail surprises that include fun writing prompts and tips, early access to our forthcoming Imagination Lab downloadables for each episode, and chances to win giveaways. #snailmail #penpals #snailmailrevolution #outgoing #outgoingmail #snailmaillove#sendmoremail#writemoreletters#snailmailrevival#happymail #covidparenting #inspirationforisolation #quarantinemail #creativekids #homeschooling #homeschoolinUK #kidsathome #letterwritingmonth
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04/08/2020
Chris Grabenstein

There's this really nice shoutout to The Story Seeds Podcast on Author Chris Grabenstein's Build a Story Workshop on FB Live. Thanks, Chris! If you haven't caught it already, Chris's workshops are like having an author visit in your living room. Really fun and funny too.

#TB to two weeks ago when our team did a happy dance 💃 upon hearing that Apple Podcasts shouted out The Story Seeds Podc...
04/07/2020

#TB to two weeks ago when our team did a happy dance 💃 upon hearing that Apple Podcasts shouted out The Story Seeds Podcast as a featured "New and Noteworthy" podcast. New and Noteworty is a front-and-center spot that Apple Podcasts & iTunes uses to promote “compelling, new, or unusual content” across all podcast categories. In fact, we are the only kids and family show in that category right now. You can also find us in the the Apple curated "Shows for Kids" ages 8-12 category alongside some other podcasts we heart such as @testkitchenkids @dreambigpodcast @mollyofdenali @rebelgirls @sixminutespodcast and @thecasagrandes! "When you're fresh out of stories, games, and make-believe, try these podcasts. Full of fun, engaging ideas, these shows can become your kids' downtime companions, study buddies, co-detectives, and debate partners," writes Apple. #newandnoteworthy #kidspodcasts #storiesforkids #screenfree #familytime #screenfreekids
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Have you listened to Episode 3 yet? Chris Grabenstein Chris Grabenstein hilariously grew Jasper's story seed about a 74 ...
04/06/2020

Have you listened to Episode 3 yet? Chris Grabenstein Chris Grabenstein hilariously grew Jasper's story seed about a 74 ft tall boy detective named Zeta and it got our imaginations spinning. Here's a drawing from our1 10 year old Story Seeds Child Handler, Amrita, of Zeta towering over NYC's skyline 🌃
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Kids: How do you picture Zeta? We want to see your drawings too. Whether you see him as an expert at social distancing (🙋‍♀️) or as a giant Sherlock Holmes (🕵️), draw a picture of your favorite moment from THE WORLD'S BIGGEST DETECTIVE and share it with us right here on Instagram or you can also email us at [email protected]

Pono - a shoutout to you for the incredible imaginations you foster in all your students everyday. We loved working with your students at our Story Seeds workshop and with Jasper on growing his storyseed.
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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.

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.

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