Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews to Aram Kim

Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Aram Kim (author and illustrator of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of 2018  NO KIMCHI FOR ME.) They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like meeting Cici and growing her electric story seed about Queens’ new neighborhood superhero, Electric Kitty, on Episode 4 “Heroes and Queens.” They also talk about the significance of Queens in Aram and Cici's story–the most diverse borough in NYC and neighborhood in the country. On this bonus episode, Aram also shares her research process, writing tips for kids and grownups, and shares why getting through the first draft in one sitting can be really valuable. You'll also hear about how she got started in her career and pursued her passion of making art. Books and Media mentioned in this episode: Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, Blackout by John Rocco, Cat on the Bus by Aram Kim. Comic Books: Superman.Call to ActionKids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline at 646-389-5153, email us at storyseeds@literarysafari.com, or visit our website to submit your story ideas. You can also join The Story Seeds Society, our kids listeners club.  Grownups: Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com for subscription links and to sign up for our newsletter. You can also follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod, on Twitter @litsafarimedia, and on Facebook @literarysafari. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Show credits: Matt Boynton and Ania Grzesik of Ultraviolet Audio for the sound mixing, design, and score of our bonus episode. Theme music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. And, our host is Betsy Bird. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com

Stories for Kids
Published: April 23, 2020, noon

Heroes and Queens

This week’s Story Seeds collaboration brings together 7 year old creative rockstar Cici and Aram Kim, Elmhurst Queens-based Korean-American author and illustrator of Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book of 2018 "No Kimchi for Me." Aram  Kim helps Cici grow this story seed about:Electric Kitty, a superhero who floats on blasts of light and fights evil electric things that try to take her superpowers.Follow along on an electrifying Story Seeds adventure with our host Betsy Bird as she introduces listeners to the genre of superhero stories, and as Aram Kim:  Visits Cici’s home in Jackson Heights, Queens to meet her cat Nola, the inspiration behind Electric KittyHelps Cici develop Electric Kitty's character and superhero origin story using the 5Ws of storytellingInvites Cici to design and illustrate  Electric Kitty’s boots-a-blazin' lookChronicles her own creative process and creates a tale about Electric Kitty’s face off with a menacing wind monster who wraps their Queens neighborhood in darknessThe episode concludes with a storytime segment (16:29) where Aram, reads the original story she grew from Cici’s story seed: "Adventures of Electric Kitty: The Blackout."Books and media mentioned in this episode: Cat on the Bus, No Kimchi for Me, and Let's Go to Taekwondo by Aram Kim. Songs: "There's a Platypus Controlling Me” - Phineas and Ferb. Comic Books: Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Black Panther.Calls to ActionBonus Episode: Check back next week to hear Betsy's interview with Aram. You'll get to go behind the scenes and hear how Aram got her start as a writer.Kids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline at 646-389-5153, email us at storyseeds@literarysafari.com, or visit our website to submit your story ideas. You can also join The Story Seeds Society, our kids listeners club.  Grownups: Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com for subscription links and to sign up for our newsletter. You can also follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod, on Twitter @litsafarimedia, and on Facebook @literarysafari. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Show creditsProduced and written by Sandhya Nankani and Anjali Sakhrani. Kayla Fedeson is our Associate Producer. Scoring, mixing, and sound design by Ania Grzesik and Matt Boynton of Ultraviolet Audio. Field audio recorded by James Boo. Hosted by Betsy Bird. Music by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com

Stories for Kids
Published: April 16, 2020, noon

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Chris Grabenstein

Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Chris Grabenstein (author of The New York Times best-selling Mr. Lemoncello's Library series). They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like growing Jasper’s giant story seed about Zeta Zingone, the 74 foot tall boy detective on Episode 3, “The View From the Top.” On this bonus episode, Chris shares tips and exercises on getting your imagination unstuck. He also talks to Betsy about his writing career: starting from the school newspaper, to his jobs in advertising creating commercials for Burger King with his buddy (and boss at the time) James Patterson, to finally becoming the best-selling author of books for kids. Books and Media mentioned in this episode:Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series by Chris GrabensteinDonna Cody: A Tall Tale by Jeanie MurphySwamp Angel by Anne IsaacsGulliver’s Travels by Jonathan SwiftThe John Ceepak Mysteries series by Chris GrabensteinThe Island of Dr. Libris by Chris GrabensteinDinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lesardo by William JoyceEncyclopedia Brown by Donald J. SobolWelcome to Wonderland by Anson SeabraI Funny series by James Patterson and Chris GrabensteinTreasure Hunters series by James Patterson, with Chris Grabenstein & Mark ShulmanJackie Ha-Ha by James Patterson & Chris GrabensteinHouse of Robot series by by James Patterson & Chris GrabensteinShine by JJ Grabenstein & Chris GrabensteinCall to ActionKids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline at 646-389-5153, email us at storyseeds@literarysafari.com, or visit our website to submit your story ideas. You can also join The Story Seeds Society, our kids listeners club.  Grownups: Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com for subscription links and to sign up for our newsletter. You can also follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod, on Twitter @litsafarimedia, and on Facebook @literarysafari. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Show credits: Matt Boynton and Ania Grzesik of Ultraviolet Audio for the sound mixing, design, and score of our bonus episode. Theme music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. And, our host is Betsy Bird. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com

Stories for Kids
Published: April 9, 2020, 4 a.m.

The View From The Top

This week’s Story Seeds collaboration follows the one and only Chris Grabenstein, author of the NYTimes best-selling Mr. Lemoncello's Library series, and creative rockstar Jasper! Chris Grabenstein helps Jasper grow this idea:A story about a 74 foot tall mystery solver.Follow this special Story Seeds adventure with host Betsy Bird as: Chris invites Jasper over to his NYC apartment to chat about his giant story seed which is about a 12 year old boy detective named Zeta Zingone who is 74 feet tallThey talk about how to root even the wackiest and wildest storytelling ideas in  logic and factsThey get a view from Chris' rooftop deck and imagine what it’s like to be 74 feet tallThe episode concludes with this week’s storytime segment (15:55) where Chris reads the story he grew from Jasper’s story seed: The World’s Biggest Detective.Last but not least, this episode was recorded when Jasper was 12 years old. He is now 13, a proud teenager. Books mentioned in this episode: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein. Tall Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind.  Calls to ActionBonus Episode: Check back next week to hear Betsy's interview with Chris Grabenstein. He talks about getting his start by writing for the school newspaper and shares tips on how to write a great mystery.Kids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline at 646-389-5153, email us at storyseeds@literarysafari.com, or visit our website to submit your story ideas. You can also join The Story Seeds Society, our kids listeners club.  Grownups: Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com for subscription links and to sign up for our newsletter. You can also follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod, on Twitter @litsafarimedia, and on Facebook @literarysafari. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Show creditsProduced and written by Sandhya Nankani and Anjali Sakhrani. Kayla Fedeson is our Associate Producer. Scoring, mixing, and sound design by Ania Grzesik and Matt Boynton of Ultraviolet Audio. Field audio recorded by Nathan Miller. Hosted by Betsy Bird. Music by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com

Stories for Kids
Published: April 2, 2020, 4 a.m.

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Veera Hiranandani

Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Veera Hiranandani (author of the Newbery Honor-winning book THE NIGHT DIARY). They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like to grow 10 year old Willa’s story seed into the short story "Under the Maple Tree" for Episode 2 “From Homeschool to Public School."In this bonus episode, Veera also shares writing tips, including the importance of drawing inspiration from your own experiences and naming your characters. Plus, she talks about her writing life and tells us the cool story of her journey to becoming a published children's book author. Books and Media mentioned in this episode: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Dora the Explorer. Spongebob Squarepants. Blue's Clues. Call to ActionKids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your story ideas at 646-389-5153. You can also call to tell us your ideas for how to continue the story for a chance to be featured on the show. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com to sign up for our newsletter. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com.Show credits:  Matt Boynton and Ania Grzesik of Ultraviolet Audio for the sound mixing, design, and score of our bonus episode. Theme music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. And, our host is Betsy Bird. 

Stories for Kids
Published: March 26, 2020, 4 a.m.

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Talks to Veera Hiranandani

Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Veera Hiranandani (author of the Newbery Honor-winning book THE NIGHT DIARY). They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like to grow 10 year old Willa’s story seed into the short story "Under the Maple Tree" for Episode 2 “From Homeschool to Public School."In this bonus episode, Veera also shares writing tips, including the importance of drawing inspiration from your own experiences and naming your characters. Plus, she talks about her writing life and tells us the cool story of her journey to becoming a published children's book author. Books and Media mentioned in this episode: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Dora the Explorer. Spongebob Squarepants. Blue's Clues. Call to ActionKids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your story ideas at 646-389-5153. You can also call to tell us your ideas for how to continue the story for a chance to be featured on the show. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com to sign up for our newsletter. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com.Show credits:  Matt Boynton and Ania Grzesik of Ultraviolet Audio for the sound mixing, design, and score of our bonus episode. Theme music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. And, our host is Betsy Bird. 

Stories for Kids
Published: March 26, 2020, 4 a.m.

From Home School to Public School

This week’s Story Seeds collaboration follows Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor winning novel The Night Diary, and 10 year old creative rockstar Willa! Veera Hiranandani helps Willa grow this story seed about:A girl and her mom live in the middle of the woods in a small cottage. She's never gone to school but she's learned all her school subjects through her surroundings. Suddenly, they were beginning to lose money, so her mom decides that she needs to get a job, and her daughter needs to go to a real school. This is a huge change for her, and she has to find a way to fit in in her new school.Follow Veera and Willa's Story Seeds adventure with host Betsy Bird as they: Meet in person and go on a tour of Willa’s school, The Blue School, in downtown New York CityBrainstorm ideas for Willa’s story seed and compare notes about their school experiencesChat about the importance of names and what it feels like to be a fish out of waterHash out the inciting incidentThe episode concludes with this week’s storytime segment (13:00) where our featured author, Veera Hiranandani, reads the story she grew from Willa’s story seed: Under the Maple TreeCalls to ActionBonus Episode: Check back next week to hear Betsy's interview with Veera Hiranandani. You’ll  get to hear about how she made her start as a writer and her secret connection to Dora the Explorer!Kids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your story ideas at 646-389-5153. You can also call us and share your ideas for how you would continue the story for a chance to be featured on Story Seeds. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com for subscription links, to join our newsletter, and to sign up for The Story Seeds Society, our kids listeners club. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com.This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Books mentioned in this episode: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.  Music by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMTShow credits: Produced and written by Sandhya Nankani and Anjali Sakhrani. Kayla Fedeson is our Associate Producer. Scoring, mixing, and sound design is by Ania Grzesik and Matt Boynton of Ultraviolet Audio. Field audio was recorded by Julia Botero. Our host is Betsy Bird. 

Stories for Kids
Published: March 19, 2020, 4 a.m.

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Dan Gutman

Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Dan Gutman (best-selling author of the My Weird School series). They  go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like growing 11 year old Hannah’s story seed in Episode 1 “The Magic Seed.” In this special bonus episode, Dan also tells us the story of how he became a published author, gives us a peek into his writing process, and shares a few writing tips for young writers! Books mentioned in this episode: My Weird School series and  My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman.  Call to ActionKids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your story ideas at 646-389-5153. You can also call to tell us your ideas for how to continue the story for a chance to be featured on the show. Imagination Lab: Download our e-zine for this episode which includes 7 pages of activities including writing prompts, tips that Dan uses himself, an interview with a seed scientist from Columbia University, hands-on #STEAM experiments, and MORE!This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com to sign up for our newsletter. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari.Show credits: Matt Boynton and Ania Grzesik of Ultraviolet Audio for the sound mixing, design, and score of our bonus episode. Theme music is composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. And, our host is Betsy Bird. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com

Stories for Kids
Published: March 12, 2020, 6:49 p.m.

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Talks to Dan Gutman

Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Dan Gutman (best-selling author of the My Weird School series). They  go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like growing 11 year old Hannah’s story seed in Episode 1 “The Magic Seed.” In this special bonus episode, Dan also tells us the story of how he became a published author, gives us a peek into his writing process, and shares a few writing tips for young writers! Books mentioned in this episode: My Weird School series and  My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman.  Call to ActionKids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your story ideas at 646-389-5153. You can also call to tell us your ideas for how to continue the story for a chance to be featured on the show. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com to sign up for our newsletter. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com.Show credits: This episode was produced by Sandhya Nankani and Anjali Sakhrani. Kayla Fedeson is our Associate Producer. Scoring, mixing, and sound design is by Ania Grzesik and Matt Boynton of Ultraviolet Audio. Music by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT. And, our host is Betsy Bird.

Stories for Kids
Published: March 12, 2020, 6:49 p.m.

Coronavirus PSA: How to Fight the New Bad Guy in Town by Jason Reynolds

There's a new bad guy in town and his name is COVID-19, AKA, the novel Coronavirus.  Although Coronavirus has already made many, many people around the world really sick, you don't have to feel helpless.  Information is power. On this special PSA for The Story Seeds Podcast, Jason Reynolds, National Book Award finalist and the 2020 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, inspires us to be everyday superheroes in the fight to stop the spread of Coronavirus. He shares eight simple things kids (and their grownups) can do to fight germs everyday ... plus a recipe for home-made hand sanitizer. We recommend these additional resources for families & schoolsThe Coronavirus Outbreak: What Parents Should Know (UNICEF)Just for Kids:  A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR) Coronavirus Explained! (for kids) (Dr. Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl)Illustrated free printables for handwashing to the tune of "Frere Jacques" (by cartoonist Lucy Kinsley)How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS for Parents)Answering Kids' Questions about Coronavirus (Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, also available in Spanish) Media mentioned in this episode: Books: Ghost, Look Both Ways, and Stamped by Jason Reynolds and the Harry Potter series by JK RowlingTV & Film: Frozen, The Avengers: Infinity WarAbout The Story Seeds Podcast Our podcast celebrates creativity and storytelling by putting kids and their imaginations at the same table with their favorite authors who grow their ideas into original stories. Subscribe to listen to Season One which runs from March 5-July 16, 2020 and features 10 author-kid collaborations and 10 behind the scenes author interviews with our host Betsy Bird.  Jason Reynolds will appear later this season along with the original story, Hoo and Wut, that he has grown from 12 year old Irthan's story seed. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com to sign up for our newsletter. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com.Show credits: Produced and written by Sandhya Nankani and Anjali Sakhrani. Scoring, mixing, and sound design is by Ania Grzesik and Matt Boynton of Ultraviolet Audio. Narrated by Jason Reynolds. Music by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT

Stories for Kids
Published: March 9, 2020, 1:38 a.m.

The Magic Seed

The Story Seeds Podcast kicks off Season One with a collaboration between our 11 year old creative rockstar Hannah and  Dan Gutman, best-selling author of the My Weird School series! On this episode, Dan Gutman helps Hannah grow her story seed:A girl and boy find a magic seed that grows into a plant that sparks whatever they want on command. They wish for small things. They're not greedy. One day, an evil person steals the plant and uses it for bad things. The girl and the boy learn that there's a twin seed that stops the evil from spreading. They have to travel all over to find the seed.Follow Dan and Hannah's Story Seeds adventure with our host Betsy Bird as they: Meet up in person and take a field trip to Dear Mama Coffee on the Columbia University science campus (Jerome L. Greene Science Center) in New York CityDrink yummy hot chocolateBrain dump their writing ideas (should the story be set in Alaska?) on index cardsMeet a money tree named Jude.The episode concludes with a storytime segment (14:26) where our featured author reads  the story they grew together: The Magic Seed!Calls to ActionBonus Episode: Check back next week to hear Betsy's interview with Dan Gutman. You’ll hear more about how he decided to become an author and get a few Dan-approved writing tips. Who knows? You could become really famous if you use them :) Imagination Lab: Download our e-zine for this episode which includes 7 pages of activities including writing prompts, tips that Dan uses himself, an interview with a seed scientist from Columbia University, hands-on #STEAM experiments, and MORE!Kids: How would you continue "The Magic Seed?"  Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your ideas at 646-389-5153 and let us know. You can also leave us a message with your own story seed (idea)  for a chance to be featured on a future episode. Grownups: Join our mailing list at www.storyseedspodcast.com for news and updates. You can also follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod, on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a creation and production of Literary Safari www.literarysafari.com.This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here.Books mentioned in this episode: My Weird School series, The Kid Who Ran For President, My Weird Writing Tips, and Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman. Show credits: Produced and written by Sandhya Nankani and Anjali Sakhrani. Kayla Fedeson is our Associate Producer. Scoring, mixing, and sound design is by Ania Grzesik and Matt Boynton of Ultraviolet Audio. Our field audio was recorded by James Boo. And thank you to our very special child handler, Amrita!Love our theme song? We do too! It's by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT.

Stories for Kids
Published: March 5, 2020, 5 a.m.

Introducing The Story Seeds Podcast!

Kids are creative rockstars! Introducing The Story Seeds™ Podcast, where we match kids and their story ideas with beloved authors who grow their story seeds into original, short stories! Follow along on each episode as children ages 6-12 and authors go on inspiring field trips in NYC to grow their story ideas (ahem, seeds!) through conversation and collaboration. Hosted by kidlit maven and librarian Betsy Bird, this season, you’ll hear 10 never-before heard stories written by your favorite authors, including Jason Reynolds, Dan Gutman, Carlos Hernandez, Aram Kim, Chris Grabenstein, and more. Music by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT. Kids: Call The Story Seeds Hotline with your story ideas at 646-389-5153. This episode is also available on YouTube. Subscribe here. Visit www.storyseedspodcast.com for subscription links, to join our newsletter, and to sign up for The Story Seeds Society, our kids listeners club. And grownups, follow us on Instagram @storyseedspod and on Twitter @litsafarimedia and on Facebook @literarysafari. The Story Seeds Podcast is a Literary Safari Production www.literarysafari.com.Books mentioned in this episode: Cat on the Bus  & No Kimchi for Me by Aram Kim, My Weird School series by Dan Gutman, and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series by Chris Grabenstein

Stories for Kids
Published: Feb. 18, 2020, 9:59 p.m.

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