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The Story Seeds Podcast

Literary Safari

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The Story Seeds Podcast

The Story Seeds Podcast

Literary Safari

4
Followers
12
Plays
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The Story Seeds Podcast celebrates creativity and imagination! Our launch has been welcomed by Apple Podcasts who featured us in their "New and Noteworthy" category, by Book Riot who praises us as "one of 10 best literary podcasts for stress relief and for distancing from the news," and by Wired who included us in their roundup of "Best Kids' Podcasts for Sheltering at Home." 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! Listeners get to sit in on their brainstorming conversation, then follow the author as they chronicle their creative and writing process. Each episode ends with a story time read aloud by the author! Our show is hosted by Betsy Bird, and our theme song and music are composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT. This podcast is a Literary Safari Production!

Latest Episodes

A Worm's Worth with Jason Reynolds

On this week’s episode, 12 year old Brooklynite, Irthan joins forces with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, to grow his story seed about an earthworm that turns into a human every 28 days, on the night of a full moon. Join Irthan and Jason as they meet up at the Youth Wing of the central branch of Brooklyn Public Library where they get to know each other and plant the seeds for their collaboration. Then, sit back and listen to the lyrical and timely short story, "Hoo and Wut," that Jason grew out of Irthan’s idea. Before You Listen: You should know that Jason and Irthan talk about police violence during their meeting (15:10). If you haven't already talked to your child about this subject, they may have some questions for you after hearing this episode.

39 MIN4 d ago
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A Worm's Worth with Jason Reynolds

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Bil Lepp

On this bonus episode, host Betsy Bird chats with Bil Lepp (five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Competition and author of the 2014 PEN award-winning picture book, THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS) about his collaboration with 11 year old Keshav in last week’s episode, “Look Before You Eat.” They talk about the ins and outs of performing as a professional storyteller, his former life as a pastor, and Bil shares a handful of neat tips for telling a good story, both out loud and on paper.

38 MIN1 w ago
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Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Bil Lepp

Look Before You Eat! with Bil Lepp

We've got a delicious story seed on deck for this week's episode as 11 year old Keshav collaborates with author and professional storyteller Bil Lepp (he's a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Competition and author of the 2014 PEN award-winning picture book, THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS). Together, they stir up an inspired cast of characters —three animals and a big bad wolf!—mix in some sweet treats and a few red hot chili peppers and give us a fractured fairytale titled "Not by the Hare in My Chili Pepper Den!" Join host Betsy Bird as she follows Keshav and Bil on their field trip to Jacques Torres Chocolates, one of NYC’s finest chocolate shops, where they spend a morning “researching” chocolates and chilis, getting to know each other, and growing Keshav's treat of a story idea.

29 MIN2 w ago
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Look Before You Eat! with Bil Lepp

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Susan Muaddi Darraj

On this bonus episode, host Betsy Bird chats with Susan Muaddi Darraj (author of the debut middle grade series Farah Rocks) about her collaboration on a mystery story seed with 12 year old Sulaf in last week’s episode, “A Girl Who Looks Like Me.” They talk about why representing Arab-American girls like Sulaf matters in children's books and about being inspired by the works of Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe. Plus, Susan shares her tip for getting through writer’s block—reading! *Spoiler Alert* Susan also reveals who’s behind the disappearing objects in her story, "Mystery at the Theatre."

22 MIN3 w ago
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Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Susan Muaddi Darraj

A Girl Who Looks Like Me with Susan Muaddi Darraj

On this week’s episode, we bring you a whodunnit shaped story seed! 12 year old Sulaf collaborates with author Susan Muaddi Darraj (author of the debut middle grade series FARAH ROCKS) on a story starring a young Arab-American girl, who looks like Sulaf, and who finds herself at the center of a mystery at the theatre where she works. Join our host Betsy Bird as she follows Sulaf and Susan on their all-access backstage tour of the Riverside Theatre at the landmark Riverside Church in NYC where they discover all its nooks and crannies that can inspire a mystery story. They also talk about their great love of Agatha Christie mysteries and how meaningful it is— as Arab Americans—to read a story about a character that you can relate to and that looks like you.

31 MINJUN 11
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A Girl Who Looks Like Me with Susan Muaddi Darraj

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Tracey Baptiste

On our bonus author interview episode, host Betsy Bird is back and chats with Tracey Baptiste about her quarantine virtual collaboration with 12 year old Amalia on the story "Joy’s Challenge." They also talk about Tracey and Amalia’s common Trinidadian-New Jersey connection, and how to find ways to stay inspired while at home during the pandemic. Plus: Tracey, author of the New York Times best-selling MINECRAFT: THE CRASH and THE JUMBIES adventure series, shares a few trusty writing tips and a personal creativity hack!

28 MINJUN 4
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Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Tracey Baptiste

Barking up the Right Tree with Tracey Baptiste

Things are a little different this week. On this special quarantine episode of our podcast, Story Seeds creator, Sandhya Nankani, sits in for our regular host Betsy Bird to facilitate a virtual field trip between creative rockstar Amalia (age 12) and New York Times best-selling author, Tracey Baptiste. Listen along to their video chat collaboration as Tracey helps Amalia grow a story seed about an athletic girl named Joy and her magical relationship with the oak tree in her backyard. Then, sit back for story-time as Tracey reads aloud "Joy's Challenge," the original story she wrote, inspired by their conversation. Like most people who have had to shelter in place or socially distance this spring to stop the spread of COVID-19, Amalia and Tracey, though homebound, show us that creativity can continue to bloom, even while in quarantine—and that collaboration can be successful, whether it is in-person or virtually!

30 MINMAY 28
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Barking up the Right Tree with Tracey Baptiste

It's Our Theme Song. Come Sing Along!

We love our theme song and are putting it up in full as a special bonus episode for your listening pleasure! Written and composed by Andrew VanWyngarden, the Grammy-nominated co-founder of indie rock band MGMT, our theme song perfectly sums up what our podcast is all about: kids raising their voices, being seen through the ideas they dream up, and shaping their tenacity with a little help from their favorite storytellers! So, sing along with us: "on Story Seeds, you’re in control of your destiny, adventures you design, where your dreams can grow, a little more each time ..."

1 MINMAY 23
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It's Our Theme Song. Come Sing Along!

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Carlos Hernandez

On this bonus episode, host Betsy Bird chats with Carlos Hernandez, (author of the Rick Riordan Presents SAL AND GABI series) about his Story Seeds collaboration with twin sisters Siri and Zarana on the story "Citaria's Paintbrush." They also talk about the power of imagination in a world of screentime, how his work as a game designer and his love of gaming influences his fiction writing, how he met his wife Claire (through collaboration!), and the power of doodling.

23 MINMAY 21
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Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Carlos Hernandez

The Paintbrush of Doom with Carlos Hernandez

On this week’s episode, Carlos Hernandez, author of Rick Riordan Presents' SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE (a Kirkus Best Book of 2019 and the 2020 Pura Belpré Author Award ) is matched with not one, but two creative rockstars: 10 year old twins Siri and Zarana! The twins, who love to write and paint, bring along twice the imagination to create a story seed about a magic paintbrush that makes whatever you paint, real! Maybe too real! Join host Betsy Bird as she follows Carlos and the twins to the Children’s Museum of the Arts in NYC where they collaborate on growing their story idea while making some 3D art of their own. Then sit back for storytime as Carlos narrates the story he wrote, inspired by their meeting: “Citaria’s Paintbrush.”

41 MINMAY 14
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The Paintbrush of Doom with Carlos Hernandez

Latest Episodes

A Worm's Worth with Jason Reynolds

On this week’s episode, 12 year old Brooklynite, Irthan joins forces with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, to grow his story seed about an earthworm that turns into a human every 28 days, on the night of a full moon. Join Irthan and Jason as they meet up at the Youth Wing of the central branch of Brooklyn Public Library where they get to know each other and plant the seeds for their collaboration. Then, sit back and listen to the lyrical and timely short story, "Hoo and Wut," that Jason grew out of Irthan’s idea. Before You Listen: You should know that Jason and Irthan talk about police violence during their meeting (15:10). If you haven't already talked to your child about this subject, they may have some questions for you after hearing this episode.

39 MIN4 d ago
Comments
A Worm's Worth with Jason Reynolds

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Bil Lepp

On this bonus episode, host Betsy Bird chats with Bil Lepp (five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Competition and author of the 2014 PEN award-winning picture book, THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS) about his collaboration with 11 year old Keshav in last week’s episode, “Look Before You Eat.” They talk about the ins and outs of performing as a professional storyteller, his former life as a pastor, and Bil shares a handful of neat tips for telling a good story, both out loud and on paper.

38 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Bil Lepp

Look Before You Eat! with Bil Lepp

We've got a delicious story seed on deck for this week's episode as 11 year old Keshav collaborates with author and professional storyteller Bil Lepp (he's a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Competition and author of the 2014 PEN award-winning picture book, THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS). Together, they stir up an inspired cast of characters —three animals and a big bad wolf!—mix in some sweet treats and a few red hot chili peppers and give us a fractured fairytale titled "Not by the Hare in My Chili Pepper Den!" Join host Betsy Bird as she follows Keshav and Bil on their field trip to Jacques Torres Chocolates, one of NYC’s finest chocolate shops, where they spend a morning “researching” chocolates and chilis, getting to know each other, and growing Keshav's treat of a story idea.

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Look Before You Eat! with Bil Lepp

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Susan Muaddi Darraj

On this bonus episode, host Betsy Bird chats with Susan Muaddi Darraj (author of the debut middle grade series Farah Rocks) about her collaboration on a mystery story seed with 12 year old Sulaf in last week’s episode, “A Girl Who Looks Like Me.” They talk about why representing Arab-American girls like Sulaf matters in children's books and about being inspired by the works of Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe. Plus, Susan shares her tip for getting through writer’s block—reading! *Spoiler Alert* Susan also reveals who’s behind the disappearing objects in her story, "Mystery at the Theatre."

22 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Susan Muaddi Darraj

A Girl Who Looks Like Me with Susan Muaddi Darraj

On this week’s episode, we bring you a whodunnit shaped story seed! 12 year old Sulaf collaborates with author Susan Muaddi Darraj (author of the debut middle grade series FARAH ROCKS) on a story starring a young Arab-American girl, who looks like Sulaf, and who finds herself at the center of a mystery at the theatre where she works. Join our host Betsy Bird as she follows Sulaf and Susan on their all-access backstage tour of the Riverside Theatre at the landmark Riverside Church in NYC where they discover all its nooks and crannies that can inspire a mystery story. They also talk about their great love of Agatha Christie mysteries and how meaningful it is— as Arab Americans—to read a story about a character that you can relate to and that looks like you.

31 MINJUN 11
Comments
A Girl Who Looks Like Me with Susan Muaddi Darraj

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Tracey Baptiste

On our bonus author interview episode, host Betsy Bird is back and chats with Tracey Baptiste about her quarantine virtual collaboration with 12 year old Amalia on the story "Joy’s Challenge." They also talk about Tracey and Amalia’s common Trinidadian-New Jersey connection, and how to find ways to stay inspired while at home during the pandemic. Plus: Tracey, author of the New York Times best-selling MINECRAFT: THE CRASH and THE JUMBIES adventure series, shares a few trusty writing tips and a personal creativity hack!

28 MINJUN 4
Comments
Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Tracey Baptiste

Barking up the Right Tree with Tracey Baptiste

Things are a little different this week. On this special quarantine episode of our podcast, Story Seeds creator, Sandhya Nankani, sits in for our regular host Betsy Bird to facilitate a virtual field trip between creative rockstar Amalia (age 12) and New York Times best-selling author, Tracey Baptiste. Listen along to their video chat collaboration as Tracey helps Amalia grow a story seed about an athletic girl named Joy and her magical relationship with the oak tree in her backyard. Then, sit back for story-time as Tracey reads aloud "Joy's Challenge," the original story she wrote, inspired by their conversation. Like most people who have had to shelter in place or socially distance this spring to stop the spread of COVID-19, Amalia and Tracey, though homebound, show us that creativity can continue to bloom, even while in quarantine—and that collaboration can be successful, whether it is in-person or virtually!

30 MINMAY 28
Comments
Barking up the Right Tree with Tracey Baptiste

It's Our Theme Song. Come Sing Along!

We love our theme song and are putting it up in full as a special bonus episode for your listening pleasure! Written and composed by Andrew VanWyngarden, the Grammy-nominated co-founder of indie rock band MGMT, our theme song perfectly sums up what our podcast is all about: kids raising their voices, being seen through the ideas they dream up, and shaping their tenacity with a little help from their favorite storytellers! So, sing along with us: "on Story Seeds, you’re in control of your destiny, adventures you design, where your dreams can grow, a little more each time ..."

1 MINMAY 23
Comments
It's Our Theme Song. Come Sing Along!

Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Carlos Hernandez

On this bonus episode, host Betsy Bird chats with Carlos Hernandez, (author of the Rick Riordan Presents SAL AND GABI series) about his Story Seeds collaboration with twin sisters Siri and Zarana on the story "Citaria's Paintbrush." They also talk about the power of imagination in a world of screentime, how his work as a game designer and his love of gaming influences his fiction writing, how he met his wife Claire (through collaboration!), and the power of doodling.

23 MINMAY 21
Comments
Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Carlos Hernandez

The Paintbrush of Doom with Carlos Hernandez

On this week’s episode, Carlos Hernandez, author of Rick Riordan Presents' SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE (a Kirkus Best Book of 2019 and the 2020 Pura Belpré Author Award ) is matched with not one, but two creative rockstars: 10 year old twins Siri and Zarana! The twins, who love to write and paint, bring along twice the imagination to create a story seed about a magic paintbrush that makes whatever you paint, real! Maybe too real! Join host Betsy Bird as she follows Carlos and the twins to the Children’s Museum of the Arts in NYC where they collaborate on growing their story idea while making some 3D art of their own. Then sit back for storytime as Carlos narrates the story he wrote, inspired by their meeting: “Citaria’s Paintbrush.”

41 MINMAY 14
Comments
The Paintbrush of Doom with Carlos Hernandez
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