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The Story Seeds Podcast

The Story Seeds Podcast 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! 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 "new and noteworthy" show is hosted by Betsy B...more

Episodes

  • Special Introduction of Imagination Lab: Experiments in Creativity

    Dec 10 2020

    Who says podcasts are just for listening? Our activity book is ideal for at home fun, distance learning, or the classroom, and brings together the best of a magazine, workbook, and journal. It features over 80 pages of episode inspired, screen-free prompts and projects. Scan the QR codes inside to blast off on your interactive listening adventures!Now available to order. Get your copy here. We also have single activity kits for each episode. Browse here.Show creditsThe Story Seeds Podcast is a L...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Jason Reynolds

    Jul 16 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with the National Ambassador for Young People‚Äôs Literature, Jason Reynolds (author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a Remix of the National Book Award-winning book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.) They talk about what it was like working with 12 year old Irthan in Episode 10¬† ‚ÄúA Worm‚Äôs Worth‚ÄĚ and growing his story seed about a worm that turns into a human on a full moon‚Äôs night.¬†Jason also talks to Betsy about how he got his start as a...more

  • A Worm's Worth with Jason Reynolds

    Jul 09 2020

    This week’s Story Seeds collaboration brings together 12 year old Irthan and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds (poet, storyteller, National Book Award finalist, Newbery Honoree, and New York Times best-selling author.) Jason's latest work is Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a Remix of the National Book Award-winning book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. As National Ambassador, he recently started the Grab the Mic platform  which empowers young people  to share thei...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Bil Lepp

    Jul 02 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Bil Lepp (five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars‚Äô Competition and author of the 2014 PEN award-winning picture book, THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS.) They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like working with 11 year old Keshav in Episode 9 ‚ÄúLook Before You Eat‚ÄĚ to grow his fractured fairytale of a story seed about a cow with an ice cream house, a bunny with a chocolate abode, a fox with a chili pepper den, and a bi...more

  • Look Before You Eat! with Bil Lepp

    Jun 25 2020

    This week’s Story Seeds collaboration brings together 11 year old Keshav and Bil Lepp (professional storyteller, five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Competition and author of the 2014 PEN award-winning The King of Little Things.)Bil helps Keshav grow this story idea:Once there was a cow, a bunny and a fox. There was also a bad wolf who liked eating up people's houses. The cow made a house out of ice cream, the bunny made a chocolate egg house and the fox made his house out of red hot ...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Susan Muaddi Darraj

    Jun 18 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Susan Muaddi Darraj (author of the debut middle grade series Farah Rocks and a 2014 AWP Grace Paley Award, 2016 American Book Award, and 2016 Arab American Book Award winner). They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like working with 12 year old Sulaf on Episode 8 ‚ÄúA Girl Who Looks Like Me‚ÄĚ and grow her story seed about a young Arab-American girl who finds herself at the center of a mystery at the theatre where she w...more

  • A Girl Who Looks Like Me with Susan Muaddi Darraj

    Jun 11 2020

    This week’s Story Seeds collaboration brings together 12 year old Sulaf and Susan Muaddi Darraj (author of the new middle grade series Farah Rocks  and a 2014 AWP Grace Paley Award, 2016 American Book Award, and 2016 Arab American Book Award winner)  on a field trip to the Riverside Theater in New York City. Susan helps Sulaf grow this story idea:A young girl who lives in New York City and works in the theater district realizes there is a very dark secret hidden at the show she's working on. Fol...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Tracey Baptiste

    Jun 04 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Tracey Baptiste (New York Times bestselling author of MINECRAFT: THE CRASH, as well as the ¬†Caribbean adventure series THE JUMBIES.) They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like virtually working and collaborating with 12 year old Amalia on Episode 7 ‚ÄúBarking Up the Right Tree‚ÄĚ to grow her story seed about an athletic girl named Joy and her magical relationship with the oak tree in her backyard.¬†In this bonus episode...more

  • Barking up the Right Tree with Tracey Baptiste

    May 28 2020

    This week’s quarantine edition of Story Seeds brings together two super imaginative Jersey girls: Tracey Baptiste (New York Times bestselling author of MINECRAFT: THE CRASH, as well as the creepy Caribbean series THE JUMBIES) and Amalia Tsampalis (age 12). Tracey helps Amalia grow this story idea:An athletic 12 year old girl loves to climb trees. Maybe this tree she loves to climb is in her backyard. It's really tall and there's not a lot of branches left. The personality of the tree is old and ...more

  • It's Our Theme Song. Come Sing Along!

    May 23 2020

    The Story Seeds Podcast theme song was written, composed, and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden. Nowadays, he is a real-life, Grammy-nominated musician who tours the world with the band MGMT that he co-founded while in college. But, fun fact: like many of the creative rockstars featured on The Story Seeds Podcast, Andrew actually got his start making music as a child, using a Tascam four track tape machine to record! Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, he loved nature and playing outdoors with his ...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Carlos Hernandez

    May 21 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Carlos Hernandez, author of Rick Riordan Presents' Sal and Gabi series and winner of 2020 Pura BelpreŐĀ Author Award. They go behind the scenes of ¬†Episode 6: The Paintbrush of Doom¬† and talk about what it was like working with twins Siri and Zarana and growing their story seed (a girl who receives a magic paintbrush from her kooky aunt that turns whatever you paint, real! Things are going great as she creates dozens of hybrid cre...more

  • The Paintbrush of Doom with Carlos Hernandez

    May 14 2020

    This week’s Story Seeds collaboration matches Carlos Hernandez (winner of the 2020 Pura Belpré Author Award and author of the Sal and Gabi series from Rick Riordan Presents)  with 10 year old twins Siri and Zarana.Carlos collaborates with Siri and Zarana to grow their story idea:A girl who really loves to paint get a magic paintbrush from her kooky aunt on her 10th birthday. She uses it to paint the animals she loves, but it turns out that her imagination is opening up doorways to a locked, magi...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Rajani LaRocca

    May 07 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Rajani LaRocca (author of "Midsummer‚Äôs Mayhem," a Kirkus Best Book of 2019 and long-listed for the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award as a must-read title in MG/YA Literature.) They go behind the scenes and talk about what it was like meeting Liyana and growing her story seed about a girl trying to fit in with her famous family with the help of a magic mirror on Episode 5 ‚ÄúThe Hungry Mirror.‚Ä̬†In this author interview, Rajani also shar...more

  • The Hungry Mirror with Rajani LaRocca

    Apr 30 2020

    This week’s Story Seeds collaboration brings together 12 year old creative rockstar Liyana and Rajani LaRocca, author of the 2019 middle-grade hit Midsummer’s Mayhem (a Kirkus Best Book of 2019 and a Must Reads in the 2020 Massachusetts Book Awards) .Rajani helps Liyana grow this story seed:A girl who doesn’t fit in with her family of celebrities (her mom is a Bangladeshi supermodel and her dad is a Japanese soccer player) gets a magic mirror from a fairyFollow this magical Story Seeds adventure...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews to Aram Kim

    Apr 23 2020

    Listen along as The Story Seeds Podcast host Betsy Bird chats with Aram Kim (author and illustrator of Bank Street‚Äôs Best Children‚Äôs 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‚Äô new neighborhood superhero, Electric Kitty, on Episode 4 ‚ÄúHeroes and Queens.‚ÄĚ They also talk about the significance of Queens in Aram and Cici's story‚Äďthe most diverse borough in NYC and neighborhood in the countr...more

  • Heroes and Queens with Aram Kim

    Apr 16 2020

    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 lis...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Chris Grabenstein

    Apr 09 2020

    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‚Äôs giant story seed about Zeta Zingone, the 74 foot tall boy detective on Episode 3, ‚ÄúThe View From the Top.‚Ä̬†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 t...more

  • The View From The Top with Chris Grabenstein

    Apr 02 2020

    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 tall...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Veera Hiranandani

    Mar 26 2020

    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, sh...more

  • From Home School to Public School with Veera Hiranandani

    Mar 19 2020

    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 ne...more

  • Bonus Q&A: Betsy Bird Interviews Dan Gutman

    Mar 12 2020

    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‚Äôs story seed in Episode 1 ‚ÄúThe Magic Seed.‚Ä̬†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 ser...more

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

    Mar 09 2020

    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 thing...more

  • The Magic Seed with Dan Gutman

    Mar 05 2020

    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...more

  • Introducing The Story Seeds Podcast!

    Feb 18 2020

    Kids are creative rockstars! Introducing The Story Seeds‚ĄĘ 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‚Äôll hear 10 never-before heard stories written by your favorite autho...more