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Teaches kids about how to tap into their imaginations to create stories. Listeners will learn about different authors. They also learn about some topics that may come up in the different worlds each episode dives into -- lik the Amazon Rainforest or the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Encourages listeners to use their imagination, work together, and look after the environment. Other themes include ambition, courage, curiosity, confidence, and inclusivity.
Positive Role Models
All guest hosts and authors use their platform to spread awareness about climate change, education, and inclusion. Authors featured on this podcast come from different backgrounds and inspire listeners to read and to be themselves. All guests featured encourage creativity, confidence, and empathy. There are often life lessons embedded into their stories.
This podcast emphasizes inclusivity and has guest hosts and authors from different backgrounds -- host Babatunde Aléshé is Black, as well as Rashmi Sirdeshpande who identifies as British Indian, Humza Arshad who is Pakistani, Abigail Balfe who mentions they're autistic, Lisette Auton who mentions they're a person with a disability. Many of these authors write books with diverse main characters who are the heroes of their own stories. Charlie from Rockstar Detectives uses a wheelchair, Alpha from The Secret of Haven Point is disabled, and the main characte from A Different Sort of Normal is based on the author's own experiences of being autistic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Puffin Podcast: Mission Imagination is a weekly podcast from the well-known Puffin Books that takes you on a magical journey to various imaginary worlds. Host, Babatunde Aléshé, along with kid hosts they call "Puffineers" and special guest authors explore these worlds where they might be surfing on melted chocolate, encounter a farting flying unicorn, or skating with skateboarding fairies. The show aims to spark kids' imaginations and encourage them to create and write their own stories. Creativity and curiosity are big themes in every episode along with inclusivity, courage, and ambition. Every imaginary world has their own rule the group must follow and if they break it, they must solve a riddle to be set free. There's also an emphasis on diverse perspectives with authors of many different backgrounds, such as Rashmi Sirdeshpande who identifies as British Indian, Humza Arshad who's Pakistani, Abigail Balfe who mentions they're autistic, and Lisette Auton who mentions they're a person with a disability. This is a great show for kids to listen to on their own, with family, or with a group of friends.
Is It Any Good?
A truly special podcast filled with imagination, mystery, music and so much more! Puffin Podcast: Mission Imagination takes you on a colorful journey each week packed with riddles, games, and plenty of creativity. Sound effects like car horns, machine beeps, and water splashing make it even more immersive and engaging. This podcast does a great job of including diverse perspectives like featuring guest authors, discussing diverse characters, looking at many different cultures from around the world. It may be made for kids, but this podcast is sure to be a hit with the whole family!
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