Parents' Guide to

The Story Seeds Podcast

By Lakshmi Hutchinson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Creative kids work with authors to craft diverse stories.

Podcast Kids & Family Betsy Bird 2020
Cartoon seed sprouting from a hand surrounded by objects like a book, rocket, and planet.

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This is an enjoyable and educational podcast that will delight readers and aspiring writers of all ages. What makes The Story Seeds Podcast really stand out is that the kids are treated as equal partners in the collaboration, and their thoughts and opinions are welcomed. The concept of matching a young writer with a published author succeeds in part because listeners can put themselves in the child's place and learn from the author as well. Young listeners will learn a lot from guest authors including Katherine Applegate, Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Chris Grabenstein.

The podcast's conversational style is complemented by lively commentary from the host, Betsy Bird, who provides context, backstory on the authors, and lots of rich descriptions of locations. Kids will love the catchy theme song and music, courtesy of Andrew VanWyngarden (of MGMT fame). With its mix of personal anecdotes, literary discussion, and storytelling, The Story Seeds Podcast is a great choice for kids and families looking for an inspiring show that sparks creativity.

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