Literary Safari

Our Services

Literary Safari develops, produces, and publishes inclusive children’s media rooted in an understanding of learning science, educational standards, narrative design, and good, old-fashioned fun! Our award-winning stories, games, and curriculum are grounded in the 4 C’s of 21st century education—Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration. Whether we are developing products for our clients or tinkering in our own studio, we are committed to mindful design that celebrates diversity and global citizenship.

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Entertainment

As narrative designers, we create authentic characters and their worlds, write scripts, and design game mechanics that support curriculum and learning objectives. We also consult with game design companies to help them create educationally sound play experiences that are rooted in evidence-based research.

World Rescue

A game about five young heroes who seek to combat displacement, disease, deforestation, drought, and pollution around the globe; inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Client:  UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

Ion Future: The STEM career exploration game

A game for middle and high school students where players explore the breadth of STEM-based professions and match their interest with career paths within STEM.
Client: E-Line Media/Change the Equation.

History Detectives Laboratory

An educational game based on the PBS series History Detectives. Set during the Industrial Revolution, students assume the role of detective to investigate mysteries surrounding historical artifacts.
Client: Lion Television

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Editorial

As strategic content producers, we help publishers conceptualize, commission, and develop products that are educational, engaging, and inclusive.

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Spot-on Fiction

We developed a collection of 70+ original fiction leveled readers and graphic novels by diverse award-winning children's authors and illustrators for the school market (grades 3-5). Authors include Derrick Barnes, Jane Yolen,Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Joseph Bruchac, Traci Sorell, Bao Phi, Jerry Craft, Gwendolyn Zepeda, Rene Saldana Jr., David Bowles, Reem Faruqi, Claudia Guadalope Martinez, Ibi Zoboi, Gwendolyn Hooks, Floyd Cooper, Isabel Campoy, Jennifer Torres, Robert Lui-Trujillo, Joel Christian Gill, and Niki Daly. See full catalogue here.
Client: Benchmark Education

Big Belly Business & Babu Barta

Research-based, culturally-relevant, and highly-illustrated lower literacy pregnancy guides for Liberia and Bangladesh, conceptualized by Simply Put Media, a non-profit that creates books and media for audiences who rarely see their  stories, concerns, strengths  and constraints reflected in commercial publishing or media. These books were inspired by the best-selling What to Expect When You're Expecting series and funded with a grant from the US Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues.
Client: The What to Expect Foundation


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English 3D

A series of anthologies for language programs designed to accelerate language skills for all academic language learners, including long-term English language learners, advanced ELL/ELD students, and community dialect speakers.
Client: Scholastic Education/HMH

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No Nonsense Grammar

From PBS Learning Media, this video series teaches fundamental grammar lessons with the giggle-factor of outrageous sentences and ridiculous sound effects.The 30-second energetic episodes portray grammar rules in the simplest, funniest, most modern way possible.  
Client: Kornhaber Brown

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Curriculum

Our team of educational publishing professionals develops, writes, and produces pre-K-12 standards-aligned lesson plans, curriculum, and educational frameworks. We work across all content areas, including literacy, social-emotional skills, social studies, financial literacy, oral history, and current events. We have developed pilot curriculum for The Primary School/Sesame Workshop and Common Core Exemplar Lessons for Scholastic. We have also created book club and discussion guides for Scholastic classroom libraries and for publishers for trade children’s books, including Katherine Applegate’s Home of the Brave, Marina Budhos’s Tell Us We're Home, Ann Martin’s Everything But a Dog, and Ricardo Cortés’s I Don't Want to Blow You Up. Samples of our client work is available upon request.

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