In part 1 of the season premiere, Lee, Peter and other Story Pirates begin their journey to the center of the Earth and meet the bearer of a mysterious voice (Michael Urie). The episode features two new stories inspired by kids’ ideas: “Driving Bumblebees,” a song about the buzziest Manhattan traffic jam ever, written by Maya, a 9 year old from New York; and “The Bad Dog Who Was Smart,” the story of a sharp canine with a taste for misbehavior, written by a 12 year old from Virginia named Breckin.
Just since the start of 2022, the Story Pirates Podcast has won a Best Podcast for Kids & Family by iHeartRadio Podcast Awards and a Webby Award for Top Family & Kids podcasts.
In other news, the hilarious and literacy-inspiring Story Pirates Changemakers program, SPTV, now airs on public television in Los Angeles and throughout Michigan. Segments from SPTV can also be seen nationally this summer on PBS as part of THIRTEEN’s Camp TV programming. SPTV won a prestigious Anthem Award, which celebrates purpose and mission-driven work.
Throughout the hardships of the past two years, Story Pirates and Story Pirates Changemakers have managed to serve thousands of young people with their special brand of interactive comedy-improv creativity. They inspire kids every day to express themselves through story and song.
Recently, the American Library Association announced that the 2021 Story Pirates album The Strawberry Band was selected as one of the 2022 Notable Recordings for Children. This is akin to the Caldecott awards for children’s books, and it’s one of the Youth Media Awards which the ALA gives out each year. The kid-powered Story Pirates album was one of the very few musical recordings so honored this year. The ALA’s national committee of children’s librarians recommend it as a “vibrant and zany mix of songs which pays hilarious homage to concept albums.”
Coming up this month are various live performances in the “Cats Sit on You” tour, including a benefit for Story Pirates Changemakers on May 15 at the Manhattan Center in NYC. Story Pirates will also appear at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival on May 27.
About the Story Pirates and Story Pirates Changemakers
The Story Pirates are a nationally renowned group of top comedians, musicians, best-selling authors and incredible teachers with 17 years of experience creating content that celebrates the imaginations of kids. Winner of both the 2020 and 2022 iHeartRadio Award and the Webby Award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, The Story Pirates Podcast is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world. Downloaded more than 50 million times and featuring songs and sketches based on stories written by kids, their special guests include top talent like Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dax Shepard, Bowen Yang, Claire Danes, John Oliver, and Lake Bell. The Pirates have released three critically acclaimed middle-grade books with Random House Children’s Books and several award-winning albums, all based on ideas from kids around the world. The Creator Club, their subscription service, features activities, live-streamed classes, a weekend radio show, and videos to entertain and encourage creativity for kids at home.