Yo, ho! Yo, ho! It’s a pirate’s life for me — and kids looking to learn from their favorite creators this summer.

Kids can hear from their favorite authors and illustrators in the Story Pirates Creator Camp, a virtual summer camp that brings big worlds into kids’ homes.

Story Pirates, the creators of the No. 1 podcast for kids, joined with Random House Children’s Books’ authors to create an online safe space for kids who may not get to spend the summer learning how to do archery or any other summer-camp staple.

Livestreamed programs in July will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. EDT. Kids will have a chance to step away from the screen to work on their own creative projects that utilize common household objects.

The program kicked off already in June with themes such as “Heroic Heroes” and “Spy Training.” Each week of July will have a different focus:

  • July 6-10 is an “Illustration Vacation” featuring the creators of Just Like Me, Our Friend Hedgehog, and The Oldest Student.
  • July 13-17 brings kids to “Camp Cartoonist” with Judd Winnick, Lincoln Peirce, and Lucy Knisley.
  • July 20-24 goes out-of-this-world with “Story Pirates in Space!” which features Danica McKellar talking about her new book The Time Machine!
  • July 27-31 kids will embark on a timeless journey with “Time Travel Adventure.” The creators of the Magic Treehouse series, Clean Getaway, and History Smashers will all discuss their work.

Kids looking for a more in-depth adventure can sign up for a virtual cabin, in which they’ll be able to interact with other campers and the creators in real-time. Book bundles will also be available each week, featuring the creators’ works.

Head here for more info or to sign up!

About the author

Nicole Savas

Nicole Savas

As a kid, Nicole either wanted to be a professional toy player-wither or a writer. Somehow, as social media editor for The Toy Insider, The Toy Book, and The Pop Insider, she’s found a career as both. She's grateful to work somewhere that she can fully embrace both her love of teddy bears and her admiration for the Oxford comma. When she's not playing with toys at work, she's playing with her baby girl at home.