Stoopkid Stories is a children's storybook podcast with original stories written and narrated by Melly Victor, featuring 7 young Black kids at the center. Stoopkid Stories was created in January 2020, right before the pandemic, when Melly was in between theatre gigs and was looking for a creative outlet and turned to creating this podcast as her passion project.
There aren't that many children's story podcasts out there that feature Black kids, living in an inner city, exploring the ins and outs of being a kid and Melly wanted to create a world where kids who looked like her could see (or in this case hear) themselves represented in this medium.
Stoopkid Stories is being played in households, cars and schools all over the world. Black kids are able to connect with characters who look like them as well as non-Black kids are able to get a peek into the world through a different lens. Each episode ends with a question that is used to spark discussions between grownups and the stoopkids that are listening. These stories touch on topics about but not limited to bullying, family issues, puberty, community engagement, activism and just over all friendship.
Melly has taken her love of storytelling and the arts, her creativity and her knack for teaching the youth of tomorrow and have merged them together to create this awesome and exciting world. Parents have written in and said “Thank you for creating this exciting podcast and for helping start conversations with my [kid] about big issues in the world from a child's perspective”. Teachers have also brought Stoopkid Stories into their classrooms as way to help with theatre and writing assignments as well as another way to have story time with students.
Everyone is welcomed on the stoop and if you would like to join the Stoopkid Crew, be sure to find the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Stoopkid Stories is a proud member of Kids Listen and has partnered with some amazing children's podcasters for fun cross-over episodes. '
Visit www.stoopkidstories.com and follow along on all social media platforms at @StoopkidStories.