Sandhya Nankani is the founder of Literary Safari, which has been producing and creating kids' educational content since 2008, including learning games for Lion Television, E-Line Media, and UNICEF. In 2014, she embarked on an experimental journey to create her own apps for multicultural audiences because she was having trouble finding edtech media that was fun AND came from a rigorous pedagogy AND was diverse. One result was her award-winning game HangArt, which Common Sense Media featured on its "Best EdTech of 2016" list of 20 best apps, games, and websites for learning. Her experiences in the digital kids' media space led her to join with other children's media producers to found KIDMAP (www.joinkidmap.org), the Kids' Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project. Together they have created a "DIG (Diverse & Inclusive Growth) Tool Kit" for children's media producers and consumers. She is currently developing a series of fiction and graphic story books for young children for an educational publisher, with an emphasis on showcasing multicultural trade authors and cooking up some new products that entertain and educate young people.
We had an unique opportunity to interview Sandhya Nankani, the founder of the New York based company Literary Safari – the research and narrative design team behind the characters and stories in World Rescue game.