We are happy to announce that Stories with Clever Hedgehog has launched!

On July 12, 2023, at our webinar “Introducing Stories with Clever Hedgehog”, we heard from several inspiring speakers, including Dr. Natalia Kucirkova (professor at the University of Stavanger), Shanna Kohn (director of International Education at Sesame Workshop), Elena Grigorenko (American clinical psychologist specializing in children’s trauma) and Yana Zavada (volunteer at “Razom for Ukraine”).

Here you can watch the webinar recording (20 minutes long).

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, please help us spread the word about this resource for Ukrainians.

Our new platform is for Ukrainian children between birth and about age 10 who are still in Ukraine or in the diaspora. 

We offer everything in English in addition to Ukrainian. Our website, full of ebooks, fun facts, music, and art, will also be fun for children in the US – especially those from under-resourced families!

Stories with Clever Hedgehog is NOW AVAILABLE for your use in both English and Ukrainian.

Clever Hedgehog can’t wait to see you online!

Stories with Clever Hedgehog
Stories with Clever Hedgehog offers a wide range of free, richly illustrated e-books for children ages 0 to 10 in Ukrainian and English.

Stars of the Webinar

Roberta Golinkoff

Project director at “Stories with Clever Hedgehog”, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education

Dr. Golinkoff directs the Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Laboratory. Her work straddles the fields of education and psychology and has garnered many awards. Dr. Golinkoff and her team created Stories with Clever Hedgehog with a grant from the Jacobs Foundation. See her website here

Natalia Kucirkova

Researcher University of Stavanger, Norway

Natalia Kucirkova is a Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and a Professor of Reading and Children’s Development at The Open University, UK, and Visiting Professor at University College London, UK. Her work is concerned with social justice in children’s literacy and use of technologies and she works collaboratively across academia, commercial and third sectors. She is the lead developer of the app Our Story and the founder of the UKLA Children’s Digital Book Award. Natalia is the Jacobs Foundation Fellow 2021-2023. She blogs for numerous organizations. 

Shanna Kohn

Director, International Education, Sesame Workshop

Shanna Kohn is Director, International Education at Sesame Workshop. She leads educational content development for Sesame Workshop’s programs in response to conflict and crisis, including Ahlan Simsim, an Arabic-language version of Sesame Street in the Middle East. She also manages the design of multimedia teaching and learning materials.

Elena Grigorenko

American Clinical Psychologist

Elena L. Grigorenko is an American clinical psychologist and the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston. She is also a professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. With the help of others, her current project is to create translations of clinical information from English to Ukrainian. These will be for use by practitioners in Ukraine who are helping Ukrainian families.

Yana Zavada

HR Coordinator, Razom for Ukraine

Yana Zavada is a Ukrainian immigrant, a mom that raises a bi-lingual child, and a long-time volunteer for different UA-promoting and supporting projects in the US. She is currently the HR Coordinator at Razom for Ukraine, a member of Razom Book Club and an initiator of Ukrainian Story Time for kids in America. 

ENJOY and share with your friends!