A BRIEF HISTORY

BALANCE Edutainment was founded on February 1st, 2011 to produce nutritious children’s entertainment that kids love and parents can feel good about, starting with a children’s story by co-founder Aaron Ableman, that is now called “Pacha’s Pajamas.” In September 2012, BALANCE released the Vol. 1 soundtrack for award consideration only.

The Vol. 1 album features 55 artists spanning four generations including Cheech Marin (The Lion King, Cars), Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Dexter, Cadillac Records), Lester Chambers (The Chamber Brothers, Time Has Come Today), Talib Kweli, Majora Carter (Peabody Award Winner), the Agape Youth Choir and 10 young artist. The album was awarded Parent’s Choice Recommended and the People’s Choice for Best Children’s Album in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. More than 10,000 copies of the Pacha’s Pajamas album were distributed to children’s hospitals throughout the United States in 2013.

BALANCE’s first full release was the Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature Vol. 1 & 2 double album (11/5/13). The double album, which added the Grammy-Nominated duo Les Nubians, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center, Bill McKibben of global environmental organization 350.org and ten more young artists, was one of the most honored CDs of 2013, receiving First Place in Songwriting for the 3rd annual Eco Arts Award, Family Choice Award, Mom’s Choice Gold, Creative Child Magazine’s 2013 Preferred Choice, Academic’s Choice Smart Media Award and the Mr Dad Seal. The double album received dozens of great reviews from Mommy Bloggers.

The album is truly special and unique for the following reasons:

  • Contextualized in a magical story about all of nature coming together that encourages children to be creative and imaginative
  • Features 70 artists spanning four generations from 8 year Lala to 73 year rock legend Lester Chambers
  • Showcases 30 amazing kids, many of whom have amazing stories (e.g., Lil JaXe stutters when he talks but not when he raps, Amanda Raya is blind, Avalon Theisen started an environmental organization to protect frogs at 9 years old)
  • Inclusive and culturally relevant featuring artists from the many backgrounds including Indigenous, Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Indian), Latino, African American, and Caucasian.
  • Gender BALANCE between male and female

In July 2014, Pacha was featured in the video invitation for a Global Youth Initiative called We Are ALL Connected as well the instructional and practice videos. BALANCE also released the The We Are All Connected Album, which received the Academic’s Choice Smart Media award.

In 2015, BALANCE released its self published animated book, A Story Written By Nature and five animated videos.

In 2016, the first-of-its-kind Animated Book was published by Morgan James Publishing. The groundbreaking Pacha Alive app brings the book to life with augmented reality. While there have been other uses of augmented reality in books, this is first extensive use of augmented reality for a young reader narrative.

CREATOR BIOS

Aaron Ableman, Author

88 AARON ABLEMANAaron Ableman (aka A-Natural) is an entertainer, author, and ecologist. He grew up under the guidance of a farmer/author (his father) and a public health care nurse (his mother), studying with Hopi elders, Oxford Rhodes scholars and various spiritual leaders. He has worked with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cypress Hill, Raffi, K’NAAN, Joan Baez, amongst many others. From India to Haiti, he has produced educational entertainment programs for at-risk children and youth. His life and work have been heralded in publications such as the Los Angeles TimesCNNNew York TimesMontreal Mirror and San Francisco Examiner  and have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children around the world! Twitter: @ablemantra

Dave Room, Producer

87 DAVE ROOMDave’s most important identifier is Melia’s Papa. His tween-age daughter Melia is his motivation and inspiration. Since receiving a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University, Room has worked on the innovative edge of a number of emergent fields including yield management, life cycle costing, environmental performance measurement, intranet development, ecommerce software and renewable energy. In the process, he had leadership roles in several tech startups and a non profit he co-founded called Bay Localize.  Several years into Bay Localize, Room realized that their message was not getting to enough young people, people of color and mainstream thinkers, so he added storytelling and solo theater performance to his bag of tricks. Several years later with the intention to uplift tens of millions of children worldwide, Room co-founded BALANCE. Dave is a Green For All fellow. Twitter: @meliaspapa

 

VIDEOS

Animated Book… What’s That?

Pacha’s Pajamas is Nutritious Children’s Entertainment

Do the Connected Dance “We Are ALL Connected”

The World’s Wildest Evolution of Dance

I Didn’t Know that Platypus Could Dance

Use What You Got

X-Treme Dream

MIXED REALITY INTERVIEW TOPICS

  • Pokemon Go for Learning: How can Augmented Reality transform how we learn?
  • The Future of Books: with Augmented Reality,we can not only read books but experience them

MIXED REALITY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  1. What is Augmented Reality? What is Virtual Reality? What is Mixed Reality?
  2. How can Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality be used inside and outside classrooms for education?
  3. What does the research say about using augmented reality and virtual reality in education?
  4. What are the downsides of Augmented and Virtual Reality for children?
  5. What is an Animated Book?
  6. What is the process for creating an Animated Book?
  7. What makes your Animated Book distinct? What design standards did you use to make your Animated Book?
  8. Why do think Mixed Reality are the future of illustrated print media?
  9. Can you help other authors and publishers animate their books?

SAMPLE INTERVIEW TOPICS

  • Is Disney ruining kids? Why we need nutritious children’s entertainment that supports the healthy development of today’s kids
  • Beyond the Hero’s Journey: How the Stories we Tell can Support a Planetary Awakening
  • Engaging ways to Teach Kids about Climate Change and Environmental Issues
  • Helping Kids Discover their Gifts and Bring Them to the World through Stories
  • Developing Youth Leadership through Edutainment
  • How can the stories we tell change a culture of violence to peace?
  • Reconnecting kids with nature through stories

SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  1. What’s was biggest challenge when writing this book
  2. Was it easier or more difficult to co-write the book?
  3. Who inspired the character Pacha?
  4. You are both successful entrepreneurs. It’s very clear that this project wasn’t primarily for monetary gain, so what was your goal when writing this story?
  5. How do you think your experiences have influenced Pacha’s narrative?
  6. In promotions, you refer to Pachas Pajamas as a project rather than simply a book? Why is this so
  7. What lessons do you think kids can learn from this book?
  8. Is there anything that adults can get from this book?
  9. Why do you think environmental awareness is a crucial thing to teach children?
  10. Out of all of your occupations, which one do you think prepared you the most to complete this novel?
  11. What does it mean to say Pacha’s Pajamas is an awakening story?
  12. What is an animated book
  13. Why is there a dream journal at the end of the book?
  14. What’s the next story in the series?
  15. What are Pacha’s Priorities?
  16. I see there are lyrics for 10 songs in the book. Tell me about the music.
  17. How does the book promote youth leadership?
  18. How are climate change and environmental issues addressed in the project
  19. What is Pachamama?
  20. How can this book be used in a school or enrichment program setting?

ARTICLES/REVIEWS

04.10.15 BALANCE Edutainment: Providing Nutritious Children’s Entertainment
03.15.15 Pacha Pajamas Cartoon Makes Green Moves Across the Globe
02.26.15 Get Your PJs On!
11.14.14 Pajamas Gets Interactive with Pachamas
09.17.14 Interactive Pajamas: The Next Thing in “Wearables?”
08.03.14 We Are ALL Connected on KarmaTube
07.30.14 Edutainment Company Provides Award-Winning “Balance” for Children
07.16.14 We Are All Connected: Aaron Ableman Invites Us to Join the Global Dance Party
07.09.14 Pacha’s Pajamas is launching a new program called We Are All Connected!
07.02.14 Join the 4th of July #WeAreALLConnected Global Dance Party on Care2.com
06.30.14 We Are All Connected: Join the Global Dance Party!
04.22.14 The Pacha’s Pajama – Truly Magical CD kids will love from ages 1-99 !
03.19.14 Pacha’s Pajamas wins First Place in Songwriting for the Eco-Arts Awards
03.18.14 Pacha’s Pajamas Interview
02.03.14 {510} Family Faves with Dave Room of “Pacha’s Pajamas”
01.10.14 Children’s Bookwatch January 2014: The Music CD Shelf
01.06.14 Children´s book pacha´s pajamas becomes a pop musical on philanthropic tour
12.29.13 Award Winning Philanthropic Musical
12.18.13 Pacha’s Pajamas
12.12.13 A Clarion Call for Nutritious Children’s Entertainment
12.10.13 Les Nubians Talk About Bars and Cafes in Bed-Stuy
12.10.13 Pacha’s Pajamas A Story Written By Nature
12.02.13 Jenn’s Review Blog
11.27.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature #holidaygiftguide #review
11.19.13 Pacha’s Pajamas Double CD Review
11.18.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature Review
11.16.13 Pachas Pajama – Vol. 1 & 2 Collection – Review
11.15.13 Using Music From Pacha’s Pajamas to inspire Young Artists
11.15.13 Pachas-Pajamas CD Review
11.13.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature Review
11.13.13 Kids Can Participate​ in “We Are All Connected” YouTube Videos!
11.12.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A StoryWritten by Nature CD Review
11.12.13 Award-Winning Children’s Pop Musical Pacha’s Pajamas CD Review
11.11.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature CD Review
11.09.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature CD Review
11.08/13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature
11.07/13 Local New Yorkers Collaborate on Award Winning Philanthropic Musical
11.05/13 Pachas Pajamas Review
11.05/13 Florida girl’s environmental advocacy is sharp
11.05.13 Learning and Growing the Piwi Way: Pachas Pajamas Double Album Review
11.05.13 Parenting With Purpose: Pacha’s Pajamas Cd’s Review
11.05.13 Trendy Children’s Music – Pacha’s Pajamas
10.31.13 Award Winning Children’s Pop Musical Pacha’s Pajamas and Giveaway
10.31.13 2013 Family Choice Award: Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature
10.31.13 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature” 2-CD Set Review
08.05.13 Pacha’s Pajamas is the People’s Choice for Best Children’s Music
08.06.13 Fans Select Winners In The 12th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll
08.01.13 Pacha’s Pajamas star in town to promote kids’ wellness
05.07.13 Children’s Hip Hop Musical Pacha’s Pajamas
05.02.13 Pacha’s Pajamas nominated for Best Childrens Album feat. Mos Def,..
03.28.13 Pacha’s Pajamas Review by Indie Music Digest
03.14.13 The YouTube Dance Icon You’d Least Expect
02.27.13 Young Talent DAMONI BURKHARDT Performs with Imagination Heals
02.26.13 Launch of Imagination Heals that helps U.S. Children’s Hospitals
02.26.13 ‘Big Time Rush’ Star Kendall Schmidt & More At Launch Of ‘Pacha’s Pajamas’
02.14.13 Imagination Heals project helps kids one song at a time
02.05.13 Celebs to Launch Children’s Hospital Transformative Program “Imagination Heals” 
12.17.12 Product Review: Pacha’s Pajamas Vol. I Soundtrack (8-12 Year Olds)
12.15.12 Local teen singer makes it in music business
11.28.12 Catholic teen uses musical talent to help motivate kids to save planet
11.28.12 “I Found My Music” by Pacha’s Pajamas ft. Ashlie Cortez
11.21.12 Grooming Your Future Activist: A growing segment of children’s media…
11.08.12 Pacha’s Pajamas: A Hip-Hop Eco-Musical That Just Might Change The World
09.26.12 Green Pop Music: Pacha’s Pajamas, the World’s First Superhero for the Planet
09.07.12 Could the Environment – and Our Kids – Use Another Superhero?
09.07.12 Playing For Change Day – The Pacha’s Pajamas Album Release Day
07.18.12 Hollywood Mom Blog – 13 Year-Old Lil JaXe Conquers Stutter with Rapping!
07.17.12 KLTV – Kids on Stage – Presenting the musical “Pacha’s Pajamas”
04.19.12 Treehugger – Mos Def Sings About Butterfies/Trees in New Children’s Project
04.17.12 Examiner – Pacha’s Pajamas and Layla Love at Green Festival this Weekend
04.15.12 Planet Save – Pacha’s Pajamas – Connecting Children and Nature…
04.13.12 Boise Weekly – LoudSauce Promotes Community-Funded Advertisements
03.21.12 Eco Child’s Play – Children’s Literature about Nature Featuring Mos Def
02.29.12 Milkshake Kids – Mother Nature Busts A Move
02.27.12 Spirit Crossing – Come Together: Crafting A New Mythology
02.20.12 blogtalkradio – Engaging, Connecting, And Reconnecting With Nature
02.17.12 Outdoor Afro – Making Mini-Afros Into Nature Superheroes: Pacha’s Pajamas
02.13.12 Ecolutionist – Pacha’s Pajamas Shares Messages from Nature 
02.12.12  Moms Going Green – Pachas Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature
01.29.12 Mkokopelli – Pacha’s Pajamas Book & CD Review
01.16.12 Life By Me – love in all: aaron ableman
01.10.12 MTV – Mos Def And Talib Kweli Make Beats For Environmental Children’s Book
01.05.12 Bridging the Bay – 2012 Bridging the Bay Workshop Descriptions
12.16.11 Examiner – LA Holistic Examiner Holistic Holiday Gift Ideas
12.15.11 Green For All – People Are Talking About Pacha’s Pajamas
12.12.11 LoudSauce – Help Teach Kids about Planet Earth through Pop Culture
12.12.11 Women’s Earth Alliance – Seeds of Resilience
12.06.11 Joe Mohr Cartoons – Partnering with Pacha’s Pajamas
12.01.11 Hub Bay Area – Transmedia Storytelling as Creative Problem Solving
11.28.11 The Green Reality Show – Mos Def and Talib Kweli on Children’s Book/Music
11.28.11 Care2 – New Children’s Book and Music in Time for the Holidays
11.24.11 Black in Oakland – Join Pacha’s Pajamas Kickstarter Campaign
11.17.11 stressreliefbible.com –  Dr. Charlie Recommends Pacha’s Pajamas
11.17.11 Examiner.com –  San Francisco Green Festival 10-Year Celebration 2011
11.15.11 http://theblackbuscompany.blogspot.com –  Pacha’s Pajamas Giveaway
11.11.11 The Children’s Book Review –  Giveaway: Pacha’s Pajamas
11.07.11 blog.wabisabigreen.com –  Green Goods at Green Festival Los Angeles 2011
10.28.11 The Washington Post –  Occupy Pop Culture: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street
10.27.11 LA Holistic Family Examiner –  Environmental Hip Hop Musical @ Green Festivals
10.24.11 LA Family and Parenting Examiner – Going Green at the LA Green Festival
10.22.11 Treehugger Syndication – Los Angeles Green Festival’s Halloween Celebration
10.22.11 Children’s Health in Los Angeles Examiner
10.20.11 Green Festival Press –  Hip-Hop Musical With an Environmental Twist
10.10.11 Green Festival LA Blog –  Calling All Young Environmentalists! Fun and games
08.19.11 Reader Views –  Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature
05.09.11 Oakland Local Blog –  Pacha’s Pajamas Brings Nature to Life

 

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