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About Us

Learn all about Night Zookeeper, our mission to make writing magical for children across the world, and the people making it happen.

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Intro & History

Night Zookeeper is a London-based children’s brand comprising a web-based learning platform, a book series and a TV mini-series. Centred around a magical “Night Zoo”, our goal is to inspire a love for creative writing in children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, and encourage children to use their imaginations whilst improving their reading and writing skills. Our flagship e-learning platform has been used by over 1 million students worldwide.

Night Zookeeper was founded in 2012 by Joshua Davidson and Paul Hutson. Our e-learning product was originally launched in November 2012 as a creative drawing iOS app for kids, which went on to be recognised as one of the 50 best apps of 2013 by The Observer and The Guardian.

In 2014, we revamped the app into a web version which included more extensive writing elements, a dashboard for monitoring progress and personalised feedback from tutors. Over 1 billion words have been written by children on the site. Night Zookeeper is also used in schools by teachers worldwide in an effort to harness the power of digital learning in the classroom. Amazingly, we have reached over a million students across 10,000 schools.

Our book series, written by our co-founder and managing director, Joshua Davidson, was acquired by Oxford University Press (OUP) Children’s in 2017. The first book of the series, Giraffes of the Whispering Wood, was published in January 2018. This was swiftly followed by The Lioness of Fire Desert, The Penguins of Igloo City and The Elephant of Tusk Temple. The 5th book of the series, The Bear of Flying Mountain, is due later in 2021. The stories are aimed at children aged 7+, and are available both digitally and in print.

In 2019, a 10-part Night Zookeeper series was commissioned by Sky Kids. The show was inspired by submissions from children, making it the first animated children’s series to collaborate with thousands of kids on the creation of each episode. The Night Zookeeper show was animated by BAFTA and Emmy award-winning studio Karrot Animation, and can be streamed on both Sky Kids and Now TV. Each episode is approximately 5 minutes long, and features the characters found also on the e-learning platform, including Will, Riya and Sam.

Our Founders

“I saw a real danger that technology was stifling children’s imaginations. I hoped we could make something that used storytelling and technology to add value to traditional creative play, and help keep creativity at the heart of childhood.”
Joshua Davidson, Co-Founder, Managing Director & Author,
"Working as a primary school teacher, I saw technology transforming the way children were learning maths or coding but parents often asked me, 'is there anything for reading AND writing?’ The truth was, there was nothing out there. So we decided to create it!"
Paul Hutson, Co-Founder & Education Director,
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We have been very humbled by the recognition we have received for our work. In 2016, our development team received a BAFTA nomination at the first ever British Academy Children’s Award for the ‘Learning - Primary in 2015’ category. Night Zookeeper has also received accolades from Common Sense Learning, The London Book Fair, BETT and Design For Experience.

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