Michael Kinsell is an American writer, songwriter and host of the children’s educational series, Michael’s Storytime.
Born in San Diego, California, Kinsell was raised by a single mom alongside his younger brother and cousin. At an early age, Kinsell developed an interest in early childhood education, from caring for his younger siblings while their mother had to work.
Today, Kinsell is a child development teacher and works to develop media content, to help facilitate the intellectual, social and emotional needs of children.
I was born Michael Garth Kinsell, January 30, 1991, in San Diego, California. When I was 10 years old, like many children, my parents got a divorce. In my family, this meant my mom had to go back to work after years of being a stay-at-home mom. My brothers were only 4 and 6 at the time and, because we didn’t have a babysitter or nanny, often times we looked after each other.
As I got older, I realized what a tremendous role the television had played in our lives. We spent hours watching, and in a way it became like a babysitter. I used to love to watch old sitcoms from the 50’s and 60’s! All those classic shows brought me a lot of comfort, and at times, strength.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but I knew one day I wanted to make a television program that could help children feel the same way I did about the ones I looked up to growing up, like Mister Rogers and Mary Poppins.
As a teenager, I honed my skills at a local public access television station writing scripts and songs and even crafting sets and puppets. At 15, I signed up for classes in child development and knew I was home. I had truly discovered my passion, working with children.
During those years, I thought about all the other kids who might be home during the day, children who could really use another caring adult voice in their lives.
By this time, “reality TV” seemed to be becoming more and more popular. I wondered how we could have drifted so far from the comforting, whimsical programs of the past, to what some might consider the glorification of bad behavior through these new reality TV stars.
When people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up my standard answer was, “I’d like to make television programs for children and sing songs and read stories.”
That became my vision for Michael’s Storytime. My hope for our storytime work is that it can offer comfort, as well as address some of the deeper psychological, social, and emotional needs of young children.
Michael’s Storytime is for those who could really benefit from another caring adult voice in their lives. Who may be home, like my brothers and I were, and enjoy an extra song and story. And one that’s not coming from a
puppet or cartoon character, but a real child development teacher, singing songs they wrote, reading books they like and having a real conversation about life.