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Watch and Learn:
11 TV Shows That Promote Literacy

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The best way for kids to appreciate words and language is by reading to them. But TV can be another tool to help kids develop and enhance their literacy skills. Check out these excellent shows for little kids that encourage learning about letters, words, reading, and more.

  • Sesame Street

    Come and play on everyone’s favorite street.
    — Age: 2
    — Network: PBS

  • Play with Me Sesame

    Lovable Muppets invite preschoolers to play along.
    — Age: 3
    — Network: Nick Jr., Sprout

  • Super WHY!

    Young heroes’ adventures build reading skills.
    — Age: 3
    — Network: PBS Kids

  • Wilbur

    A “mooovelous” intro to reading for preschoolers.
    — Age: 3
    — Network: Discovery Family Channel

  • WordWorld

    Words come to life in delightful preschool series.
    —  Age: 3
    — Network: PBS Kids

  • Between the Lions

    Educational TV with heart — and a slight flaw.
    — Age: 4
    — Network: PBS

  • Martha Speaks

    Chatty canine’s vocab lessons are fun for kids.
    — Age: 4
    — Network: PBS Kids

  • Reading Rainbow

    Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.
    — Age: 4
    — Network: PBS

  • Wallykazam!

    Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.
    — Age: 4
    — Network: Nickelodeon

  • The Electric Company

    Excellent update of ’70s classic makes English lessons fun.
    — Age: 5
    — Network: PBS

  • WordGirl

    Brainy heroine uses vocab to outwit bad guys.
    — Age: 5
    — Network: PBS Kids