Raising Readers

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Kids Love to Learn

PBS Raising Readers is a national literacy campagin and part of the Ready To Learn initiative, focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care settings and in the community.

Funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the United States Department of Education, the Ready To Learn initiative is developing engaging PBS KIDS Raising Readers television programs, exciting games, playful Web sites, and easy-to-use learning resources for kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers—all with the goal of helping children ages 2 to 8 get ready to read.

All Ready To Learn initiative efforts incorporate the latest research about the most effective ways for kids to build reading skills, with a special emphasis on the needs of children from low income families. The Ready To Learn initiative is a cooperative agreement of the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS, and the Ready To Learn Partnership (RTLP). PBS member public television stations nationwide are important partners in the Ready To Learn initiative.

Between the LionsSesame StreetSUPER WHY, and WordWorld continue to be part of the PBS KIDS Raising Readers programming, and fun new shows are on the way!

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Visit PBS KIDS Island for reading games, activities, and more!

Parents & Caregivers

Parents and caregivers discover handy tips and tools to encourage children to read. Link to relevant resources and easy-to-use activities that tie into everyday learning. Beyond just books, this site introduces many creative ways to raise a reader and encourage early learning.
For more information: http://pbskids.org/read/parents


Liven up classroom learning with links to lesson plans, articles and curricula to help every child learn to read. Show your students how fun reading can be when you bring Big Bird, Super WHY! and other favorite characters into classroom activities.

For more information: http://pbskids.org/read/teachers

PBS Kids Programs

Roar with the lovable literacy lions, fly high with Super WHY! and sing along with Sesame Street when you tune into the creative shows behind the PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative. Integrated content from the shows, engaging activities and quality resources throughout the site enhance and support children’s literacy skills in a fresh new way.
View our children’s programs.

PBS Kids Island

PBS KIDS Island is for children who are learning to read and their parents, teachers, and caregivers. PBS KIDS Island can help children gain confidence in the skills they need to become successful readers.

Take a voyage to an interactive learning island brimming with exciting stories, games and activities featuring content from new and established PBS KIDS programs. An embedded progress tracker helps parents, teachers and caregivers monitor children’s literacy skills and reading development online.
For more information: pbskids.org/read

It’s Free! PBS KIDS Island is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and was developed as part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, the PBS national initiative to help children learn to read. Our mission is to help children develop and practice basic reading skills through online games and activities. PBS KIDS Island is a completely free resource and we encourage you to sign up so your child, group or class can play all the games and win prizes, while tracking progress through the eight levels of literacy skills. PBS’ companion site, readytolearnreading.org, for parents, teachers, and caregivers, also offers a variety of free materials, and provides extensive information about PBS KIDS Raising Readers.