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PBS Kids Raising Readers

Raising Readers


About the Program

The PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative uses research-based, innovative television programs and related multi-media content to help meet the critical literacy needs of children ages 2-8, from low income families.

A unique 360 degree approach to learning surrounds families, caregivers, teachers and parents with ready-to-use literacy resources and supports at home, in school and in the community. The initiative harnesses the power of the media to enhance early literacy skills using content from PBS KIDS shows as a springboard for quality learning.

Integrated resources include:

  • PBS KIDS television series - Sesame Street, Between the Lions, Super WHY!, WordWorld, Martha Speaks and the Electric Company
  • Online professional development courses for early childcare professionals
  • PBS KIDS Island and The Great Word Quest - Stimulating, interactive reading websites for kids, parents, teachers, caregivers
  • PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners
  • Super WHY! Summer reading camps
  • Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program


Raising Readers

The national project is funded by U.S. Department of Education's Ready To Learn grant with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Learn More about PBS KIDS Raising Readers at

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Library Corners

PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Corners

Reading adventures come to life in cozy book nooks nestled into libraries across the state. Library corners provide an inviting place where children, caregivers, and families can explore words, letters, and a variety of literacy activities together using interactive media, resources and books from popular PBS KIDS shows. Check the list below to find a Library Corner in your county

9 Reasons to Visit a Library

County PBS KIDS Library Corner Location
Allegany County Library

Washington Street Library:
31 Washington Street, Cumberland, MD 21502

Anne Arundel County
Public Library

Brooklyn Park Branch:
1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21225

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Herring Run Branch
3801 Erdman Avenue  Baltimore, MD  21213

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Northwood Branch
4420 Loch Raven Blvd.  Baltimore, MD  21218

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Orleans Street Branch
1303 Orleans Street  Baltimore, MD  21231

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Patterson Park Branch
158 N. Linwood Avenue  Baltimore, MD  21224

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
1531 W. North Avenue  Baltimore, MD  21217

Baltimore County Public Library

Rosedale Branch Library:
6105 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale, MD  21237

Calvert Library

Central-Prince Frederick:
850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 

Caroline County Public Library

Central Library:
100 Market Street, Denton, MD  21629

Carroll County Public Library

Finksburg Branch:
2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD  21048

Cecil County Public Library

Elkton Central Branch:
301 Newark Avenue, Elkton, MD  21921

Dorchester County Public Library

Central Library:
303 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD  21613

Frederick County Public Library

Urbana Regional Library:
9020 Amelung Street, Frederick, MD  21704

Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County

Accident Branch:
106 S. North Street, Accident, MD  21520

Harford County Public Library

Bel Air Branch:
100 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Bel Air, MD  21014

Howard County Library

East Columbia Branch:
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD  21045

Kent County Public Library

Chestertown Branch:
408 High Street, Chestertown, MD  21620

Montgomery County Public Library

Chevy Chase Branch:
8005 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD  20815

Prince George's County Memorial Library

Fairmount Heights Branch:
5904 Kolb Street, Fairmount Heights, MD  20743

Queen Anne's County Free Library Kent Island Branch:
200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD  21666

St. Mary's County Library

Leonardtown Branch:
23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD  20650

Somerset County Library

Princess Anne - Headquarters
11767 Beechwood Street, Princess Anne, MD  21853

Talbot County Free Library

Main Branch-Easton
100 West Dover Street, Easton, MD  21601

Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Central Location):
100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 

Wicomico County Free Library

Centre Branch:
Centre at Salisbury, N. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD

Worcester County Library

Pocomoke Branch:
301 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD  21851

PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners are a partnership between PBS, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, Maryland Public Television and the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Library Development and Services.

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Information for Parents/Caregivers

Parents and caregivers discover handy tips and tricks to encourage children to read. Link to relevant resources and easy-to-use activities that tie into everyday learning. Enjoy many creative ways to raise a reader and encourage early learning.

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Liven up classroom learning with links to activity plans organized by six specific learning domains and aligned to MSDE State Curriculum standards. Show your students how fun reading can be when you bring Big Bird, Super WHY! and other favorite characters into classroom activities.

Maryland childcare providers can learn online and meet professional development requirements with two PBS KIDS Raising Readers courses. Raising Readers: Preparing Preschoolers for Success and Raising Readers: Ready to Read and Write with Digital Media (PreK) are MSDE approved for 15 clock hours and offers licensed providers an opportunity to learn anytime, anywhere – online!

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PBS Kids Island

PBS Kids IslandFun for kids at PBS Kids Island

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 on Kids Island helps parents', teachers and caregivers monitor children's development online. Recommended ages: 3-6

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The Great Word Quest

Sesame StreetJoin the Great Word Quest

Join a team, start an online scavenger hunt, and build reading skills in a race to earn the most words. Kids find and collect words by playing games from their favorite shows like Martha Speaks, The Electric Company and Word Girl. Parents and teachers can track each child’s progress as they conquer reading skills. Recommended ages: 6-8

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PBS Kids On-Air Programming

Roar with the lovable literacy lions, fly high with Super WHY! and sing along with Sesame Street when you tune into the creative kids 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.

MPT Children's Program Schedule

Sesame StreetSesame Street

Kids favorite, and parents too, Sesame Street brings a cast of furry friends to life to get kids ready for school and help establish an early foundation for learning. Colorful characters sing upbeat songs and interact with everyday people to engage children in relevant interactive learning.

Between the LionsBetween the Lions

Lovable lions run a magical library where book characters come to life to help children learn letters and sounds through skits, songs and animation. The literacy series, for kids ages 4-7, playfully demonstrates the joys of reading with a fun-loving family of lions.

Super Why!Super WHY!

Children ages 3-6 interact with literacy super heroes in a magical place called Storybook Village. The playful, animated characters solve problems with their unique literacy-based super powers. Leap into learning and get to know Alpha Pig with "Alphabet Power," Wonder Red with "Word Power," Princess Presto with "Spelling Power," and Super Why with the "Power to Read."

Martha SpeaksMartha Speaks

Tune into this new animated series for kids ages 4-7 and meet Martha, a beloved family dog, who slurps alphabet soup that gives her the power of human speech. Martha Speaks engages kids in learning through humorous adventures to help expand their vocabulary.

Electric CompanyThe Electric Company

Get re-charged with this contemporary, hip new version of the classic children's series from the 70's. The Electric Company teaches important literacy skills and motivates school age kids to read using cool dance moves and energetic music.

Word WorldWord World

Animals form words with their bodies in an enchanting 3-D animated series which encourages kids ages 3-5 to make friends with playful word friends Dog, Sheep, Frog, Duck, Pig and Ant. Words come to life and meander into the minds of curious kids through this high-spirited cast of characters

MPT Children's Program Schedule

For more information about the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Initiative, please contact Karla Thompson,

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