TV That Promotes Literacy

The best way for kids to appreciate words and language is by having books read to them. But television can be another tool to help kids develop and enhance their literacy skills. There's a ton of high-quality -- and entertaining -- television out there these days that was developed by early-learning experts and specifically designed to help kids learn to read. Check out these excellent shows for little kids that encourage learning about letters, words, reading, and more. And for more winning picks to raise lifelong learners and readers, check out Best Preschool TVEducational TV Shows for Kids, and Reading Apps, Games, and Websites.

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Alphablocks TV Poster Image
Short, playful videos help preschoolers learn phonics.
Network: Netflix, CBeebies
(2020)
(2010)
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Goodnight with Dolly TV Poster Image
Country legend Dolly Parton reads comforting storybooks.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Sesame Street TV Poster Image
Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(1969)
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Twirlywoos TV Poster Image
Charming humor and vocabulary learning for youngest kids.
Network: Netflix, CBeebies
(2020)
(2015)
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Yakka Dee TV Poster Image
Simple but super series helps kids learn words.
Network: Comcast Kid Central, CBeebies
(2019)
(2018)
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Blue's Clues & You! TV Poster Image
Engaging reboot teaches preschoolers prereading skills.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices TV Poster Image
Virtual book club for preschoolers spotlights Black authors.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Hoopla Kidz TV Poster Image
Mild musical vids teach preschoolers early literacy skills.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2019)
(2010)
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Play with Me Sesame TV Poster Image
Lovable Muppets invite preschoolers to play along.
Network: Nick Jr., Sprout
(2005)
(2002)
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Read Along: Mondays with Michelle Obama TV Poster Image
Former First Lady hosts a virtual picture book story time.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Super WHY! TV Poster Image
Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Wilbur TV Poster Image
A "mooovelous" intro to reading for preschoolers.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2007)
(2007)
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Word Party TV Poster Image
Cute, fun preschool series puts kids in vocab-teaching role.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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WordWorld TV Poster Image
Words come to life in delightful preschool series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Between the Lions TV Poster Image
Educational TV with heart -- and a slight flaw.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2000)
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Dog Loves Books TV Poster Image
Canine book lovers bring stories to life in preschool show.
Network: CBeebies
(2020)
(2020)
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Martha Speaks TV Poster Image
Chatty canine's vocab lessons are fun for kids.
Network: PBS Kids
(2008)
(2008)
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Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars Presents TV Poster Image
Fun live special will delight fans of Mo Willems' books.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Reading Rainbow TV Poster Image
Encouraging kids to read, one book at a time.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1983)
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Wallykazam! TV Poster Image
Exceptional preschool show with quality literacy curriculum.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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The Electric Company TV Poster Image
Excellent update of '70s classic makes English lessons fun.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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WordGirl TV Poster Image
Brainy heroine uses vocab to outwit bad guys.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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