Super WHY!

Common Sense Media says

Young heroes' adventures build reading skills.





What parents need to know

Educational value

The series introduces preschoolers to early literacy skills like letter identification, letter sounds, simple spelling, and word recognition.

Positive messages

The series emphasizes the importance of problem solving, teamwork, communication, and compassion -- as well as learning literacy skills.

Positive role models

The four main characters are a diverse group who work well together as a team, respect each other, and are always willing to help others.

Violence & scariness

Some extremely mild suspense/peril as the heroes go about their adventures.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Some limited merchandise including a partnership with Post Alpha Bits cereal.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's no objectionable content in this animated educational series, which focuses on building preschoolers' early literacy skills. It teaches kids lessons in friendship, teamwork, and respect, as well as how to identify words and letters. Young viewers are encouraged to interact with the lively characters, whose travels through classic storybooks like The Three Little Pigs builds on kids' familiarity with popular stories.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When problems arise in Storybrook Village, it's up to the Super Readers -- Red (of Little Red Riding Hood fame), Littlest Pig (The Three Little Pigs), Princess Pea (The Princess and the Pea) and Whyatt Beanstalk (Jack's little-known younger brother) -- to don superhero attire and save the day. Once transformed into their alter egos, they leap into the pages of books to gather lessons that will help them solve problems. Each Reader is equipped with a special reading-based skill that helps the team overcome obstacles. Whether it's the ability to transform objects by changing a letter in their name (\"wall\" to \"ball,\" for instance) or the power to replace words in the story with synonyms or antonyms, each team member lends his or her individual talent to the group's work.

Is it any good?


Not only does this inviting animated series encourage preschoolers to expand their early literacy skills through interactive reading, word games, and spelling challenges, it also draws comparisons between the lessons in classic tales like The Three Little Pigs and real-world troubles that kids will easily relate to. The stories' morals also remind youngsters that many problems can be resolved by communication and compassion.

Kids are sure to enjoy Super WHY! for its energetic characters and vibrant illustrations. And parents will love the series' strong educational angle and the positive messages it sends kids about reading and learning in general.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about letters, letter sounds, and other reading skills. Kids: What letters do you know? What sounds do they make? What letters are in your name? How do letter sounds combine to make a word?

  • Parents can reinforce what preschoolers learn from this show by reading to them, practicing the alphabet, and pointing out simple words they see everyday.

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byJennrleigh April 16, 2011

Very Educational

Great role models- kids who love to learn, teach others & work together to solve problems! Very educational & interactive- viewers are asked to find & identify letters, spell words, etc. Both of my kids love to watch SuperWhy. My younger one is learning her alphabet while my older one is learning to spell & read and they really encourage each other!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old August 24, 2011


Super Why is a nice show, really: encouraging kids to read and write, but compared to the Backyardagins, this show is about as good as Barny (which I hate and give 1 star). The other thing about this show that is not a highlight is how 1 of the Superreaders is always the person who has the problem, and the little kids might be confused: the hero is now the one who needs to be saved?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 3 year old Written byjanetgdc January 30, 2010

great for a kid who wants to read


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