Parenting The Best Reading Shows For Kids  

Ranker TV
99 votes 15 voters 18 items

List Rules Vote up the children's television programs that are best at teaching reading & literacy skills.

Aside from being a great place to waste a whole day by binge-watching a series that features teenagers in a post-apocalyptic world, television does have its educational uses. Though it may not get a lot of credit as a learning tool, the fact is, most of you who are reading this right now are able to do so because TV taught us how to, or helped us perfect the skill. Whether we learned the alphabet from cartoons or followed along with Reading Rainbow religiously, the best reading children's shows were entertaining as well as educational.

These reading shows for kids almost always used humor and interactive content to connect with young viewers and engage them in ways that books or lessons couldn't. The fact is, if kids are tricked into learning by someone fun like the monsters on Sesame Street, they're a heck of a lot more likely to learn.

Whether you're trying to get your own kid into reading or you simply want to reminisce about the days spent on the floor in front of your TV learning with your favorite television host, we're here to rank the top reading kids shows from A to Z - or more accurately, from best to not-so-best.

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang
Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged children to read. In 2012 an iPad ...more
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Word Party is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Dorien Davies, Misty Rosas, Donna Kimball
Jim Henson's Word Party (Netflix, 2016)is an American animated children's television series created by Alex Rockwell. The vocabulary-building program features four young animals, Kip the ...more
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Doc McStuffins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Lara Jill Miller, Kiara Muhammad, Jaden Betts
Doc McStuffins is an animated children's television series produced by Brown Bag Films. It was created and executive produced by Chris Nee and premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney Channel and ...more
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WordGirl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Dannah Feinglass Phirman, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford
WordGirl is an American children’s animated television series produced by the Soup2Nuts animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids. The show began as a series of shorts entitled The ...more
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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Rino Romano
Curious George is an animated television series based on the Curious George children's book series, which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who ...more
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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro, Daniel Brochu
Arthur is a Canadian/American animated educational television series for children, created by Cookie Jar Group and WGBH for the Public Broadcasting Service. The show is set in the fictional ...more
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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby
The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was directed by Bob Schwartz, Henry Behar and John Tracy, written by Christopher Cerf, Jeremy Steven and John ...more
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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more
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WordWorld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Marc Thompson, Veronica Taylor
WordWorld is an American CGI animated television series that debuted on PBS Kids. It was created by Don Moody, Jacqueline Moody, Peter Schneider and Gary Friedman. WordWorld was produced by The ...more
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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen
Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more
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Martha Speaks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond
Martha Speaks is a American-Canadian animated children's television series based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Susan Meddaugh, about a talking dog named Martha, who is owned by ...more
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is an American-Canadian animated children's television series produced by The Fred Rogers Company, 9 Story Media Group and Out of the Blue Enterprises. It debuted on ...more
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Paw Patrol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Kallan Holley, Devan Cohen, Alex Thorne
PAW Patrol is a Canadian/American animated television preschool series that was created by Keith Chapman. The series first aired on August 12, 2013, on Nickelodeon in the United States and in ...more
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Tumble Leaf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Christopher Downs, Brooke Wolloff, Jodi Downs
Tumble Leaf (Amazon Video, 2014) is a stop motion animated series created by Drew Hodges, and based on the short film Miro. Fig and his caterpillar friend, along with other residents of the ...more
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The Wiggles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Murray Cook, Anthony Field
The Wiggles are a children's music group from Australia formed in Sydney, in 1991. The idea behind the formation of the group came from Anthony Field. Other members in the original line up from ...more
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Super Why! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Siera Florindo, Tajja Isen, Zachary Bloch
Super Why or The Reading Adventures of Super Why is an American children's CGI animated show developed by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman Alpert. The series is produced by New York ...more
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Bubble Guppies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Frank Welker, Zachary Gordon, Skai Jackson
Bubble Guppies is an American preschool children's television series produced for Nickelodeon and created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull. The series is produced by using Autodesk Maya 3D ...more
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Dora the Explorer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reading Shows For Kids
Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez
Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried ...more