The Best Reading Shows For Kids
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.
- 156 VOTES
Original release: 1983-2006Adventures stimulate an interest in reading; host LeVar Burton.
- Actors: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang
- Photo: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood242 VOTES
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Original release: 2012-PresentDaniel Tiger, 4, and his preschool friends have many interesting learning adventures.
- Actors: Addison Holley, Amariah Faulkner, Ted Dykstra
- Photo: Curious George / Universal Pictures327 VOTES
Original release: 2006-2015Rino Romano narrates the adventures of Curious George.
- Actors: Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Annie Mumolo, Jim Cummings, Susan Silo
- Photo: Arthur435 VOTES
Original release: 1996-PresentThe adventures of a young aardvark and his friends.
- Actors: Roman Lutterotti, Bruce Dinsmore, Daniel Brochu, Ethan Pugiotto, Jodie Resther
- 535 VOTES
Original release: 2007-2011WordFriends teach children how to build words.
- Actors: H.D. Quinn, George Bailey, Daryl Ekroth, Lenore Zann, Kathleen McInerney
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use624 VOTES
Original release: 2008-2014Martha 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 ten-year-old Helen Lorraine. When Helen feeds Martha some alphabet soup, the soup travels to her brain instead of her stomach, resulting in her ability to speak. The show focuses on synonyms and vocabulary, with each episode featuring an underlying theme illustrated with key words. The show takes place in the fictional town of Wagstaff City, a parody of Flagstaff, Arizona. The show is produced by WGBH in Boston, along with Vancouver based animation studio DHX Media Vancouver, and debuted on ...more
- Actors: Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Brian Drummond, Nicole Oliver, Terry Klassen