In 2016, the Reading Rockets project received the David M. Rubenstein Prize, the top honor in the Library of Congress Literacy Awards program. The Library of Congress Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy. Read the press release here.


Reading Rockets has also received numerous national awards and recognition for our television programs and websites. Browse the list below.

PBS television programs

Adventures in Summer Learning (web show)

  • Communicator Award, Silver Award of Distinction
  • International Davey Awards Silver Medal Winner
  • Telly Awards Bronze Medal Winner

Toddling Toward Reading

  • Gold Communicator Award
  • Telly Awards Silver Medal Winner

A Chance to Read

  • CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • Finalist in the Children's Health category, International Health & Medical Media Awards (the Freddie Awards), 2008
  • Gold World Medal at the International Film and Video Competition of New York, 2008
  • Silver Award of Distinction, 14th Annual Communicator Awards (International Academy of the Visual Arts), 2008

Reading and the Brain

  • First Place in the Children's Health category, International Health & Medical Media Awards (the Freddie Awards), 2007
  • Silver World Medal at the International Film and Video Competition of New York, 2007

Reading Rocks!

  • Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award winner
    "Parents of children who have learning disabilities might find this especially reassuring, interesting, and informative...[T]he enlightening and fun to watch."

Launching Young Readers

  • First Place Gold Camera award from the 36th Annual International Film and Video Festival
  • Four Silver Statuettes and a Bronze Statuette from the 24th Annual Telly Awards

A Tale of Two Schools

  • CINE Special Jury Prize
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • Unity Award in Media
  • Finalist, New York Festivals 2005 International Television Programming and Promotion Awards

Empowering Parents

  • CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • New York Festivals TV Finalist
  • 2006 IRA Broadcast Media Award for Television
  • Telly Awards Bronze Medal Winner

Becoming Bilingual

  • CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • Telly Awards Bronze Medal Winner


Start with a Book

  • 2012 W3 Silver Award: Education
  • 2012 W3 Silver Award: Family/Parenting

  • 2006 Webby Awards Honoree The Webby Awards
  • Best Internet Community Service Effort, EPpy Award Finalist, 2004
  • Horizon Interactive Awards, Silver Award, Education Website 2004
  • Dr. Hotlist Site of the Week, District Administration Magazine, March 2004
  • Great Web Sites for Kids, American Library Association, 2003
  • USA Today Hot Site, September 2003
  • A+ Site Review, Education World, October 2003
  • Site of the Week, eSchool News, October 2003
  • Web Site of the Month, National Association of School Psychologists, October 2003
  • School Library Journal, October 2003
    "While some terrific online literacy resources are available in English, painfully few are available in Spanish. This situation has to change, and Colorín Colorado is a great step in the right direction."
  • National PTA Magazine, September 2003
    "If you know Spanish-speaking parents looking for ways to help their children develop their reading skills, recommend the Colorín Colorado website for a fun and colorful approach to literacy... the website is filled with ideas for activities to make reading a daily activity… expert advice… and links to further resources…"
  • Rated five stars in the Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide

  • Washington, D.C., ADDY Award for Best Public Service Web Site of 2003

  • eSchool News Site of the Week, February 2003
  • Cool Site of the Day, November 12, 2002
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