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Public television and literacy outreach

Television has tremendous potential to help young children learn and can be an engaging literacy tool. That's why it's so important that public television is supportive of helping its young viewers learn to read.From learning disabilities to reading strategies and tips, Reading Rockets can help your station address these issues and topics for parents and provide free resources for teachers of preschool through grade 3.

Resources for parents

Resources for parents

Resources for teachers

Resources for teachers
Especially for pre-K

Especially for Pre-K

Station outreach resources

Station outreach resources

Launching Young Readers series

Reading Rockets produces award-winning PBS television programs about how children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help. Learn more about the Launching Young Readers series, including how to watch the complete series online and the television broadcast schedule.

Launching Young Readers guides

Free print guides

Share the free print guides that accompany the Launching Young Readers television series, including a viewer's guide, a teacher's guide, and a bilingual family guide. Full-color print versions of the guides are included with purchase of the videos or DVD.

Accompanying website on PBS.org

Visit the PBS companion website to the Launching Young Readers television series. You'll find extra resources, parent tips by grade level, and free e-cards featuring original art by top children's book illustrators.

Toolkit for outreach coordinators

This free toolkit helps stations make the most of the below video modules that show what works in teaching and encouraging kids to become readers.

Becoming Aware of Print

Two-and-a-half-year -old Mira gets a head start on reading from her parents. She can already name most of the letters of the alphabet.

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