Our Shows on PBS

Reading Rockets produces award-winning PBS television programs about reading and early education. You can watch the shows when they are broadcast by your public television station, or watch online anytime — just select the program you are interested in from the list below.

Featured Video: Launching Young Readers

Toddling Toward Reading

What it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers.

PBS Launching Young Readers series

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Launching Young Readers is a public television series designed for teachers, parents, and others interested in helping children learn to read. Based on the latest research, these 30-minute programs feature the country's top reading experts, look at different reading strategies, provide practical advice for parents, and interweave the personal stories of children, families, and teachers.

Learn more about Launching Young Readers >

Watch each program online, learn more about each show, and browse all of the related resources:

A Tale of Two Schools

A Tale of Two Schools

In this PBS special, Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman narrates a one-hour documentary that tells the intimate story of a tumultuous year at two vulnerable schools. It's a tale of hope, of faith, and of the power of committed adults to help shape the life of a child. To learn more about the documentary, download the discussion guides, and watch online, see A Tale of Two Schools.

More about our shows

For the news media

To find press announcements and high-resolution images from the shows or to download our logos, please visit the Press Room.

Public Service Announcements

Reading Rockets has produced several 30-second public service announcements featuring Reba McEntire, Molly Ringwald, Vivica A. Fox, Morgan Freeman, and Al Roker. View the PSAs and find out how your organization can use these free PSAs for broadcast or to include on your website.

Downloading our video

For information about video downloading rights, please see the Creative Commons license page.

About us

Reading Rockets is based at public television station WETA in Washington, D.C., and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Information about Reading Rockets is available on the About Us page.

If you have any comments or suggestions about our shows, please contact us.

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Our Literacy Blogs

Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
August 12, 2019
"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person ..." —

Carl Sagan