By Aisha Sultan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
I liked the list of great children’s TV shows created by BabyCenter (http://tinyurl.com/knpgpo), but I think they neglected some gems. So, here’s my top 10 list of worthy kids’ TV shows educational but also enjoyable for parents to watch. (Of course, Sesame Street is a perennial classic.)
- “Super Why” (PBS): This superhero uses his super reading powers to solve storybook problems. It will make your kids want to be Super Readers, too.
- “Word World” (PBS): Words literally come to life in this show, where objects and animals in the show are comprised of block letters.
- “Between the Lions” (PBS): A family of lovable lions run a magical library where stories come alive as they are read aloud. Each episode focuses on a new letter sound or combination.
- “Dora the Explorer;” “Go Diego, Go!” (Nickelodeon): The success of Dora, the active and wide-eyed 7-year-old star, had led to a spin-off about her cousin, Diego. Both shows expose kids to the fun of being bilingual and engages them in adventures.
- “Charlie and Lola” (Disney Channel): Based on an award-winning children’s book, these British siblings model the best brother-sister relationship and will win your heart.
- “Pinky Dinky Doo” (Noggin): Pinkie is a girl who lives in Great Big City with her parents, her little brother, Tyler, and their pet, Mr. Guinea Pig. Great for vocabulary building and infectious songs.
- “The Mighty B” (Nickelodeon): Bessie, an awkward HoneyBee Scout imagines she is a superhero when she encounters a problem. The show is more appropriate for elementary-school aged children. The dialogue is sharp and witty.
- “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan” (Noggin): The Chinese version of Dora. Introduces elements of Chinese culture and values, multiculturalism (through the diverse backgrounds of Kai-Lan’s friends), and intergenerational families.
- “Blue’s Clues” (Noggin): The show’s host and Blue, the animated dog, guide children through a problem-solving activity in each episode.
- “Word Girl” (PBS): Word Girl uses her great vocabulary to fend off villains such as Granny May, The Butcher, Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy and Dr. Two-Brains.