WFSU PBS KIDS Raising Readers Celebrates Summer Reading with ‘Super WHY!’

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email

FSU Press Release:

Join WFSU and the super heroes from the hit PBS program “Super WHY!” on Saturday, July 24, at the Tallahassee Mall. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at center court and Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Research shows that children’s reading levels drop during the summer when they aren’t in school. This event is designed to engage children in the fun of reading as well as provide books and activities that encourage reading. Activities include a Super Hero Transformation station where children can become their favorite “Super WHY!” character – Super WHY who has the power to read, Princess Presto with the power to spell, Alpha Pig with alphabet power, and Wonder Red with word power. Celebrity readers include Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, local author Adrian Fogelin and Tammy from the “John & Tammy in the Morning” show on Star 98. Free prizes and books will be given away during the event. Bring a book for the Early Learning Coalition Word Garden and win a chance for even more prizes!

Joining WFSU for this reading celebration and providing free resources and literacy activities are:

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend

Moms Like Me

Whole Child Project/ Leon

Celebrity Readers who will be located in the children’s section of Barnes & Noble include:

11 a.m. — Pat Dixon, Director of the Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the magnet lab

11:15 a.m. — Adrian Fogelin, author

11:30 a.m. — Mayor John Marks

12 p.m. — Debi Curruth from Barnes & Noble

12:30 p.m. — Carole Fiore, Library Consultant

1 p.m. — Tammy from Star 98

1:30 p.m. — Kenny Harrison from Chick Fil A and the Cow

About Super WHY!

Reading is power and “Super WHY!” is the only preschool property created to help children learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures. Both the animated show and the Super WHY! Reading Camps incorporate the literacy skills identified as most crucial to learning to read by the National Reading Panel Report: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. WFSU has sponsored Super WHY! Reading Camps at Bond, Sabal Palm and Oak Ridge Elementary schools for the past three summers. Further, the show’s characters were specifically created using the National Reading Panel’s recommendation. The title character Super WHY! brings all of the skills together to teach reading in a sentence structure, while imparting valuable lessons on comprehension and vocabulary.


WFSU-TV, celebrating its 50th year of operation, is licensed through Florida State University. As a member station of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), it is a seven-day-a-week educational resource for Floridians of all ages through online services, analog and digital television programming, documentary production and outreach activities. Through the WFSU PBS KIDS Raising Readers Project, a national literacy initiative, WFSU has been sponsoring literacy events throughout the region. WFSU broadcasts into 450,000 households throughout the Big Bend Region.


PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, offer all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and outreach programs. With positive character role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being, PBS’s online and community resources – including PBS KIDS online (, PBS KIDS GO! online (, PBS Parents (, PBS Teachers (, PBS KIDS Raising Readers and literacy events across the country – leverage the full spectrum of media, technology and community to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. Empowering children for success in school and in life, only PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s 356 public television stations, serving more than 115 million people on-air and online each month and reaching 99% of American homes.

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