Mon, 07/13/2009 - 4:00pm
Emmy Award®-winning WordGirl and her monkey sidekick Captain Huggy Face galaxy-hopped from planet Lexicon several years back, to battle Earth-bound villains with bad grammar and even worse vocabularies. But her alter ego Becky Botsford embarks on a much more exciting adventure with friends and family during the WordGirl Summer Road Trip” airing Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/ cable 1011/ cable 11).
New episodes airing Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 find Becky and the gang roughing it on a serene camping trip marred by a giant robot, and saving the city’s candy supply during an all-but-routine field trip. Fan favorites re-air the rest of the week, including episodes in which WordGirl protects the local amusement park and averts a major cheese heist during a family vacation.
“WordGirl fans may be on summer vacation, but a nine-and-a-half-year-old super heroine’s work is never done.” says Deborah Forte, Executive Producer of WordGirl, and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company. “Scholastic is proud that its award-winning show will bring viewers brand-new adventures to enjoy, and new words to use all summer long.”
Designed to enrich children’s vocabulary, instill a love of language, and foster better reading comprehension, WordGirl debuted as on-air and online shorts in November 2006. A popular website, pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl, supports the program’s goals with free interactive games, activities for parents and children, and lesson plans for teachers to enhance vocabulary development and general literacy.
The show has won numerous parenting and industry excellence awards since its debut, including an Emmy Award for “Best Writing in Animation,” a Television Critics Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Animation,” a Gracie Award for its portrayal of a strong female character, an iParenting Media Award, a Parents Choice Silver Honor Award and many more. Scholastic recently released books based on the popular show – and Scholastic Media has announced plans for further expansion of the franchise featuring educational board games, puzzles and more.