One of the best resources to explore the world of children’s literature with kids AND adults is none other than KidLit TV. Julie Gribble, a two Emmy Award nominee, a multi-award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer, founded KidLit TV to help inspire children to learn and read. She has assembled an all-star team of diverse award-winning writers, illustrators, teachers, filmmakers, and reading specialists who work together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The diverse KidLit TV team also supports the We Need Diverse Books and Multicultural Children’s Book Day initiatives by encouraging the children’s literature community to create more books that reflect the diversity of our society.
Award-Winning Children’s Literature Resource
KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids. KLTV is available in over 600,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners.
KidLit TV Shows
STORYMAKERS, our flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling kid lit authors and illustrators. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book, affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress.
READ OUT LOUD – Enjoy story time with authors at KLTV HQ!
KidLit MTV– Watch, Sing, Read with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Shawn Colvin!
READY SET DRAW! – Get inspired to draw with talented illustrators from children’s literature.
YOUNG AT ART with James Ransome – On this series, kids learn basic and intermediate art skills from shapes to colors!
IN STUDIO – Join the KLTV film crew as we visit artists’ studios around the world!
PAST PRESENT: GIVING PAST STORIES NEW LIFE with Lesa Cline-Ransome – Explore non-fiction story writing, share how we can learn about ourselves and find common bonds with people from the past.
PHIL’S FAST FIVE – A fun, fast-paced Q&A hosted by author Phil Bildner.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LIBRARIES – Find out what REALLY happens in the library!
KidLit Radio– The Children’s Literature Podcast for Kids! Listen here or on iTunes and SoundCloud. Plus exclusive LIVE coverage of special literary events HERE and on Facebook LIVE!
KidLit TV and NBC/Universal
We are so thrilled to announce that KidLit TV just signed a licensing agreement with NBC/Universal. Select KidLit TV videos will now be shared on their Bluprint website!
KidLit TV News
Leonard Marcus is the newest KLTV team member and we are thrilled about his new program— What Becomes a Classic? Leonard Marcus is a prize-winning author, curator, NYU professor and authority on children’s literature. Who better than for KidLit TV to team up with to take a closer look at books so good, they never get old? What Becomes a Classic? is all about exploring this theme — digging into historical and cultural context around the creation of a children’s classic.
Other KidLit TV Resources
Crafts And Activities– Every Friday, you will find new book inspired crafts and activities. These book tools will guarantee to spark creativity in young readers and engage children in all of the fabulous books that are shared in the other categories.
Book Trailers– A first look at trailers for irresistible books! Check back every Monday for the latest and greatest in KidLit.
For Grown Ups– Educational, inspirational, and entertaining resources for your kiddos. This includes guest posts by reading and literacy specialists on KidLit Kibbles, recommendations and articles about diverse books, as well as Q&As with many featured experts, authors, and illustrators.
Be sure to follow KidLit TV on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with the inside scoop on children’s literature.
Julie Gribble says
Thank you to KidLit TV team member Bethany Edwards for creating this article and to Valarie Budayr and the MCCBD team for sharing it!
I’d love to hear ideas from your readers on how KidLit TV can further help parents and educators get diverse books to kids!