Scholastic Media's WORDGIRL Moves to Five Days a Week Starting Memorial Day

New York, NY — April 17, 2008 — Scholastic Media announced today that its newest and popular animated series, WORDGIRL™ is moving to five days a week on PBS KIDS GO! Starting this Memorial Day, everyone’s favorite definition dynamo and her trusty sidekick Captain Huggy Face, will be bringing a daily dose of witty storylines and madcap adventures to legions of Lexicon fans across the country. The new schedule will kick off with a full two hours of WORDGIRL on Monday, May 26th (check local listings) starting with an all-new episode that will be followed by three additional fan favorites. For more information on the series, visit and

"We're delighted that WORDGIRL’s comedic and entertaining approach to instilling a love of language has resonated with kids and parents around the country," said Deborah Forte, President, Scholastic Media and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. "This next stage of the programming rollout is a terrific opportunity to reach even more viewers and secure WORDGIRL as a classic, endearing character for the ages."

PBS member stations across the country are celebrating WORDGIRL’s voluminous vocabulary with events for kids and families in their local communities. WXXI in Rochester, New York will host a “WordGirl Extravaganza,” where kids can meet WordGirl and talk about their favorite word in a chance to be on-air. Maryland Public Television will present WordGirl at Port Discovery, where kids can play word games and compete in a Captain Huggy Face dance contest. More great WordGirl events are happening at PBS member stations, please check your local event listings.

While Tobey has a babysitter, WordGirl and Tobey get into a battle of words on the game show “Crash or Pie.” Vocabulary words: Enormous, Bicker

The Butcher is hosting free barbecues as diversions to help him carry out his crimes; WordGirl takes him down after discovering his meaty powers are neutralized by tofu! Vocabulary words: Impressive, Diversion

Episode #102
Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy is threatening to “smush” City Hall with his giant sandwich press… unless WordGirl can guess his secret code-word in time! Vocabulary words: Doomed, Dash

WordGirl must track down Dr. Two-Brains after he escapes from the Prison Warden's life-size maze. The same week, there just happens to be lots of rare cheese to steal from events around town. Vocabulary words: Coincidence, Guarantee

Episode #103
Granny May goes on a crime spree by using her coupon printing-press to get things for free. WordGirl has to track her down and foils her plan. Vocabulary words: Squint, Coupon

Dr. Two-Brains has escaped from prison again! WordGirl must find him before he perfects his latest weapon… a ray that can turn gold into cheese. (Luckily, so far, he's only succeeded in turning gold into potato salad.) Vocabulary words: Transformation, Glum

Episode #115- NEW
Chuck reluctantly teams up with an obnoxious, exasperating new sidekick named The Whammer. WordGirl and Captain Huggy-Face must track them down - before everything in town gets whammed. Vocabulary words: Sidekick, Exasperated

Dr Two-Brains is on vacation, and WordGirl has to battle his replacement - a super-fan named Glen who isn't quite as scary as the real Doc. Vocabulary words: Replacement, Gloat

Since the September 2007 debut of the show, the breakout hit series, created and executive produced by Scholastic Media’s animation studio, Soup2Nuts, is enjoying great success both on TV screens and computer screens, garnering over 1,000,000 unique visitors to both the Scholastic and PBS KIDS GO! websites. WORDGIRL has recently been selected as a 2008 official selection (US) to be part of the Prix Jeunesse International Showcase at “CARTOONS ON THE BAY”. WORDGIRL is also a 2008 Parents' Choice award winner.

In addition, the WORDGIRL publishing program, from Scholastic, is scheduled to launch with two titles available exclusively in Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs in Fall 2008, leading up to a wider roll-out for the general market the following spring.

Building upon its success in the U.S. with both children and parents, Scholastic Media is extending WORDGIRL’s reach into international territories with current deals already in place for Canada, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Germany. Additional deals are pending.

Scholastic Media recently announced a production order from PBS for 26 new episodes of the animated comedy series.

The series launched to rave reviews and is a top rated show for kids 6-8. Dedicated to protecting her fellow citizens and fighting a never-ending battle for truth, justice and use of the right word, WORDGIRL will continue to introduce children to a variety of new and sophisticated words in the new episodes through side-splitting comedy and entertaining storylines and a wacky cast of characters voiced by some of the top talent in the industry.

About Scholastic Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site,

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