What is it?

A critically acclaimed animated series produced by Scholastic Media that helps build vocabulary

Who’s it for?

Kids ages 4–7 who want to learn new and sophisticated words


Official WordGirl Facebook Page

More Information

Alison Grand
Grand Communications (for Scholastic Media)

(212) 584-1133


A Special Message to the Media...
from WordGirl

WordGirl’s interview with Jim Lehrer (YouTube)

“Inspiring…educational...hilarious...wittier than most prime-time sitcoms”

— People Magazine


  • WordGirl is a an original animated series that can be seen across multiple media platforms: a show that airs daily on PBS Kids, a robust Website, a top educational iPhone application ("WordGirl’s Word Hunt"), and content available online anytime at PBS’ kid-friendly broadband site. With every new word featured and defined, the series is getting closer to our goal of enriching kids’ vocabularies.
  • Action, adventure, and comedy fill every episode as WordGirl twists and parodies traditional comic book conventions. When WordGirl crash-landed on Earth (from the Planet Lexicon) she made an impact with more than just her spaceship. Her many impressive talents: super-strength, super-hearing, the ability to fly, and a super vocabulary make her stand out among today’s well-known superheroes. She's an eloquent and powerful role model for young girls.
  • Behind the fun and action of the WordGirl stories, the show has a core educational goal: to enhance vocabulary. Based on research by Beck, McKeown and Kucan, "Bringing Words to Life", each eleven-minute episode of WordGirl introduces two new words in a variety of contexts. These words are deliberately sophisticated yet highly usable, and sometimes they're just plain fun to say (i.e. flabbergasted, gibberish, incognito). The landmark study by Risley and Hart, "Meaningful Differences", cited that kids who grow up in language-rich environments have a leg up in terms of reading comprehension, academic performance and success in life. However, vocabulary acquisition differs widely depending on socio-economic-status. WordGirl helps to close the gap and to fortify literacy and academic success for all school-age children.

Press Releases

Scholastic Media Announces Production Order for 26 New Episodes of Emmy-Award PBS Kids Series WordGirl 

Sixth Season of Emmy Award-Winning "WordGirl" to Air this Fall on PBS Kids

Emmy Award Winning WORDGIRL Takes on Villains in '(M)arch Enemy Week'

Scholastic Announces Third Annual WordGirl Definition Competition Emmy Award-Winning "WordGirl" Takes on Bullying in New Special, Guest Starring Jane Lynch on PBS Kids Go

Scholastic Announces Special Two-Part Holiday Episode of WordGirl on PBS Kids GO!"

Scholastic Announces Second Annual WordGirl Definition Competition

Scholastic's Award-Winning "WordGirl" Series Features Week Long Programming Event on PBS Kids GO to Support Summer Reading

Emmy-Award Winning WordGirl Battles Dastardly New Nemeses in Summer Event on PBS KIDS Go!

Scholastic's Animated Avenger WordGirl Receives Three Emmy Award Nods

Scholastic Announces First Annual WordGirl Definition Competition


What is WordGirl?

  • The critically acclaimed show produced by Scholastic Media is seen five days weekly on PBS KIDS!
  • A star studded cast includes veteran comedians Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), Dannah Feinglass (FOX’s Madtv), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • WordGirl products include DVDs from Paramount, comic books from BOOM Studios, board games and puzzles from Briarpatch, educational toys from Twisterz, parade balloons from Big Events and costumes from Celebration Express. In addition, Scholastic has released
  • The annual WordGirl Definition Competition is a live vocabulary event, generating over 20 million incremental impressions each year
  • WordGirl serves as the National Ambassador of Summer Reading as part of the annual Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
  • WordGirl makes hundreds of appearances at high profile and highly trafficked consumer events all year long
  • The WordGirl series has been sold to more than 35 countries in 9 languages.



  • 2013, 2012 and 2008 Daytime Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Writing in Animation” category
  • 2013 Cynopsis !magination Awards Honorable for The Rise of Miss Power special in the "Kids 2-11 Special/TV Movie" category
  • 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008 Daytime Emmy Nominations in the “Outstanding Writing in Animation” category
  • 2013 Daytime Emmy Nomination in the “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program” category
  • 2012 CINE Golden Eagle Award in the ‘Professional Telecast Fiction Division for Children’s Entertainment’ category
  • 2012, 2011 & 2009 Telly Silver Award in the Children’s TV Program category
  • 2012 & 2011 Gracie Award in Outstanding Children’s Animated Program category
  • 2011 Daytime Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing”
  • 2011 KIDS FIRST! Endorsement
  • 2010 KidScreen Award for Best Voice Talent
  • 2010 Emmy Nominations in the “Outstanding Children’s Animated Performance” and “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” categories
  • Selected to be part of the fourth quarter KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2009
  • A Finalist Certificate in the New York Festivals’ 2009 TV Programming & Promotion Awards
  • 2009 iParenting Media Award for the Best Product in the television category
  • 2009 Gracie Award in the Outstanding Programming for Children category
  • A Parents’ Choice 2009 Silver Honor Award winner
  • New York Festival’s “World’s Best” Silver World Medal in Children’s Program category
  • 2008 Pulcinella Award Official Selection to be part of International Showcase at CARTOONS ON THE BAY
  • 2008 Parents’ Choice Award Recommended
  • 2008 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming


  • 2010 W3 Silver Award in the Television Website Category
  • 2009 The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
  • 2009 Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family winner
  • Nominated as a finalist in the “Kids—Best Companion Website Category” of the KidScreen Awards
  • Finalist for the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2008 Interactivity Prize
  • 2008 Parents’ Choice Recommended award winner
  • 2008 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award
  • 2008 W3 Gold Award Winner in the Children’s Website category


  • 2010 KIDS FIRST! Endorsement and for WordGirl Earth Day Girl DVD
  • 2010 KIDS FIRST! Endorsement for WordGirl Tricks and Treats DVD
  • WordGirl Tricks & Treats selected to be part of the fourth quarter KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2010


  • Nominated by Babble’s readers as one of the Best iPhone Apps for Kids


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