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LPB and PBS KIDS presents Alma's Way and October Fun!

Premiers on October 4th at 7:30 AM & 3 PM on LPB and 4 PM on LPBKIDS!

This new series from Fred Rogers Productions follows 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her parents and little brother. In each episode, Alma offers a window into her everyday life, which includes her close-knit and loving family, friends and neighbors. The series is created by actor and writer Sonia Manzano, who positively impacted the lives of generations as “Maria” on SESAME STREET. ALMA’S WAY gives children ages 4-6 the power to find answers to their problems, express their feelings and respect the unique perspectives of others.

Craving something savory with minimal ingredients? Invite your kids to help make mofongo, a classic Puerto Rican dish made with green plantains!

Do your kids like icy treats? Teach them how to make piraguas, the popular Puerto Rican shaved ice dessert, with this tasty, customizable recipe!

Don't miss all the fun, hands-on activities, videos, and digital games for Alma on PBS ParentsPBS LearningMedia, and PBS KIDS!


“THE NEGRO MOTORIST GREEN BOOK” Visit the exhibit, then explore the local history with the new LPB Digital Series

From restaurants to eat in to places to sleep, The Green Book was more than just a travel guide for Black vacationers in mid-century America, it was a survival guide. From 1936 to 1967, the book featured businesses that were African-American friendly during the Jim Crow era.  Now Louisianans can get an immersive look at what it was like for Black travelers during that time thanks to a fascinating Smithsonian traveling exhibit that brings the guide to life. “The Negro Motorist Green Book” is at the Capitol Park Museum until November 14, 2021. The exhibit is curated by Candacy Taylor, one of the nation’s leading Green Book scholars and with the generous support of ExxonMobil Corporation.


Many Louisiana businesses were featured in The Green Book and a new LPB digital shorts series will help you learn their stories and explore our state’s history in greater detail. Safe Haven: Louisiana’s Green Book begins Friday, October 8, with the first episode premiering on LPB’s YouTube Channel.  Watch for a new episode every Friday through November 12.

The series is being shot and co-written by LPB’s Emma Reid and Kara St. Cyr, who also serves as our on camera guide. St. Cyr learned a lot of Louisiana history working on the digital shorts and appreciates the perspective she gained about her own history, as well. “One of the most sobering aspects of this project is not that this happened at all, but that the existence of sundown towns is so recent. African Americans used The Green Book to navigate cities like Denham Springs while my parents were small children. This puts everything into perspective. I can appreciate my ancestors even more now that I understand the sacrifices they made just to live.”

The series is underwritten by ExxonMobil Baton Rouge. “There are so many Louisiana story-telling opportunities associated with the history of The Green Book,” says Stephanie Cargile, public and government affairs manager for ExxonMobil Baton Rouge. “ExxonMobil really wanted to focus on our state’s role and we knew LPB could help. It’s an important part in the history of race relations in our state.”

Watch for details in the November edition of Visions about a special event featuring a screening of all eight episodes of the LPB series along with the exhibit at the Capitol Park Museum. 

Get Artsy with Ziggy -- Share your Creations

LPB wants fans to share pictures of their Ziggy creations! Put on your thinking caps and let your creativity take over! You can draw Ziggy using crayons, pens, pencils, paint, or markers. You can even create your own Ziggy puppet. Let your imagination run wild! Share a photo of your creation with LPB and email it to ziggy@lpb.org. Don’t forget to include your first name, your age, and the city where you live. We’ll share your creations on the Ziggy webpage at www.lpb.org/ziggy.

Want to learn more about creating Ziggy? Watch the season premiere of Art Rocks! The Series (Friday, Oct. 1 or streaming on-demand at www.lpb.org/artrocks) to meet Ziggy creator and puppeteer Clay Achee. 

Halloween Hub on PBS Parents

Trick-or-Treat! Halloween is the special night when all the neighborhood ghosts, ghouls and goblins come out to play. Encourage your little monster to be a good neighbor this Halloween as you help them prepare for the spooky night. Use these tricks (and treats!) to celebrate...if you dare!

October Celebrations

October is National Book Month!  What is your child's favorite book to read?  It's also National Bullying Prevention Month.  Do you know the signs that your child might be dealing with a bully? If you suspect this may be happening to your child, there are a few steps you can take.

October 4th: Today is Child Health Day! How do you encourage your kids to eat healthy? 🍌🥑🥕 Here are four ideas to help them develop good snacking habits.

October 5th: Today is World Teachers' Day, a day that reminds us all to appreciate the teachers in our lives. Encourage your kids to express their thanks to their teachers with a "thank you" note!

October 6th: Engaging in outdoor activities offers lots of benefits. Here are four reasons why getting outside is good for you, in honor of Walk to School Day!

October 10thWorld Mental Health Day -- creating healthy habits at a young age empowers kids to be resilient in all that life brings! Here are 11 easy strategies to help kids practice self-care.

October 11th: It's more important than ever to read books written by and about indigenous peoples. Add these books to your child's reading list, from "A Day With Yayah" to "At the Mountain's Base," in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

October 18th: Which fact matches each animal? Invite your kids to celebrate Alaska Day and learn more about the biggest state in the U.S. with this @MollyOfDenali-themed "Animals in Alaska" matching game!

October 25th: International Artists Day -- invite your child to explore shapes and colors by making a mosaic! Creating a mosaic is also a great calming activity that requires planning and patience.

Make No-Sew Costumes

Is your child hoping to be Elinor from @ElinorWondersWhy this Halloween? All you need are red and purple clothes from their closet and DIY bunny ears! 🐰

What is your child planning to dress up as for Halloween? Your kid will love transforming into the playful and cheerful @DonkeyHodieOfficial with this easy and "Hee-hawesome" craft activity.

How to be Kind When You Feel So Mad!

"With young children, one of the most essential ways to incorporate radical kindness into our interactions is to embrace the power of the pause," says Angela Santomero, creator of @danieltigertv.

Life's Little Lessons

As parents, we can teach our children how to be kind to others by reading books that explore empathy, celebrate diversity, and encourage inclusivity. Here are ten books to get you started.

LPB Daily Activity Calendar - October

PBS LearningMedia - Educational Digital Media Library for Learning at Home

Teach your way with this timely collection of resources aligned to monthly themes and skills for PreK-2 students. Use the monthly Teach Your Way calendar and planner to integrate media in creative and developmentally-appropriate ways, all year long!

Don't forget to sign up for a FREE account for PBS LearningMedia!  Here you can easily search for videos, lessons, interactives and more by grade level and subject area.

Register for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar on our LPB Learning@Home website! Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that families and children enjoy while learning!

Raising Includers: 5 Tips to Help Your Kids Be Kind and Compassionate

Teaching inclusive language and encouraging acts of kindness are just a few strategies parents can use to help kids become includers!

October PBS KIDS Family Nights - Weekends Starting @ 6 PM on LPB KIDS!


October 1st -- Hightail it to your couch for a @naturecatshow Double Feature! These spectacular movie adventures have everything – pirates, buried treasure, ocean voyages, and much more.

October 8th -- From the Bronx, here she comes! Join big-hearted, 6-year-old Alma Rivera and friends in learning about the importance of “thinking things through” with back-to-back episodes of @almaswayofficial.

October 15th -- Creature adventure in Alaska, explore the mysterious Amazon, venture into the deep sea, and visit animals that have become extinct! The @wildkrattsofficial will take you there in an epic movie marathon!

October 22nd -- Cozy up on the couch and get ready for a spook-tacular marathon of Halloween movies with all your PBS KIDS favorites, including @ArthurPBS, @HeroElementary, @wildkrattsofficial, Curious George, and @officialclifford!

October 29th -- Trick or Treat! Get into the Halloween spirit with a marathon of spooky stories featuring @ArthurPBS, @OddSquadPBS, @OfficialReadyJetGo, @cyberchase, and WordGirl, tonight on @PBSKIDS Family Night!

Fun Printables for Family Movie Night

Family Night Snack Box

Family Night Movie Tickets

Family Night Movie Marquee

Stay safe and healthy LPB families!  Keep doing an amazing job with your families!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org