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 This month support school-readiness skills with LPB and PBS KIDS resources.

For You: Five Ways to Beat Back-to-School Jitters

Whether your child is headed to kindergarten for the first time or returning for another year of preschool, the transition from summer to school is packed with emotions. Even if kids have been back at school for a few weeks, anxieties can persist or suddenly surface. PBS Parents has five tips you can use to help address your child through their anxious moments. 

 Just For Kids: All New Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

There’s a new family moving to the Neighborhood of Make-BelieveDaniel Tiger and his community welcome their new friends, the Platypus Family, in the very first movie event from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Premiers September 17th at 8:30 AM on LPB and 3 PM on LPBKIDS. Check out these activities you can do with your child:
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Hello and Goodbye Cards and Instructions

Helpful Tips for Families about Moving and Making New Friends

Draw Your Feelings Moving Coloring Page

 For You: Daniel Tiger for Parents App

As little ones get back into their school routines, make the transition smoother with the Daniel Tiger for Parents app. The free app, available in English and Spanish, gives parents more than three dozen Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood strategy songs, as well as other helpful hints about the important skills children need to be ready for school and life.

8 Brain-Building Games to Play in the Car

A traffic-congested ride home from school with kids can go south quickly. Boredom is not a bad thing for kids, but when you’re trapped in a moving vehicle together, it can make everyone feel a little crazy. Here are a few games to make the most of this time together.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Award-Winning Books

What better time to introduce young readers to tales set in the Caribbean, Spain, and the Americas? Good stories about diverse people are a terrific way to build empathy and understanding in young people. Readers of all ages can enjoy these favorites throughout the year.

Looking for New Snack and Lunch Ideas?

Back-to-school time can be a fun time to try some new foods for snacks and lunch, or maybe your kids have just changed their minds about what they like to eat since last spring. PBS Food has some kid-friendly recipe ideas that might come in handy, like these rollwiches.


On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, THE GREAT AMERICAN READpicks up from the May 2018 premiere of the eight-part series that explores the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*. The final episode will reveal the results of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. Tune into LPB on Tuesday, September 11 at 7PM. Be sure to vote! Explore the list of the 100 novels and vote now for your favorites. The full voting details are available here.

For the Family: LPB PBS KIDS Family Night!

Make it family night on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night with LPB PBS KIDS. This month our Family Night specials are PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC Marathon (September 7, 8, 9); The Gruffalo & Friends! (September 14, 15, 16); The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won't You Be My Neighbor? (September 21, 22, 23); SPLASH AND BUBBLES: Pole-to-Pole (September 28, 29, 30) Pop that popcorn and tune in to LPBKIDS at 6 PM!

I hope you enjoy some of these resources together as a family! Families playing and learning together is so important. In fact the American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new report titled "The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children". Here's the article in case you're interested. It actually gives recommendations for parents! Guess what? In 2016, the AAP recommended that "some media can have educational value for children starting at around 18 months, but it's critically important that this be high-quality programming, such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS." Go PBS KIDS!! Take care, Nancy Tooraen,