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Season 6 Fact Sheet



Series Title:
BETWEEN THE LIONS

Season 6 premiere: April 17, 2006 (check local listings)

Broadcast schedule: 90 half-hour episodes airing daily on PBS KIDS, including 10 new Season 6 episodes.

Description: This Emmy Award-winning children's series features a family of lions -- Theo and Cleo and their cubs, Lionel and Leona -- who live in, and run, an enchanted library. Each episode centers on a book, newspaper or other everyday reading experience. BETWEEN THE LIONS is a multimedia educational initiative created to help children ages four to seven acquire beginning reading skills and a love of reading. Built around a curriculum that incorporates the most recent evidence-based research in literacy instruction, each episode features an engaging variety of entertaining animation, puppetry, live action, music and graphic segments that supplement the stories and address the curriculum goals.

Series mission: To help children learn to read

Research Findings: Research conducted with children in Mississippi (2001-2002) and in Kansas (2000) confirms that children can improve their reading skills by watching BETWEEN THE LIONS. These two evidence-based studies show that viewing BETWEEN THE LIONS boosts childrenωs early reading skills in key areas, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary.

Target ages: Four to seven year-olds

Produced for PBS by: WGBH Boston, Sirius Thinking, Ltd. and Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Executive producer: Judith Stoia (WGBH)

Executive producers for Sirius Thinking, Ltd:

Christopher Cerf / Creative Producer
Norman Stiles / Head Writer

Supervising producer: Carol Klein

Series producer: Beth Kirsch

Web site (pbskids.org/lions): The BETWEEN THE LIONS Web site is the first of its kind to offer a curriculum of original, educator-approved reading activities. Developed by the award-winning team that created sites for Arthur® and ZOOM®, it features more than 200 original games and stories for kids and their families.

Awards: BETWEEN THE LIONS has captured six Daytime Emmy Awards (including one in 2004 for Outstanding Writing in a Childrenωs Series), two Television Critics Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Childrenωs Programming and three Parentsω Choice Gold Awards as Best TV Show for Kids four to seven years old.

Educational Outreach: BETWEEN THE LIONS is accompanied by an extensive national educational outreach campaign designed to rally families, teachers, librarians, literacy organizations, and community leaders around the goal of helping kids learn to read. Sixteen national organizations have partnered with the series' producers to shape the outreach initiative and help implement project activities: American Association of School Librarians American Library Association Association for Library Service to Children Camp Fire USA Center for the Book, Library of Congress First Book Friends of Libraries USA Girls Scouts of the USA Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters International Reading Association National Association of Elementary School Principals National Center for Family Literacy National Center for Learning Disabilities National Education Association Pizza Hut BOOK IT Beginners, Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.

Videos: BETWEEN THE LIONS videos are available for educators and families. For more information, visit shop.wgbh.org or call WGBH video at 800-949-8670.

Accessibility: The BETWEEN THE LIONS team is committed to making quality television available to all children. Each episode is accessible to blind and visually impaired viewers through WGBH Bostonωs innovative, Emmy Award-winning Descriptive Video Services® (DVS®). The series also is closed captioned by the Caption Center at WGBH for viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Funding: Chick-fil-A, Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions®, Barksdale Reading Institute and a Ready To Learn Television Cooperative Agreement from the US Department of Education through the Public Broadcasting Service

Press contact:

Susan Hershberg
WGBH Boston
617-300-5335
susan_hershberg@wgbh.org



The contents of this release were supported under the Ready To Learn Television Program, P/R Award Number R295A00002, as administered by the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Between the Lions
The six-time Emmy Award winning BETWEEN THE LIONS, produced by WGBH, Sirius Thinking, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has recently premiered ten exciting new episodes on PBS KIDS. Click here for details!
Awards!

Sirius Thinking, Ltd. has received multiple Emmy and Grammy awards. Click here for a full list of awards won by Between the Lions.
 
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