“PBS KIDS ISLAND” SELECTED AS EDITOR’S CHOICE BY CHILDREN’S TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Leading authority on children’s technology products honors www.readytolearnreading.org for free literacy games and resources
ARLINGTON, VA, December 1, 2008 – PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have announced that PBS KIDS Island, a new literacy Web site for preschoolers, has been awarded the “Editor’s Choice Award” by Children’s Technology Review, one of the industry’s leading authorities on technology products for children from birth to age 15. Each month Children’s Technology Review’s editors assess a wide variety of new interactive technology products designed for children. Reviews are based on five criteria: ease of use, education, entertainment, design features and value. The Editor’s Choice Awards are given to an exclusive group of “no fail” products, worthy of their cost, and able to keep children engaged for days at a time.
According to the notification letter, “The Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice Awards are awarded to only the highest quality children's products in the interactive media category.” In the November 2008 review, CTR Editor Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D. writes: “PBS KIDS Island packs a lot of educational value into an easy-to-use, fun and (gasp) advertising free service. If you teach early readers, or live with one, this site is certainly worth your bookmark.”
PBS KIDS Island, the centerpiece of the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers Web site (www.readytolearnreading.org), provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers and teachers to use at home or in the classroom. The program was developed through a cooperative agreement of the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ready To Learn Partnership, and funded by a Ready To Learn grant.
“Through this grant, PBS KIDS Island gives us the opportunity to reach as many children as possible, to help them develop critical reading skills,” said Dr. Jayne James, executive director of the Ready To Learn grant for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
“As a new resource for parents, caregivers and teachers, we are excited PBS KIDS Island has been recognized by a leading authority on healthy and educational media for children,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president, Children’s Media, PBS. “There are millions of children across the United States who don’t have basic literacy skills, so we are proud to offer online learning tools that help all children as they discover the world of letters and words.”