This series focuses on the adventures of four fairytale friends who transform into reading-powered superheroes: Alpha Pig with Alphabet Power, Wonder Red with Word Power, Princess Presto with Spelling Power, Super Why with the Power to Read and Super YOU with the Power to Help. Together, they are the "Super Readers!" The Super Readers jump into books (literally) to find answers to everyday preschool challenges and embark on exciting adventures, where they play interactive reading games to overcome obstacles and save the day. In every episode, young viewers dive directly into a pop-up story to experience a brightly-illustrated children's tale brought to magical life.
Super Why! Previous Broadcasts
Tom Thumb (Episode #118Z)
KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
Littlest Pig is ready for an adventure...but his brothers tell him he's too young! The Super Readers jump straight into the story of Tom Thumb, a guy who knows what it feels like to be little...really little! Tom Thumb is about to set off on his own adventure, and lucky for him the Super Readers are there to get him out of a few scrapes. Can tiny Tom Thumb teach Pig a BIG lesson?
Educational Objectives: To learn about getting help from a grown-up, play with the alphabet, practice the magic of spelling and use opposite words to change the story.
The Little Red Hen (Episode #114Z)
KQED Kids: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
"Not I!" "Not I!" "Not I!"...is all Red's friends say when she needs their help gathering apples! This is a super big problem. The Super Readers take off into the story of the Little Red Hen, whose friends won't assist her either! The Super Readers are willing to lend a hand to the Little Red Hen, but will anyone help Red? Educational Objectives: To learn the best way to get help from others, explore the alphabet, practice the magic of spelling and use the power to read to change the story.
Little Red Riding Hood (Episode #117Z)
KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
Boo! Wolfy won't stop tricking Littlest Pig, and he has had enough! The Super Readers travel "Over the River and Through the Woods" into the story of Little Red Riding Hood on an adventure to find Little Red, her Grandma and the Wolf himself! Will talking to the Wolf help Pig, or does this wolf have more tricks up his sleeve?
Educational Objectives: To learn about advocating for yourself. Also to recognize the alphabet, play fun spelling games and use the power to read to change the story.
Where's Woofster? (Episode #312H)
KQED Kids: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Whyatt's puppy Woofster clearly wants to play a game with Whyatt and his friend Princess, but they can't figure out what game he wants to play. To find the answer to this really big question, the Super Readers jump into the book Where's Woofster? where they find themselves in Puppy Land, but they can't find Woofster. The Super Readers have to use their super powers to find Woofster so that they can find the answer. Educational Objectives: To look closely--and keep looking--for things that are hidden. Kids will practice the alphabet and identify the letters W, O, G, B, A, O, and S and rhyme -AIN words. They'll use the power to read to try out different words to change the story and find the answer!
The Pupp-Athon (Episode #311H)
KQED Kids: Sat, Feb 6, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Whyatt wants to show everyone at the Storybrook Village talent show how smart his puppy Woofster is, but Woofster keeps getting distracted when he's supposed to be jumping through his hoop. The Super Readers jump into the book The Pupp-a-thon and meet Serena, a puppy who's having a hard time focusing on her big day at the obstacle race due to a distracting butterfly. The Super Readers use their super powers to help Serena get back on track. Educational Objectives: To learn to overcome distractions by concentrating. Kids will build the alphabet and identify the letters J, U, M, and P. They'll learn the word DISTRACTED, practice the magic of spelling, and use the power to read to change the story and save the day.
The Ant and the Grasshopper (Episode #113Z)
KQED Kids: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Littlest Pig is on a picnic and he is starving! Problem is, he didn't plan ahead and pack a snack! The Super Readers fly into the story of Ant and Grasshopper where the jovial grasshopper finds himself equally unprepared for the onset of winter. Will his responsible friend Ant teach him (and Pig) a lesson about planning ahead? Or will the two friends be left out in the cold?
Educational Objectives: To learn about planning ahead and letter identification. Young viewers will experiment with spelling and use the power to read to change the story.
The Princess and the Pea (Episode #116Z)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
It's the Annual Junior Princess Competition, and Princess Pea is worried she won't be able to pass the test and win her very own Golden Crown! The Super Readers soar into the fairytale adventure of the Princess and the Pea, and learn all about Princess Priscilla - Princess Pea's mother - and her Princess test. Princess Priscilla surprises everyone with her quick thinking, and inspires Princess Pea to follow in her mother's footsteps.
Educational Objectives: To learn about thinking things through. Interactive games and activities model how to build the alphabet and rhyme with UN words. The power to read changes the story.
Cinderella (Episode #112Z)
KQED Kids: Thu, Feb 4, 2016 -- 5:30 PM
Red doesn't feel like much of a Princess, so how will she fit in at Sleeping Beauty's princess party? The Super Readers magically leap into the book of Cinderella who has a party of her own to get to! When the clock strikes midnight, Red learns that she doesn't need the help of a fairy godmother to feel great about who she is! Educational Objectives: To learn about feeling good about oneself, find the letters of the alphabet and practice the magic of spelling. Opposite words are used to change the story.