TVOKids celebrates love of reading at The Word on the Street, Sunday September 28, 2008 at Queen's Park, Toronto

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - To celebrate the importance of reading from our
earliest years, TVOKids presents lots of word-filled fun, activities and live
performances at The Word on the Street this year. Canada's largest book and
magazine festival takes place Sunday September 28, 2008, at Queen's Park,
    "Reading changes lives and opens doors," says Pat Ellingson, TVO's
creative head of Children's Media Content and Programming. "The Word on the
Street is a perfect fit for TVOKids because it celebrates the joy of reading
and reminds us all about the enormous value of reading to our children."
    From 11 am through 5:30 pm at the TVOKids Stage, children and families
can enjoy back-to-back performances and activities with the TVOKids hosts, and
with characters from some of the best new TVOKids fall programming. Highlights
include the opportunity to:

    -  play with words with Melvin the skunk and Jay the blue jay from
       Gisèle's Big Backyard
    -  hear Gisèle read the latest book from her Book Club
    -  sing and laugh with TVOKids hosts Gisèle, Mark, Jackie and Ryan in
       their "TVOKids Extravaganza" live stage show
    -  try some new moves with the "Pop It!" dancers
    -  learn the ABCs of yummy cooking with the hosts of "Taste Buds"
    -  be a hero with Enviro Girl
    -  take some new steps with Jackie and her "School of Dance"
    -  share the "TD Reading Rangers'" love of books and reading
    -  meet the large and legendary Polkaroo

    TVOKids provides an array of programming on air and online that builds
children's reading and language skills and nurtures a lifelong love of
reading, such as Letterella's Word Families, Word World, Martha Speaks, and
Word Girl on TVO. And at kids can play many exciting web games
that promote literacy including Melvin's Marvellous Words, Melvin's Marvellous
Stories, and Big Escape 3.

    For more about TVOKids' new fall programming, including videoclips,

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Anne Rubenstein, (416)
484-2881,; Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600 x 2305,

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