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Between the Lions

Between the Lions

BETWEEN THE LIONS is funded in part by a Ready To Learn cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education through PBS.

Theo, Cleo, Lionel and Leona - a family of lions - run a magical library where characters pop out of books, vowels sing and words take on a life of their own. The series combines puppetry, animation and live action to help young children learn to read.

For children 4 to 7 years old.

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Series Goals

  • Dramatize the benefits of reading
  • Show that learning to read and spell can be a struggle, but a worthwhile one
  • Show that there are many reasons to write
  • Introduce new vocabulary words and their meanings
  • Show how words work through phonemics, alphabetic principle and spelling conventions

Between the Lions gives young viewers a chance to have meaningful and manageable reading experiences by using key words in simple, decodable, connected text onscreen. The program also reinforces high-frequency "sight" words to help children become more comfortable with reading.

Helping Kids Prepare for School

The series aims to support children's early reading skills by:

  • modeling reading, writing and speaking skills
  • motivating children to read and write
  • introducing children to phonemics and letter-sound relationships
  • acquainting children with a wide range of texts in different media

When to Watch

Find out when BETWEEN THE LIONS airs in your area, and also get episode descriptions and related activities!

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