PBS Kids and Random House have joined to support science learning for preschoolers nationwide with the premiere of The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That! on Monday, 9/6. Voiced by award-winning actor Martin Short, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat guides friends Sally and Nick – with a little help from the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 – on fun-filled adventures where they make natural-science discoveries, from how bees make honey to why owls sleep during the day.
“In the same way the original The Cat in the Hat book has introduced generations of children to the joys of reading, ‘The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!’ will encourage children to explore the wonders of science and nature,” says Kate Klimo, Dr. Seuss’s Random House publisher and Executive Director of Development for Random House Children’s Entertainment. “Dr. Seuss was so passionate about science, nature and the survival of the planet, he surely would have loved that the science-based book series he conceived is being brought to television in such grand fashion.”
The show was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.
A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the first season’s 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick.
To supplement the TV series’ lessons, an activity-filled website will encourage kids to participate in character-driven exploration of science concepts on PBSKIDS.org.