PBS KIDS Announces ‘Molly of Denali’ Premiering July 15 on NET

News Release Date: 
July 1, 2019

For Immediate Release

PBS KIDS Announces ‘Molly of Denali’ Premiering July 15 on NET

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 1, 2019) – Join Molly, a 10-year-old Alaska Native girl, her dog Suki and friends Tooey and Trini on their adventures in Alaska.

“Molly of Denali” premieres at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT July 15-19 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. It also can be seen beginning July 19 on the 24/7 NET PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms. Molly and her mom at the Denali Trading Post

The first nationally distributed children’s series to feature a Native American lead character, “Molly of Denali,” will take viewers ages 4 to 8 along with her on adventures and foster literacy skills along the way.

With an emphasis on family and intergenerational relationships, episodes of “Molly of Denali” model Alaska Native values, such as respecting others, sharing what you have and honoring your elders, while showcasing contemporary aspects of rural life, including strong female role models and how technology aids in communication.

In every episode, Molly navigates her world and solves problems with the help of books, online resources, field guides, historical documents, maps, tables, posters, photos, Indigenous knowledge from elders, her very own vlog (video blog) and more.

“Molly of Denali” includes Alaska Native voices in all aspects of the production, both on camera and behind the scenes. The show also gives young viewers a window into the Alaskan experience through live-action interstitials featuring local children and regions filmed by Alaskan production teams.

“Molly of Denali” is grounded in a pioneering curriculum focused on informational text, a foundational aspect of literacy education. Informational texts are designed to convey information and can include written words, images, graphics, video and oral language.

PBSK Molly of Denali Theme Song July 15

The PBS KIDS series is being developed as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Ready To Learn Initiative with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Ready To Learn Initiative brings educational television and digital media resources to children ages 2-8, and aims to promote early science and literacy learning, with an emphasis on supporting children from underserved communities.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org


NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.