Updated! New Games in Molly’s App!

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Our award-winning Molly of Denali app now features our two newest games, Alaskan Adventure where players can explore local wildlife and help Molly take pictures for her vlog and Veggiezilla where players can grow vegetables in the garden!

This app is the 2020 Winner of the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media award from the American Library Association.

 

Molly Wins a Peabody

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WGBH has been recognized with three George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcasting in 2019, including the prestigious Institutional Award for the documentary series FRONTLINE. WGBH’s Children’s Media and Education team was honored for the children’s program Molly of Denali and FRONTLINE was also recognized for the Academy Award-nominated documentary For Sama.

“The distinguished Peabody Awards reflect the highest standards of broadcast and digital media that bring to light the issues that matter today,” said WGBH president and CEO Jon Abbott. “This recognition of both FRONTLINE and Molly of Denali is a testament to the important work of these teams, committed to representing a diversity of voices and exploring critical topics that might otherwise go overlooked.”

Each year, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors honors the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of stories that capture society’s most important issues. Sixty nominees were selected from approximately 1,300 entries from television, radio/podcasts, and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming. Thirty of these entries were honored with a Peabody award.

The WGBH’s Children’s Media and Education team was honored for MOLLY OF DENALI, the first nationally distributed children’s series with an Alaska Native lead character. The action-adventure comedy follows resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, who helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in interior Alaska. She and her friends explore the epic surroundings and rich Native culture that is home. Like many kids today, Molly is conversant with all forms of technology and has a vlog where she shares her discoveries with others.

Molly of Denali’s animated series, podcast and games have been embraced by audiences everywhere,” said Executive Producer Dorothea Gillim. “We are grateful to the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors for this honor, which is shared with the entire team that brought Molly and her family, friends, and community to life.”

Over 60 Indigenous writers, advisors, producers and musicians are involved across the production, which is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop informational text skills through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities.

”The stories we tell through Molly of Denali are a reflection of the heart and values of Alaska Native peoples — our truths, our histories, and our experience,“ said Creative Producer Princess Daazhraii Johnson. “For the first time, our children are able to experience the joy in seeing themselves reflected in a positive light and this is why representation truly matters.”

New Molly Games!

The Molly of Denali digital team is excited to announce the launch of two new games!

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You can find “Alaskan Adventure” and “Veggiezilla” on our new games hub at pbskids.org/molly/games.

In these new games, you can travel by plane to different habitats in Alaska to take photos of the the animals you see to add them to a journal, and you can grow lots of giant vegetables in Trini’s garden–and maybe win first prize at the Alaska State Fair!

The games are currently available on the Molly website, and will roll-out to the Molly of Denali app and PBS KIDS Games App soon!

The talented team that made these games and the new website features includes Becca, Nolan, Amelia, Kit, Eric, Mike, Melissa, Bill, Sienna, and Elizabeth.

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Molly Goes to the Kennedy Center

PBS KIDS will be demoing our Molly of Denali games as part of the 7th Annual ED GAMES EXPO – a ‘Showcase of Government Supported Educational Learning Games and Technologies.’

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DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: The Expo is free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP online to gain entry

Molly’s App!

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Get ready for adventure with Molly of Denali from PBS KIDS! In this free app, kids ages 4-8 can explore places in Molly’s Alaskan village, Qyah, and its forests, lakes, and wildlife.

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Go on dog sledding missions, fish, create beading projects or help run the Denali Trading Post while using familiar texts such as books, diagrams, and captioned photos to gain information to help them solve problems, accomplish tasks, and help Molly’s friends and family!

Explore Qyah with Molly, Tooey, Trini and more. The educational games help kids learn about nature, Alaskan culture and more through mini games and interactive activities.

The educational games in the Molly of Denali app are designed to support foundational literacy skills.

MOLLY OF DENALI FEATURES:

TEACHING GAMES FOR KIDS
• Crafting Alaskan Native beadwork
• Fishing games
• Dog sledding games
• Virtual village trading post

EXPLORATION AND EDUCATION
• Blueberry picking for Molly’s dad
• Snowball fights with Trini and Tooey
• Drumming with Grandpa Nat
• Viewing wildlife
• And more!

FUN LEARNING GAMES
• Kids from ages 4-8 can get a fun introduction to familiar informational texts and their features
• Learn vocabulary, reading field guides, recipes and maps
• Reading games with diagrams, indexes and captions
• Learn about dog sledding, sustainable fishing, traditional Alaska Native arts

EXPLORE A UNIQUE CULTURE
• Learn about Alaska Native values with a focus on community and traditions
• Language lessons for Alaska Native phrases (i.e. “Mahsi-choo!”)

Visit pbskids.org/molly for more Molly of Denali videos, games, and activities.

Molly of Denali™ Produced by WGBH Boston, Molly of Denali is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of curious and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl. Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character.

Molly of Denali is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced, illuminated, and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, photos, and more.

About PBS KIDS
Molly of Denali is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community.

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Molly of Denali!

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Ready for an adventure? Come along with Molly as she explores Qyah, her village in Alaska! Kids will use informational text to solve different challenges, interacting with text such as books, apps, diagrams, and tables of contents.

Be sure to tune in for Molly of Denali,TM the animated series premiering on your local PBS station July 15, 2019.

This brand new website features an immersive, interactive world where kids can meet members of Molly’s community and go on missions such as picking blueberries or throwing treats to Molly’s dog Suki. Kids can also learn and practice their informational text skills across four games: Fish Camp, Sled Dog Dash, Beading Art, and Denali Trading Post.

Molly of Denali is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. A foundational aspect of literacy education, informational texts are designed to convey information, and include written words, images, and oral language. 

The digital team who created this incredible experience is Melissa, Bill​, Anessa​, Lizzy ​, Sienna, Kimberlee​, Kit​, Eric​, ​Jolin​, Mike, Jesse​, Becca, Nolan, Amelia, and Kate. ​

Coming soon: an app and more games! Check out the podcast too!

MOLLY OF DENALI is produced by WGBH Kids and Atomic Cartoons in association with CBC Kids. Funding for MOLLY OF DENALI™ is provided by a Ready To Learn Grant from the Department of Education; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American People; and by public television viewers. The contents of this program were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. [PR/Award No. U295A150003, CFDA No. 84.295A]

Molly Podcast in Fast Company

Great write-up of our new Molly of Denali podcast in Fast Company, “While everyone loves a good mystery, what makes this podcast (and TV series) truly groundbreaking is that all the indigenous characters are voiced by indigenous actors, and Alaska Native voices are featured across the production, including in story development and creative direction. The theme song, which is featured in the PBS KIDS series and podcast, is sung by members of the Yupik Alaska Native band Pamyua, with music from Gwich’in fiddler Brennan Firth.”

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Subscribe to the podcast here.