Say what you will about the changing landscape of television programming, but the arrival of outlets such as Netflix and Amazon Prime has done wonders for smaller, independent artists and studios. Some of the best shows out there right now has been made possible because of those networks’ willingness to take risks on original programming. Shows that never would have been made under the previous model are now multiseason hits, thanks to Amazon and Netflix.
What most people don’t realize, though, is that children’s shows are no exception to this trend. There are a lot of great kids shows popping up, and Bookaboo is one of the newest ones on Amazon Prime.
The preschool series follows Bookaboo, an adorable rock and roll drummer (who also happens to be a puppy) who simply cannot perform on stage unless he’s read a book first. The show celebrates the act of adults and children reading together, which I can certainly get behind. Bookaboo also combines puppetry, live action, and CGI animation, and every episode features a different celebrity guest.
“Bookaboo is an exciting show developed to promote literacy by inspiring parents to read to and with their children and help instill a lifelong love of reading,” says Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “Each episode incorporates funny storytelling and great books, specifically chosen to capture young viewers’ attention and imagination.”
Guests include Paul Abdul, Emily Van Camp, Selma Blair, Michael Sheen, Adam Copeland, and Chris Hadfield, just to name a few. The show definitely shares roots with classics such as Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street.
Bookaboo premiered at the end of October exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Fire TV and mobile devices; and online. Prime members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing.