BELOVED PRESCHOOL SERIES EXTENDS ITS KINDNESS CURRICULUM WITH A NEW FOCUS ON RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET UP WITH THE COOKIE MONSTER AND ABBY GADABBY TO FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR ADVENTURES.
Celebrity Guests Include Kate McKinnon, John Legend, Lucy Liu, Alessia Cara, Leon Bridges, and Josh Groban
For the past 48 years, Sesame Street has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. On June 25th, the groundbreaking program will premiere a new season on ABCKids with an extension of its powerful kindness curriculum, and an all-new Cookie Monster segment that teaches preschoolers where different foods come from.
In the second year of its kindness curriculum, Sesame Street will focus on mutual respect and understanding, helping kids recognise similarities and celebrate differences – particularly around race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. With its diverse cast of humans and lovable monsters living side-by-side, the show has long helped kids and families navigate this complicated space, and this season is no exception. Opening the season, an hour-long special, “The Magical Wand Chase,” stars Elizabeth Banks and visits three New York neighbourhoods to show kids that kindness is universal and friends can be found anywhere. Throughout the season, the curriculum promotes understanding by showing Sesame characters respecting and appreciating their friends’ unique cultures, contributions, and points of view. In the episode “Hair Training,” friends learn that even though their hair (and feathers, and fur!) moves in unique ways, they all have something fun to add to a group dance.
Also new this season is the “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck” segment. In each five-minute installment, Cookie Monster and his new pal Gonger receive a video call from a child who orders something special from their food truck. Partway through each recipe, Cookie and Gonger jump behind the wheel to gather a key ingredient straight from the source, visiting a cranberry bog, a pasta factory, an avocado farm, and more. Farmers and artisans show Cookie and Gonger how their star ingredient is grown or produced before restocking the truck and sending the chefs home to get cooking. It’s an engaging way for kids to learn where food comes from.
As always, this season of Sesame Street features an incredible celebrity lineup, including: Lucy Liu as a reluctant Cinderella who wants to ditch her glass slippers; Tony Award-winner Josh Groban with a new song called “Hey Friend”; Kate McKinnon as Mother Goose, helping the friends create a new rhyme about Elmo; Alessia Cara with new song “So Much Alike”; Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi visiting an international street food fair on Sesame Street; John Legend singing a new song called “Come Together”; Ellie Goulding learning all about clouds; soul singer Leon Bridges with a new Thanksgiving song; and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez telling kids about the letter “C” for “Counting.”
The 48th season of Sesame Street will premiere on ABC Kids on June 25th, each weekday morning at 9.30am and 12.30pm. The new episodes are available anytime on ABC iview and ABC KIDS iview.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.