PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch
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PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch was a three-hour block of children's animated series on PBS, produced by Canada's Nelvana animation studio. The block was typically shown on Saturday or Sunday mornings, depending on local station preference and scheduling. The series that formed the Bookworm Bunch were based on popular children's books. The initial series were Corduroy, Elliot Moose, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, George Shrinks, Seven Little Monsters, and Timothy Goes to School. The block premiered on September 30, 2000.
On September 29, 2001, the block was cut down to two hours after the cancellation of Corduroy and Elliot Moose.
At the end of the 2001-2002 season, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse and Timothy Goes to School ended production, but reruns still aired until the block's cancellation.
In 2003, PBS scheduled a weekday version of the block, which included The Berenstain Bears and new episodes of both Seven Little Monsters and George Shrinks. Berenstain Bears and Seven Little Monsters shared the same half-hour time-slot (with an 11-minute story of each series). Adventures from the Book of Virtues also aired between the block.
In 2003, PBS launched the "Share a Story" ad campaign that aired between George Shrinks, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, The Berenstain Bears and Seven Little Monsters. The song used in the campaign was sung by popular American rock band They Might Be Giants.
After the cancellation of the Bookworm Bunch block, Seven Little Monsters and George Shrinks continued to air as stand-alone programs. The former was removed from PBS Kids in January 2005, while the latter remained on some PBS stations until around 2009. As of 2013, the non-cable Qubo channel airs reruns of Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse and Timothy Goes to School as part of its daily programming. Elliot Moose reruns also aired on Qubo from 2007-2010. Cable channel Discovery Kids also aired reruns of Timothy Goes to School from 2004 until 2006.