The Big Adventures of Little Ioda is a live-action, educational webseries created by David Sherman. The show was co-produced by PBS member station ThinkTV in Dayton, Ohio as part of a state-funded literacy initiative called REACH. The Big Adventures of Little Ioda is among the few educational series to address common core reading standards in nonfiction informational text. The show was launched on August 23, 2015 and is now available to stream on pbslearningmedia.org.
The series is centered around an unusually small American boy named Ioda—about 4 inches tall, whose love for adventure is matched only by his love of learning. In each episode, Ioda is presented with many new and exciting challenges, which he solves through reading and problem-solving. He is joined by a number of characters—both animated and live-action—including Libby the Librarian, Mr. Winkelman (the library director), Art the Book Cover, Captain Caption, and many others. The series not only familiarizes children with elements of reading and research, but utilizes the library itself as a primary character. The producers wanted young people to regard libraries, library staff, books and electronic media as compelling resources for life and learning.