“Recess!” began as a daily, nationally-distributed public radio program that produced and aired over 2,000 episodes between 2001 and 2007. This new form of the program – “Recess Media” – was produced by the University of Florida’s Department of English and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. As a radio program, “Recess!” reached an estimated, potential audience of 20 million listeners in the United States. Through its on-line, audio archives it had a global audience that included China and Australia, Latin America, Western Europe, and Africa. “Recess!” has been called by one commentator “The New Yorker of Kids’ Stuff,” and it has served as the model for other successful short programs on NPR.
The University of Florida is home to a large group of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who study children's literature and culture. Browse our students' research videos below or click here to view more research projects.