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Martha Speaks

Based on the children's book series by Susan Meddaugh and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the series stars Martha, a beloved family dog. She is accidentally fed alphabet soup, which gives her the power of speech and the chance to speak her mind to anyone who will listen.

With two stories in each episode, kids will get to know Martha as an outspoken, honest, smart, confident dog who loves to eat (and talk!). They will also meet the rest of Martha's family and friends. Ten-year-old Helen is Martha's best friend. Martha encourages the shy, artistic Helen to be more outgoing and brave. Helen acts as the voice of reason for Martha. It's a relationship any dog, or pet-lover, can appreciate.

The goal of Martha Speaks is to increase kids' oral vocabulary by helping them understand what words mean when they hear them. The show is designed to teach up to 20 words in each show. And how better to get kids excited about learning and trying out new words than with a talking dog, who just can't stop talking?!


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Watch at the Martha Speaks website.


Meet the characters of Martha Speaks


Games / Online resources

Bone up on your vocabulary with some of these great games!


Print and color your favorite characters, or complete learning games like mazes and puzzles!

Pup Pals

Choose your favorite of Martha's friends and get to know their pup personalities as you play different games.

Parents and Educators

Whether you're a parent, teacher or a caregiver, here are some activities that are fun to do at home, in the classroom, or even in the car. Many of these materials include printable PDF sheets. To access these materials, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Family Guide: Download this Family Guide to learn ways to help your child become a better reader!
  • Parent-Child Activities: These hands-on activities are fun for adults to do with one or many kids. They are simple (and fun!) ways to use Martha's favorite words in everyday life.
  • Books about Dogs: Martha's favorite fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and picture books for children of all ages.
  • The Experts Speak: In these short videos, four renowned literacy experts—advisors for the Martha Speaks television series—offer a "mini-tutorial" on the importance of teaching vocabulary, the basics of vocabulary instruction, and how teachers can integrate new vocabulary into their everyday lessons. Each expert not only provides practical advice, but also explains vocabulary theory and how a talking dog named Martha can help your students build their vocabulary and enhance their love of reading and books. In addition, two classroom teachers describe their experiences with the innovative Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program.
  • Reading Buddies Program: Get more information here about the Reading Buddies Program. The site includes Teacher Materials, Student Materials, Family Materials, and Additional Resources.

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