On Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. on KPTS – Channel 8, PBS KIDS will premiere “Pinkalicious & Peterrific,” a new animated series that will encourage children to explore the arts and spark creativity.

Produced by WGBH Boston and based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, this new multiplatform media property will be available nationwide by PBS.

“Pinkalicious & Peterrific” is designed for pre-school children ages 3-5. It encourages kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

“Pinkalicious & Peterrific” follows the adventures of Pinkalicious and her brother Peter. Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities everywhere she looks. She is an artist at heart—and, like most creative people, she sees the world differently from others. She knows what she likes, and she’s not afraid to express herself—though she sometimes needs help from her brother, Peter, and her neighborhood friends.

“KPTS-Channel 8 is excited to offer families throughout South Central Kansas a new series that focuses on the arts,” said Victor Hogstrom, president and CEO at KPTS. “Through ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific,’ we hope to encourage Kansas kids to follow their passions and express themselves creatively, while building important skills and having fun.”

KPTS is pleased to partner with 10 libraries in South Central Kansas to offer “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” screenings. The screenings will feature episodes of the new series and other fun, pinkalicious activities for pre-school-aged kids and their families.

A screening will be held at McPherson Public Library, 214 W. Marlin St. in McPherson at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3. For more information about this screening, contact Jennifer McCulley at the library by calling 620-245-2570

“Pinkalicious & Peterrific” is designed to help preschool-age children explore the arts and creativity. The new PBS KIDS series is based on author-artist Victoria Kann’s number-one New York Times-bestselling Pinkalicious book series, which includes 63 titles and has sold more than 23 million copies to date. The most recent book in the series, Peterrific, debuted in May 2017.

The HarperCollins book series has been translated into 8 languages, is sold in 9 countries and inspired a stage musical, Pinkalicious: The Musical, which premiered in New York City to sold-out audiences and continues to be performed there and across the country.

“I’m tremendously excited to see the world of Pinkalicious and Peterrific come alive,” said author and illustrator Victoria Kann. “And I’m grateful to PBS and WGBH for helping to empower kids to explore and express their full creativity through this wonderful new series.”

The “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” television series is part of a multiplatform media experience that will also include digital content for kids, parents and teachers, debuting in early 2018. “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” will offer a variety of games at pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Games App, as well as clips and full episodes across PBS KIDS’ streaming video platforms, including the PBS KIDS Video App.

A “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” app will also launch in 2018. Parent resources will be available on the PBS KIDS for Parents site, and PBS LearningMedia will offer classroom-ready materials for teachers, including video excerpts, games, tips and printable activities.

Each episode of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” will include two 11-minute stories as well as a live-action interstitial and an original song. The series is currently in production at WGBH and its animation partner, Sixteen South, for 38 half-hour episodes and one hour-long special, which will roll out on PBS KIDS beginning in 2018.