“Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too, but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy,” Kermit the Frog once said on an episode of “Sesame Street.”
Now, country artist Kelsea Ballerini may be doing just that for kids and fans watching the upcoming 51st season of “Sesame Street.”
“Sesame Street,” however, does more than just provide children with singing and dancing people on-screen.
“Sesame Street continues to be one of the ‘largest and least-costly interventions,” according to an Early Childhood Education white paper, 2015. Each show, and in fact each segment of each show, is carefully researched with the same rigor used for the very first show,” according to PBS.
The show goes beyond just counting and spelling. The iconic show has taught children some real-life issues that are a bit harder to grasp than the alphabet.
Kids learned about death when Mr. Hooper died, racism after race tries to get in the way of friendship, autism, breastfeeding, and even 9/11.
Ballerini Joins the Street
Beyond just Ballerini, the show will also have A-list stars like Hailee Steinfeld, Maggie Rogers, Issa Rae, Stephen and Ayesha Curry and Billy Porter.
Actress and pop singer Hailee Steinfeld will help bring a new mantra to the show.
“The show will launch a new mantra: ‘I wonder…?; What if…?; Let’s try!’ It will be brought to life by pop star and actress Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld will appear on the November 26 episode to perform the anthem,” according to Sounds Like Nashville.
The first episode that will have a performance from Ballerini will be June 17, 2021. She will perform “Family Day” alongside the “Sesame Street” human and not-human cast.
Ballerini is behind hits like “Hole In The Bottle.” Her most recent album is “Ballerini,” which reworked and stripped-down songs from her album “Kelsea.”