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Dora Facts for Kids
On Aug. 14, 2000, Dora the Explorer premiered on Nickelodeon and instantly ranked as the number-one rated preschool show on commercial television. Dora was the first Nickelodeon Preschool character to appear online prior to making her on-air debut, on Aug. 14, 2000.
Dora the Explorer is broadcast all over the world, syndicated to TV broadcasters in 151 markets and translated into 30 languages.
Dora teaches Spanish in the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland, but teaches English in every other market around the world.
The inspiration for the name Dora Marquez was exploradora, the Spanish feminine word for explorer, and the acclaimed writer Gabriel García Márquez.
Every episode of Dora the Explorer is screened by at least 75 preschoolers before it airs on TV.
More than 20 educational and cultural consultants have worked on Dora the Explorer since the series premiered.
Approximately 300 people work on Dora the Explorer, and it takes over a year to produce a single episode of the show.
Dora the Explorer has been honored with awards including the Peabody, NAACP, Alma, Imagen, Latino Spirit, Gracie Allen, Parents’ Choice Award, the Television Critics Association Award and 16 Daytime Emmy nominations.