Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.
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LeVar Burton introduces an appropriate subject for each episode to go with the featured children's book that is read in its entirety. This is followed by suggestions of other books for further reading. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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After the cancellation of the TV series, Burton received the copyright and developed a iOS educational app for Apple mobile devices. In 2014, Burton decided to do a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to establish Reading Rainbow as both an app for Android OS mobile devices and a class reading supplement resource for underfunded schools. The initial goal of the 30 day campaign was $1 million, which was achieved within 11 hours of starting. At the end of the full campaign, over $6 million was raised with the aid of $1 million by Seth MacFarlane who made his contribution when $5 million was reached. See more »

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LeVar Burton: I'll see you next time.
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Spoofed in Studio C: Episode #4.7 (2014) See more »

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I loved this show
25 August 2003 | by (Regina, SK) – See all my reviews

This was such a great show. I especially loved the story book time. I also really liked the showing how things are done.

I think my favorite of all the episodes would be visiting LeVar's other workplace - the set of Star Trek TNG in its first season. It was one of the first times that they actually showed how they did all the special effects (I only wish that they waited a couple more seasons to make this episode because they might've had some Borg makeup). Now, with DVDs, this episode is pointless, but I still don't care.

On a personal note, one of my friends briefly appeared in an episode. He was 6 (like me) at the time. It was the episode of the Library of Congress and he and his mom are seen running up the stairs. He told me that if he knew better, he would've gone over to LeVar because he would've met Geordi LaForge (but this was a year before TNG even started and there are still ST conventions). Yeah, we are both geeks at heart.


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