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: [about to have kids introduce more recommended books] Of course, you don't have to take *my* word for it.
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Referenced in The Super Hero Squad Show: Tales of Suspense! (2009) See more »

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"Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high..."
26 January 2004 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I used to love this show! I watched it religiously for years, and wish I had time to watch it now. This show really turned me on to reading as a kid, and we need more shows like this to get kids who have 100+ channels, computers and multiple video games back to the basics of reading. While the theme song was trite, it was catchy & easy to remember. And even though some aspects of the program on the overdone side, this show has wonderful "bones", & contributed overwhelmingly to my childhood, and the childhoods of many others as well.


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