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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[Closing phrase]
LeVar Burton: I'll see you next time.
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Take a look, it's in a book!
9 January 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I remember watching "Reading Rainbow" with my youngest sister thirteen years ago. Being an avid fan of children's literature, I love to discover the new titles and receive literary recommendations for my preschool son who now loves it as much as I.

The authors who create such magnificent literature for the youngsters today are to be commended! The illustrators bring such light and color to each story that the story becomes real before your eyes! The celebrity readers bring the authors' stories to life and open up new vistas for children.

Levar Burton seems to really enjoy visiting new places and trying new things; he's the original and continuing host. Find it on a local PBS station near you and watch the magic!


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