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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6 June 1983 (USA)  »

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Радуга-читальня  »

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Host LeVar Burton continued hosting the series while also co-starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). In 1988, the most popular "Reading Rainbow" episode of all time (Reading Rainbow: The Bionic Bunny Show (1988)) featured a behind-the-scenes look at the making of TNG. Most notably, the episode included a set of TNG bloopers - the only legal release of such material. 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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Spoofed in Studio C: Episode #4.9 (2014) See more »

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A Great Flashback
27 August 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Although I never saw this on PBS, I remembered enjoying this show throughout my first grade. As a kid, I used to love watching this show once in a while on Fridays since it was an adorable alternative to the boring voice of my teacher reading the same books that were portrayed in Reading Rainbow.


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