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Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Tight Times

6 June 1983

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Cassandra Murray ... Dancer

Season 1, Episode 2: Miss Nelson Is Back

7 June 1983
As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone's magic act. Ruth Buzzi reads Miss Nelson Is Back, all about a group of rowdy students who try to take advantage of their teacher's absence when she's out sick one day, and how she gets revenge on them by pretending to be "the meanest teacher in the world, Viola Swamp."

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Harry Blackstone Jr. ... Himself

Ruth Buzzi ... Herself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 3: Bea and Mr. Jones

8 June 1983
LeVar is already worn out after working on several scenes all day long on the production of the series. He feels he needs to take on another identity, segueing into introducing the featured book, Bea and Mr. Jones. Madeline Kahn reads the book about a kindergarten student and her father who get so bored with their jobs that they decide to experiment by switching places for the day.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Madeline Kahn ... Herself (voice)
Stephanie Mills ... Herself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 4: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

9 June 1983

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Herk Harvey ... Policeman (segment "Puddle Hopping")

James Earl Jones ... Himself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 5: Louis the Fish

10 June 1983

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Vincent Gardenia ... Himself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 6: Digging Up Dinosaurs

Technically not the first science-related show in its history, LeVar seeks a place where archaeologists retrieve dinosaur bones. At the end of the program, LeVar buries a time capsule, containing (among other things) a can of old Coke and his picture. Linda Gilman reads Digging Up Dinosaurs, a story about how paleontologists unearth dinosaurs skeletons and preserve them in museum exhibits.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jerry Stiller ... Dinosaur Comic (voice)

Season 1, Episode 7: Liang and the Magic Paintbrush


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Harrod Blank ... Himself

Lauren Tom ... Herself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 8: Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport

In the featured book, a young boy and his family move from New York City to the Southwest and he has many misconceptions about what his new home is like.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Doug Parvin ... Himself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 9: Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Carolyn McMahon ... Herself (voice)
Doug Parvin ... Camper

Season 1, Episode 10: The Gift of the Sacred Dog

17 June 1983
The first of many programs favoring Native Americans. In this instance, a Midwestern legend suggests how horses arrived to the tribe. Later in this episode is the song "Ancient Places, Sacred Lands" which lists several words originating from various locations of the United States and the tribal meaning of their names.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Michael Ansara ... Himself (voice)
Robert Tree Cody ... Flute Player
Jane Lind ... Poem Narrator

Phoebe Snow ... Herself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 11: Gregory, the Terrible Eater

Today's subject is goats and what they eat.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Marilyn Michaels ... Herself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 12: Three by the Sea


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 13: Arthur's Eyes

LaVar explores seeing and our other senses, as Bill Cosby tells the story of how the young aardvark, Arthur Read acquired his pair of glasses.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Maya Angelou ... Herself (voice)

Bill Cosby ... Himself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 14: The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Kaleena Kiff ... Herself (voice)

Season 1, Episode 15: Ty's One Man Band

LeVar is ready to find music everywhere, and he does. This show includes the animation Onomatopoeia. Lou Rawls reads the story of Ty's One-Man Band, about a man who teaches a boy how to make music using household items.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Lisa Drew ... Singer in Fourtune
Charisma Largy ... Singer in Fourtune
Larry Mabrey ... Singer in Fourtune
Eric Mabrey ... Singer in Fourtune
Stephen Horelick ... Himself
Lou Rawls ... Himself (voice)

Ben Vereen ... Himself

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Hot-Air Henry

LeVar goes to South Carolina to ride a hot-air balloon. In another study of how air travel has advanced, schoolchildren visit the Space Camp for Aspiring Young Astronauts. William Windom reads the story of Hot-Air Henry, the misadventures of a cat who sneaks on board his family's hot air balloon and how he gets back down again.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

William Windom ... Himself (voice)

Season 2, Episode 2: Simon's Book

4 September 1984

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Ruby Dee ... Herself (voice)

Season 2, Episode 3: Ox-Cart Man

5 September 1984

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Lorne Greene ... Himself (voice)

Season 2, Episode 4: Mystery on the Docks

6 September 1984

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Raul Julia ... Himself (voice)
Bobby McFerrin ... Himself (voice)

Season 2, Episode 5: A Chair for My Mother

3 September 1984

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Byron Easley ... Dancer
Esther Elise ... Dancer (as Esther Alise)

Amy Linker ... Herself (voice)

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Paul Bunyan

1 July 1985
Lavar visits a lumberjack camp in the forest. Today's featured book is based on the legend of Paul Bunyan, the giant woodsman.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Buddy Ebsen ... Himself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 2: The Patchwork Quilt

2 July 1985

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Isabel Sanford ... Herself (voice)

John Sebastian ... Himself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 3: Hill of Fire

3 July 1985

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Fernando Escandon ... Himself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 4: The Tortoise and the Hare

4 July 1985
LeVar has entered a bicycle race. He's in competition not just with the other bikers, but with himself as well. This program also includes a lengthy piece on a karate class. Comedienne Gilda Radner reads the Aesop's tale of "The Tortoise and the Hare," about an arrogant rabbit that's over confident that he can beat a determined turtle in a foot race.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Gilda Radner ... Herself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 5: Perfect the Pig

July 1985
LeVar visits a pig farm in Hawaii to find out why pigs are so popular. He also interviews Kermit the Frog to ask him about his famous girlfriend, Miss Piggy.James Coco reads the story of Perfect the Pig, about a little runt pig who makes a wish to have wings in order to be special, and how he found a special person to be his friend and companion.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

James Coco ... Himself (voice)

Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog

Season 3, Episode 6: Animal Cafe

23 June 1986
LeVar goes to a 24-hour diner to look into night jobs, and profiles people who have occupations in the evening and early morning hours, like radio DJ's, bakers, cab drivers, and police officers. In a separate story, a man ventures into a cave to see bats and other nocturnal animals. Martin Short narrates the story of "Animal Cafe," about a cat and dog who operate a third shift restaurant for all the animals in their neighborhood while keeping it a secret from their human owner.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Michael Opal ... Cab Driver

Martin Short ... Himself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 7: Alistair in Outer Space

24 June 1986
LeVar checks out the Library of Congress. Among the activities shown: how a book is delivered to the front desk, the vast film library, and how damaged books are repaired. Arnold Stang reads Alistair in Outer Space, a story about a young boy that is so dedicated to returning library books on time that he doesn't even let getting abducted by space aliens stop him.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Eric Bogosian ... Conan the Librarian (voice)

Arnold Stang ... Himself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 8: Feelings

25 June 1986
LeVar seems to have a lot of things going wrong for him as he spends a day in the park, causing lots of different emotions. In an animated feature, a group of school children read poems about feelings and how to deal with situations. In another profile, LeVar introduces Koko the Gorilla, who learned to communicate through American Sign Language.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Laura Haymann ... Herself (voice)
Jessica Mercado ... Herself (voice)
Timothy Oakes ... Himself (voice)
Penny Patterson ... Herself
Paul Sidoriak ... Himself (voice)
Pamela Stagner ... Herself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 9: Watch the Stars Come Out

26 June 1986
Videotaped at Ellis Island in 1985, this show is truly American or, more correctly, a salute to all those who immigrated to America. Laura Haymann reads Watch the Stars Come Out, a true story about a young boy and girl who ride a boat from their native country to New York in order to join their parents and older sister, who emigrated to the United States earlier and sent for them.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Laura Haymann ... Herself (voice)

Season 3, Episode 10: Mama Don't Allow

27 June 1986
LeVar shows how music can help interpret a situation, from meeting alligators in a Louisiana swamp to joining a party on a Mississippi riverboat. Fred Newman narrates the story of Mama Don't Allow, about how a young musician starts his own swamp band with his friends. Viewers are then treated to a recording session with Fred Newman as he makes up all the sound effects for the book, including the band's music.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Fred Newman ... Himself

Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: Space Case

Is there life on other planets and stars? LaVar sends a message to aliens who might be watching and a radio telescope in Puerto Rico is profiled. Today's featured story is about a being from outer space who visits Earth.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Lenora Claire ... Herself
Michael Winslow ... Himself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 2: The Milk Makers


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Marv Albert ... Himself (voice)

Alaina Reed-Hall ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 3: Imogene's Antlers

LaVar visits the zoo, to learn about animals with horns and antlers. In the featured story, a young girl wakes up one morning to discover she's grown her own pair of antlers.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Imogene Coca ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 4: Germs Make Me Sick!


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jerry Orbach ... Himself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 5: Abiyoyo


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Darryl McDaniels ... DMC
Jason Mizell ... Jam Master Jay

Pete Seeger ... Himself

Joseph Simmons ... Run
Man-Wai Wong ... Dancer (as Bonnie Wong)

Season 4, Episode 6: The Life Cycle of the Honeybee

May 1987
LeVar visits a beehive to look into beekeeping and how honey is made. Barbara Feldon narrates The Life Cycle of the Honeybee, which goes into detail about how bees make hives in natural habitats such as trees.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Barbara Feldon ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 7: Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

May 1987

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Sada Thompson ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 8: Chickens Aren't the Only Ones

May 1987

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Georgia Engel ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 9: The Paper Crane

May 1987

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Keye Luke ... Himself (voice)
Kenn Michael ... Himself - Book Reviewer (as Kenny Michael Benbow Blank)

Season 4, Episode 10: The Runaway Duck

May 1987

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Orson Bean ... Himself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 11: A Three Hat Day

August 1987

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Kelly Hrudey ... Himself - a New York Islanders' goalie

Zelda Rubinstein ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 12: Rumpelstiltskin

August 1987

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Jenny Maki ... Wench
Tim Maki ... Young Peasant
Todd Maki ... Peasant

Ralph Waite ... Himself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 13: Best Friends

The best of friends are those whose friendships endure everything. And it extends to all walks of life, particularly to dogs. Liza Siegler reads the story of two girls who are best friends, but their relationship is strained when one girl goes on a vacation with relatives and the other girl feels lonely and neglected, until a new neighbor moves in and asks her to help him look after his dog.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Liza Siegler ... Herself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 14: Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

May 1987
LeVar travels to an old west town made to look like life in the 1880's to see how times have changed in the last 100 years. He explores how cowboys lived and traveled, and he also shows how stunt riders practice tricks on their horses for western movies. Hoyt Axton reads the featured book, a story told in comparisons about a rancher who decides to spend the day in a town 84 miles from home, and the strange happenings at his ranch back home while his wife stayed home to plant potatoes.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Hoyt Axton ... Himself (voice)

Season 4, Episode 15: My Little Island


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Ron Foster ... Himself (voice)

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: The Bionic Bunny Show

15 August 1988
In both the featured story and on the set of the show "Star Trek: the Next Generation" (which LaVar also stars on) we learn how TV shows are made and how actors in costumes and special effects can make imaginary things seem real.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Denise Crosby ... Herself

Michael Dorn ... Himself

Jonathan Frakes ... Himself
Gene Klavan ... Himself (voice)

Marina Sirtis ... Herself

Brent Spiner ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

Season 5, Episode 2: Bugs

16 August 1988
With microorganisms under his belt, LeVar now goes on the lookout for insects.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Edward Moldonado Jr. ... Himself (voice)

Season 5, Episode 3: The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner

17 August 1988

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Peter Falk ... Himself (voice)
Jami Simon ... Diner

Season 5, Episode 4: Brush

18 August 1988

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Kevin Clash ... Himself

Hector Elizondo ... Himself (voice)
Robert Niosi ... Himself
Becky Wible ... Herself

Season 5, Episode 5: The Purple Coat

19 August 1988

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jack Gilford ... Himself (voice)

Season 5, Episode 6: Barn Dance!

27 March 1989
LeVar is in Tennessee where he is going to a barn dance. Along the way, he meets the band who will be playing their Bluegrass music and meets a man who makes his own fiddles. At the barn, LeVar also learns a few dance steps for the big night Roy Clark narrates Barn Dance!, a story about a hoedown that is unlike any other.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Roy Clark ... Himself (voice)

Season 5, Episode 7: Duncan and Dolores

28 March 1989

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jane Curtin ... Herself (voice)

Season 5, Episode 8: Knots on a Counting Rope

29 March 1989

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Bree Walker ... Herself (as Bree Walker Lampley)

Season 5, Episode 9: Mummies Made in Egypt

30 March 1989

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Corinne Orr ... Herself (voice)

Season 5, Episode 10: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

31 March 1989
LeVar celebrates the culture of Africa in New York City's Central Park where he learns how African drums are made. Phylicia Rashid narrates Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, an African tale about a villager who has two beautiful daughters with completely different personalities. Mufaro presents his daughters to the king who is looking for a wife.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Phylicia Rashad ... Herself (voice)

Season 6

Season 6, Episode 1: Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jane Pauley ... Herself (voice)

Season 6, Episode 2: Stay Away from the Junkyard!


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Michele Mariana ... Herself (voice)

Season 6, Episode 3: Little Nino's Pizzeria

LaVar makes a pizza, while "The Wonder Years" star Josh Saviano reads a story about about a boy who's father runs a pizzeria.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Josh Saviano ... Himself (voice)

Season 6, Episode 4: Ludlow Laughs

LeVar is assigned a comedy makeover to learn more about comedy. Phillis Diller narrates "Ludlow Laughs," a tale about a man who never smiled at all until one strange night when he started to laugh out loud.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Phyllis Diller ... Herself (voice)
Peter Pitofsky ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 5: Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Steve Albert ... Baseball Announcer

Edward Asner ... Himself (voice)

Jose Canseco ... Himself
Mark McGwire ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 6: Dive to the Coral Reefs


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Fran Brill ... Herself (voice)
Park Ranger Mike White ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 7: Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro's Cactus

27 March 1990

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Philip Bosco ... Himself (voice)

Season 6, Episode 8: Tooth-Gnasher Superflash


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Victoria Jackson ... Herself (voice)

Season 6, Episode 9: Bored- Nothing to Do!


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Alex Borg ... Himself (voice)
David Hyman ... Himself (voice)

Season 6, Episode 10: Sports Pages

Levar Burton works out in a gym and talks about the determination it takes to succeed in sports. Burton narrates two poems from "Sports Pages" by Arnold Adoff. Burton visits with a young Olympic gymnast who talks about the preparation she must go through before competition. Burton talks to a brother-sister figure skating team, the skaters show how hard they must work to achieve their goals.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 7

Season 7, Episode 1: The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth

10 September 1990

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Herself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 2: Jack, the Seal and the Sea

11 September 1990

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Leslie Uggams ... Herself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 3: The Bicycle Man

12 September 1990

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Tom Matsusaka ... Himself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 4: Florence and Eric Take the Cake

13 September 1990
LeVar visits a famed wax sculpture museum, where an expert wax artist makes a statue of him. Julia child reads the story of two children helping their grandmother plan a party, and how they accidentally mistake a fancy decorated hat for a cake decorated in the same way.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Julia Child ... Herself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 5: Sunken Treasure

14 September 1990

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Bob Ballard ... Himself

Robert Morse ... Himself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 6: Alistair's Time Machine

16 September 1991
LeVar goes to a totally-fictitious spot to find inventors from all eras. True to form, these inventors come from the distant past, Reading Rainbow's near-present, and the future. Arnold Stang narrates Alistair's Time Machine, the story of a boy who invents a machine that takes him centuries back in time.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Erma Campbell ... Machine's Voice (voice)

Arnold Stang ... Himself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 7: The Adventures of Taxi Dog

17 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Vincent Gardenia ... Himself (voice)

Alisa Reyes ... Herself

Season 7, Episode 8: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

18 September 1991
Today's episode focuses on Native American art. The featured story, a young Indian man finds his calling in life as a painter and he is assigned a special task that will make him and his work remembered forever.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 7, Episode 9: Galimoto

19 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Hattie Winston ... Herself (voice)

Season 7, Episode 10: Fox on the Job

20 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Fred Newman ... Himself (voice)

Season 8

Season 8, Episode 1: Opt: An Illusionary Tale

23 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 8, Episode 2: Racoons and Ripe Corn

24 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Julia Barr ... Herself (voice)

Season 8, Episode 3: The Lady with the Ship on Her Head

25 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Kevin Chamberlin ... Ted the Grateful Head
Fred Newman ... Dr. Skull
Marilyn Pasekoff ... Herself (voice)

Nicole Wilson ... Herself - Panelist (1991)

Season 8, Episode 4: Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express

26 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Shaddi Albawab ... Himself

Brian Dennehy ... Himself (voice)
Mike Kinney ... Himself

Season 8, Episode 5: Snowy Day: Stories and Poems

27 September 1991

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Lacey Chabert ... Herself (voice)

Lena Horne ... Herself (voice)

Season 8, Episode 6: Tar Beach

5 October 1992
LeVar's presence looms over New York once again, this time literally. He's taken to the roof of one of the nondescript skyscrapers, very close to the bridge mentioned in the featured book, Tar Beach.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Ruby Dee ... Herself (voice)

Season 8, Episode 7: The Wall

6 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Maya Lin ... Herself

Season 8, Episode 8: Sam the Sea Cow

7 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jason Robards ... Himself (voice)

Season 8, Episode 9: Rechenka's Eggs

8 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Viveca Lindfors ... Herself (voice)

Season 8, Episode 10: Sophie and Lou

9 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Lola Falana ... Herself (voice)

Season 9

Season 9, Episode 1: Come a Tide

12 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Dixie Carter ... Herself (voice)

Season 9, Episode 2: The Piggy in the Puddle

13 October 1992
This episode of READING RAINBOW, "Piggy in the Puddle," features a look at the art of claymation and the joys of mud. Claymation artists Becky and Cody introduce host LeVar Burton to the art of claymation and create a claymation interpretation of Charlotte Pomerantz's PIGGIE IN THE PUDDLE. This program also features kids creating their own clay figures and a trip to a mud racing show. Kids review THIS HOUSE IS MADE OF MUD, THE HIPPOPOTAMUS SONG, and OINK.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Tovah Feldshuh ... Herself (voice)

Season 9, Episode 3: Seashore Surprises

14 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 9, Episode 4: Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies

15 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Andrew Lei ... Himself (voice)

Season 9, Episode 5: Berlioz the Bear

16 October 1992

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

James Avery ... Himself (voice)
Walter J. Turnbull ... Himself (as Dr. Walter Turnbull)

Season 9, Episode 6: Amazing Grace

11 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Tyne Daly ... Herself (voice)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself

Season 9, Episode 7: The Furry News

12 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Reggie Alvin Green ... Newspaper Hawker

Season 9, Episode 8: Mrs. Katz and Tush

13 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Reizl Bozyk ... Herself (voice)

Jamie Duneier ... Himself

Season 9, Episode 9: The Salamander Room

14 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Lynne Thigpen ... Herself (voice)

Season 9, Episode 10: Silent Lotus

15 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Lea Salonga ... Herself (voice)
Terrylene ... Herself

Season 10

Season 10, Episode 1: Follow the Drinking Gourd

18 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Keith David ... Himself (voice)
Robert M. Watson ... African-American Interpreter (as Robert M. Watson Jr.)

Season 10, Episode 2: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

19 October 1993
One thing leads to another in this episode, with LeVar in a bowling alley, showing how certain actions lead to consequences. Included is a piece on an expert at domino displays and domino art. Beth Howland reads "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," the tale of a little boy who offers a cookie to a mouse, and all the events that occur afterwards as a result.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Beth Howland ... Herself (voice)
Candice Nichole Hughes ... Herself
Ron Eric Hughes ... Himself

Season 10, Episode 3: Is This a House for Hermit Crab?

20 October 1993
LeVar sets out to build a bird house, prompting an examination of animal habitats. Eartha Kitt reads the story of a growing hermit crab, who is now too large for his current shell, and all the difficulties he has trying to find a new place to live, all the while trying to avoid predators who want to eat him.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Eartha Kitt ... Herself (voice)

Robin Leach ... Himself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 4: And Still the Turtle Watched

21 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Michael Ansara ... Himself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 5: June 29, 1999

22 October 1993

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Charles Kimbrough ... Himself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 6: Nosey Mrs. Rat

3 October 1994
Observing people is the theme of the day, as LeVar finds himself with time to kill before a business meeting and chooses to watch children at a playground while he waits.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jane Goodall ... Herself

Faith Prince ... Herself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 7: Borreguita and the Coyote

4 October 1994
LeVar spends the day in a barrio in East Los Angeles studying Mexican culture as he visits friends who make their own guitars, eats some traditional food, and discusses the cultural differences that are practiced in both Mexico and the US. Olga Merediz reads Borreguita and the Coyote, the tale of a clever lamb who continually outsmarts a coyote determined to eat her.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Olga Merediz ... Herself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 8: Summer

5 October 1994
In this episode of Reading Rainbow, Levar shows the kids the different sights and sounds of Summer. The different wildlife of Summer, and how they live. Also, there are segments on the different seasons and how they effect different parts of the country. The featured book is "Summers" written by Ron Hirschi, and read by Ossie Davis.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Ossie Davis ... Himself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 9: Once There Was a Tree

6 October 1994

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Eli Wallach ... Himself (voice)

Season 10, Episode 10: Appelemondo's Dreams

7 October 1994

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Michael Learned ... Herself (voice)

Season 11

Season 11, Episode 1: The Lotus Seed

10 October 1994

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Gamil al-Kutiny ... Himself
Rona Figueroa ... Herself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 2: Hail to Mail

11 October 1994
LaVar explains the postal service and shows how important mail as a form of communication.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Al Roker ... Himself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 3: Stellaluna

12 October 1994
LaVar discusses bats and the importance of sleep. The featured story is of a bat who is separated from her family and adopted by a bird.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Anne Jackson ... Herself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 4: My Shadow

13 October 1994
In this episode of Reading Rainbow: Levar shows the kids how shadows and lights make up our everyday lives. Andrea Davis is featured as a photographer who shoots different parts of the city and develops the pictures in her own studio. Also, the children review the books SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS I HAVE A FRIEND and SHADOW GRAPHS.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Robert Guillaume ... Himself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 5: Ruth Law Thrills a Nation

14 October 1994

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Linda Lavin ... Herself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 6: The Wonderful Towers of Watts

2 October 1995
LaVar visits Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. The featured story is about Simon Rhodia and The Watts Towers. Also featured are young Watts residents trying to make the neighborhood a better place.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Angela Bassett ... Herself (voice)
Marjory Collado ... Herself

Season 11, Episode 7: Martha Speaks

3 October 1995

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Jo Haden ... Herself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 8: Alejandro's Gift

4 October 1995

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Francisco Rivela ... Himself (voice)
Jesse Spielman ... Himself - Reviewer

Season 11, Episode 9: The Sign Painter's Dream

5 October 1995

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jamie Farr ... Himself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 10: Archibald Frisby

6 October 1995

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Arnold Stang ... Himself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 11: Fly Away Home

8 April 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Daniel Saltzman ... Himself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 12: Uncle Jed's Barber Shop

9 April 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Regina Taylor ... Herself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 13: How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

10 April 1996
LeVar and a friend say following recipes and cooking foods are very much like science experiments. They work on recipes which include lasagna made with rice, a marinara sauce, and apple raisin muffins. Helen Mirren reads How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, a tale of a lady who goes to elaborate lengths to get all the ingredients to make a pie after she finds her local grocery store closed.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Helen Mirren ... Herself (voice)

Season 11, Episode 14: Owen

11 April 1996
It's easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it's LeVar's turn, as he gets in touch with visions of "his boyhood." Matthew Broderick reads "Owen," about a little mouse who's very attached to his security blanket and doesn't want to give it up, even if it means he will be teased when he starts school.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Matthew Broderick ... Himself (voice)
Kristian Damian ... Young Levar
Patricia Icia ... Young LeVar's Mother

David Reivers ... Young LeVar's Teacher

Season 12

Season 12, Episode 1: How Much Is a Million?

April 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Nick Sullivan ... Himself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 2: Always My Dad

7 October 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
B.J. Crosby ... Herself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 3: Bread Is for Eating

8 October 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Cecilia Arana ... Herself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 4: Hotel Animal

9 October 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

John Cunningham ... Himself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 5: Someplace Else

10 October 1996

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Carol Kane ... Herself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 6: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

October 1996
Music and orchestras are profiled in this tuneful show. The episode soon gets rhythmic when LeVar introduces the viewers to the theatrical percussion group, Stomp. Gregory Hines reads Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin, a counting story that mentions all the different types of instruments that are played in bands and orchestras and the kinds of groups they make based on many play at once.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Gregory Hines ... Himself (voice)

Season 12, Episode 7: On the Day You Were Born

7 April 1997
How babies are born is explored, in great detail, in this episode, as a family welcoming their fourth child is profiled during the last few weeks before delivery. Patrick Stewart reads a poem about how special each person is when they come into the world, and how every birth should be celebrated.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 12, Episode 8: Hip Cat

8 April 1997

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Ann Duquesnay ... Herself (voice)

Joshua Redman ... Himself

Season 12, Episode 9: Regina's Big Mistake

April 1997

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Anna Holbrook ... Herself (voice) (as Anna Kathryn Holbrook)

Season 12, Episode 10: Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

10 April 1997
LeVar discusses how people show gratitude for kind acts and how we can repay each other in acts of kindness to spread good will in the world. Nicholson Earl Billey reads the featured story, a poem of greeting that Native Americans say each day to bless the earth and pray for all the gifts they have been given by respecting the planet.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 12, Episode 11: The Carousel

11 April 1997

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 13

Season 13, Episode 1: Math Curse

5 October 1998

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Michelle Trachtenberg ... Herself (voice)

Season 13, Episode 2: My Life with the Wave

6 October 1998
Scott Irby Ranier tells a tale of a boy who is followed home by a wave of water after a vacation at the beach, and how he and his family must convince the wave it is better off living in the ocean than in his bathtub.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Scott Irby-Ranniar ... Himself (voice)

Season 13, Episode 3: Saturday Sancocho

7 October 1998
LeVar attends a rummage sale to observe how people sometimes barter for items when they don't have money to buy them. Josie de Guzman reads the feature story about a girl who follows her grandmother around the farmer's market to trade items to get the ingredients for their weekly chicken stew after they discover they are out of all the groceries they need and don't have cash to buy them.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host
Jossie DeGuzman ... Herself (voice) (as Josie deGuzman)

Season 13, Episode 4: When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba

8 October 1998
LeVar explores Broadway as he looks at live entertainment options. Lucie Arnaz reads the feature story, about a young girl who decides to put on a show for her aunt, who usually treats her to Broadway play matinees, but now Aunt Lena is laid up in bed following a fall, and she gets depressed because she's missing her stories.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 13, Episode 5: Work Song

9 October 1998

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 14

Season 14, Episode 1: The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

23 October 2000
LeVar visits the Amazon rain forest to meet the real people profiled in today's featured book, a story about how a young man was chosen to follow around his tribe's medicine man to learn all the natural methods of treating injuries and illness using plants of the rain forest.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Susan Sarandon ... Herself (voice)

Season 14, Episode 2: Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk

20 November 2000
"Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk", read by Jason Alexander, features stories about pets. LeVar Burton throws a birthday party for his golden retriever, Roy, and treats the dog to a bath at a pet spa for his special day.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jason Alexander ... Himself (voice)

Season 14, Episode 3: Lemonade for Sale

19 January 2001
LeVar explores way that young people can earn money before they're old enough for official jobs in this show. Andrea McArdle reads the feature story of a group of kids who decide to run a lemonade drink stand to raise money to make repairs to their clubhouse, and how a new neighbor helps them drum up business.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Andrea McArdle ... Herself (voice)

Season 14, Episode 4: The Secret Shortcut

16 February 2001
In the first of two map shows, LeVar Burton wants to show how to use maps. But he is not Rick Steves. Tim Conway reads a story about two boys who decide to try a new route to school after getting there late all the time and being reprimanded by the teacher.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 14, Episode 5: My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States

16 March 2001

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 14, Episode 6: Badger's Parting Gifts

20 April 2001
LeVar discusses cathartic ways to adjust to losing a loved one in this episode. He and fellow viewers talk about family members that are now gone that they miss, and how they try to remember the good times rather than dwell on the pain. Ruby Dee reads the featured story about an aging Badger, who knows he doesn't have much longer to live and tries to prepare his friends for his passing.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 14, Episode 7: The Tin Forest

LeVar visits a school in New York City to ask the class how they have coped since the past year when the World Trade Center was destroyed nearby and they had to evacuate and some children lost family members. Jeff Bridges reads the story of The Tin Forest, about a lonely man who builds a metal forest of trees and animals in hopes of attracting real animals to ease his sadness

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jeff Bridges ... Himself - Book Reader (voice)

Season 14, Episode 8: Max


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 14, Episode 9: Enemy Pie

5 September 2002
LeVar observes activity in a playground to see how people do and don't get along with each other. Ed Harris reads Enemy Pie, a story about a boy who dislikes one of his new classmates, and how his father helps bring the two boys to start a friendship by making a secret recipe Enemy Pie.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Ed Harris ... Himself - Book Reader (voice)

Season 14, Episode 10: Our Big Home: An Earth Poem


LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Season 15

Season 15, Episode 1: Visiting Day

15 December 2004

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Alfre Woodard ... Herself (voice)

Season 15, Episode 2: Unique Monique

19 January 2005

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Eliza Dushku ... Herself (voice)

Season 15, Episode 3: Mr. George Baker

19 January 2005
Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read, even though he is almost 100, and his relationship with his young neighbor as they wait for the bus every day.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Wayne Brady ... Himself (voice)

Season 15, Episode 4: Beegu

24 January 2005

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Himself (voice)

Season 15, Episode 5: Two Old Potatoes and Me

29 April 2005
Jordan Puryear reads "Two Old Potatoes and Me," about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted potatoes by replanting them using the sprouts to grow a whole new crop of potatoes. LeVar, working with his daughter, is inspired to make potato dishes from recipes in the book.

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Jordan Elizabeth ... Herself (as Jordan Puryear)

Season 16

Season 16, Episode 5: Hanna Hippo's Horrible Hiccups

7 January 2012

Jennifer Betit Yen ... Herself

Unknown Season

Bitty Fish

January 2012

Boxes for Katje

November 2006
LeVar profiles Children For Children, a New York based youth organization that creates care packages for relief to children affected by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Elizabeth Jute reads a story about a US penpal who sends care packages to her friend in war-torn Holland after WWII.

First Day Jitters

Excitement-anticipation-butterflies-JITTERS! Everyone knows the jumble of feelings that go through a child's head as the first day of school approaches-especially if it's the first day at a new school. Will they like me? Will I make new friends? What if I don't like it? These are questions Sarah Jane Hartwell asks herself as she tries to build up courage to embrace her new school. Children and adults alike will sympathize with Sarah's feelings and laugh out loud at the surprise ending.

Game Day

November 2006

I Lost My Tooth in Africa

November 2006

Meet the Leaders


LeVar Burton ... Himself
Kassidy Hassell ... Kid
Andrei Paje ... Kid

Polka Dot Fixes Kindergarten


Show Way

November 2006

LeVar Burton ... Himself - Host

Diahann Carroll ... Herself (voice)

Stephanie Cozart Burton ... Herself

The Biggest Test

November 2006

The Ugly Vegetables


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