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Reading Rainbow 

TV-Y | | Family | TV Series (1983– )
Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.
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LeVar Burton ...  Himself - Host 152 episodes, 1983-2015
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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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English

Release Date:

6 June 1983 (USA) See more »

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Reading Rainbow See more »

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USA

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

LeVar Burton's real-life daughter Michaela appeared alongside her father in the episode Reading Rainbow: Two Old Potatoes and Me (2005). See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Recent airings (2000) have re-edited older episodes to include new footage of Levar Burton running around with kids to a new Reading Rainbow theme song at the beginning and end. See more »


Soundtracks

Reading Rainbow Theme Song
Written by Stephen Horelick and Dennis Neil Kleinman and Janet Weir
Performed by Tina Fabrique
[Her version of the theme song ran from 1983 until 1999]
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Take a look, it's in a book!
9 January 2002 | by mrskcj2See 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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