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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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Series cast summary:
LeVar Burton ...  Himself - Host 152 episodes, 1983-2015
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Storyline

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Радуга-читальня See more »

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USA

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During its airing on PBS, Reading Rainbow (1983) sponsored a story contest from 1996 to 2009, where children aged 5 to 8 would submit stories with their own illustrations. The first contest offered grand prizes including home computer systems and xerox printers, and VCRs for second prize, along with all participants receiving a certificate of participation. After Reading Rainbow (1983) left the air in 2009, the contest became the PBS Writer's Contest. See more »

Quotes

[opening phrase]
LeVar Burton: Hi.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Weeds: A Yippity Sippity (2010) 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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Great show that all kids should watch.
19 April 1999 | by Nethen-2See all my reviews

I started watching Reading Rainbow when I first started to speak English. I've always thought it was a fun and creative show. It made reading better, and more enjoyable. It helped kids like me, to read better, understand books and love books. Also, with Burton as a great host, he helped it even more. Every episode was great to watch, and I liked it when they should us other cultures and how things work in the real world.

If your child needs a show to watch, take it from me, a 17 year old boy: Get them away from those violent TV shows where they won't learn a thing, get them to watch Reading Rainbow. They'll thank you in the latter years...I have.


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