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Reading Rainbow 

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 37 wins & 90 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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USA

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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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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After the TV series was cancelled, LeVar Burton received the copyright and developed an iOS educational app. In 2014, Burton decided to do a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to establish Reading Rainbow as an Android app and a class reading supplement resource for underfunded schools. The 30-day campaign's initial goal, $1 million, was raised within 11 hours. At the end of the full campaign, over $6 million had been raised. Seth MacFarlane contributed $1 million when the campaign hit $5 million. 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 Atop the Fourth Wall: Batman: A Word to the Wise (2012) 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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"Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high..."
26 January 2004 | by tubasunshineSee all my reviews

I used to love this show! I watched it religiously for years, and wish I had time to watch it now. This show really turned me on to reading as a kid, and we need more shows like this to get kids who have 100+ channels, computers and multiple video games back to the basics of reading. While the theme song was trite, it was catchy & easy to remember. And even though some aspects of the program on the overdone side, this show has wonderful "bones", & contributed overwhelmingly to my childhood, and the childhoods of many others as well.


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