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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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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:

Reading Rainbow See more »

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USA

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series came to an end with the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act. According to LeVar Burton, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting wanted to focus funding on programming that taught reading rather than encouraged reading. 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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My favorite show
14 June 2002 | by kimmbSee all my reviews

I grew up watching this show, it first appeared when I was 4 years old. I watched it as I learned to read and as I progressed through school. I still watch it on the occasions I find it on PBS, and I'm now a 22 year old grad student in Literature. I think this show really helps instill the value of reading in young kids--values that will follow them throughout life. I can't think of a better show for kids. And unlike most children's programs, it doesn't lose its charm no matter how old you get. A great great show, one of my personal favorites and a big reason I'm studying English and Literature today.


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