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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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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

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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) 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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