Reading Rainbow

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PBS (ended 2006)

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Reading Rainbow

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Reading Rainbow is a children's series designed to promote reading comprehension in elementary school age children. Host LeVar Burton introduces the theme of the episode and the book to be profiled in an animated story using the illustrations from the book and narrated by a celebrity such as Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Richard Gere, and the late great stars Ossie Davis, Julia Child, Raul Julia and Gilda Radner for example. After the story is finished, feature stories in the same subject as the book are profiled and youth reviewers give critiques of three additional books. LeVar usually introduces the children critics by saying, "But you don't have to take my word for it."

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

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Tina Fabrik

Tina Fabrik

Theme Singer (telecasts of 1983-1998 only)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Made Books interesting

    7.5
    Various ep (00-03)
  • Watched since I was a baby

    9.5
    GREAT!! Up there with Sesame Street.
  • No more Reading Rainbow on TV !!

    10
    Why not on TV ?
  • I love this show because I love LeVar Burton for hosting Reading Rainbow so much.

    10
    I love LeVar Burton so much and I love Reading Rainbow because everybody and the whole world learn how to read. Books and everything is always on your side. PBS Kids is always proud for #1 recommendation for children and the world would love Reading Rainbow. Even I am. I'm in love with Reading Rainbow, and the Reading Rainbow guy named LeVar Burton.
  • The educational show that tells us that reading can be fun.

    9.5
    Remember when PBS Kids in it's "It's your imagination" days? Remember the network that didn't have that awful Wild Kratts,that idiotic Sid the Science Kid and that terrible The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That? Besides Arthur,this is one of it's best shows ever to air on PBS Kids. Reading Rainbow is a show about a guy (Forgot his name) who promotes reading to kids,and he even reads a story like Stellaluna or something like that. It may sound like a snoozefest like Nick News,however,it ends up being great. This show doesn't say "Hey you,turn off that TV and start reading",this promotes it very well. And I loved the theme song,though I loved the new one better. However,now,it's canceled. Why? So PBS can make room for it's other stupid shows. Thank you,Reading Rainbow,for inspiring us to read.moreless
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    Kids

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    public figures, Grade Schoolers, mainstream america, long running show, Preschoolers