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

Host

Tina Fabrik

Tina Fabrik

Theme Singer (telecasts of 1983-1998 only)

Kevin Clash

Kevin Clash

Himself

Edward Asner

Edward Asner

(voice) Himself

William Windom

William Windom

Narrator

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Kids

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