PBS (ended 1983)


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Welcome to the Readit guide at TV Tome. For eight years, John Robbins had been producing and hosting language arts series for the late Ray V. Gladfelter at a company which would become Children's Television International. Most of these shows were designed to motivate children to read. These series ran under various titles, among them Cover to Cover, The Book Bird, and Storybound. All were acclaimed for excellence in educational television. When Children's Television International faced financial strife in 1981, John Robbins established his own company, Positive Image Productions. Staffing the new company were some of his co-workers on his past productions. Robbins reconnected to AIT, the company that had given him his first national TV exposure with Cover to Cover. The first Positive Image Productions series was Readit with John Robbins, built on the Cover to Cover format. In Readit, Robbins would introduce a children's book and its characters, set the stage for a major plot point, and draw a key scene. Over this, a narrator would be heard reading a passage from the book. Besides Robbins' drawings, another artists would provide additional artwork to go with another passage. Traditionally, each episode would leave the book at a critical juncture, and Robbins would tell viewers to borrow the book from their library and read the entire book themselves. While reading motivation was the cornerstone of John Robbins' ITV legacy, it would be five more years before he would produce another such series. That project would be the 1987 revival of Cover to Cover which most people are familiar with. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless