Reading Rainbow


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Reading Rainbow was an American children's television series aired by PBS from June 6, 1983 until November 10, 2006 that encouraged reading among children.

The public television series garnered over 200 broadcast awards, including scores of Emmy Awards, many for "Outstanding Children's Series". The series was created under the leadership of Cecily Truett Lancit and Larry Lancit, at Lancit Media Productions in New York. The concept of a reading series for children was inspired by Twila Liggett, Ph.D., of Lincoln, Nebraska of the Great Plains National Instructional Television Library at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Paul Schupbach, director of the Great Plains National Instructional Television LIbrary; and Tony Buttino, of WNED-TV Buffalo, New York. The original team included Lynne Brenner Ganek, Ellen Schecter, and LeVar Burton as host.

Each episode centers on a theme from a book or other children's literature which is explored through a number of segments or stories. The show also provides book recommendations for kids to look for when they go to the library. It is the third-longest running children's series in PBS history, after Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street.

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LeVar Burton on how he became involved with the children's show Reading Rainbow on PBS
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LeVar Burton on selecting books for Reading Rainbow
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LeVar Burton on his favorite Reading Rainbow episode, "Amazing Grace"
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LeVar Burton on why he loved Reading Rainbow and on the evolution of the material
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LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow winning awards and the show's impact
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LeVar Burton on why he loved Reading Rainbow and on the evolution of the material
04:28
LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow winning awards and the show's impact
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LeVar Burton on how he became involved with the children's show Reading Rainbow on PBS; on the show's format and purpose
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LeVar Burton on selecting books for Reading Rainbow, his favorite Reading Rainbow episode, "Amazing Grace",
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LeVar Burton on bringing together Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow
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