Growing up there was a ton of wonderful children’s programs on TV that, even to this day, I still remember fondly. One such program is Reading Rainbow, starring LeVar Burton. Yes, he played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation among other great roles. However, every week on the Public Broadcast Network he helped introduce children to new and exciting stories. Now on Kickstarter, you can donate money to help bring back this amazing program and I am totally excited about it!
Why do I want to see this amazing children’s show back? Because, it not only helped promote reading, but it made it exciting too! Reading Rainbow was one of the longest running children’s programs on TV. The series first ran in 1983, but was canceled in 2006. During that time, LeVar Burton was the only host for the show. It won several rewards including the Peabody Award and numerous Emmy awards, which just goes to show how much people loved this program.
The show’s premise is wonderful, yet simple for children: introduce a book, read the book, show clips centered on book, do a book review, and finally, suggest children find other related books at their local library. Simple, yet effective for getting children excited about reading. For today’s children, Reading Rainbow would like to reach them through the digital world by using apps, the web, and even game consoles. They would also like to reach children in the classroom and give teachers materials for free. They want to reach children in this modern time through today’s technology.
I know that in today’s world, books seem like a thing of the past. Maybe a physical book seems ancient, but reading is not. Despite the new technologies out there, such a Nooks, Kindles, etc, you still have to know how to read. Our children need tools to help them learn to read and tools that make reading fun. Children need encouragement to read, to research, and to use their imagination. This is what Reading Rainbow encouraged!
LeVar Burton is passionate about bringing Reading Rainbow back on the air and, for me, it shows how much he loves this show. Last time I checked there were already 83,093 backers and over three million dollars pledged. If you would like to make a donation click this link and help bring this unique program back to children everywhere!
Written By: Little Kristy