The Reading Rainbow, hosted by Levar Burton, had many young children enjoying the world of reading once again. It as a refreshing form of entertainment that still lives in the minds and hearts of those who spent hours watching this program. It’s theme song began “Butterfly in the sky – I can go twice as high!” and was the beginning of a delightful show that was inspiring and had kids hooked. As we get older, it’s fun to find out more about what we loved so much back then. So, here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know about this show that might only make you love it more!
1. Long run.
Reading Rainbow experienced a total of 16 seasons throughout the years 1983 and 2006. Burton believes that the No Child Left Behind Act was the downfall of the series when reading began to focus on only the rudimentary, boring aspects instead of teachers tuning kids into the program which teaches you how to enjoy reading.
2. Levar Burton was the owner of the show.
This guy invested his own money as the executive producer of this show and was responsible for all the creativity.
3. Levar Burton also starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation at the same time.
He was also known as Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
4. Ordinary kids participated.
During one segment of the show, book review, Burton brought in ordinary kids to talk about books. Several kids were used in each episode.
5. Book information was always provided.
At the end of each program, parents and teachers can find out the publishing information for each of the 3 or 4 books that were on the episode.