LeVar Burton and the executives of Reading Rainbow taught children that they could do anything, but no one could get funding to continue the beloved show's broadcasting rights. The PBS series based on texts and inspiring kids to pick them up and turn their pages has ended. Though the program won numerous Emmys and aired for 26-years, its tried and true approach is different than what networks are now offering young viewers. According to one report:
Research has directed programming toward phonics and reading fundamentals as the front line of the literacy fight. Reading Rainbow occupied a more luxurious space — the show operated on the assumption that kids already had basic reading skills and instead focused on fostering a love of books.
Were you and your children inspired by Reading Rainbow?