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Reading Rainbow Ends

Did Reading Rainbow Inspire Your Love of Books?

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?

KrisB KrisB 8 years
Loved that show growing up, still can sing the theme song word for word, lol.
ann418 ann418 8 years
Just because the show is cancelled doesn't mean we'll stop showing it in schools. :)
miamixo miamixo 8 years
I've never watched it before.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I liked Reading Rainbow, but I was reading long before so i cant say it had any influence on my reading. I mostly liked the visits to different places to see how things were made. My biggest influence was that both my parents read and i found i loved it from a very early age. I was reading Dean Koontz and such in the 1st grade, as well as all of the fun kid series like Boxcar children and i read every autobiography i could get my hands on. Really though, i read ANYTHING. I read magazines, i read books, i read my sisters library books, I read readers digest, I read the manuals to video games... I just devoured everything that came anywhere near me.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I'm a bit of an oddity (or so I have been told) because I rarely watched children's programing growing up. I preferred game shows like Family Fued. Aw that Richard Dawson ... how inappropriate he was! LOL
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 8 years
I always wanted to read the books that the kids suggested at the end of the show but my mom could never find them at the library
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