I grew up on PBS. While my fellow 90’s kids remember Nickelodeon show after Nickelodeon show, I watched Arthur, Zoom, Cyberchase, Barney, Mister Rogers, Sesame Street, Between the Lions, and yes, Reading Rainbow. I loved each and every program, but I remember my mom making sure I sat down for the occasional Reading Rainbow episode. I learned all about new books and was exposed to different kinds of reading. I loved it as a kid, but as I grew up I typically only turned PBS on for the occasional Arthur and, or course, British television shows.
But now, Reading Rainbow is coming back and in a new, 2010s format. LaVar Burton, the face I’m used to seeing with a book, wants to bring back the program to help increase literacy and give millions of children access to the wonderful world of reading. He explains it way better than I ever could on the Kickstarter site, including a nifty graphic :) It’s pretty cool what Burton and his team are doing, and how they’ve invited all of America to be a part of it.
I can’t imagine my childhood without stacks of books all around my house, and I can’t imagine not having the love of reading I do now (yes, even when I’m face with 100 pages of reading assignments at college. Even though it doesn’t seem like love at the time ;)). I’m really glad to see Reading Rainbow return, and the response Burton’s project has gotten so far!