- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“Butterfly in the sky … I can fly twice as high … “

Those words are the familiar opening lines to Reading Rainbow, a children’s television show launched in the early ‘80s that could be making a comeback.

The show’s star, actor LeVar Burton, launched an online campaign through crowdfunding site Kickstarter Wednesday morning with the goal of raising $1 million to relaunch the show for the next generation and to “bring Reading Rainbow’s unlimited library of interactive books and field trip to kids everywhere and help classrooms most in need.”

And he was successful, raising the full amount in less than 24 hours.

The show spanned more than three decades and took home 26 Emmys and a Peabody before new episodes stopped airing in 2006. Two years ago, Mr. Burton launched the Reading Rainbow as an app for tablets to “put hundreds of quality books — and educational video field trips — right in a child’s hands.”

With the funding from the Kickstarter campaign, Mr. Burton plans to launch a new version of Reading Rainbow for the Web and to provide Reading Rainbow for free to as many as 1,500 schools.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.



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