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I think reading is part of the birthright of the human being.
LeVar Burton, actor and children's literacy advocate.

American children's Edutainment Show that aired on PBS from 1983-2009, and whose goal was simple — encourage children to read. It was hosted by co-creator Levar Burton (yes, that LeVar Burton).

Each episode featured a children's story, usually narrated by a celebrity, that focused on a specific theme (i.e., the importance of teamwork or learning about dinosaurs). The show would explore the theme further through various segments, live-action and animated. The last segment of the show would feature children providing recommendations of other books to look for at the library, preceded by LeVar saying "But you don't have to take my word for it." Every show ended with "I'll/We'll see you next time."

This show was part of PBS' "triple crown" of children's programming in The Eighties and The Nineties, along with Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It would be difficult indeed to find an American of a certain age who didn't watch this program at least occasionally, if not regularly. It's in the same Dude, Not Funny category as Rogers — rarely parodied (but if it is, it's always the positive kind), and insulting it will cause swift and nasty responses.

Rainbow won a Peabody Award and 26 Emmys, and ended its run as the third longest-running children's program in PBS history (behind the aforementioned Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood).

Tropes used in Reading Rainbow include:

 We'll see you next time.

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