Farewell, Reading Rainbow

Were you one of us kids who were regularly urged to "take a look, it's in a book, it's Reading Rainbow?" Now, after more than 20 years on the air, the show about the joys of reading is ending its run on PBS. Here's more:

The program aired its final episode Friday, wrapping a more than two-decade run that began in 1983. Reading Rainbow, hosted by LeVar Burton, was designed to spark a love for books in its young audience.

The once-popular show's ratings had slipped and production on new episodes stopped several years ago, PBS said. Along with the end of the broadcasts, the Reading Rainbow site at pbskids.org will be discontinued in December.

Sad! As a kid, I always had my nose buried in a book, so there was pretty much nothing better to me than a TV show about books. Those were the pre-DVR, pre-Internet days, and I remember trying to quickly write down the titles of books featured on the show that I wanted to check out at the library. And I loved LeVar Burton ("but you don't have to take my word for it").

What about you? Did you watch Reading Rainbow?

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