I’m going to do something I don’t normally do and jump on the internet bandwagon – I’m going to blog about Reading Rainbow. A few days ago LeVar Burton launched a kickstarter campaign to relaunch Reading Rainbow, which reached it’s original goal in record time and is currently at more than 3 times that goal.
It was my mother who taught me that, by picking up a book, I could “go anywhere” and “be anything.” Ever since Reading Rainbow began in 1983, I have dedicated myself to fostering a love of reading in children, just as my mother did for me.
I loved Reading Rainbow as a kid, not only did I love books, but it was hosted by an actor from my favorite show, Star Trek: The Next Generation. I remember the day (I was probably 4 or 5 years old) when I realized that the man from Reading Rainbow was also Geordi La Forge, it was quite an exciting realization at the time. And I was just as happy to see the kickstarter and Levar Burton’s later AMA on Reddit.
The best part of Reading Rainbow was the saying that serves as the title of this post, at the end of every show, Burton would launch a segment with, “But you don’t have to take my word for it.” People are too often told what to think, not taught how to think, kids have plenty of people telling them not to question and to believe everything an adult says, but Reading Rainbow was about discovering for yourself how amazing books can be, and I would be glad to see it helping more children discover a love of reading.