LeVar Burton has been a beloved presence on television, both as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Geordi La Forge and also as himself as the host of Reading Rainbow. This fun program was an easy way for kids to learn about children’s books that they might like to explore.

Each episode has a unifying educational theme. The first episode featured here starts in a bowling alley. Segments in the episode show the workings in the ball and pin return machinery. They also show how bowling balls are made.

Noteworthy Episodes

  • S01:E01 - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Bowling alley and how bowling balls are made makes for a fun first episode. There is also a segment with a large domino toppling feature. Beth Howland, who played Vera on TV’s Alice reads the book that titles this episode.
  • S02:E02 - The Tortoise and the Hare LeVar is in a bike race. Gilda Radner reads The Tortoise and the Hare.
  • S03:E02 - Miss Nelson is Back It is LeVar’s birthday! First he gets to try monster makeup. Then he learns about magic from Harry Blackstone. Ruth Buzzi reads Miss Nelson is Back.
  • S03:E03 - Pet Stories: You Don’t Have to Walk It is LeVar’s dog Roy’s birthday! Jason Alexander reads the title book.
  • S04:E06 - Is This a House for a Hermit Crab LeVar builds a bird house and talks about other animal habitats. Eartha Kitt reads Is This a House for a Hermit Crab.