Source: Buffalo Toronto Public Media/the Toy Insider

Let’s take a trip back to the ‘80s, when Reading Rainbow was one of the most-watched PBS shows, designed to foster a love of books and encourage kids to read more.

After more than 15 years off the air, the educational and inspiring kids’ program is making a comeback for a new generation with Reading Rainbow Live. This modern version of the series will invite viewers to interact with each other and the hosts of the show for a more interactive experience, making it feel more like a playroom or classroom where kids can learn and grow together.

Reading Rainbow Live will feature original music, dance parties, field trips, cultural explorations, investigations of the natural world, and the book of the day. Each 25-minute episode will feature a different theme designed to engage, entertain, and inform young viewers. The show will feature an inclusive selection of books that represent diverse authors, illustrators, main characters, subjects, and settings. 

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A diverse and talented comedic troupe called The Rainbow will host the show, and the producers are currently searching for the program’s final Rainbow member. Viewers can join in on the fun through an interactive, virtual platform called Looped, in which audience members can play games, follow along with dance routines, ask cast members questions, or answer questions. They may even be featured “on stage” during the show. After the live shows are complete, episodes will be available to stream so kids can watch at a later time even if they did not participate in the original broadcast.

Look for more launch and casting details in the coming weeks!

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.