Take a Look at These READING RAINBOW–Inspired Goods

Katherine Willoughby |
3 months ago

Complete this lyric, “Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high, take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading ________.” If you were a PBS watching kid in the ’80s and ’90s, then you just belted out “Rainbow.”

Reading Rainbow was the book lover’s dream show. Levar Burton hosted each half hour episode. All of the episodes centered around a theme, an animated read aloud, a field trip, and three books suggested by kids. How I longed to be one of those kids at the end of the show who presented a book.

The show ran and reran for many seasons. I definitely had my favorite episodes. I shivered at the mysteries of ancient Egypt presented in Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki. I cried while listening to Perfect the Pig by Susan Jeschke. This book is about a pet pig who can fly, is stolen, and then abused by his kidnappers. It has a happy ending, but I sometimes changed the channel before the end of the story. Listening to stories like Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité made me want to visit far away places. I still seek out many of these books to share with my students and my son.

If you are feeling nostalgic for Reading Rainbow, I suggest taking a look at these Reading Rainbow–inspired items. But, you don’t have to take my word for it!

Reading Rainbow Shirts

Reading Rainbow vintage T-shirt from HappierBoutique

Read Your Heart Out shirt from PrettyWomanFashion

Simple Read shirt from DesIndie

I Can Go Twice as High shirt from BootsTees

Public Broadcasting Superheroes shirt from TheDeadLifeShop

More Reading Rainbow Gifts

Levar Burton Read postcard from khallion

Be Kind to Your Mind miniprint from starsalts

Reading Rainbow Levar Burton mug from AFineQuotation

Reading Rainbow embroidered bookmark from Broidyourelookingfor

Reading Rainbow enamel pin from PinBotShop

Wholesome Men of the ’90s button set from CassieDyerArt

More Reading Rainbow Posts to Fuel Your Nostalgia

Butterfly in the Sky: 10 Great Reading Rainbow Episodes for Teachers, Librarians, and Readers Everywhere

How Reading Rainbow Inspired Me

10 Super-Cool Books from Reading Rainbow

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