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Take a look, it’s in a book: Reading Rainbow documentary debuts Mar 17

todayMarch 10, 2024

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Take a Look, It's in a Book: Reading Rainbow Documentary featuring Levar Burton Debuts March 17, 2024

As a lifelong fan of the iconic educational television series “Reading Rainbow” starring LeVar Burton, I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming documentary, “Butterfly in the Sky.” Directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb, this film promises to take us on a nostalgic journey through the show’s 23-season run, highlighting its impact on generations of young readers, including myself.

Growing up, I eagerly anticipated each new episode of “Reading Rainbow,” and the show’s influence on my life extended well beyond my childhood years. Even during my high school days, I found myself revisiting old episodes, drawing inspiration and comfort from the program’s enduring message about the power of literature.

The documentary features insights from the show’s host, LeVar Burton, whose passion for promoting literacy extended far beyond his role on “Reading Rainbow.” As a fan of Burton’s work, I was equally captivated by his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” further cementing his status as a beloved figure in the world of entertainment and education.

“Butterfly in the Sky” also includes appearances by celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, who guest-starred in a 1993 episode of the series. Goldberg’s words in the trailer resonate deeply: “Reading Rainbow wanted children to know there’s all kinds of stories out there. And while it may not be stories from your neighborhood, it’s stories from a neighborhood you should know about.” This sentiment perfectly encapsulates the show’s mission to broaden young minds and foster empathy through the written word.

The documentary’s limited theatrical release, set to begin on March 17, 2024, in select AMC Theatres, will be followed by a wider run in New York City and other locations. For those unable to catch it on the big screen, “Butterfly in the Sky” will be available on digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon, starting April 30, 2024. Educators, librarians, and parents can share this inspiring film with their students and children, thanks to Roco Films’ plans to make it available for classrooms and libraries.

In anticipation of the release of “Butterfly in the Sky,” I reflect on the indelible mark “Reading Rainbow” has left on my life and the lives of countless others. This documentary serves as a testament to the enduring power of educational television and the dedicated individuals who believed in the show’s mission. I, for one, cannot wait to take this nostalgic journey and celebrate the legacy of a program that has meant so much to so many.


Written by: Tarik Moody

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