Reading Rainbow Could Be Headed To Gaming Consoles

by Ben Reeves on May 30, 2014 at 03:19 PM

"Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high. Take a look. It's on a video game console." Sure, the lyrics aren't catchy, but they could be accurate if LeVar Burton's Kickstarter raises more money.

LeVar Burton just can't let go. Despite the fact that Reading Rainbow ran for over 20 years, the esteemed actor has recently launched a Kickstarter to bring back the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning children's television series about books. But, we can't blame him, the campaign has already been remarkably successful; as of press time the Kickstarter has raised over three times it's proposed $1 million, and the Kickstarter still has over a month to go. This money will help the organization provide reading software for free to 1,500 schools in need. However, stretch goals will help bring the new Reading Rainbow to unexplored territory.

"With $5 million, we can get to mobile, we can do Android, we can definitely do Xbox, we can do set-top boxes," Burton told backers in a recent video, "And we can get to at least 7,500 schools for free."

This sounds like a cool program, but you don't have to take my word for it. Check out the Kickstarter. It's not a game, but if none of us could read, there would be no games. I'm serious guys!


[Source: Kickstarter via Polygon]


Our Take
I have a lot of good memories of watching Reading Rainbow growing up, and if the Kickstarter reaches it's goal, I'll look forward to downloading my new Reading Rainbow app. I have some cats that need to learn their ABCs.