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Reading Rainbow

  1. Neil Gaiman Reveals How He Horrified His Daughter In Reading Rainbow Interview

    Are you kidding me, Gaiman? You gave her THAT book?

    The amazing thing about Neil Gaiman is that his work transcends generations. Between his novels for adults and his children's books, there is something Gaiman for people of all ages. So, what better person to be an advocate for a new generation of young readers being introduced to the wonderful world of books through the new, digital Reading Rainbow?

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  2. Survey Shows Millennials Read Just As Much Or More Than Older Adults

    Thanks, LeVar!

    FELLOWLENNIALS! Look up from your Twittering and rejoice: the PEW Research Center believes our generation has the same healthy love of reading as our ancestors. Heck, we even use the library!

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  3. Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Now Getting Benjamins On BackerKit

    Now where is this pile of money so we can all Scrooge McDuck in it?

    The world has become Rainbow, and now you can, too. The initial literacy fundraiser ended last week after raising an incredible $5,408,916, but there's still time to donate over on BackerKit, a crowdfunding platform that has definitely hitched itself to the right gravy train.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Fight Crime In Style With This Batman Hair Bow

    NANANANANANANANANANANANANANANANA HAIR BOOOOWWWW.

    You can wear this leather Batman bow by Etsy seller Dulcecalaveritas either as a hair bow or a necktie. Or both. Just place bats all about your person.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Doctor Doom As an ’80s Pop Sensation

    Nice shades.

    Rocky Davies also did 80s album covers for the Joker, the Xenomoprh, and Shredder. "You know, like Doom tried to do some good PR and produce an upbeat pop album," says the artist. "It has hits like 'Latveria, Why Latveria?' and 'Doom Done Did It Again' and 'Four Coffins' and 'Chrome Dome.'"

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  6. You Only Have Three Hours Left to Prove You’re Not a Horrible Person By Donating to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

    Didn't donate? You monster! Do you hate joy?

    The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has seen some good times: Smashing through its $1 million goal in less than a day, which caused LeVar Burton to break down in tears. Getting some cool Star Trek and Veronica Mars-related rewards. Seth MacFarlane doing a thing you actually like: promising to donate $1 million of his own if the campaign makes it to $5 million, which, oh yeah, it already did. And now you have mere hours left to donate, so get to it!

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  7. Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Nabs Rewards From Ouya, Pebble, and Veronica Mars

    How the HELL high is this butterfly gonna fly, already?

    So you know how in Lord of the Rings when Frodo is like "I will take the Ring" and all the other guys at Elrond's council are like "awesome, you totally have my axe and stuff"? (Obviously I am paraphrasing here). Anyway, the crowdfunding equivalent is basically happening right now, as four of the highest grossing Kickstarters are teaming up to donate rewards from their campaigns to the new reigning champion, Reading Rainbow. Quick! Who has dibs on being Aragorn?

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  8. New Donations to Reading Rainbow‘s Kickstarter Will Be Doubled by Seth MacFarlane

    $1,000,000 in the skyyyy. I can go twice as hiiiiigh.

    The return of Reading Rainbow smashed its initial Kickstarter goal of $1,000,000, but the more money its campaign can raise, the more classrooms LeVar Burton can reach. That's why Seth MacFarlane is now matching the next $1,000,000 dollars in donations as the campaign makes its way towards a whopping $5 million dollars. Now your donation can go twice as high.

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  9. LeVar Burton Assembles Elite Star Trek Team for Reading Rainbow

    Resistance is futile.

    What does the Internet like more than Geordi La Forge? Geordi La Forge and his Enterprise friends reading bedtime stories, of course! To reach the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter's updated goal of $5 million, LeVar Burton has assembled a fleet of Star Trek actors for a series of live shows, and yes--Shatner and Professor X will be in attendance.

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  10. LeVar Burton Teams up With Funny or Die to Show the Dangers of Reading

    "No man should have this power."

    Last week the Internet showed its love for Reading Rainbow by donating millions of dollars to rebooting the classic series, and dear God, what have we done? Funny or Die shows the dystopian reality that would result if reading truly gave you the power to "do anything." That poor, poor butterfly.

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  11. Watch LeVar Burton Explain the Science of How Double Rainbows Form

    Simple: they raise $2.6 million on Kickstarter, right?

    How do double rainbows form? After the successful campaign to revive Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton knows a whole lot about the subject, so he'll tell you how it happens in nature, since we all now know how it goes down on Kickstarter.

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  12. Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Breaks $1 Million In A Day, LeVar Burton Breaks Down In Tears [VIDEO]

    Awwwwww

    LeVar Burton blew the internet away yesterday when he published a Kickstarter for a relaunched Reading Rainbow. And then the internet blew LeVar Burton away and gave him $1 million in 11 hours. Grab some tissues and watch his reaction. For the record, it's currently sitting around $1.8 million. Hooray!! (via Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. Here’s LeVar Burton Reacting to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Reaching Its Goal

    No, sir. Thank you.

    Yesterday, LeVar Burton's Kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow back reached its 1 million dollar goal in less than a day. Burton and his team were watching as the donations poured in, and thankfully, a camera was around to capture his beautiful reaction when the fundraiser met its mark. You done good, Internet.

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  14. The Internet Came Through For Levar Burton and Reading Rainbow, Raising $1 Million in One Day

    Oh, Internet. Sometimes you really are the best.

    Yesterday Levar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow to the Internet, and the Internet didn't let him down. The campaign has hit its $1 million goal in less than a day. Currently it's at just under $1.7 million. Well done, Internet.

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  15. Guys, LeVar Burton Needs Our Help Bringing Reading Rainbow Back [VIDEO]

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    May 28th, 2014: Birds are singing, the sun is shining, and there's a Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow back. Its new incarnation won't be the same as it was before Satan reached up from Hell and cancelled it in 2009. Instead of a half-hour TV show, it'll be a series of video field trips and interactive kids books better suited to today's digitally connected world. LeVar Burton explains it all in the vid above, but here are some highlights: Part of the money raised will go toward making the new Reading Rainbow free for cash-strapped schools. That Star Trek pun. A completely accurate representation of what it would be like to meet Burton IRL. And the a special cameo at the end. But you don't have to take my word for it. Watch the whole thing yourself. After all, you don't want to disappoint LeVar Burton, do you? Because we know from Community that that's the worst feeling in the world. (via: Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  16. LeVar Burton Asks for the Internet’s Help To Bring Back Reading Rainbow

    LeVar's in trouble? We're on our way!

    Set phasers to generosity: childhood hero and public television darling LeVar Burton is requesting help for an incredibly worthy cause. The 23-year PBS star has launched "Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere," a Kickstarter to give the series a modern makeover.

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  17. LeVar Burton Becomes A Musician Thanks To The Reading Rainbow Remix

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    Earlier this year, Star Trek actor LeVar Burton was able to secure the Reading Rainbow Twitter account (much like we just secured @TheMarySue) and we knew great things were on the horizon. The latest? PBS Digital Studios' John D. Boswell remixed the classic opening tune to the show. If you really hate auto-tune you may not like this particular video but we think Mr. Burton sounds pretty rad. (via Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  18. Take a Journey into Imagination with “Reading Rainbow Remixed” [Video]

    Forgive the brief moment of nostalgic adulation, but LeVar Burton is truly a god among mortal men. Having the uncanny ability to instill a lasting appreciation for literature and take us on glorious adventures without even leaving the comfort of our armchairs, it's no wonder why the world can't get enough of the guy. In a gesture of praise and reverence, John D. Boswell -- the creative mind behind PBS Digital Studios' "Icons Remixed" series -- presents his latest accomplishment: "Reading Rainbow Remixed." And you don't have to take our word for it...

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  19. You Mess With Big Bird, You Mess With La Forge

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion. Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children. PBS represents .00016% of our nation's budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances. Defunding PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all... But you don't have to take my word for it... Make your own decision about how you feel about Romney's campaign against PBS, and act.LeVar Burton. To our nerdy selves, LeVar Burton is first and foremost Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge of the USS Enterprise. But to our inner children, he's first and foremost LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow, the third longest running kids series on PBS, behind Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (and still alive and well today in best selling app form). And with the use of his Reading Rainbow catch phrase, you know he's still got it. Previously in PBS

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  20. Jimmy Fallon Sings The Reading Rainbow Theme Song in the Style of The Doors

    Almost Totally Excellent

    Oh, Jimmy. We appreciate your silly song stylings. We especially enjoy them when it means we get to wake up to you singing one of our favorite childhood theme songs in a changed-up style. Of course, we can never hear this song without thinking of this scene, but we'll also be adding this one to our roster of favorite Reading Rainbow covers. (via Late Night)

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