Reading Rainbow Live

Reading Rainbow Live is a playroom celebration of Reading Rainbow and its fans who have connected with the show and the joy of reading.
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Register for updates about our official launch. First 1,000 to register will receive a special discount code to use when tickets go live and receive other exclusive giveaways!

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The Rainbows

Every episode of Reading Rainbow Live is hosted by The Rainbows! The casting search to find future Rainbows is heating up. Apply below to join the team!

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Book Selection

At the core of Reading Rainbow Live is the mission to have fun learning! Our book selection comes highly curated from diverse childhood development experts.

A Love Letter To Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow Live will share the same core values and structure as the original Reading Rainbow program. Featuring original music, dance parties, field trips, cultural explorations, investigations of the natural world – and of course, the book of the day – each 25-minute episode of Reading Rainbow Live will spotlight a different theme designed to engage and inform young viewers. The program will be hosted by The Rainbows, a diverse, talented and comedic troupe of young performers.

Reading Rainbow Live is a book party, with a focus on reading, music and movement, celebrating the classic Reading Rainbow concepts, “I can go anywhere,” and “I can be anything,” and books can take us there. The “book” will serve as the inspiration and centerpiece for each show.

The New Way To Experience

Reading Rainbow Live

Nearly 40 years after its inception, Buffalo Toronto Public Media, the owner of the iconic children’s program Reading Rainbow, is announcing its return with Reading Rainbow Live, the first of several new and exciting chapter in the beloved program’s groundbreaking story. Designed for a new generation, Reading Rainbow Live is a completely live episodic series that will invite viewers into the screen to engage with each other and the program’s hosts. The result will be a fresh and fun experience where children will learn and grow together through reading, music, and dance.

Interactive

Thanks to our groundbreaking technology, some lucky viewers in every episode will also appear onscreen in their own windows. They'll have a chance to participate and engage with our cast in signature interactive segments.

Community

Our shows won't be driven by a singular host, but rather by The Rainbows, a diverse, talented, and comedic troupe of young performers who will provide an aspirational model for the much younger kids who are watching our episodes.

Learning

Reading Rainbow Live is a book party, with a focus on reading, music and movement, celebrating the classic Reading Rainbow concepts, "I can go anywhere," and "I can be anything," and books can take us there. The "book" will serve as the inspiration and centerpiece for each show.

The Reading Rainbow Live

Book Selection

Reading Rainbow Live is committed to featuring an inclusive selection of books that represent diverse authors, illustrators, main characters, subjects, and settings. Our mission is to engage readers to learn about the world around them and to allow them to see themselves in books. Our goal is to share and promote books that reflect the lives of all young people.

Books will be recommended by a diverse and inclusive national panel of librarians, educators, childhood literacy experts, parents, and children, and will be chosen from lists approved by organizations as such: ALA (American Library Association), We Need Diverse Books, A Mighty Girl, The Brown Bookshelf, Disability in Kidlit, and the Schneider Family Book Award.