As of 2015, entertainment websites including YouTube, Yidio and Sidereel provide access to "Reading Rainbow" episodes. Viewers can also download the "Reading Rainbow" iPad app, available at the Apple iTunes store.
During its 23 years on the air, "Reading Rainbow" earned over 200 broadcasting awards, including 26 Emmy Awards. Host and executive producer LeVar Burton, an actor best known for his roles in the film "Roots" and the television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation," starred in 155 episodes of "Reading Rainbow." The show ended in 2006.
In 2012, Apple iTunes store began selling the "Reading Rainbow" iPad app. Since its launch, the app remains the best-selling educational app in the iTunes catalog. In 2014, Burton created a Kickstarter campaign to fund an updated, free version of "Reading Rainbow" for schools and other academic institutions. As of 2015, the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $6 million.
Each episode of "Reading Rainbow" features a different children's book, typically narrated by a celebrity. As the host, Burton meets with adults and children from around the world to talk about specific experiences that relate to the theme of the featured book. At the end, children provide book reviews and commentary. Burton introduces each book review segment by saying, "But you don't have to take my word for it."